• Oklahoma lawmakers: Flood-control investments must be a priority

    BY STATE REP. LESLIE OSBORN | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    For more than 60 years, Oklahomans have realized the benefits of our investment in flood-control infrastructure. Our 2,107 flood-control dams, built by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since the 1950s, are an important investment in building resilience to extreme weather events that are all too familiar to Oklahomans. While up to 22 inches of rain fell in some parts of the state this May, flood-control dams prevented an estimated $96 million in damage to land and property statewide. Before this system of upstream dams was in place, walls of water would rage down streams, washing away farmland and destroying communities large and small. The water still came this

  • Blue Bell, FDA had listeria warning signs at Alabama plant years ago

    By Claudia Grisales
    Austin American-Statesman |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of reaching a deal with Alabama state health officials to boost testing and other safety measures, federal reports show Blue Bell Creameries was also warned of leaks and hygiene issues at its facilities in that state as far back as 2011. Over the course of at least a half dozen visits by Alabama state health department inspectors dating back to 2010, reports show that the Blue Bell facility in Sylacauga, Ala., saw issues also seen at its plants in Broken Arrow and Brenham, Texas, where the company is based. The reports were obtained by the American-Statesman as part of an open records request. The U.S.

  • Pinterest to start 'buyable' feature for pinning down shopping options

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK — Users of Pinterest will soon be able to buy items directly through the company's app using a new type of pin. Pinterest and Canadian e-commerce company Shopify said Tuesday that the “buyable pins” will debut in the next few weeks. Pinterest says buyable items will have a blue pin displaying their price. Users will be able to search for similar items based on color and price. The company says items from brands including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Cole Haan, Michaels and thousands of Shopify stores will have the pins. Fabric and craft retailer Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Inc. says it will also participate in the program.

  • Frustrated American lawmakers seek answers from Takata on faulty air bags

    By MARCY GORDON and DEE-ANN DURBIN
    Associated Press |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the progress of a recall of millions of defective air bags, pointing out that it's still unclear what's causing the air bags to rupture, which vehicles need repairs and whether replacement air bags are truly safe. “Every morning I feel like I am playing headline roulette, waiting for another rupture, another injury, another death,” Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said at a subcommittee hearing to question federal regulators and officials from Takata Corp., the Japanese company that makes the air bags.

  • April factory orders dip; fall 8th time in 9 months

    By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — U.S. factory orders fell in April, a sign manufacturers are struggling amid a stronger dollar and cheaper oil. Orders fell 0.4 percent in April, marking the eighth decline in nine months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The key category that tracks business investment plans — nonmilitary capital goods excluding aircraft — slipped 0.3 percent. Orders for electronic products fell 4 percent as demand in the volatile aircraft category dove sharply. The stronger dollar has increased the cost of U.S.-made goods overseas, cutting into sales in Europe and Asia. At the same time, cheaper oil prices have cut demand from energy firms for pipelines

  • Buried in housing debt

    By PAUL WISEMAN
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami, Fla.-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band. They enjoy performing. But it isn't exactly how Al, an 86-year-old Korean War veteran, or Saundra, 76, had expected to spend their retirement. Of all the financial threats facing Americans of retirement age — outliving savings, falling for scams, paying for long-term care — housing isn't supposed to be one. But after a home-price collapse, the worst recession since the 1930s and some calamitous decisions to turn homes into cash machines, millions of them are straining

  • Future of American Indian museum now rests with Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WITH the stroke of a pen, Gov. Mary Fallin handed the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum over to Oklahoma City. Unknown is whether the city believes the project is worth salvaging. Fallin last week signed House Bill 2237, which the Legislature approved in the waning days of the recently completed session after considerable debate. Passage of the bill was a victory of sorts because the Legislature hadn't done anything about the AICCM since construction stopped in 2012 due to lack of funds. Yet the fact Oklahoma City officials weren't closely involved in developing HB 2237 left them uneasy, and understandably so given how the bill is structured.

  • Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey shows Oklahomans optimistic for 2015

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma consumers also showed an increase in confidence as it relates to business conditions over the next five years.

  • Hundreds are still missing from capsized cruise ship in China

    By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    CHINA JIANLI — As the Eastern Star cruise ship listed heavily amid pounding rain on the Yangtze River, tour guide Zhang Hui told a colleague, “Looks like we are in trouble.” The vessel capsized in the storm Monday night with 458 people aboard, touching off a frantic rescue effort. At least 15 people were brought to safety, including three pulled from the overturned hull Tuesday, and five people were confirmed dead, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The vessel was carrying mostly elderly tourists from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing when it overturned in China's Hubei Province.

  • Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey shows Oklahomans optimistic for 2015

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma consumers also showed an increase in confidence as it relates to business conditions over the next five years.

  • Next up for pay raises at Walmart:

    By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    NEW YORK — Walmart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers. The wage hikes are part of a $1 billion program at Walmart that also includes improving training and offering

  • What We're Talking About

    | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    SCHOOL GRADUATION EAGLE FEATHER: A Native American student who sued his California school district because it's refusing to let him wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation will ask a judge for an order permitting the sacred item. ISLAMIC STATE BRITISH ACTOR: A British actor who has had minor roles in Hollywood films has joined Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syria and appears in an online video. BILL COSBY: Bill Cosby's comments calling rape a form of bullying and “annoying” are released by a filmmaker who interviewed the comedian in

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority keeps it simple

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Recently while driving in the Houston area, I found out that unless you have the correct windshield sticker, you can’t use the toll road. In the Houston area, one must have, at least, one of three different electronic toll charge devices stuck to your windshield. Only an EZ-TAG will work on a couple of roads. Thank you Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for keeping it simple for all of Oklahoma.

  • Grandad's, an Uptown Oklahoma City beer bar and music venue, to reopen with new focus

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Grandad’s, a popular beer bar and country western music venue in Uptown, is set to reopen under different ownership i:n Oklahoma City.

  • Salted caramel chocolate cupcakes recipe

    | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Salted caramel chocolate cupcakes recipe

  • Future of American Indian museum now rests with Oklahoma City

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WITH the stroke of a pen, Gov. Mary Fallin handed the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum over to Oklahoma City. Unknown is whether the city believes the project is worth salvaging. Fallin last week signed House Bill 2237, which the Legislature approved in the waning days of the recently completed session after considerable debate. Passage of the bill was a victory of sorts because the Legislature hadn’t done anything about the AICCM since construction stopped in 2012 due to lack of funds. Yet the fact Oklahoma City officials weren’t closely involved in developing HB 2237 left them uneasy, and understandably so given how the bill is structured.

  • Will Rand Paul's move hurt him in bid for presidency?

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    RAND Paul has a flair for the dramatic, although his most recent stunt could wind up costing him in his bid for the Republican nomination for president. We’ll know in time. Paul, R-Ky., rode the backing of tea party forces to his election to the Senate in 2010 and since then he has endeared himself to those supporters with his push against government overreach. Recall his nearly 13-hour filibuster last year that focused on the potential of U.S. drone strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil. On Sunday, the target of his ire was the USA Patriot Act, in particular Section 215, which allows the National Security Agency to track information about phone calls – the numbers dialed, how long the calls lasted, etc.

  • Author will visit Cuppies and Joe in Oklahoma City on Wednesday

    BY DAVE CATHEY
    Food Editor |
    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Food writer Morgan Murphy will be in Oklahoma City at Cuppies and Joe to sign copies of his new book “Off the Eaten Path: On the Road Again,” which includes recipes from the local bakery and coffeehouse. Murphy also will venture to Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails in Norman.

  • Oklahoma food briefs

    | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Food briefs: Food related news briefs for Oklahoma

  • Cooking classes: Oklahoma Cooking classes

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Cooking classes: Oklahoma cooking classes for May 27.




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