• Executive Q&A: California Indian history buff proud to hold reins at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@opubco.com | Updated: 57 min ago

    Steven Karr, who took the president’s position of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in July 2014. Karr oversees a staff of about 100 full-time workers and 30 part-time employees, and a budget of $9.4 million, including gross annual revenues of more than $1.2 million for the museum gift shop and roughly $730,000 for the event center. Turnstile revenue accounts for about 9 percent of the operating budget, with donations, memberships, sponsorships and grants making up the remainder.

  • Writer's Room Podcast - Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system

    BY Tiffany Gibson, tgibson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    For decades, federal researchers and Oklahoma officials have warned of the consequences of not making a long-term investment in mental health, and for decades, those warnings have been largely ignored. Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove talks about the first installment in her series “Epidemic Ignored,” which is a yearlong investigation into Oklahoma’s mental health system. We also hear from Commissioner Terri White, of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Chesapeake says it is not pursuing bankruptcy as stock tumbles

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Stock trading halted after falling more than 50 percent.

  • Group wants more Hispanics to vote in OKC School Board election

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Stand for Children Oklahoma volunteers have spent the past two weeks knocking on doors and working the phones to get members of the Hispanic community — many who have never voted — engaged in the election process.

  • Hillary Clinton criticizes proposed Oklahoma abortion petition

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Maya Harris, a senior adviser to tHillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Clinton “believes Oklahoma women have a constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and to contraception, and they deserve to be able to make their health care decisions without interference from government or extreme special interest groups.”

  • Proposals abound in Oklahoma to raise pay for teachers, but will any of them fly?

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Teachers have complained of low salaries for years and have staged loud rallies at the Oklahoma state Capitol. This year, Republican leaders seem to have embraced the cause like never before and there are a number of proposals on the table for consideration.

  • End of the road approaches for road project in NW OKC metro

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    A newly constructed four-lane stretch of State Highway 74 from W Memorial Road to just north of NW 164 Street is expected to open by the end of April.

  • Oklahoma teachers say pay raise is needed

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Mark Dorman and Linda Dudley are two teachers in Oklahoma who say a raise in pay would be much appreciated.

  • Murder defendant ordered to trial in death of 16-year-old Piedmont girl

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma County Special Judge Fred Doak found enough evidence to send Chloe Marie Thomas, 18, of Oklahoma City, to trial on the first-degree murder charge in the death of Anne Josette Hill, of Edmond. Thomas pleaded not guilty.

  • Renovations at Falls Creek turn Baptist summer camp into year-round facility

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The Rev. Anthony Jordan, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive director-treasurer, said the completed Mathena Family Event Center, Thompson Family Lodge, Jordan Welcome Center, plus a lighted concourse called Downing Way are the latest examples of more than $50 million in improvements and enhancements made at Falls Creek Baptist Camp in the past 16 years.

  • $10-per-barrel plan is latest swipe at oil-gas industry

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has spent seven years in the White House doing everything he can to hammer the U.S. oil and gas industry. No use stopping now, right? The budget Obama will send to Congress on Tuesday includes a $10-per-barrel “fee” on domestic oil, in order to fill the hole in the federal highway fund, but also pay for some of his green dreams like high-speed rail and charging stations for electric vehicles. This tax — let's call it what it is, even if the president won't — would be phased in over five years and be paid by oil companies. Although ultimately, of course, it would be paid by motorists because the energy companies will pass it along to consumers.

  • Tax incentive reform won't be easy sell to Oklahoma lawmakers

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    WOW. That was fast! The first tax credit reduction horse out of the starting gate at the Legislature has already been scratched. On just the second day of the 2016 session, a Senate committee killed a bill that would have eliminated double dipping on state incentive programs. It happened a day after Gov. Mary Fallin appealed in her State of the State address for tax credit and incentive reform to help close a massive budget hole. This seems like a no-brainer in these times, but clearly it isn't. “When we're already seeing our major economy in oil and gas get its rear end handed to it by an economic depression in oil prices,” said Sen.

  • Ways to woo your lover: The Oklahoma City area offers fun, inventive ways to share a Valentine's moment or two

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Dinner and a movie will likely never go out of style as a date-night option, but there are plenty of irreverent scenarios (and maybe a marriage proposal idea) for individuals looking for something a little different for Valentine's Day and the time leading up to it.

  • Outdoors: Oklahoma hunters finally draw a great quail season

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Quail season ends Feb. 15, and after years of flushing few bobwhites afield, bird hunters in western Oklahoma have been enjoying the best hunting in more than a decade.

  • 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Columnist Berry Tramel takes a look at 50 people that should make you interested in Super Bowl Sunday.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Durant refers to “uncertainty” when downplaying free agency questions

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    In prefacing a pregame question regarding free agency, a reporter said to Kevin Durant, “I’m sure in most cities you go, people ask you about free agency…”

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Rick Green: OK Capitol Boxscore is weekly look at what's happening at the Oklahoma state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

  • Escalating long-term insurance cost has Oklahomans frustrated

    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Officials with the Oklahoma Insurance Department blame the premium increases on bad actuarial assumptions, and say such increases are common to the older form policies sold by all companies offering long-term care insurance.

  • Oklahoma state agencies give raises despite executive order

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Oklahoma state agencies promoted more than 1,000 employees and hired several thousand to fill vacancies, even though those types of employment actions were included in the "personnel freeze" set by Gov. Mary Fallin, who also allowed for some exemptions.

  • Legal costs are highlight of U.S. Rep. Steve Russell's campaign debt

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The legal bills, paid to a Washington, D.C., firm in late December, were part of a campaign finance report that showed U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Choctaw, still struggling to erase the debt from his first U.S. House race two years ago.