• State lawmakers to consider execution by gas

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to execute condemned inmates using nitrogen gas under a proposal that will be presented next week to a legislative committee. Rep. Mike Christian, a former highway patrolman and a staunch supporter of the death penalty, said he will unveil details of the plan Tuesday during an interim study of the House Judiciary Committee. Christian, R-Oklahoma City, said he intends to draft a bill for next year's Legislature, which begins in February. "We've had so many problems with lethal injection," Christian said. "I think this is just a more humane method, and I think it will be well received.

  • Museum to put 3 O'Keeffe paintings up for auction

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico said Friday it will sell three works by the American modernist painter to benefit its acquisitions fund. Going on the auction block is one of O'Keeffe's most well-known flower paintings — "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1." The painting is expected to fetch as much as $15 million when Sotheby's offers it as the centerpiece of its American art sale in New York in November. The other two works are "On the Old Santa Fe Road" and "Untitled (Skunk Cabbage)." Those paintings are expected to bring in $3.7 million combined. The larger-than-life image of the white bloom of the jimson weed will be on view in Los Angeles and Hong Kong before returning to New York

  • OKC businessman Meinders buys 'trophy asset' in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Businessman Bob Meinders turned in the winning bid for Deep Deuce’s Clark Building, which has been renovated into one of the most luxurious homes in Oklahoma City.

  • Taking Stock: Long-term investing takes some discipline

    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: The question is not “if” there will be another stock market crash, nor “when” will it crash but rather, do you have the discipline to be a successful long-term investor?

  • Futures File: Grain prices slide as bumper crops arrive

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Corn, wheat and soybean prices all fell to their lowest levels in years this week, driven by expectations for a bountiful global harvest. U.S. farmers are expected to haul in record-sized corn and soybean crops this fall, and better outlooks for crops in Brazil and Europe are boosting the prospects of bin-busting global production.

  • Business theme briefs for Sept. 3

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Business theme briefs for Sept. 3, 2014

  • Taking Stock: Be aware that annuities carry commissions, fees

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Dividend-paying blue chips might be a better choice, Berko says.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Listing of the Week: 2804 SE 39, Moore

    Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The 1,824-square-foot house has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage.

  • U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year high

    By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

  • Fake $100 bills eluded Secret Service because of their quality

    By Del Quentin Wilber, Bloomberg News | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Agents describe ring as sophisticated, saying the counterfeiters appeared close to mimicking the latest currency security features, including 3D ribbons.

  • What information is needed for Supplemental Security Income claim?

    Social Security Q&A: What information do I need for SSI? | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    What information do I need for SSI claim?

  • Boeing share price could gain altitude

    Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Malcolm Berko recommends buying Boeing stocks. This 99-year-old company has a backlog of $453 billion, which is about five years’ worth of future revenues. And those revenues are expected to rise about 8 percent annually.

  • Orange juice prices squeezed; wheat grows

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Wheat prices rise on uncertainty in Ukraine, where wheat crop finds itself in war zone.

  • Reel in excess back-to-school spending with these five tips

    By ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Students may not be thrilled about their summer break drawing to a close, but retailers couldn’t be happier. That’s because back-to-school shopping traditionally brings in a windfall that’s second only to the December holiday season. The average family with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $669.28 on clothes, electronics and other school-related needs this back-to-school season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. That amounts to a 5 percent increase from last year. To help gin up sales, many stores roll out discounts and some states even get in on the act, offering sales tax holidays for clothing, backpacks, even computers. Hit the stores without a plan, and you

  • Oil boom, housing bust alter U.S. spending trends

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Oklahomans spend the least, per person, on food, according to new government figures.

  • Bank of America may settle for as much as $17 billion

    By ERIC TUCKER and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Bank of America is nearing a settlement for $16 billion to $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, The Associated Press has learned.

  • U.S. trade gap falls to lowest level in 5 months

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars.

  • Wealth gap seen as slowing U.S. recovery

    By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the 5-year-old recovery from the recession.

  • Oklahoman columnist offers finance tips during vacation of a lifetime to Italy

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Forty-five years after she dreamed of it, Oklahoman columnist Paula Burkes toured Rome, Florence and Italy last month.