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    | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Funny, isn't it? Regarding “Oklahoma ranchers lead nation in USDA drought relief payments” (News, Jan. 28): Funny, isn't it, how fast Oklahoma farmers and ranchers accept nearly $900 million in federal handouts? No, it's not funny. It's sad, because Oklahoma has steadfastly and heartlessly refused to allow tens of thousands of poor Oklahomans to receive federal health care assistance by accepting Medicaid expansion.

  • After 87 years, Coney Island Hot Dogs still dishing it up in the heart of downtown OKC

    By Steve Lackmeyer
    Business Writer |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The last remnants of downtown's old Main Street are set to soon disappear, giving way to an office tower and new parking garages. But the little three-story building at 428 W Main defies the 21st century, its owner, Bill Mihas, still serving hot “wieners” and playing chess with regulars every Saturday at Coney Island Hot Dogs. Bill Mihas, who has owned Coney Island for the past half century and the building for the past 20 years, has grown accustomed to seeing the ebb and flow of construction surrounding his business. “Good,” he says, “I'll sell more hot dogs.

  • Oklahoma murder victim's family must wait for justice

    By Graham Lee Brewer
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    After the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Richard Glossip, family of the man whose murder he was convicted of orchestrating must again wait for the death sentence to be handed down.

  • FDA issues new rules to improve defibrillator safety

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under the new requirements, manufacturers will have to submit more data on reliability of their devices and components, including batteries, adapters and electrodes. Additionally, the FDA will inspect manufacturing plants before companies can begin marketing new devices. The rules take effect for new defibrillators July 2016. Accessories already on the market will have until January 2020 to meet the new requirements.

  • Could insurers be using drug costs to discriminate?

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Barack Obama's signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Yet hundreds of patient advocacy groups say insurance companies have found a way to discriminate against these people, who are more expensive to cover because they require life-long treatments.

  • Oklahoma rethinking child welfare system

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Millions of federal dollars that Oklahoma had been spending on foster care will be shifted to pay for intensive in-home services designed to keep families together under a program set to begin in July.

  • Legal Counsel: Software licensing trends present significant risks for unprepared businesses

    | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Drew T. Palmer, an Oklahoma attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy’s Intellectual Property group, explains some pitfalls for businesses in licensing.

  • Ruth Marcus: Dartmouth's college try

    By Ruth Marcus | Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Dartmouth is giving drinking a new college try. That is, the drinking problem on its campus — and, by the way, on almost every college campus across the country. The logical thinking of Dartmouth's mathematician president, Philip Hanlon, is that drinking — specifically, drinking to health- and safety-threatening excess — is not going to disappear. But it could perhaps be reduced. So the headline of the new Dartmouth plan is to go after hard liquor because it gets students drunker, faster, and is the culprit in the vast majority of cases that land inebriated students in the emergency room.

  • Steven Schroeder: Good stewardship of tobacco settlement funds paying off for Oklahoma

    BY STEVEN A. SCHROEDER, M.D. | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma has become a national model for using tobacco settlement funds to reduce tobacco use and improve public health. While most states' settlement funds have fallen prey to shortsighted fiscal schemes, unrelated diversions and political whims, Oklahoma has quietly and steadily taken a wiser course. Extensive, peer-reviewed research findings published in this month's American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) are a strong testament to that wisdom. Oklahoma offers two distinct lessons in good stewardship of tobacco settlement funds. First, Oklahoma voters chose to permanently protect most of the state's annual payments in a constitutionally established endowment — the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment

  • Executive Q&A: Oklahoma City credit union chief aspires to legacy of integrity

    By Paula Burkes
    Business Writer |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Texas native Steve Rasmussen, president chief executive of the FAA Credit Union, was lured here by his wife’s Oklahoma connections. His mother-in-law and her four sisters hail from Chickasha.

  • Oklahoma Department of Rehabilition Services program chief helps disabled find jobs

    By Paula Burkes
    Business Writer |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    “People with disabilities are entitled to their piece of that American dream, and work is part of that,” says Jason Price, program manager with the state Department of Rehabilitation Services.

  • Chances of driver dying in crash plummets, panel finds

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved vehicle designs and safety tech nology have a lot to do with the reduced risk, but a weak economy that led to reductions in driving may also have played a role, the institute said.

  • Educators distrust state's teacher evaluation plan

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The statewide commission overseeing Oklahoma's new teacher-evaluation system received a stinging new report Thursday about educators' lack of buy-in and trust in the system. Researchers from the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, conducted focus groups with 131 educators from 58 school districts across the state in September and October. They told the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission that while new methods for rating teachers based on classroom observations are widely considered to be a significant improvement over schools' old ways of evaluating teachers, other student data-based measures of educator performance are widely misunderstood and considered invalid.

  • Oklahoma roots make native Cowboy and Sooner football players alike proud

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Former Oklahoma high school stars Billy Bajema, J.D. Runnels and Kye Staley voice their opinions on playing college ball in state

  • Oklahoma high school football recruits by the numbers

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    There are 30 Oklahoma high school players who signed with FBS teams in 2014

  • Saturday's College Scores

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Big 12 Men At No. 17 West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 58: Devin Williams scored 18 points for West Virginia. At No. 9 Kansas 68, Kansas State 57: Perry Ellis had a double-double in the first half and wound up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to help the Jayhawks. At No. 15 Iowa State 83, TCU 66: Georges Niang scored 23 points and floor leader Monte Morris added 16. At No. 20 Baylor 83, No. 19 Texas 60: Kenny Chery scored 23 points to lead Baylor.

  • NBA Notebook

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Horford, Hawks extend streak to 19 Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games. The Hawks led by 21 in the first half but the 76ers came back to take their first lead at 83-81 on a jam by Nerlens Noel with less than 3 minutes remaining. Horford scored to pull the Hawks even, and Dennis Schroeder's 3-pointer with 1:35 left gave Atlanta an 86-83 advantage. Following a miss by Philadelphia's

  • More than 2M vehicles recalled a 2nd time for faulty air bags

    By MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    NEW YORK — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all of the vehicles covered in Saturday’s announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers’ original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time. The new recall will fully replace the faulty electronic control unit, which is made by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp of

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook qualifies for NBA leaderboard; now second in the league in scoring

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Because of a hand injury that cost him 14 games earlier this season, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hasn’t been eligible for the NBA leaderboards. Until now.

  • NFL notebook

    | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Murray wins AP Offensive Player of the Year award NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray of Dallas won The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award for 2014, while the Arizona Cardinals swept coaching honors Saturday night. Murray, who ran away with the rushing title with 1,845 yards — nearly 500 more than any other player — also topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage. He scored 13 touchdowns in helping the Cowboys win the NFC East. That overwhelming performance earned him 26 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL.