• 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.

  • Book signings

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    For weeks, a book about an unsolved slaying from 1970 has earned space on the Oklahoma best-sellers list, which is based on sales at three independent bookstores. "Footprints in the Dew: Damon 'Chub' Anderson and the Unsolved Mullendore Murder" investigates the death of rancher E.C. Mullendore III, heir to the sprawling 300,000-acre Cross Bell Ranch in Osage County. Author Dale R. Lewis, whose background includes work in private investigations and security, spent nine years researching the book, which is based largely on extensive interviews with Anderson, who died in 2010. Anderson was in the house with Mullendore at the time of his death and suffered a gunshot wound. While there was suspicion that Anderson was the

  • 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

  • Oklahoma road officials consider diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 35, Waterloo Road

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    The new interchange, estimated to cost $31.9 million, would widen I-35 to six lanes from four and expand Waterloo to five lanes from two, Oklahoma Transportation Department consultants and engineers said during a Thursday public hearing.

  • Expert talks about what's hot, what's not across Oklahoma City metro area in commercial realty

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Real Estate Editor Richard Mize discusses with Chicago-based Bob Bach, director of research for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, what's hot, what's not across Oklahoma City metro area in commercial realty.

  • Government contractor to cut jobs in Lawton

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Federal government contractor Novitex Enterprise Solutions has announced that it will close its facility in Lawton, cutting 124 jobs. Its announcement was filed with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, giving the required 60 days notice of the mass layoffs.

  • Architect, Oklahoma City icons earn national award

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Architect earns national award for contributions to public architecture in Oklahoma City.




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