• Tax incentive critics take aim at TIFS in Kansas City

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    The path for Kansas City redevelopment projects to get public subsidies is going to get bumpier. Exactly which projects could be stopped cold is unknown. But it’s clear after the collapse last week of the BNIM office project — which sought property tax abatement to redevelop a building in the Crossroads Arts District — that abatement critics are emboldened.

  • Marv Albert gets contract extension to call NBA on TNT

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will no longer work the NCAA Tournament under the new deal announced Tuesday. Turner Sports' NBA broadcasters have been part of the college basketball postseason during the company's partnership with CBS. But Albert says four games a day in the early rounds was too much strain on his voice, forcing him to take off some NBA telecasts to recover. Albert will call this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, his 21st year providing commentary for the event. He'll continue to work regular-season and playoff games for the network. The Hall of Fame broadcaster has been associated with the NBA for nea

  • North Carolina teacher hit by private bus at school, killed

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police say a second-grade teacher in North Carolina has died after he was struck in his school's parking lot by a bus from a day care center. Local media outlets report that 25-year-old Brandon Kincaid was hit by the private bus from the day care around 8 a.m. Tuesday in Goldsboro. Kincaid died at a nearby hospital. An investigation is underway. Kincaid was a teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary School, and the Goldsboro City Schools say he was in his second year of teaching. School system spokesman Ken Derksen says Kincaid had a physical disability that required him to use a wheelchair, but he couldn't confirm whether Kincaid was in the wheelchair when the bus struck him.

  • The Healthy 65 wellness challenge: 5 things we learned

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Groundhog Day marked the end of our newsroom's Healthy 65 challenge, a 65-day wellness initiative inspired by my son, Eli. Eli, 3, was born with a fatal lung disease called cystic fibrosis and fights every day to stay well. The median age of life for his disease is 42 after decades of medical developments, but people with cystic fibrosis still face big health challenges. Overall, a healthier tribe means a healthier Eli. In light of that, I figured I could do my best job to stay well, too -- and rope in a few friends while I was at it. Here are a few things we learned along the way.  What being strong means My goal for our wellness challenge was strength. I kept it vague on

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Matt Damon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Matt Damon from "The Martian," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • Five Oklahoma pizzas to try on National Pizza Day

    Darla Slipke | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Today has been dubbed National Pizza Day. If you're a pizza lover, what could be better than a whole day dedicated to the beloved food? You'll probably want to celebrate with a slice or two, or better yet a whole pie. In honor of National Pizza Day, we asked six local pizza places about their most popular pies. With an assortment of toppings and sauces, ranging from pineapple and fresh basil, to jalapenos and a Sriracha drizzle, to signature Alfredo sauce and Feta cheese, these pizzas are sure to impress. Americans love their pizza, consuming an average of 23 pounds of pizza per person each year, according to www.nationaldaycalendar.com. About 17 percent of all restaurants in the United States are pizzerias,

  • Neglected animals lead to two Edmond arrests

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Two people were arrested on cruelty to animal complaints after Edmond police found starving and neglected dogs at their residence. Jessica Kendra McBride, 36, and James Blaine Looney, 31, were arrested after police were asked to check on the animals, according to a police report.

  • Pentatonix announces world tour including Oklahoma date

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 10 hr ago

    TULSA - Grammy Award-winning vocal group Pentatonix has announced today the first tour dates for its 2016 world tour, including a spring show in Tulsa. Pentatonix includes Kirstin Maldonado, a former University of Oklahoma student. Special guests Us The Duo will join the group on the road.  The first leg of the tour will begin in Sunrise, Fla., on April 13 and end on May 12 in Columbia, Md. It also will include a May 7 show at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver in Tulsa. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Arby’s BOK Center Box Office, online at www.bokcenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (866) 726-5287.

  • Second City names new film comedy school for Harold Ramis

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis. Second City said Tuesday that applications are being accepted for the school's yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling and film production. They'll produce a pilot TV show or short film. Ramis' longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school's chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Catherine O'Hara and others.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's OU writer Ryan Aber to talk Sooners football and basketball in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Writer's Room Podcast - Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system

    BY Tiffany Gibson, tgibson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    For decades, federal researchers and Oklahoma officials have warned of the consequences of not making a long-term investment in mental health, and for decades, those warnings have been largely ignored. Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove talks about the first installment in her series “Epidemic Ignored,” which is a yearlong investigation into Oklahoma’s mental health system. We also hear from Commissioner Terri White, of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies. From Manila's slums to the countryside, the candidates competed to captivate the Filipino everyman at the start of a 3-month campaign leading to the May 9 vote. They promised to cure the same ailments that have hounded the Southeast Asian nation for decades: widespread poverty, corruption, crime and insurgencies. President Benigno Aquino III's single six-year term ends in June.

  • Welcome to the 'agrihood': homes built around working farms

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas. But homes built adjacent to functioning farms? Welcome to "agrihoods" — pastoral ventures with healthier foods as their focus. This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Shanghai. It involves homes built within strolling distance of small working farms, where produce matures under the hungry gaze of residents, where people can venture out and pick greens for their salads. "Real estate developers are looking for the next big thing to set them apart," said Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow with the Urban Land Institute in Washington. "

  • Scholars weigh in on Woodrow Wilson, Princeton and racism

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Princeton University committee that is studying the legacy of alumnus Woodrow Wilson as it relates to race asked nine scholars to submit essays on the topic. Here are excerpts from four, taken as written on the website. ___ ERIC YELLIN, professor of history and American studies, University of Richmond "From tariff reform to the income tax to the creation of the Federal Reserve to meaningful antitrust reform, Woodrow Wilson's achievements make him one of the United States's most successful progressive politicians. Add in his leadership in the allied victory in World War I, and Wilson rises in the estimation of many to a level of historic greatness.

  • Who will take the last shot for OU basketball?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    OU’s cardiac basketball season continued Monday night. The third-ranked Sooners beat Texas 63-60 on Buddy Hield’s 3-point basket with 1.3 seconds left. It was OU’s fifth game since New Year’s in which the outcome was decided by a Sooner possession in the final seconds. OU is 3-2 in those games, though one of the losses was the epic 109-106 triple overtime game at Kansas. And here’s the beauty of this OU team. While the Sooners have an all-American in Buddy Hield, Lon Kruger still has an element of mystery to his last-possession plans. You don’t know if Hield will take the final shot or not. Let’s review: Texas: The Sooners set up with 15 seconds left, tied at

  • OKC Thunder: Former coach Scott Brooks discusses his firing with The Vertical

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 12 hr ago

    After six-plus years with the Thunder, Scott Brooks was fired this past April. Ever since, he went radio silent, not making any public comments about OKC's decision to let him go. That ended on Tuesday morning. Brooks joined The Vertical's Chris Mannix for a podcast, discussing a variety of topics. One of those was his disappointment for how his tenure in Oklahoma City ended. You can listen to the interview here. Here is a quick transcript of the OKC related topics: On being fired by the Thunder... Brooks: "It was disappointing. It was really disappointing. I thought my staff did a great job. Last season, we still ended up top-five in scoring. The last five years I was there, we

  • Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The law's other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states. GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal "Obamacare," while offering hardly any detail on how they'd replace it without millions losing coverage. Politically, the eight states with statistically significant coverage gains in the National Health Interview Survey

  • The Morning Brew: 30 days of Oklahoma earthquakes

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Good morning. What's shaking? Don't answer that. We will do it for you! 30 days of Oklahoma earthquakes More than 300 earthquakes have been recorded since the start of the year.  View our map of the quakes of 3.0-magnitude or greater.  Gov. Mary Fallin recently announced that roughly $1.4 million in state money will be spent on improving research on the growing number of earthquakes that have been shaking Oklahoma.

  • Crash with injury reported on Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City at Wilshire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    A crash with injury has been reported on the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City. The crash is at W Wilshire Boulevard.

  • Washington Examiner: Sanders rally turns into hippie music fest

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    DURHAM, New Hampshire—While Hillary Clinton held a serious rally in down state New Hampshire with two senators and a former President Monday night, Bernie Sanders supporters gathered at the University of New Hampshire to sit on the floor and sing songs on the last night before the New Hampshire primary. DURHAM, New Hampshire—While Hillary Clinton held a serious rally in down state New Hampshire with two senators and a former President Monday night, Bernie Sanders supporters gathered at the University of New Hampshire to sit on the floor and sing songs on the last night before the New Hampshire primary.