• OSU football rallies around the man they call ‘Pitt’

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 7 hr ago

    STILLWATER — List the names that have been an important part of Oklahoma State football, and you probably won’t include Jeff Naple. But ask around the program about those who’ve made significant contributions, and you will hear his name. Known to Cowboys far and wide simply as “Pitt”, he’s been part of the football program for nearly three decades. He’s the video coordinator, which means he oversees the recording of games and practices, the breakdown of opponents, and the logging of visual data crucial for coaches to scheme and players to learn. “When you first get here, he’s one of the first guys you meet,” receivers coach Kasey Dunn said Thursday during OSU’s annual preseason

  • U.S. economy has solid 2.3% growth rate in Q2

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. It also ended up squeezing out some growth in the first quarter, reversing an earlier estimate that the economy shrank at the start of the year. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and services, grew at a 2.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter. The government also said GDP in the January-March period grew 0.6 percent instead of shrinking at a 0.2 percent pace. The latest results mirror a familiar pattern over the last few years.

  • At a glance

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economy Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Spending weaker than estimated WASHINGTON  — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments. The economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from a previous estimate of 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Nearly all the weaker-than-expected growth occurred in 2013, when the government now says the economy expanded just 1.5 percent, much less than its previous 2.2 percent estimate. The changes result from Commerce’s annual revisions to its growth data, which are based on updated data from the Census

  • Toyota builds robot helper that can clean, carry for users

    By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    YOKOHAMA, Japan  — Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot," comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It doesn't have other tricks, except for a computer panel on its head for surfing the Internet. A person also can access the robot from another computer and use it like a camera-phone. Kouichi Ikeda, its engineer, is serious about using it to help around homes. First people with disabilities, and then for the elderly in general.

  • Kurt Burris was The Boss

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Forty-seven years before Oregon placed a huge image of quarterback Joey Harrington on Times Square, 36 years before Brigham Young mailed cardboard ties to entice votes for quarterback Ty Detmer and 13 years before Notre Dame changed the pronunciation of Joe Theismann’s name to rhyme with a certain college football trophy, no less a straight-laced custodian of the game than Bud Wilkinson got in on the Heisman Trophy campaigning. The object of Wilkinson’s stumping was Kurt Burris. Then as now, Burris was a highly-decorated ballplayer who sometimes had to wait on his honors. Some of that changes Monday night, when Burris, who died in 1999, is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • High school students cover diversity in journalism at OU camp

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    In Norman, 20 high school students are experiencing life as journalists at the 13th annual Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism workshop at the University of Oklahoma.


    Updated: 7 hr ago

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 16: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Lois 2710 No. 2-14/23H Well; NW/4 NE/4 NE/4 NE/4 of 14-27N-10W; 1,994 barrels oil per day, 3,454,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,252. Dewey: Mewbourne Oil Co.; Prostar 21 NB No. 1HCG Well; SE/4 SE/4 SE/4 SW/4 of 21-16N-17W; 511 barrels oil per day, 308,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,972. Ellis: Mewbourne Oil Co.; Berryman 1 PA No. 1HT Well; S/2 S/2 SE/4 SE/4 of 01-16N-23W; 402 barrels oil per day, 1,917,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    AG files charges in fraud case Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday filed felony charges against an Oklahoma City man accused of knowingly transferring money that belonged to other people to his personal bank accounts. Olusola Oyegbade, 32, is a former loss mitigation employee of Midland Mortgage in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors claim that on two occasions, Oyegbade directed customers’ payments into his own personal banking account rather than to the mortgage company. Midland reported the alleged behavior to the FBI and has cooperated in the investigation opened by the FBI together with the Public Protection Unit of the attorney general’s office.

  • Oklahoma banks score in performance report

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    All three of Oklahoma’s publicly traded banks were ranked on Bank Director magazine’s annual Bank Performance Scorecard. Tulsa-based BOK Financial, parent of Bank of Oklahoma, ranked 16th among midsized banks, while Oklahoma City’s BancFirst Corp. ranked 24th in that category for banks with assets between $5 billion and $50 billion. BOK Financial, which also has banks in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, trades on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol “BOKF.” It has total assets of $30.7 billion. BancFirst, which operates more than 100 locations in 52 Oklahoma communities, trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “BANF.” It has total assets of $6.5 billion.


    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Workers dismantle the iconic sign Thursday at the Union Bus Station downtown. The building is being demolished to make room for a parking garage for the future 499 West Sheridan tower. Developers pledged to refurbish the sign and put it back on display in a glass beacon on the parking garage at the corner of Sheridan and Walker avenues. Also, blue glass tiles that adorn the bus station will be re-used in the parking garage facade. Records obtained by The Oklahoman indicate that demolition on the taller structures, such as the former Hotel Black and the Auto Hotel, could begin next month.

  • Talent, depth make receiver a major asset for OSU

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    STILLWATER — Jhajuan Seales leads all Oklahoma State offensive players with 20 career starts. Yet he may not be assured of a starting spot in 2015. That’s not a necessarily a knock on Seales, but an indicator of the Cowboys depth at receiver. Overflowing depth at that, with more candidates than spots on the two-deep, even in four-receiver sets. “There’s competition all across the board,” Seales said in the spring. “Everybody’s pushing everybody. It’s pretty much fun.

  • OSU football notebook

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Arroyo updates progress of running backs When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp. “I know the gains that Rennie made in the spring were really good,” Arroyo said.

  • OU No. 19, OSU out of Coaches Poll

    BY RYAN ABER AND KYLE FREDRICKSON Staff Writers | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma is No. 19 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday. Oklahoma State failed to crack the top 25. It’s only the second time since the Sooners’ 2000 national championship that OU is outside the top 10 in the preseason coaches poll. In 2013, Oklahoma was at No. 13 in the preseason poll and finished the season with a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and a No. 6 ranking. The Sooners, who were 8-5 last season, are one of three Big 12 teams in the poll. OU was No. 3 in last year’s preseason poll but finished unranked for just the third time in Bob Stoops’ tenure. TCU, coming off a 12-1 season, is No. 2 in the poll behind top-ranked Ohio

  • NFL notebook

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Jets fans fly banner reading ‘Cheaters look up’ over Patriots training camp If the New England Patriots thought practice would give them a brief respite from the drama of DeflateGate, they were wrong. A little more than an hour after their first practice session of training camp, a plane appeared over the training center pulling a banner that read “Cheaters look up! (at)Jetsfanmedia.” The plane flew back and forth over the field for a good 45 minutes, while the Patriots went through drills below. The banner was a clear reference to the league’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for intentionally using deflated balls in last season’s AFC

  • Silver says ‘stay tuned’ for game in Africa

    By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG — The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come. “Stay tuned,” Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg — the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. “This is an experiment of sorts.” Although he didn’t give an exact time frame, Silver said a preseason game and then a regular-season game on the continent was the logical progression for the NBA, which is on a “fast track” to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa. “Part of why I’m here is to continue to investigate new facilities,” Silver said.

  • Thunder analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    BY ERIK HORNE | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Sacramento Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee. According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer. Lieberman joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a


    By VIVIAN SALAMA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Heat wave smothers much of Middle East IRAQ | BAGHDAD — An unprecedented heat wave, reaching 126 degrees Fahrenheit, prompted Iraqi authorities to declare a mandatory four-day holiday beginning Thursday. The government urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water. Unlike other countries in the region, Iraq lacks beaches and travel restrictions make it difficult for people to escape the sweltering heat, leaving many with limited options for cooling off. Some swim in rivers and irrigation canals, while others spend these days in air-conditioned shopping malls. To the south, in the similarly sweltering Gulf, residents cranked up their air conditioners, and elsewhere in the Middle

  • Highway bill clears Senate hurdle

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe’s bill promising a renewed national focus on highway and transit needs and $4.2 billion in road-building money for Oklahoma faced an uncertain future on Thursday after clearing the Senate with bipartisan support. The House is on a recess that lasts until early September, and Republican leaders already have said that they don’t like the Senate bill. The $350 billion Senate legislation was approved 65 to 34 on Thursday, with support from 38 Republicans, 25 Democrats and two independents. In an interview Thursday, Rep.

  • Setting it straight

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Thursday A story that appeared on page C1 mischaracterized $43.8 million in incentives The Boeing Co. has qualified to receive through Oklahoma’s 21st Century Quality Jobs Program. The jobs that qualified to receive 21st Century Quality Jobs Program funding were approved in 2013 and were not part an additional expansion that included the company’s groundbreaking of a new building on Wednesday.

  • State briefs

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    STATEWIDE Claremore mayor named to board Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Claremore Mayor William E. “Bill” Flanagan to the state Board of Education. Flanagan succeeds Amy Ford, who did not want to be considered for a second term. Flanagan will serve on an interim basis pending state Senate confirmation next year and will represent the 2nd Congressional District on the board. A retired certified public accountant and personal financial specialist, he has been mayor of Claremore since 2013 and previously served on the city council. “It is an honor and privilege to be considered for the state Board of Education appointment,” Flanagan said.