• Transportation agency officials issue emergency order for oil train safety

    Associated Press |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. The Obama administration has been under intense pressure from members of Congress as well as state and local officials to ensure the safety of oil trains that traverse the country after leaving the Bakken region of North Dakota. To get to refineries on the East and West coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, oil shipments travel through more than 400 counties, including major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Seattle,

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 18

    | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $52.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $40.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted April 3: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Jeanne 13-25-12 No. 2H Well; SE/4 SW/4 SE/4 SW/4 (SL) of 13-25N-12W; 305 barrels oil per day 1,457,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,555. Garvin: Newfield Exploration Mid-Con Inc.; Ferguson No.

  • Broker helps sell Oklahoma City's old schools

    Real Estate Editor |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Five years ago, Oklahoma City Public Schools decided recently to actively market its surplus property. It contracted with Bob Sullivan, broker-owner and CEO of Oklahoma City’s NAI Sullivan Group, to do it, treating it like any other commercial investment property for sale.

  • Expansion of horizontal drilling in Oklahoma brings new headaches for vertical producers

    By Paul Monies
    Business Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The expansion of horizontal drilling into nonshale areas in Oklahoma has led to some conflicts between vertical and horizontal drillers. House Bill 2177 would address some of the issues, but it has split many in the oil and gas industry.

  • Unit Corp. subsidiary to pay $400K to settle gender lawsuit

    Tulsa World |
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    TULSA — A subsidiary of Tulsa-based Unit Corp. will pay five women a combined $400,000 and improve its hiring practices to guard against gender discrimination in the future, according to a joint motion of consent decree filed Friday in the company's nearly 3-year-old federal case. Unit Drilling Co. was sued by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2012 after the five women — Patsy Craig, Samantha Jacobson, Kim Wilson, Hali Yonkey and Sydnea Hanses — claimed they were denied field jobs by the firm due to their gender. Furthermore, in the EEOC case the five women alleged they were denied jobs on drilling rigs for which they were just as

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill allowing nitrogen asphyxiation as alternative execution method

    By Rick M. Green
    Capitol Bureau |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Death by nitrogen gas became an alternative method of execution in Oklahoma under a bill Gov. Mary Fallin signed Friday afternoon. Lethal injection will remain the primary method for carrying out the death penalty in the state.

  • Oklahoma County public records for April 18

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma County public records for April 18, 2015

  • Student killed in wreck outside John Marshall High School

    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    A male student died and two others were injured Friday afternoon in a car wreck near John Marshall High School, Oklahoma City police said. All Friday evening and Saturday school activities were canceled as a result.

  • Deaths

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    ALTUS Daniels, Mark S., 49, refueling mechanic, died April 15. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Kincannon, Altus). ARDMORE Krohnen, Gerhardt W., 89, died April 16. No services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). BARNSDALL Alsup, Daryle K., 78, died April 13. Services were Friday (Stumpff, Barnsdall). Widener, Arthur, 59, died April 15. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Stumpff, Barnsdall).

  • Cameron man dies in Le Flore County wreck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A Cameron man was killed Friday morning in Le Flore County when another vehicle crossed into his lane of traffic, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Explaining banks' growth last quarter

    By KEN SWEET, Associated Press | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    NEW YORK — Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter. Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts. Here's a look at what drove the first-quarter results: HOME LOAN JUMP: Ultra-low interest rates led to a surge of refinancing and new home loans in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase created $24.7 billion worth of mortgages, up 45 percent from a year earlier, while Bank of America put together mortgages worth $13.7 billion, up 54 percent.

  • Former Oklahoma Board of Education member accuses state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister of failing to communicate with panel

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Former Oklahoma Board of Education member Amy Ford accused state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister of preventing members from discussing items in meetings and limiting their ability to add items for consideration by the panel. For those reasons, Ford said she withdrew from consideration for a second term on the board.

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: Low voter turnout a perpetual problem in state

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    THE problem of low voter turnout is a perpetual one in Oklahoma. Recent election results vividly illustrate how that can foster bad government. In Rush Springs, incumbent town clerk/treasurer John Morrow sought another term after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $12,000 from the city. Morrow withheld premiums owed to the city for insurance coverage to boost his take-home pay, gave himself an extra elected position paycheck, and also paid himself advances, according to investigators. Being a known embezzler would normally prevent electoral success in a race for treasurer. Yet Morrow almost won re-election. He lost by just seven votes.

  • Hillary out of sync with the times

    | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Presidents are inevitably shaped by the circumstances in which they campaign for — and come into — office. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt called for “bold, persistent experimentation” and followed through once in office. Had Roosevelt run in another year, or had there been no Great Depression, he would have campaigned and governed differently. The same can be said, to varying degrees, of the presidents who won open-seat contests since, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, the two George Bushes and Barack Obama, and of those who unseated incumbents, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

  • E.J. Dionne: Rubio's fountain of youth

    By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON — In all of rock 'n' roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. But the song captured something that was in the air then and has never fully left us. Every generation considers itself special, but the post-World War II period saw the rise of a particularly powerful brand of generational consciousness and it permeated American politics. John F. Kennedy built his

  • Grandfather of child abuse victim dies in prison in Lexington, Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Don Luke, a former newspaper editor in McAlester, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his grandson, Ryan Luke, 2. Luke, 74, died of cancer Thursday at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.

  • Last of Spencer, Oklahoma, city embezzlers sentenced

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The last of three Spencer city employees charged with embezzlement in fall 2013 was sentenced Friday morning in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Wagon train rides into Norman, Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The annual wagon trip is part of the ’89er Day celebration

  • Bethany City Council calls election despite funeral home withdrawal

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Residents will decide June 9 whether to overturn a rezoning decision made by members of the Bethany City Council on behalf of Mercer-Adams Funeral Service.

  • Your Views

    | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Condemn the cause The anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing is Sunday. We are commending those who captured Timothy McVeigh, as expressed in “Ex-FBI special agent credits higher power for his part in bombing case” (News, April 13). In addition to the museum and memorial of those who died on that day, we inadvertently memorialize the perpetrator. Unfortunately this is the accolade he wanted. What is unfortunate is that we don't seem to remember what motivated McVeigh, and who was ultimately responsible. Remember the Branch Dividian compound near Waco, Texas? They had broken no laws, however Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the compound be invaded by law enforcement, resulting in a fire that killed adults and