• Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu wins the top feature film directing award from the Directors Guild of America for his work on "The Revenant"

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu wins the top feature film directing award from the Directors Guild of America for his work on "The Revenant"

  • Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader_who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said on his website and his Facebook page. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always," she wrote. "To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating.

  • South Korea says it has agreed to begin talks with Washington on possible deployment of US missile defense system

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has agreed to begin talks with Washington on possible deployment of US missile defense system.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Durant refers to “uncertainty” when downplaying free agency questions

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    In prefacing a pregame question regarding free agency, a reporter said to Kevin Durant, “I’m sure in most cities you go, people ask you about free agency…”

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

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

  • Taking Stock: New interest rate hikes are not likely soon

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Malcolm Berko: If Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continues raising interest rates, then those overallocated, low-rated, high-income investments will become an albatross on investors’ sore backs, and everyone whose ox was gored will be squealing.

  • Escalating long-term insurance cost has Oklahomans frustrated

    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Officials with the Oklahoma Insurance Department blame the premium increases on bad actuarial assumptions, and say such increases are common to the older form policies sold by all companies offering long-term care insurance.

  • Oklahoma state agencies give raises despite executive order

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma state agencies promoted more than 1,000 employees and hired several thousand to fill vacancies, even though those types of employment actions were included in the "personnel freeze" set by Gov. Mary Fallin, who also allowed for some exemptions.

  • Futures File: Gold and soy oil soar while most commodity prices fall

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Gold has been climbing after U.S. Federal Reserve members signaled that interest rates are likely to stay low for a while.

  • Legal costs are highlight of U.S. Rep. Steve Russell's campaign debt

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The legal bills, paid to a Washington, D.C., firm in late December, were part of a campaign finance report that showed U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Choctaw, still struggling to erase the debt from his first U.S. House race two years ago.

  • Judge's legacy will live on in Oklahoma City's federal courthouse

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    William J. Holloway Jr., graduated from the University of Oklahoma and practiced law in Oklahoma City before going on to be the longest sitting judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

  • Reporter takes 'Box' on short adventure

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton helped add to the travels of teacher Deya Adams' Henry "Box" Brown miniature.

  • Is the Zika virus in Oklahoma yet?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma's state epidemiologist answers that question and more about the virus that has prompted travel warnings and attention from international health organizations.

  • Of Character: Veterinarian Rod Hall gets peers' top honor

    BY BRYAN PAINTER For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    Dr. Rod Hall's career as a veterinarian has spanned nearly four decades, including having served as state veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry since 2011. His dedication to not only people but the animals he cares for was recognized as he was presented the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award during the association's 101st Annual Convention & Expo recently in Tulsa.

  • Former Lincoln County judge sentenced to prison for five years for embezzlement

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Craig S. Key, 50, of Chandler, Oklahoma, served as a Lincoln County associate district judge for four years, losing re-election in 2006 because of the Kelsey Smith-Briggs child abuse case.

  • Voters asked to doctor ills, decide MWC recall election

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Grady County voters will consider a proposed 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax Tuesday that would pay for building a new surgery center at the hospital. In Midwest City, there is a mayoral recall election.

  • National Park Service’s chief looks for ways to draw millenials to sites

    By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — The National Park Service needs to broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday as he touted civil rights sites that aren't traditionally viewed as parks to a younger audience. Park Service Director Jon Jarvis spoke during a visit to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, marking the formerly all-white institution that was desegregated by nine black students in 1957. Part of the plan to attract more 18- to 35-year-olds to national parks, Jarvis said, includes a “Find Your Park” website and social media campaign that the service and the National Park Foundation launched last year to promote the parks and

  • Ex-judge sentenced to prison for five years for embezzlement

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    CHANDLER — Over and over, for a total of 24 times, the disgraced former judge, Craig S. Key, stood in a courtroom for a final time Friday and acknowledged his crimes. "Guilty," he said to each count of embezzlement, delivery of a forged note and the other offenses. He then explained simply in a sentence or two what he had done. Afterward, though, given a chance in court to say why, to apologize or to say anything at all, he stayed silent. Under a plea deal, he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years on probation. He also was ordered to pay $527,734 in restitution. He owes thousands of dollars more in court costs and victim compensation assessments.

  • Cover story

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN — Fourteen students who covered the Iowa caucuses alongside professional journalists "learned more in two weeks than I could teach them in an entire semester," University of Oklahoma professor John Schmeltzer said. The students in Schmeltzer's advanced multimedia journalism class learned about political reporting and its importance in a fast-paced, real world environment. "There's nothing better to learn from than to be there in person," said Schmeltzer, a former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune. "You learn so much about the process by being out there, being in the trenches." Some of the students also gained an appreciation for politics they never had.

  • Executive Q&A: California Indian history buff proud to hold reins at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Steven Karr, who took the president’s position of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in July 2014. Karr oversees a staff of about 100 full-time workers and 30 part-time employees, and a budget of $9.4 million, including gross annual revenues of more than $1.2 million for the museum gift shop and roughly $730,000 for the event center. Turnstile revenue accounts for about 9 percent of the operating budget, with donations, memberships, sponsorships and grants making up the remainder.