• Cuba could become big buyer for Oklahoma wheat

    BY LEILAH NAIFEH Business Writer lnaifeh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 49 min ago

    Oklahoma sent a shipment of wheat to Cuba in 2004, but Cuba hasn’t bought from the United States since 2011.

  • Despite Inhofe's efforts, House delays vote on highway proposal

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, tried Tuesday to pressure the House to stay in Washington and consider his six-year highway bill, but GOP leaders opted to start their vacation this week. The Senate is expected to pass Inhofe’s bill by Thursday at the latest.

  • Oklahoma beheading case to stay on hold

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Cleveland County, Oklahoma, judge has postponed a conference with attorneys on the status of the case from Thursday to Sept. 15.

  • Remember the name while debating nation's oil reserve

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BOONE Pickens wants to draw down the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. We’re not sure that’s a good idea, but at least such a drain would deflate the SPR’s status as a political football. Letting the air out of reserve stocks seems to be a favorite of politicians. Some Oklahoma legislators, for example, never warmed to the idea of the Rainy Day Fund. Before citizens voted to protect this valuable resource, lawmakers tapped it injudiciously. The SPR isn’t a cash fund, but it is liquid. So it’s no surprise that in an era of petroleum surplus, some members of Congress want to write checks on the SPR’s account. Does it still make sense to stockpile oil? It certainly did when the SPR was created in 1975, in the

  • Oklahoma needs to do more to rid schools of predators

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ALLEGATIONS that a former Edmond Memorial High School band director had a sexual relationship with an Edmond student are a reminder that the state must do more to keep sexual predators out of Oklahoma schools. Unfortunately, it’s now possible for pedophiles to quietly resign and retain teaching licenses. Cameron Kedy is charged with soliciting sexual conduct with a minor. During an investigation, Kedy, 27, initially denied knowing the girl — a former student. Then he admitted knowing her. Then he admitted messaging using fictitious names. And then he admitted the girl stayed the night in his bed several times, but denied a sexual relationship.

  • Rolling down car windows can foster fuel efficiency

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Hudiburg's Brad Smicklas discusses summer fuel efficiency.

  • OKC police seek felon in home invasion, shooting

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Naco Lamont Hopkins, 39, of Oklahoma City, is sought on a complaint of robbery with a dangerous weapon related to a March home invasion in Oklahoma City.

  • Crescent quake makes, breaks history

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The largest rumbling occurred Monday afternoon, part of a one-two punch. A 4.0-magnitude quake struck at 12:49 p.m. Less than 30 minutes later, at 1:12 p.m., the large 4.5-magnitude quake again shook the city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 4.5 quake was among the nine largest recorded in Oklahoma.

  • Chandler hospice company owner sentenced to prison, told to pay fine, for Medicare fraud

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A jury in Oklahoma City federal court found Paula Kluding, 39, of Chandler, guilty in November of 39 counts related to Medicare fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit and making false statements in a health care matter.

  • Three disposal wells change operations after earthquakes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The actions came after a swarm of earthquakes hit the area in the last week, including quakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.0 on Monday. Crescent is about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Dodgers' rally falls short in Memphis

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Memphis, Tenn. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers lost for the seventh time in nine games on Tuesday night, falling 7-6 to the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park. The Dodgers (62-40) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run from Andy Wilkins. After the Redbirds (55-49) tied the game with a run in the bottom half of the second, OKC retook the lead on a two-run home run from Corey Seager. Memphis then reeled off six unanswered runs over the next four innings, taking a 7-3 lead in to the top of the ninth when the Dodgers offense came back to life. OKC collected four straight hits with one out in its final at-bat, including a RBI double by Chris Heisey and a RBI single by Darnell Sweeney.

  • All-State volleyball notebook

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Christian Heritage's Emily Watts was named Most Valuable Player for the West team in a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) over the East in the small-school All-State volleyball match Tuesday night at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.

  • Hobby Lobby sues over card fees

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is fighting Visa and MasterCard in court over what it claims are excessive fees for accepting debit and credit cards at its stores. Hobby Lobby and its sister company Mardel have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City over the fees, which are charged to merchants each time a customer swipes a debit or credit card. Hobby Lobby, which has more than 600 stores across the United States, claims in its lawsuit that Visa and MasterCard's near total dominance of the payment processing market gives them the ability to fix prices.  "The exercise of this market power has led merchants to pay excessive interchange fees," Hobby

  • Program offers parents chance to work out overdue child support obligations

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Parents will be given an opportunity to work out payment schedules and have the warrants withdrawn under an Amnesty in August program announced Tuesday by the Child Support Services division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

  • Changing lanes: E.K. Gaylord transformation set to start later this year

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com   | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A consultant recommends narrowing E.K. Gaylord Boulevard between Reno Avenue and NW 4 in downtown Oklahoma City and adding sidewalks, landscaping and more.

  • Study recommends increase in Edmond's water, sewer rates to fund improvements

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    City council members in Edmond, Oklahoma, did not make any decision on rate increases for water or wastewater services. They plan to hold a public hearing to inform customers about the increases and planned infrastructure improvements.

  • Cattle owner pleads no contest to neglect citations

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The city rounded up the cattle July 2 from fields in far southwest Oklahoma City. Two died within 10 days.

  • Let's right our restrooms for all

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Many so-called handicapped-equipped restrooms aren’t actually usable.

  • Time lapse photos show demolition of downtown Oklahoma City's Stage Center

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City resident Andy Long uploaded a series of photos to social media website Reddit showing the demolition of the Stage Center, a former theater and controversial landmark, which was torn down last year.

  • MTV show 'Catfish' to unveil Oklahoma City online scam

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The MTV program 'Catfish' will air Wednesday night and will show a link to the scam in Oklahoma City.