• Defendant in Moore beheading repeats request for death penalty; judge holds off

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    A murder defendant told a judge Thursday he still wants to plead guilty and be given a death sentence for beheading a co-worker at a Moore food distribution plant.

  • Budget hole grows to $1.3 billion amid oil bust

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 35 min ago

    There will be 19.1 percent less money to appropriate for the 2017 fiscal year than was available for the current budget, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services officials said Thursday.

  • Judge upholds Oklahoma law restricting abortion providers

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 39 min ago

    A judge on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a 2014 Oklahoma law that requires physicians performing abortions in Oklahoma to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Opponents of the law say it is "designed to shut down abortion clinics."

  • Retired police officer to face incumbent in Midwest City mayoral general election

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 46 min ago

    Retired Midwest City police officer Matt Dukes received 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary mayoral recall election and will face Mayor Jay Dee Collins on April 5 in Midwest City's mayoral general election.

  • Grocer still negotiating lease to use Gold Dome building

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey chatted with readers Thursday about Oklahoma City retail and other business news. You can join Brianna's Q&A's on the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m.

  • Posting on LinkedIn accelerates connections, new business leads

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Building a complete LinkedIn profile not only allows others to easily find you, but also allows them to shorten the cycle of getting to know you, like you and even trust you.

  • Governor's legal counsel resigns four months after testifying before grand jury

    By RICK M. GREEN and NOLAN CLAY Staff Writers     | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin's legal counsel Steve Mullins, who testified before a state grand jury investigating an execution drug mix-up, resigned Thursday. Mullins has served as the governor's general counsel since February 2012. His last day in the governor's office will be Feb. 29. In his resignation letter, Mullins praised Fallin, saying she had a "heart for God and the people of Oklahoma." He said he greatly enjoyed his job: "Each day was a wonderful adventure." "However, at a time when the state is facing tough financial decisions, I know that the office needs to eliminate personnel costs in the upcoming budget. "I have also been advised by my doctor that I need to better control the stress in my

  • Man accused of decapitating his grandmother and her husband makes first court appearance Thursday

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A 20-year-old man police say admitted to shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband in their Oklahoma City home remained mostly silent during his first court appearance.

  • Wife of OKC Thunder assistant Monty Williams dies in crash

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday due to injuries sustained in a multiple-vehicle car crash Tuesday in Oklahoma City. “The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid's passing,” the Thunder said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty's wife. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.” The 44-year-old was traveling with her three children north on S Western Avenue around 8 p.m.

  • Fallin: Boeing projects affected by tax break discussion

    By RICK GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com—— | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Thursday that The Boeing Company bowed out of two proposed projects in Oklahoma after lawmakers began considering a moratorium on aerospace tax credits. "They had a couple projects that they were looking at and they got a message from their corporate office: 'What's going on in Oklahoma,'" Fallin said. Boeing has yet to release a statement.    The Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 977 on Tuesday, placing a two-year moratorium on nearly two dozen tax credits, including tax credits affecting the aviation industry. Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei said the measure was intended to give lawmakers options and isn't a final version.

  • Edmond North wrestlers determined to 'Win for Colton'

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Mourning the loss of their teammate, and seeing their coach grieving the loss of his son, the Edmond North wrestlers came together with one goal: Win for Colton.

  • Prep Parade: Eddie Paul watched the Super Bowl with unique sense of pride

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Watching Super Bowl MVP Von Miller terrorize the Carolina Panthers on Sunday gave Eddie Paul flashbacks — in a good way.

  • Prosecutors say man accused in 1997 cold case has history of sexual assaults

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Prosecutors in a cold case are alleging the murder defendant accused in the 1997 disappearance of an 8-year-old Midwest City girl committed sex crimes against two other girls and tried to rape his landlady. Prosecutors filed a notice this week that they intend to offer evidence of the other crimes to a jury if Anthony Joseph Palma goes to trial. Palma's attorney said he will fight to keep the information away from the jurors. Palma was convicted of one crime, but was never charged in the other incidents. Palma, 57, of Midwest City, was charged in October in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder and kidnapping. The victim, Kirsten Renee Hatfield, vanished after her mother put her to bed May 13, 1997,

  • Oklahoma City-based Continental's production rises, proved reserves drop

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Continental Energy saw its oil and natural gas production rise 27 percent in 2015. But the Oklahoma City companies' proved reserves slipped by 9 percent, it said.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls fall 70-55 at No. 6 Texas

    By MARK ROSNER Associated Press | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Brooke McCarty had 18 points, and fellow guard Ariel Atkins added 16 and No. 6 Texas beat No. 20 Oklahoma State 70-55 on Wednesday night to sweep the two-game season series for the first time since 2006.

  • Oklahoma governor warns against putting tax breaks on hold

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Oklahoma lost out on two significant business projects because the Legislature is considering trimming tax breaks, Gov. Mary Fallin said in urging lawmakers to tread lightly as they consider altering economic development incentives.

  • Shelter pets fly coop and into new homes

    By Adam Kemp Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    About 80 homeless pets from Oklahoma shelters will board a flight Saturday in hopes of finding a new home in Seattle and a new leash on life.

  • NCAA basketball: Selection committee begins deliberation over tournament field

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    With Selection Sunday just more than a month away, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and the other members of the selection committee are going through their annual selection orientation, which involves drawing up a bracket as if the season ended Tuesday night.

  • NCAA basketball: OU athletic director and chairman of the selection committee Joe Castiglione discusses the season so far

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, touched on several topics relating to the tournament during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. On the season so far: “To illustrate what kind of season it's been, Villanova was ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press poll. It became the sixth different team to sit atop that ranking. Only one other time in the history of the AP poll, which dates back to 1948, has there been more than six different teams ranked No. 1 in that poll. But the madness goes much deeper than just the top of the poll. Among the resources we use to help select and seed teams for the tournament are several computer metrics.

  • Oklahoma tribe agrees to pay $48 million to avoid prosecution in payday lending scheme

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Two companies controlled by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma have agreed to pay $48 million to avoid federal prosecution for their involvement in a lending scheme that charged borrowers interest rates as high as 700 percent.