• A new approach to business telephone

    BY JOHN ODGERS
    Field Marketing Manager, Cox Business Oklahoma |
    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Depending on a company's size and needs, commercial telephone systems can represent a significant capital investment. From small to medium-sized businesses, upfront telephone hardware costs can be $50,000 and higher. IP Centrex from Cox Business now offers companies an all-new option that requires no upfront hardware costs. This cloud-based phone system eliminates the complexity of traditional PBX or key systems, and unites an entire business on a single communications platform. “Our new IP Centrex product is a game changer for many companies,” said Ashley Perkins, sales director for Cox Business.

  • During tornado season in Oklahoma, planning ahead is key to staying safe

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Norman office, said planning ahead is critical to tornado safety in Oklahoma. When a tornado is bearing down, it’s too late to make a plan, he said.

  • Oklahoma medical news briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Oklahoma medical news briefs for Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • Oklahoma education rally expects to draw thousands to state Capitol

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Parents and teachers will target legislators Monday at the state Capitol for a lobbying push to bring more resources to public education in Oklahoma.

  • Business almanac for March 29, 2015

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Business almanac for March 29, 2015

  • Midwest City-Sapulpa rail service opening pushed back

    By JARREL WADE
    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SAPULPA — The line for the first passenger rail trip to Oklahoma City from Tulsa starts behind Rick Westcott, the former Tulsa city councilman and rail proponent said. “I think people in this part of the state waited a long time for passenger rail,” Westcott said. “The closer it gets, the more excited we are.” But he and others are going to have to wait just a bit longer, after the company offering the rail service said they moved their late-April deadline back several weeks. Matt Abbey, Eastern Flyer project manager, said the leadership of Watco Cos.

  • Oklahoma utility OG&E faces multiple challenges in approval of $1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Testimony in a hearing on OG&E’s $1 billion plan at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is on a break until April 7. The utility has faced numerous questions from 13 intervening parties in the case about how it came up with its plan and how ratepayers will be affected.

  • OG&E environmental and generation upgrades

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    OG&E environmental and generation upgrades A Who’s Who OG&E’s $1 billion environmental compliance and replacement generation case has attracted 13 intervening parties. Here’s a look at who’s involved in the case at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission: OG&E Filed the $1 billion application looking for the commission to grant it cost recovery from ratepayers for environmental compliance and replacement generation. Number of witnesses: 8 Sierra Club A frequent intervenor in utility cases in Oklahoma. Wants OG&E to stop burning coal and use more renewable energy. Number of witnesses: 4 Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers Represents large industrial

  • Oklahoma Watch: State's prisons cut care for many mentally ill inmates

    By Clifton Adcock
    Oklahoma Watch |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Oklahoma Watch: According to the Oklahoma Corrections Department, about a third of prison inmates exhibit signs of a serious mental illness. The number has increased by nearly a third over two years, to 9,432 inmates in 2014, Corrections Department records show.

  • Oklahoma utility OG&E faces multiple challenges in approval of $1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation

    By Paul Monies
    Business Writer |
    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Testimony in a hearing on OG&E’s $1 billion plan at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is on a break until April 7. The utility has faced numerous questions from 13 intervening parties in the case about how it came up with its plan and how ratepayers will be affected.

  • 'Pollinator protection' bill causes buzz

    By RANDY KREHBIEL
    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    There's a different buzz at the Capitol this session. Faint and low, it hums through the great halls and bounces lightly from Senate to House. It is the bee bill. Bees — and other “pollinators” such as butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and even lizards — are important because many plants, including fruit and nut trees, cannot produce without them. And they're dying. The U.S. Agriculture Department says bee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate — about 30 percent a year since 2006. Because of a bee shortage in California, hives are trucked in from all over the country, including Oklahoma, just to pollinate the

  • Of Character: Edmond man lives by friend's advice to value, show respect to others

    By Bryan Painter
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    “I had a close friend tell me to pay attention to who touches your life every day and who your life touches each day,” said Don Reeves, of Edmond, Oklahoma. “Take time to know their names and show them respect. Value them as individuals and value their contributions.”

  • Cardboard cutout used in carpool lane scam

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 23 hr ago

    FIFE, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol trooper says it's by far the best carpool scam he's seen, but it didn't work. As KOMO-TV put it, “Troopers don't always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer 'dos' passengers.” A motorcycle trooper parked along Interstate 5 near Tacoma on Monday afternoon spotted a driver and a rather unusual “passenger” pass by him in the carpool lane. When the trooper stopped the car, he discovered the “passenger” was a cardboard cutout of the actor who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in Dos Equis beer ads. The

  • Sunday television news shows

    From staff and wire reports | Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEWS SHOWS Local stations “The Verdict,” 9 a.m., Cox channel 3. Dan Sullivan, CEO, Grand River Dam Authority. “Flash Point,” 9:30 a.m., KFOR-4. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “State Chamber of Oklahoma's Business Roundtable,” 10 a.m., Cox Channel 3. Lindel Fields, superintendent and CEO, Tri County Technology Center. “Oklahoma Forum,” 1 p.m., OETA-13.

  • Funding crunch may impact doctor pipeline

    By Bonnie Miller Rubin
    Chicago Tribune Tribune News Service |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CHICAGO — Weary mothers with toddlers, weathered laborers and elderly folks hunched over walkers all jostled for position, filling almost every available seat in the nondescript waiting room at the Erie Family Health Center in West Town. It was a routine Monday afternoon at the clinic, where there are too many patients and not enough doctors. Funding constraints are putting the doctor pipeline in jeopardy, as the U.S. faces a physician shortage that's expected to grow worse in coming years.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 23 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 41,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photo grapher. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Animal shelters across nation open camps to teach children

    By Sue Manning
    The Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience. Thousands of youngsters ages 6 to 17 will attend day camps this summer at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. The urge to nurture animals starts early — especially with pets becoming key parts of families — giving rise to the popularity of programs that offer budding veterinarians and other young animal lovers a way to help dogs and cats and learn the responsibilities of owning pets.

  • D.C. Notes: Some House members want top aides to live in Oklahoma but travel frequently to Washington

    | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Chris Casteel: D.C. Notes for Sunday, March 29, 2015.

  • Kingfisher County healthiest in Oklahoma, new information finds

    By Ruth Serven
    For The Oklahoman |
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Information shows Kingfisher County is the healthiest out of Oklahoma’s 77 counties because of high employment rates and low risk of early death.

  • N.M. governor signs bill reorganizing law enforcement

    | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SANTA FE, NM — Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday signed a bill that will reorganize the state Department of Public Safety. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, will merge the three law enforcement divisions in the department — the New Mexico State Police, the Motor Transportation Police Division and the Special Investigations Division — into what will be known as the New Mexico State Police Division. This merger will move the approximately 150 commissioned officers in the latter two divisions out of the classified personnel system managed by the State Personnel Office and into the New Mexico State Police exempt personnel system.




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