• Oklahoma banks score in performance report

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    All three of Oklahoma’s publicly traded banks were ranked on Bank Director magazine’s annual Bank Performance Scorecard. Tulsa-based BOK Financial, parent of Bank of Oklahoma, ranked 16th among midsized banks, while Oklahoma City’s BancFirst Corp. ranked 24th in that category for banks with assets between $5 billion and $50 billion. BOK Financial, which also has banks in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, trades on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol “BOKF.” It has total assets of $30.7 billion. BancFirst, which operates more than 100 locations in 52 Oklahoma communities, trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “BANF.” It has total assets of $6.5 billion.


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    Workers dismantle the iconic sign Thursday at the Union Bus Station downtown. The building is being demolished to make room for a parking garage for the future 499 West Sheridan tower. Developers pledged to refurbish the sign and put it back on display in a glass beacon on the parking garage at the corner of Sheridan and Walker avenues. Also, blue glass tiles that adorn the bus station will be re-used in the parking garage facade. Records obtained by The Oklahoman indicate that demolition on the taller structures, such as the former Hotel Black and the Auto Hotel, could begin next month.

  • High school students cover diversity in journalism at OU camp

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    In Norman, 20 high school students are experiencing life as journalists at the 13th annual Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism workshop at the University of Oklahoma.

  • OSU football notebook

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Arroyo updates progress of running backs When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp. “I know the gains that Rennie made in the spring were really good,” Arroyo said.

  • Bryant back on the field with Cowboys

    By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dez Bryant wanted to toss a football with fellow receiver Cole Beasley almost as soon as he took the field for the first time at the training camp he threatened to skip without a long-term contract. The Cowboys had their enthusiastic All-Pro out of Oklahoma State for the opening workout Thursday because the sides agreed on a five-year, $70 million contract hours before a July 15 deadline that would have forced Bryant to play on a one-year deal — if at all. So instead of worrying about whether his “vocal leader” would report to camp, Beasley just had to make sure he didn’t throw out his arm. “He’s like an old kid, man,” Beasley said with a smile. “He comes out here and the first thing

  • OU No. 19, OSU out of Coaches Poll

    BY RYAN ABER AND KYLE FREDRICKSON Staff Writers | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma is No. 19 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday. Oklahoma State failed to crack the top 25. It’s only the second time since the Sooners’ 2000 national championship that OU is outside the top 10 in the preseason coaches poll. In 2013, Oklahoma was at No. 13 in the preseason poll and finished the season with a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and a No. 6 ranking. The Sooners, who were 8-5 last season, are one of three Big 12 teams in the poll. OU was No. 3 in last year’s preseason poll but finished unranked for just the third time in Bob Stoops’ tenure. TCU, coming off a 12-1 season, is No. 2 in the poll behind top-ranked Ohio

  • Silver says ‘stay tuned’ for game in Africa

    By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG — The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come. “Stay tuned,” Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg — the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. “This is an experiment of sorts.” Although he didn’t give an exact time frame, Silver said a preseason game and then a regular-season game on the continent was the logical progression for the NBA, which is on a “fast track” to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa. “Part of why I’m here is to continue to investigate new facilities,” Silver said.

  • Thunder analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    BY ERIK HORNE | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Sacramento Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee. According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer. Lieberman joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a


    By VIVIAN SALAMA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Heat wave smothers much of Middle East IRAQ | BAGHDAD — An unprecedented heat wave, reaching 126 degrees Fahrenheit, prompted Iraqi authorities to declare a mandatory four-day holiday beginning Thursday. The government urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water. Unlike other countries in the region, Iraq lacks beaches and travel restrictions make it difficult for people to escape the sweltering heat, leaving many with limited options for cooling off. Some swim in rivers and irrigation canals, while others spend these days in air-conditioned shopping malls. To the south, in the similarly sweltering Gulf, residents cranked up their air conditioners, and elsewhere in the Middle


    By ANDREW MELDRUM Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Man describes finding piece that could solve MH370 plane mystery REUNION | SAINT-ANDRE — Johnny Begue was collecting stones on the French Indian Ocean island he calls home when he saw part of an airplane wing washed up in the sand. The fragment may be the first clue to what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared last year with 293 people aboard. Massive search efforts failed to find any sign of the plane, and authorities are analyzing the piece to see if it matches the missing plane. “I knew immediately it was part of an aircraft, but I didn’t realize how important it was, that it could help to solve the mystery of what happened to the Malaysian jet,” Begue, 46, told The Associated Press

  • Highway bill clears Senate hurdle

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe’s bill promising a renewed national focus on highway and transit needs and $4.2 billion in road-building money for Oklahoma faced an uncertain future on Thursday after clearing the Senate with bipartisan support. The House is on a recess that lasts until early September, and Republican leaders already have said that they don’t like the Senate bill. The $350 billion Senate legislation was approved 65 to 34 on Thursday, with support from 38 Republicans, 25 Democrats and two independents. In an interview Thursday, Rep.

  • Bicyclist’s cross-country humanitarian trip ends with deadly accident

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    CANUTE — When Patrick Wanninkhof left Maine on his bicycle earlier this month for Santa Barbara, Calif., he shared a common goal with his 30 or so fellow cyclists: to stop several times along the way and help organizations build affordable homes for the needy. Halfway through his trip, while riding along a highway in western Oklahoma, Wanninkhof would meet his fate. Wanninkhof, 25, a Bronx, N.Y., high school teacher from Key Biscayne, Fla., was riding west on State Highway 152 on Thursday morning when his bicycle was struck by a car driven by Sarah Morris, 34, of Cordell. Wanninkhof was pronounced dead at the scene. Morris told police she was distracted because she was looking at her phone, causing her to hit Wanninkhof and

  • New tension builds in Atlanta after Confederate flags placed at church

    By Greg Bluestein and Shannon McCaffrey The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ATLANTA — Confederate battle flags were scattered outside Martin Luther King Jr.’s church Thursday, ratcheting up tensions that have been building over the emblems since a deadly shooting last month at a black church in Charleston, S.C. Four doormat-size flags were left at the visitor center of the King National Historic Site and adjacent Ebenezer Baptist Church. Both are historic symbols with deep meaning in the city known as the cradle of the civil rights movement.  Ebenezer’s pastor, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, wasted no time labeling the display “a terrorist act” no different from spray-painting swastikas on a synagogue. Federal and state authorities were

  • Playing it safe

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Gymnasiums designed to withstand an EF5 tornado are under construction at seven elementary schools in the Oklahoma City district, and parents couldn’t be happier. “We need a gym, and we’re very excited to get one,” said Brooke Kivett, whose daughter will be a fifth-grader at Nichols Hills Elementary School. “It is very comforting to know that my child will be safe there.” Dual-purpose gyms also are being  built at Edwards, Eugene Fields, Fillmore, Heronville, Prairie Queen and Rockwood elementary schools. The gyms will cost an additional $500,000 to reinforce and are being paid for with money from a 2007 bond issue.

  • Setting it straight

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    Thursday A story that appeared on page C1 mischaracterized $43.8 million in incentives The Boeing Co. has qualified to receive through Oklahoma’s 21st Century Quality Jobs Program. The jobs that qualified to receive 21st Century Quality Jobs Program funding were approved in 2013 and were not part an additional expansion that included the company’s groundbreaking of a new building on Wednesday.


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    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 16: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Lois 2710 No. 2-14/23H Well; NW/4 NE/4 NE/4 NE/4 of 14-27N-10W; 1,994 barrels oil per day, 3,454,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,252. Dewey: Mewbourne Oil Co.; Prostar 21 NB No. 1HCG Well; SE/4 SE/4 SE/4 SW/4 of 21-16N-17W; 511 barrels oil per day, 308,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,972. Ellis: Mewbourne Oil Co.; Berryman 1 PA No. 1HT Well; S/2 S/2 SE/4 SE/4 of 01-16N-23W; 402 barrels oil per day, 1,917,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • NFL notebook

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Jets fans fly banner reading ‘Cheaters look up’ over Patriots training camp If the New England Patriots thought practice would give them a brief respite from the drama of DeflateGate, they were wrong. A little more than an hour after their first practice session of training camp, a plane appeared over the training center pulling a banner that read “Cheaters look up! (at)Jetsfanmedia.” The plane flew back and forth over the field for a good 45 minutes, while the Patriots went through drills below. The banner was a clear reference to the league’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for intentionally using deflated balls in last season’s AFC

  • Evans has Energy talking championship

    BY CHRISTOPHER BRANNICK | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts Arizona United SC at 7 p.m. Friday at Taft Stadium. The Energy hasn’t won a match since June 13 at home against Tulsa, but that hasn’t deterred midfielder Gareth Evans and the team’s goal of winning a United Soccer League championship. Evans played for the USL title three years ago with Wilmington and now, in his second year as vice-captain of Energy FC, is trying to lead OKC to the top. Evans said despite his team not winning in more than a month — it has tied the last four matches — Oklahoma City is on track to make a run as the season nears its end. There are nine games remaining for the Energy (7-5-7), currently fifth-place team in the USL’s Western Conference.

  • Q&A with Kitt Letcher

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    BBB issues warning about travel websites that promise too much Q: What are the details of this warning about travel websites? A: Better Business Bureaus nationally have received 51 complaints and 1,449 inquiries about JustFly.com since March 5. Based on a similar business model, similar pattern of complaints and the same name of one of the people responding to complaints, we believe the company is connected with FlightHub.com, which has had its accreditation revoked by BBB. FlightHub presently has 323 closed complaints since April 2013 and 29 complaints that are still pending. Based in Canada, JustFly.com appears to be marketing primarily to consumers in the United States.

  • Rio water quality issues expected to be resolved before summer games in 2016

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city’s waterways. An Associated Press investigation shows that not only have they failed to do that, but that the waters are rife with illness-inducing viruses. The AP teamed up with a noted Brazilian virologist to test water at three sites where Olympic and Paralympic athletes will compete, and also at one of Rio’s most popular tourist beaches. Since March, Fernando Spilki, coordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University, has conducted four rounds of tests.