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  • Benghazi contractor won’t play politics in Oklahoma City talk

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Kris Paronto, a security contractor at the Benghazi, Libya, consulate on Sept. 11, 2012, will speak Feb. 19, 2016, in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Republican Party’s annual Lincoln and Reagan Dinner.

  • Multiple fees, fines and bail charges add to Oklahoma County jail crowding

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    A newly released report by the Vera Institute of Justice doesn't flat-out call the Oklahoma County jail a debtors' prison — but it sure describes it as one.

  • Oklahoma education news briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Oklahoma education news in brief for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

  • Purely Subjective: A nerd in love

    BY KEN RAYMOND Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Ken Raymond: I guess in a way those pop songs and TV dramas didn’t lead me too far astray. It just took four excruciating years for my love note to deliver.

  • Oklahoma's interim corrections boss makes unannounced prison visits

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    When Joe Allbaugh took the job in January as interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, he inherited a department rife with problems -- low staffing, old and overcrowded prisons and lack of funding.

  • Executive Q&A: Oklahoma City law firm's managing director doesn't want to get out of practice

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Michael "Mike" Lauderdale, who will be with McAfee & Taft 26 years in May, succeeds Richard Nix as the law firm's managing director.

  • Former Oklahoma missionary's sex crimes at Africa orphanage left lasting damage, prosecutors say

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Matthew Lane Durham, 21, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was in June of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places during his fourth mission trip to the Upendo's Children Home in Kenya.

  • Oklahoma health news briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Oklahoma health news in brief for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

  • Scholarship match program adds up to more money for Oklahoma college students

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    More money will be available for awards this year following a successful 2015 scholarship match campaign that added $771,576 to 82 scholarship endowment funds, Oklahoma City Community Foundation officials said.

  • Futures File: Negative interest rates consideration shakes markets

    By Walt and Alex Breitinger, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Falling stock prices have been painful for investors, and now they appear to be catching the attention of the Federal Reserve as well.

  • Tom Phillips: Take a breath, then develop plan to guide your investing strategy

    By Tom Phillips For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Along with the volatility, which is not necessarily a negative, a drop of 10 to 15 percent for most market averages is painful, and dire predictions abound that the worst is yet to come. So what’s an investor to do during these trying times?

  • Of Character: Oklahoma musician helps raise funds, students' spirits

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Blake Parks, 27, decided to lend a hand with the inaugural effort of Music To Your Peers. He returned to his alma mater, Duncan High School, in November with his rock band Nicnos for a fundraising effort and motivational talk.

  • Metro church, Tim Tebow Foundation offers prom-night experience for special needs individuals

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    The Rev. Bill Hulse, Putnam City Baptist's senior pastor, said the "Night to Shine," festivities drew an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 people, including guests, their guardians and hundreds of community volunteers.

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Rick M. Green: OK Capitol Boxscore is a weekly look at what's happening at the Oklahoma state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

  • Taking Stock: Odds are stacked against achieving a financially comfortable retirement

    Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Malcolm Berko: Please note that only 0.91 percent of a given population number will have the skill sets and ambition to retire wealthy.

  • Business of Health: Physicians who are sued less are those who build rapport with their patients

    By Stephen Prescott | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Dr. Stephen Prescott, M.D.: A Medscape survey of nearly 4,000 physicians found that 59 percent had been named as defendants in at least one medical malpractice suit.

  • Bethany settles lawsuit with former suspect in Carina Saunders slaying

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Luis Enrique Ruiz, 41, sued the city of Bethany, Oklahoma, and police investigators after spending more than seven months in jail in the 2011 death of Carina Saunders, 19, whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a grocery store.

  • Oklahoma City consultant encourages leaders to focus on workers' good results

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Nathan Mellor, the chief executive of Strata Leadership and Principal Technologies staffing firm spoke at an Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium luncheon at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club.

  • Oklahoma County jail report draws praise from task force members

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com   | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Oklahoma County Public Defender Bob Ravitz said the initial report of the Vera Institute of Justice on the Oklahoma County jail was on point when it talked about how the stacking of fees, fines and bail amounts have overwhelmed indigent offenders and resulted in an overcrowded jail.

  • OKLAHOMA STOCKS

    Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    Eagle With the stock prices of energy-related firms falling so suddenly, one wonders if perhaps the sell-off hasn't been overdone. This week's eagle believes that's the case for its own stock. Tulsa-based Matrix Service Co. said Tuesday it plans to buy back up to $25 million worth of its shares this year.  “We believe the current share price understates the strength of Matrix Service Company's value and prospects for long-term growth,” said President and CEO John R. Hewitt. That announcement provided an immediate boost for the share price, which closed the week with a 4.4 percent gain. While Friday's closing price of $16.