• SoSA plan advances despite squabble

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The Urban Design Review Committee has approved plans to build 14 townhomes in Oklahoma City's Cottage District over the protests of some residents who said the development plans are too dense and would obstruct their views of the downtown skyline.

  • Continental Resources expects early end to jobs incentive plan

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Continental is expected to receive about $1.9 million from the Oklahoma City Development Trust in the next two weeks, bringing the total to more than $5 million since the company relocated to Oklahoma City from Enid in 2012.

  • Area developer starts study to create initiative leading to 'a better Classen'

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City area developer Jonathan Dodson started the initiative "A Better Classen" to make improvements along the boulevard south of downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Regulators close Tecumseh landfill after pattern of problems

    Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Absolute Waste Solutions has entered into a consent agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and agreed to clean up the problems at the site in order to eventually reopen, said Patrick Riley, environmental programs manager for the state Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Downtown convention center site narrows to north, east of proposed park

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Site selection for a new downtown convention center may narrow to sites north and east of the future Core To Shore following reports that potential conference hotel developers do not favor locations west of the park, and the same area will not be served by the planned streetcar system.

  • More workplaces going to the dogs

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com   | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Friday is the 17th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day.

  • OKC Central: Too many districts, brands lead straight to confusion

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer: Districts, when the brands make sense and the purpose is well defined, can add to Oklahoma City downtown’s sense of place and appeal. But having too many districts can confuse visitors, diminish the quality of all the districts, and turn such branding into a joke.

  • Landfill turns into smelly issue for southeast Oklahoma City residents

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writerbbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Southeast Landfill in Oklahoma City has been the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit by some homeowners in the neighborhood for the past three years. Records show it has had ongoing problems with combustible methane gas levels that exceed regulatory limits.

  • Oklahoma City homeowners oppose development in SoSA neighborhood

    Brianna Bailey  Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Northline Development has plans to build 14 new two- and three-story town homes in the SoSA or Cottage district at the northeast corner of NW 6 and N Francis Avenue.

  • Modern landfill in Oklahoma 'tomb' for trash

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    When people wheel their poly carts out to the curb on trash day, most don't think about where the garbage ends up, or that it could possibly be a source of renewable energy, said David Griesel, general manager of the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority.

  • The history of Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hotel

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A look back at a photo taken on June 22, 1961 and the history of the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. Read more from Steve Lackmeyer below.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Film Row, east Bricktown will change appearance of downtown OKC

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, June 22, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Richard Mize: Offend ye not the grill gods

    Richard Mize | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Summer officially began in Oklahoma City at 11:39 a.m. Sunday, which left 9 hours and 10 minutes to celebrate with fire and beefsteak or ribs -- or chicken or some other vegetable. If you didn't burn anything or blow anything up there's still the rest of summer! Just try not to offend the grill gods. And ... oh, whatever. Be safe. I just had to write a line or two so I could use this goofy photo illustration! (Actual grilling safety tips, also from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, are below!) By Trisha Gedon                  STILLWATER -- Shorts, flip flops and glowing coals in the grill are just a few of the signs of

  • Just how American are OKC and Tulsa?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Independence Day is coming, which means Americans across the world will celebrate our nation's sovereignty. But just how American is Oklahoma City and Tulsa? According to WalletHub.com, pretty American! They compiled a bunch of data about both city's ethnic makeup, household characteristics and educational attainment, and compared it to the reference value for the entire nation. Then they put together this nifty map detailing more than 380 cities: <iframe src="//d2e70e9yced57e.cloudfront.net/wallethub/embed/6109/geochart-resemble.html" width="556" height="347" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> <div style="width:556px;font-size:12px;color:#888;">Source: <a

  • Williams Cos. considers strategic alternatives after receiving unsolicited acquisition offer

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc., one of Oklahoma’s biggest companies and a leader in the natural gas infrastructure industry, announced Sunday it is considering a range of “strategic alternatives,” which could include a sale or merger, after receiving an unsolicited takeover bid by an undisclosed bidder. The would-be buyer, which Williams would not reveal, is offering $64 per share in an all-equity transaction. Williams Cos. has an overall stock market capitalization of more than $36 billion. Trading Friday closed at $48.34 per share on the New York Stock Exchange. A Williams news release Sunday, however, indicated that the offer was inadequate.

  • Housing slips in rain: Oklahoma City metro-area home sales, permits slow after rainy May

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The drought buster soaked construction sites, slowing starts, and may have dampened sales, according to the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association and the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Real Estate

    Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Real Estate notes for June 20, 2015

  • Drilling, profits, employment fall for Oklahoma's energy companies

    BY ADAM WILMOTH Energy Editorawilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Oklahoma and the nation continued to shed drilling rigs this week as oil prices held relatively flat. The drilling rig counts in the state and nationwide dipped by two this week, marking the 28th straight decline for the national numbers and the first drop in six weeks in Oklahoma, Baker Hughes said Friday. Nationwide, 857 rigs are now searching for oil and natural gas. The count is down 56 percent from 1,929 on Nov. 1. The U.S. count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999. In Oklahoma, 105 rigs are active, down 51 percent from 214 on Nov. 26. Even as the number of rigs searching for oil and natural gas has fallen, the country's production has continued to grow. The U.S.