• Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 2

    Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 2, 2016

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • Closing of Spaghetti Warehouse in Oklahoma City may hint at Bricktown real estate play

    BY STEVE LACkMEYER Business Writer, slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The reasons for the closing of Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown remain a mystery, but the iconic Oklahoma City restaurant served its last customers Monday night. The doors are now closed, but with only the first floor used previously, the historic building in a prime location may be part of an intriguing real estate deal.

  • Sayre hospital closes doors after ongoing financial woes

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Blaming "continual financial strain," Sayre Memorial Hospital abruptly closed Monday. Sayre Memorial Hospital said it had been hit hard by declining Medicare reimbursements as well as Oklahoma's decision not to expand Medicaid after the passage of the the Affordable Care Act.

  • Spaghetti Warehouse patrons share memories of restaurant

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    On the Oklahoma City restaurant's last day of business, locals shared their memories of dining at Spaghetti Warehouse.

  • Choctaw Nation's new headquarters will show tribe's culture

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Construction on a 500,000-square-foot headquarters for the Choctaw Nation is set to begin in March. The building will showcase culturally significant artwork and symbolism.

  • Scott Meacham says Oklahoma must diversify its economy and decrease dependence on energy

    By Scott Meacham | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma has a larger share of household earnings coming from oil and gas than we did in 1982 at the height of the oil boom. Our state can build a new strategy that aggressively brings diversification and the benefits brought by new technologies.

  • ONG blames 'poor workmanship' for NW OKC home explosion

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma Natural Gas blamed "poor workmanship" as the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and left one man severely injured. In an incident report filed late Monday afternoon with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the utility cited a three-and-a-half-inch crack in a polyethylene pipe and a lack fusion in a weld seam as the cause of the blast at 12505 Whispering Hollow Drive. The explosion caused an estimated $509,443 in property damage, including about $5,000 to ONG infrastructure.   An ONG spokeswoman said Monday the utility would have no additional comment. Corporation commission spokesman Matt Skinner said that agency will

  • Q&A with Kitt Letcher

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, warns people to be on guard against ticket scams regarding the Super Bowl and other big events.

  • 2015 was good year for Edmond economic activity, official says

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The beginning of 2015 volatile, but by the end of the year there was positive economic activity to report, Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell said. “While businesses and residents may become more financially conservative in the current economic environment, Edmond remains a solid place for business investment,” she said.

  • Sonic hatches plan to move to cage-free eggs

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. will serve its customers cage-free egg products by 2025, CEO Cliff Hudson said Monday. Also, several other restaurant chains announced the use cage-free egg products, including Burger King, Tim Hortons, Hardee's and Carl's Jr., PF Chang's, White Castle and Starwood hotels.

  • Oklahomans react to closing of Spaghetti Warehouse

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Bricktown's oldest restaurant, Spaghetti Warehouse, is closing Tuesday. Here's what people had to say about the news on Twitter.

  • American Indian Cultural Center and Museum tweaks prompt cool reception by state officials

    By Rick Greenand William Crum Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma City has six weeks to decide whether to accept the state Legislature’s proposal to have the city operate the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

  • Spaghetti Warehouse to close

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Bricktown's oldest restaurant, Spaghetti Warehouse, is closing Tuesday, leaving a question for what's ahead for one of the district's largest, most visible landmark properties. In a statement sent in response to inquiries by The Oklahoman, spokesman David Ayers said “we are hopeful in the near future we can reopen Spaghetti Warehouse within the Oklahoma City market.” “We are working closely with everyone on our staff, whose hard work and dedication is appreciated, and we thank them for their many contributions,” Ayers said. “To our many guests, we say thank you. We enjoyed serving you, your family and friends.

  • Jillian Michaels visits Oklahoma City with fitness motivational message

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Television celebrity and fitness expert Jillian Michaels spoke Jan. 31, 2016, at the Civic Center Music Hall for Junior League of Oklahoma City's first Speaker in the City event.

  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is a look back, and a look ahead, at the week in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Oklahoma City hatter knows tricks of the trade

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Lavonna “Shorty” Koger, the owner of Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery in Oklahoma City, is a self-taught hat maker with 26 years in the business of custom cowboy hats.

  • 23 houses to be razed for new addition in Nichols Hills

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Energy executive Tony Say is leading an investor group that will turn a long-neglected street just north of Nichols Hills Plaza into a neighborhood called Cumberland Court. The blighted street, about 800 feet long, will give way to a tight enclave of million-dollar-plus homes.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

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

  • Oklahoma best-sellers

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    FICTION 1. “Sugar” by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown) 2. “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante (Europa) 3. “Kiss for Little Bear” by Else Holmelund Minarik (HarperTrophy) 4. “Doc” by Mary Dorie Russell (Ballantine) 5. “Barbie: I Can be a Farm Vet” by Apple Jordan (Random House) 6. “The Library Dragon” by Michael White and Carmen Deedy (Peachtree Publishers) 7. “Paper Towns” by John Green (Speak) 8. “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown) 9. “Nightingale” by Kristen Hannah (Macmillan) 10. (TIE) “Stick Dog” by Tom Watson (HarperCollins) and “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton




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