• Coroner says death of oil heir Andrew Getty appears to be from natural causes or accident

    Updated: 6 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner says death of oil heir Andrew Getty appears to be from natural causes or accident.

  • Oklahoma City foundation plans activities focusing on diversity

    BY CARLA HINTON, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A theatrical play and panel discussions are among the highlights of the 14th annual Respect Diversity Art Exhibit set to open Wednesday at the Wanda Bass Music Center at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

  • Creativity in business takes time, CEO tells Oklahoma City forum audience

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Business leaders speak at Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma City.

  • Energy sector drags on first-quarter stock prices

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Continued uncertainty in the oil and natural gas industry led to another volatile quarter for Oklahoma companies.

  • Bankruptcy judge approves $160M RadioShack sale to Standard General

    By RANDALL CHASE
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    DOVER, Del. — A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of more than 1,740 RadioShack stores to hedge fund Standard General, preserving some 7,500 jobs. RadioShack's bankruptcy plan calls for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to operate dedicated “store within a store” shops in most of the locations acquired by General Wireless, a newly formed affiliate of Standard General LP. The ruling by Judge Brendan Shannon in Wilmington, Del., comes after a court hearing that stretched over four days following a disputed auction process that lasted almost as long last week.

  • Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle

    By TOM KRISHER
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    DETROIT — Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials. Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant says he'd love to see jersey retired in OKC

    By Darnell Mayberry
    Staff writer |
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Although he has professed his fondness for living and playing in Oklahoma City, Durant’s comments to Revolt TV are his strongest yet regarding his thought process as the summer of 2016 approaches.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for April 1

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $44 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $32 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted March 17: COMPLETION Kay: Range Production Co. LLC; Brake No. 4-7N Well; NE1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 (BHL) of 04-27N-01W; 235 barrels oil per day, 90 cu-ft gas per day; TD 8,841. INTENT TO DRILL Carter: XTO Energy Inc.; Knowles No. 1-27H22 Well; NW1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 22-03S-02E; TD 18,680. XTO Energy Inc.; Knowles No. 2-27H22 Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 22-03S-02E; TD 18,600. XTO Energy Inc.; Knowles No. 3-27H22 Well; NE1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 22-03S-02E; TD

  • Ruth Marcus: Sharp elbows jab both ways

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — If you looked in my Washington Post personnel file, you would find an ancient evaluation that describes me as having “sharp elbows.” More precisely, being perceived as having “sharp elbows.” At the time, I thought this assessment was unfair. In retrospect, it was probably more accurate than I realized. Either way, it prompted me to recalibrate my behavior, to overcompensate in the direction of collegiality. It wasn't until years later that it occurred to me how much this critique had to do with gender. After all, journalism is a competitive business. Somehow, I doubt that a man behaving similarly would have come in for the same

  • Business community wants best for Oklahoma kids

    BY JENNIFER MONIES | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Our state's education system is in desperate need of change. Our kids deserve the best chance of having a successful life with a good-paying job to help them support a family here in Oklahoma. Those jobs are out there, but they sit empty because too often we are graduating students without the skills needed in a modern workforce. They can't read a ruler or write a complete sentence on a job application. They can't show up for work on time and don't realize that most manufacturing jobs today involve computers more than dark, dirty assembly lines. The business community understands Oklahoma's potential. We are parents, community members, mentors and simply concerned citizens.

  • QuikTrip official: Time for a change in Oklahoma liquor laws

    BY MIKE THORNBRUGH | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Did we really repeal the 18th Amendment? Legally, the answer is yes. The 21st Amendment, which repealed prohibition, was ratified on Dec. 5, 1933. Although it dealt with the repeal of the nationwide mandate, Oklahoma still has laws on the books that were written to get around prohibition and do not reflect today's society. I assure you that any company in Oklahoma that is licensed by the state to sell off-premise 3.2 beer is most likely satisfied with the status quo. This is because convenience stores, grocery outlets, big box retailers, etc., have an 80 percent to 85 percent market share. Forty-five states have laws that allow for the sale of same-strength beer.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 1

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 1, 2015

  • Hauling the freight: Oklahoma's short-line railroads keep economy rolling in rural areas

    By Mike Coppock, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Several of Oklahoma’s small railroad companies are family owned.

  • Google-Microsoft battle drives down prices of PCs, tablets

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense's Chromebook can be ordered beginning Tuesday at Walmart.com and Haier's version can be bought at Amazon.com. Their arrival coincides with Microsoft's rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and

  • Michael Jackson's alligators, crocodile 'boiled to death' in blaze, Oklahoma animal sanctuary owner says

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Authorities suspect arson is to blame for a fire that left seven alligators and a crocodile “boiled to death” last week in Wynnewood. Joe Schreibvogel, founder and spokesman of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, told The Oklahoman on Tuesday he suspects his longtime enemies – rogue animal rights activists – are behind the fire, which was allegedly set in the early hours of March 26.

  • Hotel subsidy necessary, Oklahoma City's top economic development officer acknowledges

    BY WILLIAM CRUM
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City’s top economic development officer acknowledged Tuesday that taxpayers would have to subsidize — in some form — the luxury hotel seen as a necessity to assure success of the $287 million MAPS 3 convention center.

  • Former state Sen. Shumate named diversity leader at University of Oklahoma

    By Jane Glenn Cannon
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren on Tuesday announced the appointment of former state Sen. Jabar Shumate as the campus’ new vice president for the university community.

  • Oklahoma City foundation plans activities focusing on diversity

    BY CARLA HINTON
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A theatrical play and panel discussions are among the highlights of the 14th annual Respect Diversity Art Exhibit set to open Wednesday at the Wanda Bass Music Center at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

  • Man NSA police killed had a lengthy record

    By MEREDITH SOMERS | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    MARYLAND FORT MEADE — Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up and checked into a motel, police said Tuesday. The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, died at the scene, and his passenger remained hospitalized Tuesday with unspecified injuries. An NSA police officer was treated for minor injuries and released. NSA police opened fire on the stolen sports utility vehicle after Hall failed to follow instructions for leaving a restricted area, authorities said.

  • Arkansas passes its religious freedom measure

    By Michael Muskal | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that critics charge could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians in the name of religious beliefs. The passage came hours after Indiana's governor promised a legislative fix for that state's version of the bill, which has led to a national uproar and some boycotts. Arkansas' Religious Freedom Restoration Act now heads to the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a moderate Republican, who has said he will sign it into law. If so, Arkansas would become the 21st state to enact a version of a religious freedom act, designed to prevent the state from taking actions that infringe on individual's religious beliefs.




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