• Stocks

    Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Eagle Thanksgiving shortened the trading week, and I suspect few denizens of Wall Street were buying and selling much Friday, which has become a sort of unofficial holiday. Stocks didn't have much momentum in a week of light trading. The market made its biggest weekly gain of 2015 last week, but last week the Dow fell 0.1 percent and the S&P 500 rose less than 0.1 percent. Energy stocks took some hits as oil prices weakened again, but there wasn't a great deal of volatility among the Oklahoma-based stocks we track. The week's biggest winner was Tulsa-based Rose Rock Midstream Partners, which added 11.7 percent over the past four days. RRMS closed Friday at $21.05.

  • During Uganda visit, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth

    By NICOLE WINFIELD and RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda  — Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models. Francis will pray Saturday at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.

  • ‘It’s just like being with family’

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A decade later, the little girl an Oklahoma County sheriff's reserve deputy rescued from the aftermath of a pummeling Louisiana hurricane is not so little anymore. Fifty Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies left the safety of home in 2005 to help evacuate people stranded by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The last time Michael Davenport saw Hannah Verret, she was 5 years old and fit easily into his arms as he carried her through the flooded streets of Terrebonne Parish. Davenport, a reserve deputy and president of Integris Credit Union, was on the third of the teams that made their way southeast. His team landed in the Bayou State between the landfall of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “We have these T-shirts.

  • Presidential battle looms in Kansas

    Mary Clarkin The Hutchinson News, Kan. | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The 2016 presidential race has come to Kansas. Six Republicans seeking the party's nomination have paid a $15,000 fee and submitted a one-page form to compete in the March 5 Kansas Republican presidential preference caucus. The filing deadline is Jan. 20. More candidates likely will jump in before the deadline. No Democrat has filed to participate in Kansas Democrats' March 5 caucus. However, Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Kerry Gooch said they have received letters of intent to file from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. The deadline is Jan.


    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    As the state continues to shake under pressure from the ongoing earthquake swarm, researchers are focusing their attention on a well-used, but little- understood rock layer that underlies most of the state. Most scientists, state regulators and oil and natural gas industry leaders now say oil and natural gas activities have contributed to or caused the rapid increase in seismic activity over the past three years. While many of the specific mechanisms still are not fully understood, regulatory efforts have focused on water disposal wells drilled into and through the Arbuckle layer, which is the deepest sedimentary rock layer throughout much of Oklahoma. Oil wells in Oklahoma and much of the world recover large amounts of

  • Companies are offering lump-sum pension payouts to save money, reduce obligations

    Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Dear Mr. Berko: I'll soon be 68. I have worked for a large public company for 28 years and will retire at the end of December. The company will give me $1,948 a month for as long as I live, and if my wife outlives me, it will give her $1,663 a month after I die for the rest of her life. Now the company is giving me and a lot of other employees an interesting choice and is offering a lump-sum payout. My lump sum would be $256,074 instead of the $1,948 a month. If I took the lump sum, I could put it into an individual retirement account and buy stocks and bonds myself, and considering all the stocks and bonds yielding 10 to 20 percent or more, I should be able to do better than $1,948 a month.

  • World events send prices tumbling for gold, wheat

    Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Geopolitics, gold and grain lead this edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities wrap-up: Gold can't find a footing Gold prices dove to a new five-year low on Friday, nearing $1,050 per ounce for the first time since February 2010. Prices continue to melt lower as investors flock toward stocks, bonds, or real estate in search of better returns. Meanwhile, speculators are selling short the metal in hopes of being able to buy it back at a profitably lower price in the future. Some analysts warn that the market can't seem to stabilize, even after bullish events like Tuesday's shocking news that Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane.

  • Advances in technology help police, residents catch criminals together

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Through online databases and the ever increasing use of social media, metro-area authorities are relying on tips from the public to help them solve crimes more than ever before.  This month, six law enforcement agencies announced their participation in a national database program that allows officers to track crimes, traffic accidents and other emergency calls by accessing an online map. The program, called ATACRAIDS, allows officers to enter such information into the system and share it with other agencies, helping investigators link crimes.

  • College students juggle work, school, mental stress issues

    By Bradon Long Staff Writer blong@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Sitting in the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, then 16-year-old Tyler Hall felt like he had run out of options. He didn't know how to make himself feel better, emotionally or physically. After three years of struggling with an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, Hall tried to take his own life. "Nothing was working. I wasn't coming out of this. I wasn't going to be able to pick myself up from rock bottom," Hall said. Soon after, he began seeing a counselor and received a depression diagnosis. But that treated only half of his illness. It wasn't until he visited another counselor in college that he received his bipolar diagnosis.


    By Alan Herzberger Vice President of Audience Development | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Feedback makes for good week on NewsOK and The Oklahoman This space is usually saved for me to talk about our digital products. I write about all the apps our subscribers can access as part of their subscription. Or I write about the early access to articles for our subscribers. Sometimes I'll write about the newest innovation on NewsOK.com or something remarkable being produced by the video production team in our downtown studios.  But this week is a bit different. This week, I am sharing some comments from loyal readers of The Oklahoman — the one that gets delivered in your driveway or purchased at your local newsstand. There are stacks of pages of text and images every day that detail the life in

  • As retirement nears, older employees seek options for reducing hours on job

    By ADAM ALLINGTON For The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Roberton Williams' plan was to retire on his government pension and take a part-time job to make up the difference in salary. It didn't quite work out that way. Williams, 68, did retire but then started another full-time job with the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank. "The plan was to work full time just until I got my feet wet," Williams said. "But, I ended up working full time for the next nine years." He's far from an aberration. Many aging baby boomers are caught between a desire to work less and a labor market that just isn't ready to let them go. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17.7 percent of people 65 and older are still working in some capacity, compared with 11.7 percent in 1995.

  • Companies agree to pay $10M in Tar Creek lawsuit

    By CURTIS KILLMAN Tulsa World curtis.killman@tulsaworld.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    TULSA — Two companies with ties to abandoned lead and zinc mining operations in northern Ottawa County have agreed to pay more than $10 million to resolve claims related to the government's cleanup efforts. The $10 million settlement, disclosed in a civil lawsuit filed Nov. 20 in Tulsa federal court, will be paid to the federal government as part of a proposed consent decree reached with federal and state officials. The money will go toward  defraying costs associated with cleanup and monitoring efforts in the area designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Tar Creek, an EPA Superfund site primarily located in northern Ottawa County, near the border of Missouri and Kansas.

  • Oklahoma cabaret singer ‘hanging’ with the greats

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Acclaimed cabaret singer KT Sullivan says she has two homes now: Oklahoma, where she was born and raised, and the historic Town Hall Theater in New York City. Her photograph hangs in both places, only in one her picture is surrounded by photos of her seven siblings, and in the other she is surrounded by such greats as Beverly Sills, Helen Hays, Marilyn Horne, Tony Bennett and Judy Collins. Sullivan is the latest in a long line of famed artists to be awarded the prestigious Town Hall Friends of the Arts honor. The award is given annually to someone who makes significant cultural contributions to New York City. Two years ago, Sullivan sang for Judy Collins when she received the award.

  • USAA's Matt Freund defends holding cash

    By STAN CHOE Associated Press | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Sometimes the best choice is to make none at all, particularly when all the options look risky. So if you're deciding whether to invest in stocks, bonds or something else, remember that you could leave some of it in cash. So says Matt Freund, chief investment officer of USAA's mutual funds. He says stocks are likely due to deliver lower returns than before, maybe 7 percent annually, partly because of how high their prices have become relative to corporate profits. And as the Federal Reserve gets closer to raising interest rates, Freund expects price swings for stocks to get bigger. Bonds, too, are likely to get more volatile.

  • More than 635 Arbuckle disposal wells directed to reduce depths, volumes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    As the top oil producer in the water-heavy Mississippi Lime formation in northern Oklahoma, it's probably no surprise that SandRidge Energy Inc. leads the list of companies for saltwater disposal well volumes into the Arbuckle. Oklahoma oil and natural gas producers have long targeted the deep Arbuckle layer as a favored location for getting rid of the briny "fossil water" that comes up with oil and gas. But as the state deals with a huge increase in earthquakes, regulators are focusing on the links scientists have made between the amount of wastewater disposal into the Arbuckle and man-made earthquakes. Oklahoma oil and gas producers inject wastewater into other formations, but by far the largest volumes — more than

  • Mental health facility files civil rights complaint against OKC school district

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City mental health facility that provides daytime psychiatric treatment for children has filed federal civil rights and retaliation complaints against the Oklahoma City School District. After 10 years of providing education services to children being treated for psychiatric problems at Positive Changes, the district abruptly declined to renew the contract last summer. Positive Changes officials filed a retaliation complaint with the school district, claiming district officials took the action as retribution for them having reported three incidents of possible child abuse or neglect involving Oklahoma City teachers to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Client Advocacy. Positive

  • 'Spiritual heritage'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    The buildings are known for their vaulted ceilings, soaring balconies, ornate pillars and sconces, chandeliers and beautiful woodwork, plus vivid Scripture-themed stained glass windows in many shapes and sizes. As part of a special tour, members of the general public will be able to get a firsthand glimpse of these and other architectural design features that distinguish the historic houses of worship on downtown Oklahoma City's "Church Row." These churches, along with several other holy houses will be featured in the "Downtown Holiday Historic Church Tour and Holiday Concert" set for Dec. 6.

  • Downtown Church quiz answers

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    QUIZ ANSWERS Here are the answers to the questions included in the downtown area church quiz: 1. City Presbyterian; 2. St. Joseph Old Cathedral; 3. First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City; 4. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral; 5. First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City; 6. First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City; 7. Frontline Church; 8. First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City. Bonus: President John F. Kennedy Jr. and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson attended the funeral of Sen. Robert S. Kerr at First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City in 1963.

  • Church tour trivia

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Think you know all about the churches that will be part of the “Downtown Holiday Historic Church Tour”? Test your knowledge with this short quiz. Don't worry: the answers may be gleaned in the accompanying story. If you want to cheat (This is a story about a church tour, mind you, but it's no sin if your curiosity gets the better of you) and find out the answers right away, they are provided in a separate, accompanying information box. Each question pertains to one of the eight churches on the Dec. 6 tour.  1. Which church has a swimming pool and two working saunas. 2. Which church was built on “Blue Hill”? 3. Which church hosted a sitting U.S. president and vice president for the funeral of

  • Education notes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    OSU reports rise in American Indian graduates STILLWATER — The number of American Indian students earning a bachelor's degree increased 23 percent in one year at Oklahoma State University, according to a survey published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. The survey shows the number rose from 193 graduates in 2013 to 238 in 2014. The increase put OSU in second place among all universities nationwide, second only to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, which was founded specifically for American Indians.