Brianna Bailey
Business Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern California. Bailey joined the business desk at the Oklahoman in January 2013. She lives in Norman with her husband and two daughters.

  • There's an elf in the newsroom

    Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    There's an elf in the newsroom. I spotted him this morning, wearing a jaunty newspaper hat and fiendish smile as he gave OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley a mustache on today's Sports section.  Look for more of Sparkle the Elf's newsroom antics this Christmas season on and on Twitter with the hashtag #NewsOKelf  Here's a helpful hack for other workplace elves: Paper clips stuck into Sparkle's arms and legs make him more bendable. I'm not sure how much the elf likes it however.

  • Edmond shops try to recover from dark, icy Small Business Saturday

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Published: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Many Edmond retailers are extending Small Business Saturday sales this week because of last week's bad weather.

  • Oklahoma City energy company qualifies for jobs-creation incentives

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    An affiliate of Oklahoma City startup Tapstone Energy LLC has qualified for up to $4.2 million in state incentive money for creating up to 65 new jobs over the course of 10 years.

  • Church's Chicken reopens Sapulpa location

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Updated: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    The first of 15 Church's Chicken restaurants closed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission reopened Tuesday in Sapulpa, said court-appointed receiver David Rhoades.

  • Remnants of Oklahoma City's Sandtown neighborhood remain

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY | Updated: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Sandtown was Oklahoma's Oklahoma's first black settlement, and some of its last remnants are still visible on SW 5, just east of May Avenue. When I visited the area on a recent, chilly late fall afternoon, I was struck how still the neighborhood felt, although it is only about a block south of Interstate 40. Most of the houses that remain on this block of SW 5 have been boarded up for a long time.      I have heard that the area was called Sandtown because its inhabitants were so poor their houses had sand floors. However, the name could also refer to the settlement's location on the banks of the Canadian River.  The area was first settled by

  • Ice storm creates demand for chainsaws across Oklahoma City metro area

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Chainsaws and generators have been in short supply in the aftermath of the weekend ice storm in the Oklahoma City metro area, hampering progress as people try to clean up numerous downed branches. Electricity outages from downed power lines also have slowed progress.

  • Singing in the rain

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer  | Updated: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Since 1996, Salvation Army bell ringer Willie Robinson has used song to help keep the season bright while filling donation kettles at metro area stores.

  • Shoppers go out in wet, chilly conditions to spend time, money at Oklahoma City metro area retailers on Black Friday

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Shoppers in the Oklahoma City metro area went out in the rain and a cold wind as they traveled to stores to hunt for bargains on Black Friday.

  • OKC-based winter markets offer alternative for holiday shoppers

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    With three winter markets events this year in downtown Oklahoma City, many shoppers are ditching the mall this holiday shopping season in search of local wares.

  • Norman nanotechnologies company files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    By Briana Bailey Business Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    SouthWest NanoTechnologies, a tech startup based in Norman, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The company made nonotubes.

  • Oklahoma City airport expects busy holiday week

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    While the numbers of people flying in and out of Oklahoma City may be down this year compared to last, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport said Monday the operation still expects to be busy this week as the holiday travel season shifts into gear.

  • Oil-field giant Halliburton cuts jobs in Duncan, Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Oklahoma oil-field service company Halliburton cut its staff in Duncan, laying off an undisclosed number of workers last week as it continued to react to low oil prices.

  • Missing Church's Chicken franchisee found in Farmers Branch, Texas

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Owner of Oklahoma restaurants owes more than $1 million in business debts and taxes.

  • Woman who defrauded Oklahoma City-based Paycom receives 125-month prison sentence

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Sandra Saldana, of Dallas, was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for defrauding several payroll companies, including Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc., and filing false federal income tax returns.

  • Oklahoma sees decline in jobless rate

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Oklahoma's unemployment rate declined to 4.3 percent in October as trade, transportation and utilities added jobs during the period, the latest figures from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show. Meanwhile, the state's mining sector, which includes energy companies, cut 600 jobs during the month.

  • Church's Chicken franchisee owed more than $1 million, officials say

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Church's Chicken franchisee Lyndon Johnson owed more than $1.1 million in business debts and unpaid taxes when he disappeared earlier this month and 15 of his restaurants were forced to close, according to court documents.

  • Additional shops, restaurants, hotel are set for Chisholm Creek development

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Chisholm Creek also has more plans to expand dining and shopping options at the 180-acre development off of Memorial Road at N Western in Oklahoma City.

  • London houseboat source of squall in Wayne Coyne divorce

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and estranged common-law wife Michelle Martin are fighting in court over proceeds from the sale of a 1920s-era London houseboat.  The houseboat, named Pelican, is moored in West London and was once meant to be a home for Michelle Martin, but she has been unable to live there, because Pelican needs repairs and she has struggled with immigration issues that have kept her out of the United Kingdom, according to court records. Coyne and Martin have disagreed over how to distribute proceeds from the sale of the boat.  The houseboat, described as a Humbler Keel, built around 1928, has been converted as an artist studio.

  • American Indian gaming contributed $1 billion to Oklahoma education over past decade, study shows

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Study commissioned by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Commission says Indian gaming contributed $4.2 billion to state economy last year.

  • Aubrey McClendon's $2 billion IPO attempt falls short; only $11.2 million was raised

    By Brianna Bailey and Adam Wilmoth  Business Writers | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    American Energy Partner LP founder Aubrey McClendon's bid to raise $2 billion from investors to buy oil and gas assets has ended. Only about $11.2 million was raised.