• Interest for Kurdish oil cools amid turmoil

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    IRBIL, Iraq — The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron that only a year ago were eager to exploit the promising reserves of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. The threat of Islamic State group militants, who have swept across much of northern Iraq and are battling Kurdish forces only miles away from the Kurdish capital, Irbil, has dampened international interest. The security threat only increases oil companies' doubts, on top of falling oil prices and disputes between the Kurds and the Iraqi

  • Storm shelter applications increase in Moore, OK, after March 25 tornado

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    A month after a tornado touched down there, a growing number of residents in Moore are building storm shelters, city officials said. Skilled volunteers are needed as recovery efforts continue.

  • Energy meeting's theme focuses on oil, gas, power, price

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    HOUSTON — In the year since the energy industry last gathered for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. A chastened parade of energy executives, analysts, academics and government officials from several countries delivered speeches and participated in panels as part of IHS's CERAWeek energy conference, worrying over prices and making a profit, and speculating on what it could all mean for economies and consumers around the world. Here are five major themes from this year's conference.

  • Moore, OK, school district to rebuild tornado-damaged portions of school

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Despite construction, the Moore schools superintendent expects students to return to Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary when school starts in August.

  • Oklahoma County public records for April 25, 2015

    Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for April 25, 2015

  • Jules Witcover: The endless campaign marathon is out of hand

    By Jules Witcover | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Now that Hillary Clinton has finally declared her presidential candidacy for 2016, the country can look forward to another interminable stretch of pre-election shadow boxing, until the first voting in the Iowa caucuses early next year. The lineup of contestants for the slog is a curious one. In the Republican Party, 20 or more aspirants have burst out of the starting gate in a number of meaningless trial heats and straw polls. An army of print, radio, television and Internet analysts is already reading the skimpy tea leaves to discern who's ahead and who's behind.

  • Kourlis: Progress being made in civil justice system

    BY REBECCA LOVE KOURLIS | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Lawyers and judges may have been the last to know, or maybe just the last to admit the truth. The American public is fed up with the civil justice system. It costs too much, is convoluted and agonizingly slow. In the end, it seems to be all about putting both parties in a posture where anything is better than forging ahead, and they settle — often with little attention to the facts or the law, but rather on the basis of who blinks first. The civil jury trial is all but gone, and the development of appellate case law arising out of trial court decisions in civil cases is waning. In short, the American civil justice system — the bulwark of our social contract with one another that protects individuals, enforces constitutional

  • Your Views

    | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Weaning needed Does the Legislature conduct background checks on wind companies before giving a free ride on taxpayer dollars? Wind energy started out with such promise. It was going to provide jobs and help local schools. It has now pitted community members against each other. In Osage County, Enel, an Italian power company, obtained permission from surface owners to site turbines. However, it refused to obtain permits from or notify the mineral owners. Enel degraded, crushed and removed countless tons of resources from the Osage Mineral Estate. This case is in federal court and has upset the entire county. Last year, Enel had its business records seized in Slovakia at least twice for what authorities said was a

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: A welcome approach by OKC schools superintendent

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    “OUR job is to educate kids, not select and sort them out.” Rob Neu, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, made this remark Tuesday in announcing a revamping of the district's code of conduct. The overhaul is badly needed, as an internal report issued a day earlier made clear. The report looked at disciplinary actions taken at 14 high schools and middle schools during the two most recent school years. Nearly 3,000 students were suspended during that time, mostly for disruptive behavior, fighting and defiance of authority.

  • Oklahoma business news in brief

    | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Oklahoma business news briefs for Saturday, April 25, 2015.

  • Michael Gerson: 'The road to character'

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or mythmaking, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and a haze of pot smoke. But as the counterculture has consumed the culture, countering the culture takes on a different meaning. With his new book, “The Road to Character,” New York Times columnist David Brooks emerges as a countercultural leader. His goal is the recovery of “a vast moral vocabulary and set of moral tools, developed over centuries and handed down from generation to generation.

  • Moore, OK, school district to rebuild tornado-damaged portions of school

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Despite construction, the Moore schools superintendent expects students to return to Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary when school starts in August.

  • Attorney general says his farewell

    By ERIC TUCKER | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said farewell Friday to the Justice Department after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers that they helped produce a “golden age” in the department's history. An emotional Holder, who has served as the nation's top law enforcement official since the start of the Obama administration, addressed hundreds of lawyers and staff members one day after his successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay. She will be sworn into office on Monday. “I am proud of you. I'm going to miss you. I am going to miss this building. I am going to

  • Durable goods orders up, but investments still drop

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Purchases of long-lasting manufactured goods in March jumped by the largest amount in eight months, but a closer look reveals that businesses pruned their investment plans. Orders for durable goods rebounded 4 percent in March after a 1.4 percent decline in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The result was led by a big jump in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, however, orders fell for a sixth straight month. More worrying was a 0.5 percent drop in demand in a key category that serves as a proxy for future business investment. The retreat followed a 2.2 percent drop in February and marked the seventh monthly

  • National Register research sparks a rabbit chase in Enid, Oklahoma

    Real Estate Editor |
    Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Richard Mize: Before you know it, you can be well off the beaten path when researching northwest Oklahoma architect R.W. (Roy W.) Shaw.

  • Dangerous volcanic mudflows in Chile prompt more evacuations

    By LUIS HIDALGO and LUIS ANDRES HENAO | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    CHILE ENSENADA — Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America. Chilean officials said the evacuations were precautionary but necessary because flows of volcanic mud, known as lahars, are capable of leveling anything in their path. The area had been evacuated after the volcano first erupted Wednesday afternoon, but by Friday many people had begun to return home.

  • Obama praises spying effort after deaths

    By NEDRA PICKLER | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    VIRGINIA McLEAN — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes. “We all bleed when we lose an American life,” Obama said in a speech at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to mark its 10th anniversary. “We all grieve when any innocent life is taken. We don't take this work lightly. And I know that each and every one of you understand the magnitude of what we do and the stakes involved and these aren't abstractions and we're not

  • Nation | World briefs, April 25

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Nation | World briefs, April 25

  • Oklahoma real estate notes

    | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate notes for April 25, 2015

  • Oklahoma state briefs: April 25, 2015

    | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Oklahoma state briefs: April 25, 2015