• Oklahoma lawmakers' budgeting double standard is troubling

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Updated: 13 hr ago

    THIS is becoming old news, but there's a big gap between legislative Republicans' talk about the need to right-size government and their willingness to actually cut their own spending. Despite facing a $611 million budget shortfall this year, lawmakers did not cut the budgets for the state House of Representatives, the Oklahoma Senate or the Legislative Service Bureau. At the same time, 49 other state entities experienced cuts of up to 7.25 percent. Yet this is hardly a one-year phenomenon. For several years legislators have been talking about the need for tough choices — for others — while exempting themselves. And they've actually padded their own

  • Some of what was said at Southern Republican Leadershop Conference

    | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Here is some of what was said Thursday and Friday by Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates who addressed the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: “They came and occupied our capitol. Why? Simple. Our plan was about taking power out of the hands of the big government special interests, the big government union bosses, and putting it firmly in the hands of the hardworking taxpayers. And they didn't much like that. Well, the good news is we succeeded. “In our state, we got rid of seniority and tenure so we can hire and fire at schools based on merit. ...

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 11 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 48,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photo grapher. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 24, 2015.

  • Dogs split from wolves earlier than thought, DNA analysis suggests

    By Eryn Brown
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago — not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. “Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is generally believed,” Love Dalen, a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and co-author of a study describing the discovery in the journal Current Biology, said in a statement. Dalen, first author Pontus Skoglund of the Harvard Medical School and their colleagues came to their conclusion after sequencing the DNA of a male wolf that lived on

  • Taking Stock: Hang up on broker's hot tip to get rid of stock in AT&T

    | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Apple recently replaced AT&T on the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow needed more representation in modern technology, and because the Dow is price-weighted (not weighted by market value like other indexes), T’s relatively low price made it a logical choice to be delisted.

  • Executive Q&A: Insurance company chief pursued the ministry, politics before finding his niche

    By Paula Burkes
    Business Writer |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Executive Q&A: Tony Caldwell, a former Oklahoma state legislator, envisioned a career in politics, before he made his career in the insurance industry.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit's director follows her childhood dreams of volunteering

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    “Throughout many different community service activities and my work in the education and nonprofit sector I have met countless people who are making an impact on their community and who’ve inspired me to do more,” Paula Wackenheim said. “There are just so many people who are working at a very grassroots level to improve education and health outcomes, it really is exciting to see how service, no matter how small, can benefit others.”

  • Your Views

    | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Secular is best “Declining Christian rolls no cause for celebration” (Our Views, May 17) gets some fundamental ideas wrong. The denial of self, combined with unjustified belief in an unseen spiritual realm, is the actual cause of many societal woes. It's also wrong to blame the so-called seven deadly sins as the source of “major challenges” throughout history. Pretending there is a “higher authority” other than our own mind stops many individuals from critical thinking. Instead of each person deciding for his or her self what is good or bad, they allow a clergy class to think for them.

  • T. Boone Pickens: In order to compete, U.S. needs a better energy plan

    BY BOONE PICKENS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Anyone reading this doesn't need to be told the oil and gas industry in the United States, through innovation and investment, has made America the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world — cutting our dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent. People in Washington, D.C., want to burn up the press release wires with news of how they “fixed” the oil import problem, even though they've done little but use the oil and gas industry as a whipping boy. But the real reason they shouldn't be patting themselves on the back is because the problem hasn't been solved. Not by a long shot.

  • Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Gardners are among the thousands of Oklahoma families watching a loved one gradually disappear. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Oklahoma legislative session is called success, despite big funding shortfall

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Despite a revenue shortfall that threatened to derail key state priorities, lawmakers managed to pass legislation in the just-concluded session that will help reduce prison overcrowding and make Oklahoma a healthier place. That was the assessment of Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday as she harkened back to marching orders she gave lawmakers in her state-of-the-state speech four months ago.

  • Futures File: Soybean prices drop; crude gushes higher

    | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: While some weather concerns linger, especially for farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas who got slammed with freezing temperatures this week, the outlook is good for the bean crop, and bad for prices.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit's director follows her childhood dreams of volunteering

    By Bryan Painter
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    “Throughout many different community service activities and my work in the education and nonprofit sector I have met countless people who are making an impact on their community and who’ve inspired me to do more,” Paula Wackenheim said. “There are just so many people who are working at a very grassroots level to improve education and health outcomes, it really is exciting to see how service, no matter how small, can benefit others.”

  • College baseball: OKC, Tulsa going head-to-head to host Big 12 tournament

    BY RYAN ABER AND JOHN HELSLEY
    Staff Writers |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Event returns to Bricktown Ballpark next season, but the four years after that are up in the air

  • Bedlam baseball notebook: Sooners season likely over

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Sooners finished third in the Big 12 but struggles in mid-week games and against TCU and Oklahoma State make it unlikely that the Oklahoma will make the field when regional pairings are released Monday.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Sunday, May 24-Monday, May 25

    | Updated: 7 hr ago

    SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.

  • Oklahoma congressman denounces cynics, critics and terrorists at conference

    By Randy Ellis
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, railed against cynics, critics and terrorists Saturday during a rousing speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • SRLC: Republicans criticize Hillary Clinton at Oklahoma City conference

    By Chris Casteel
    Washington Bureau |
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Carly Fiorina says Hilary Clinton can’t be trusted in the White House, while Dr. Ben Carson, Jim Gilmore and Mark Everson help wrap up Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

  • Longhorns top Baylor reach Big 12 title game

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 7 hr ago

    TULSA — Freshman Connor Mayes pitched a two-hit shutout and Tres Barrera and Brooks Marlow each drove in two runs to lead Texas to a 4-0 victory Saturday against Baylor and reach the Big 12 Tournament title game. Fifth-seeded Texas (29-25) will play Oklahoma State in the title game on Sunday. Mayes (2-4) had 10 strikeouts and needed 127 pitches for the third straight complete game for a Longhorn hurler in the tournament. He allowed a leadoff single to Adam Toth in the fourth inning and a single to Kameron Esthay in the sixth. Esthay's hit came in the only inning Baylor threatened to score. The Bears (23-32) loaded the bases with two out on Esthay's




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