• Hurricane Katrina teaches former FEMA chief resilience

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina obliterated the political career of then-Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown with the same savage brutality that it crushed the city of New Orleans. “Truthfully, it was devastating,” said Brown, a Guymon native who resigned as director of the agency that coordinates federal disaster relief efforts in 2005 after being pilloried in the media for the government's response to Hurricane Katrina's destruction. “People blame you for the deaths of people. ... It was the low point of my life,” said Brown, who has an undergraduate degree from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) and a law degree from Oklahoma City University.

  • Navy captain's story of survival brings hopes to others

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Retired U.S. Navy pilot Capt. Charlie Plumb was in Oklahoma City to tell his story Saturday as the guest speaker at the 240th Navy Birthday Ball, a story that began nearly 50 years ago.

  • Futures File: Hurricane peak passage gives orange juice futures sour bite

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Orange juice prices are dropping as the peak of hurricane season has passed, leaving Florida unscathed.

  • Oklahoma education news briefs

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma education news in brief for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

  • Refugees are finding 'a better life' in Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Violence and strife prompted many families to seek refugee status and embark on a journey that eventually led them to the United States and Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Education tax increase would cost average family $252

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: A former governor and U.S. senator, University of Oklahoma President David Boren is organizing an effort to put a penny sales tax proposal on the November 2016 general-election ballot to boost funding for education in Oklahoma.

  • Legal Counsel: Cecil the lion, hunter could move Endangered Species Act change

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Tim Sowecke: Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA)’s purpose is “to provide a means whereby the ecosystem upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, [and] provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species.”

  • 300 Oklahoma railroad crossings to get upgrades

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma is about to embark on an ambitious project to spend $100 million improving 300 railroad crossings over the next three years, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

  • Oklahoma medical news briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma medical news in brief for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

  • Oklahoma City woman foresees celebration of native dance, language

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Sarah Adams-Cornell is leading an effort to gain official recognition in Oklahoma City for Indigenous Peoples Day.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore is a weekly look at what's happening in the Oklahoma Legislature.

  • Reduxion Theatre gets interactive with season opener 'OKC Dead'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The zombie apocalypse has arrived in downtown Oklahoma City, and the Civic Center Music Hall looks to be ground zero for the infection, as Reduxion Theatre Company prepares for the Thursday premiere of its new live production “OKC Dead,” described as an immersive “zombie survival experience.”

  • Hurricane Katrina teaches former FEMA chief resilience

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Reflecting on the experience 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown, a native of Guymon, Oklahoma, said much of the personal criticism was unfair and he believes he was a political scapegoat.

  • Tom Phillips: Investors need diversification to shrink risks in stock market

    By TOM PHILLIPS For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    The goals of investing should include more than just trying to make a fast buck. That’s sometimes hard to keep in mind while watching a few technology and biotech stocks hit new highs day after day.

  • U.S. Supreme Court could consider Oklahoma cases in new term

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    In the next few weeks, the justices are expected to decide whether to hear Oklahoma's challenge to Colorado's marijuana laws, an Indian gaming dispute and religious liberty cases involving Oklahoma entities challenging the contraception mandate.

  • Halliburton offers settlements to property owners in lawsuits

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    DUNCAN — Some four years after testing found pollution from spent rocket fuel in the groundwater, Halliburton is offering settlements to about 130 property owners after the chemical compound ammonium perchlorate showed up in their private wells.  As an October trial date neared for one of the largest lawsuits against Halliburton, the company began settling with many Duncan residents this summer, records show. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Halliburton has offered settlements to 130 plaintiffs involving more than 80 properties in Duncan. Halliburton declined to comment on the settlements because several lawsuits are still ongoing, the company said

  • Executive Q&A: Not deterred by stroke, Edmond doctor still wants to make people look fine, feel good

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    It’s been a long nine months, but Dr. Gina Ressler, 60, is back in the office at Signature Skin Care at 1300 E Ninth in Edmond after suffering a hemorraghic stroke in December.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Some states use sales tax to fund education

    By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Iowa, Arizona, Idaho, Florida and Georgia are among the states that implemented sales tax increases similar to the one proposed by University of Oklahoma President David Boren.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

  • Encouraging disclosure could help in workplace

    By Lucy Wood | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced it will review its security and hiring standards to prevent a tragedy such as the downing of the Germangwings plane by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz at the expense of 150 lives. In light of the stakes, let's hope that the focus remains on the most helpful questions about how the Federal Aviation Administration monitors the mental health of pilots. Those questions must focus on how to incentivize disclosure. To start, we don't need to revisit our laws. The Americans with Disabilities Act permits an employer to require an employee to submit to testing to ensure safety where there is reason to believe the employee poses a “direct threat” to himself or others.