• Oil and gas prices for Jan. 30

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $41 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $29 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Jan 15: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Goodwin 2612 No. 3H-28 C Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 28-26N-12W; 59 barrels oil per day 466,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,412. Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Goodwin 2612 No. 3H-33 C Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 33-26N-12W; 200 barrels oil per day 1,405,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,497. Carter: Avalon Exploration Inc.; London Company No. 2-18 Well; NE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 18-04S-01W; 240 barrels oil per day 353,000

  • Oklahoma business briefs, Jan. 30

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Jan. 30, 2015

  • Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ‘70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said. Until his sabbatical in 1981, McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs, poems and records.

  • Bills distract voters from real problems

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Legislation has been filed to eliminate marriage licenses issued by the state, a measure aimed at same-sex marriages. Three other bills would prohibit state funds for being used to license or promote same-sex marriage, to free parents to do conversion therapy on gay children and to protect the right of businesses to refuse to serve gay customers. If these measures become law, they won’t even benefit their supporters because they’ll be struck down in court after costing Oklahoma taxpayers a lot of money to defend. It’s time to rethink priorities. Seventeen percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty. Oklahoma ranks first in the percentage of women in prison. Seventeen percent of Oklahomans have no health insurance. We even

  • The drug did what it was supposed to do

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Regarding “After 9-month delay, state executes killer” ((News, Jan. 16): Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Charles Frederick Warner, said midazolam is an unreliable drug for lethal injections. Wrong. Warner died. The drug did exactly what it was supposed to do. This was an execution. I lost no sleep about Warner’s death being uncomfortable. His 11-month-old victim’s death wasn’t without pain. She had a broken jaw and three broken ribs, bruised lungs and spleen, lacerated liver and brain hemorrhaging. The justice system kept this psycho alive for 15 years to be fed and cared for by the taxpayers. The anti-death penalty crowd was out in full force to protest these executions. If what Warner did doesn’t warrant the

  • Institute CEO Bradley: EPA's methane rules would cut jobs, reduce security

    BY ROBERT L. BRADLEY JR. | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Energy policy reforms are usually about improving U.S. energy security, creating jobs or lowering energy prices. But the Obama administration’s methane regulations are centered on amorphous concerns about climate change. Ostensibly to lower the amount of methane that es-capes from oil and natural gas drilling, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing regulations that would reduce security, cut jobs and increase prices. Drilling companies have no incentive to waste methane; they have every incentive to capture it for sale. Methane is one of the commodities produced from underground rock formations that fuels heating, cooking and manufacturing. EPA’s new regulations are badly timed. Natural gas prices are low,

  • Liquor laws put Oklahoma at economic disadvantage

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    I recently returned home to Oklahoma after 20 years in Texas. I support the idea of liquor stores being able to sell cold beverages, with one reservation. Such a law would be good but would take away political leverage and economic relativism in regard to the relationship between liquor stores and grocery stores. The lobby employed by Oklahoma liquor store owners has resisted supporting the sale of wine and strong beer in grocery stores. They seem to believe a law would diminish the revenues realized at local liquor stores. This is incorrect thinking. In Texas, stores are plentiful and prosperous. They’re able to shelve products currently illegal to be shipped to Oklahoma. Oklahoma is at an economic disadvantage compared

  • Tom Brady's comments minimize integrity

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    In his press conference regarding the possible intentional under-inflating of the team’s footballs in the playoff game with the Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady minimized the importance of integrity when he said, “This isn’t ISIS. Nobody is dying.” Must someone die in order for an issue to be deemed important to Brady? Football players are role models to many people. Hearing Brady acting as if integrity isn’t important unless someone dies is demoralizing and another indication that American culture has become less honorable than in former times.

  • Colossal waste of taxpayers' money

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Regarding “National Humane Society sues state's AG” (News, Jan. 22): Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s continued attack against The Humane Society of the United States is unwarranted and a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money. I’ve been a member of this respected charitable organization for more than 25 years. I’ve never gotten any requests for funds that I felt were misleading or difficult to understand. I’m sorry Pruitt feels that I need his help to decide which charitable organizations deserve my support. I know for a fact that Oklahoma animals have been directly aided by the HSUS’s many programs. I also support my contribution being used to protect and aid animals all across the nation, not just in

  • Four die as result of Oklahoma crashes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Four people are dead as a result of wrecks on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Norman police reported.

  • Nation briefs

    | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    GOVERNMENT IDAHO | Boise — Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill Thursday that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters. The House State Affairs Committee —made up of the Legislature's most conservative lawmakers— voted 13-4 to hold the bill in committee and prevent it from moving onto the House floor for a vote. The proposal would have included the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in Idaho's Human Rights Act. The law already bans discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin in situations like housing

  • High school basketball: Moore basketball coach Rhonda Fields feels like she's back on the ranch

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Wins aren’t necessarily easy to come by with the young Lions team, but the longtime coach is just happy to be back around what she loves. For a small period of time, it appeared basketball was gone forever.

  • Senate approval of Keystone XL pipeline is short of veto-proof margin

    By Chris Casteel
    Washington Bureau |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Both Oklahoma senators voted to approve the TransCanada project comes after three weeks of debate and a return to the Senate’s long traditions of offering and voting on amendments.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's down season a key factor in Thunder's struggles

    | Updated: 3 hr ago

    When identifying the main stumbling blocks that have led to the Thunder’s disappointing 23-23 record, injuries reign as the most prominent. But among a list that delves deeper, Ibaka’s surprising decline – at the age of 25, in his sixth season – should be somewhere near the top.

  • Delayed football stadium renovations should not affect recruiting

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Not even OU president David Boren can command the price of oil, especially when its precipitous drop coincides with a disastrous Sooner season. So the start of the $370 million project likely will be delayed. Not 10 years, not five, but perhaps until December 2016.

  • Football recruiting notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green expected to visit OU this weekend

    By Scott Wright and Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Green is verbally committed to Washington State, but he received an offer from OU earlier this week with National Signing Day looming next Wednesday.

  • Thieves target bronze vases at Oklahoma City metro-area cemeteries

    By Jane Glenn Cannon
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Bronze vases — many of them on graves belonging to children and veterans — have been stolen from at least six Oklahoma City metro-area cemeteries in recent weeks. The most recent thefts were at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City and Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Norman.

  • Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern withdraws one of three anti-gay bills

    Tulsa World |
    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Republican issued a statement Thursday indicating the measure did not accomplish her desired purpose.

  • Oil and gas prices for Jan. 30

    | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $41 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $29 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Jan 15: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Goodwin 2612 No. 3H-28 C Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 28-26N-12W; 59 barrels oil per day 466,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,412. Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Goodwin 2612 No.

  • U.S. oil fights for exports as price falls

    Associated Press |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long export ban. The cost incentive may not be obvious, with oil prices as low as they've been since 2009 and with some analysts predicting they'll drop further. But oil producers are confident of long-term demand and believe that new markets will eventually offer big profits. Backers see a changing landscape that includes a GOP-run Congress generally viewed as more receptive to oil exports, and some signs the Obama administration will consider changing the longstanding policy that bans exports of raw crude.