• What about Gov. Fallin's withheld emails?

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Regarding numerous references to Hillary Clinton’s refusal to share certain emails and destruction of those messages, does no one else remember that Gov. Mary Fallin did the same thing? Those emails had to do with the governor changing her mind about accepting federal funding to expand health care to lower-income Oklahomans who are still waiting to receive those medical services. Phyllis Bryant, Bethany In March 2012, Fallin cited executive privilege in not releasing about 100 of 51,000 pages of written material related to her decisions regarding Affordable Care Act programs and funding. In December 2014, the state Supreme Court said the governor had the authority to withhold certain documents.

  • Oklahoma's recent weather has passed this way before

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    SO much has been said lately about the epic weather, the “biblical” rainfall, the “climate change” that has erased historic drought and replaced it with historical precipitation totals, that we wonder why it's always the bad weather that gets the press. After all, biblical references to weather are hardly confined to the negative. Yes, we know that massive rainfall totals will always be associated with Noah and his family's survival during a period of “biblical” rainfall.

  • Oil and gas prices for May 29

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $54.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $42.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 13: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Burleson 2611 No. 3-19H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 19-26N-11W; 943,000 cu-ft gas per day 60 barrels oil per day; TD 10,350. Dewey: Duncan Oil Properties Inc.; Ommen No. 4-14H Well; S1/2 S1/2 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 14-16N-20W; 4,676,000 cu-ft gas per day 225 barrels oil per day; TD 14,067. Ellis: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC; Monty 1722 No. 4H-15 TC Well; SE1/4 NW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 10-17N-22W; 104 barrels oil

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 29.

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    Oklahoma news briefs for May 29.

  • Magic man: Dwight Twilley returns to Oklahoma City for free Guestroom concert

    BY GENE TRIPLETT, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Tulsa’s Dwight Twilley soon will be leaving the comforts of home to launch his “Look Ma No Band” Acoustic Tour with a free in-store performance at Guestroom Records, 3701 N Western.

  • Jonathan Tyler returns to independent roots with new album 'Holy Smokes'

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Texas rocker Jonathan Tyler is following up on his band’s 2010 Atlantic Records debut “Pardon Me” with a rootsier August release on Thirty Tigers. Plus, the singer-songwriter will play a solo show Thursday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, where he will open for Butch Walker.

  • OK Policy official: Honest conversation needed about the state budget

    BY GENE PERRY | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Deciding how to pay for schools, roads, health care and other crucial public services is the most important job of Oklahoma lawmakers. Hot-button social issues usually get more attention, but to see what makes the biggest difference in the lives of regular Oklahomans, we need to follow the money. Unfortunately, that responsibility isn't being treated with the care it deserves. This year the state budget was pushed through the Legislature less than 48 hours after it had been seen by anyone outside a small group of budget writers. Lawmakers and citizens had hardly enough time to read the bill, much less understand its complicated provisions, before these critical votes. That's troubling, because there's much in the budget

  • Your Views

    | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Simply inaccurate Jerry Parry (Your Views, May 23) wrote that “there will be no Keystone XL pipeline” because Warren Buffett, who is a “booster of Barack Obama,” benefits from oil shipment on the BNSF railroad. Actually, the southern route of the Key-stone XL pipeline has been shipping 830,000 barrels of toxic tar sands crude per day from Canada through Oklahoma to the Gulf since February 2014. From Port Arthur, Texas, most of the tar sands crude is headed overseas to China and other foreign nations. Even though this pipeline doesn't stabilize oil prices or reduce gas costs at the American pump, President Obama came to Cushing and issued an executive order on March 21, 2012, to expedite the completion

  • Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn't,” I replied. “I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I'd chosen the wrong vocation.” I was reminded of this exchange upon receiving my med school class's 40th-reunion report and reading some of the entries. In general, my classmates felt fulfilled by family, friends and the considerable achievements of their professional lives. But there was an undercurrent of deep disappointment, almost

  • Oklahoma appeals court shows bribery issue isn't complicated

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    THE Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the bribery convictions of two former state lawmakers, ruling that people who raise money for political campaigns and present themselves as candidates for political office are, in fact, political candidates. The ruling validates the plain meaning of the law and strengthens anti-bribery efforts. To recap, in 2010 state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, served as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funded the state Medical Examiner's Office. Terrill used his position to create an $80,000 “transition coordinator” job at the agency and tried to ensure that Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, was hired.

  • A price control on labor

    | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Chicago decided last year to boost the minimum wage to $13 an hour by the middle of 2019. Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles have gone even higher, raising the floor to $15 an hour in the next few years, and other cities may follow suit. It's a price control on labor. Their intentions are good. Full-time employment at the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour provides an income of just $14,500 a year. For an adult supporting one child, that's well below the poverty line of $15,930. The problem is that a higher legal minimum wage is at odds with the prevailing supply of and demand for labor. If you set the minimum too high, you will get a shortage of jobs.

  • Paul Greenberg: The newest Nixon

    By Paul Greenberg | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Call her Hillary Rodham Nixon, for there are times when she seems to have learned the old master's routines line by line, evasion by evasion. Remember when Tricky Dick used to say, “I want to say this about that” before saying pretty much nothing about everything, or claiming he'd explained all that before, or just changing the embarrassing subject, or all of the above? If you've forgotten those endless Nixonian press conferences about Watergate, or are much too young to remember them, then be thankful. They're not worth remembering, any more than Hillary Clinton's current dodge, whether the question is about her disappearing emails or where she stands on the latest sensitive issue in the news like the

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Sun Riah

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Becky Carman interviewed M. Bailey Stephenson of Sun Riah about heavy harps, wanderlust and going solo.

  • Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association sends complaints to Better Business Bureau

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The change in the grievance process will result in more thorough examination of customer complaints and end “the appearance of self dealing,” said Executive Director Rusty Appleton, of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.

  • Big 12 sports: OKC will host Big 12 baseball women's hoops in coming years

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Thursday was a good day for Tim Brassfield. The Oklahoma City All Sports Association executive director's day started with the opening of the Women's College World Series and then in the afternoon, the news of more events coming to Oklahoma City became official. Th e Big 12 announced Thursday that the conference's baseball tournament would be at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark through 2020, and the women's basketball tournament would be at Chesapeake Energy A rena through 2019.

  • NBA notebook

    | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Cavs, Warriors get time to rest Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors' clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. “You know what we do now?” Kerr asked, somewhat rhetorically. “We wait.” Now, we all wait. The NBA Finals won't start until June 4, meaning both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors will have more than a full week to rest, recover, scout and plan for Game 1 of the title matchup.

  • Payne says he's better than Duke's Tyus Jones

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, there is growing buzz among rival general managers that OKC has made a promise to Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick. The Thunder always has preferred to carry three point guards, and Payne, who'd be the first player since Kenneth Faried in 2011 to be selected in the first round out of the Ohio Valley Conference, would slide in behind Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin. But would the Thunder really select a third string point guard with the 14th overall pick? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, here's a lengthy Q&A with Payne from the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month in Chicago.

  • Women's College World Series: What coaches are saying about the possibility of mandating facemasks for pitchers

    By Kyle Fredrickson
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PROTECTING THE PITCHER — The Amateur Softball Association and the United States Specialty Sports Association do not require pitchers or fielders to wear masks, but the conversation as to whether they should was sparked on Monday.

  • NFL notebook

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Peterson vents about honoring contract Adrian Peterson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of Minnesota Vikings' offseason. The former NFL MVP and University of Oklahoma star has come under scrutiny from fans after saying he wanted a long-term commitment from the team despite the fact that he missed most of last season while addressing child abuse charges. He has three years and about $46 million left on his deal, but none of that is guaranteed. “A (little) crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract!”

  • Morning roundup

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire and web reports | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Golson says Notre Dame blocked possibility of transfer to Texas Former Note Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to the national title game during the 2012-13 season, is heading to Florida State. However, it now appears Golson may have preferred to transfer to Texas to play for the quarterback-starved Longhorns. But according to Golson, Notre Dame blocked a potential transfer to Texas because the schools are scheduled to play Sept. 5 in the season opener. “I would've definitely entertained (transferring to Texas), but just knowing that I couldn't, it kinda limited me,” Golson told Fox Sports. “It was pretty awkward, but it