• Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says agencies should prepare for potential cutbacks

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday state agencies should prepare for cutbacks as a $300 million budget hole looms.

  • Record-breaking temperatures continue Wednesday, but cold weather returns Thursday

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Wednesday brought a third consecutive day of record-breaking temperatures to the Oklahoma City area, the National Weather Service reported. Oklahoma City’s high temperature rose to 79 degrees Wednesday afternoon, edging out the previous record of 78 degrees.

  • Drone destruction bill introduced in Oklahoma Legislature

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Bill proposed by Sen. Ralph Shortey says Oklahomans would not be held liable for damages if they destroy a drone flying below 300 feet over their property and encroaching on their privacy.

  • It's OK to wear a hoodie, lawyer says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Crowe’s Jenna Rader says pending “hoodie bill” wouldn’t affect the average person. It’s aimed at those who intentionally isguise their identity in public places.

  • Cirque du Soleil minds the details in creating enchanted world of 'Varekai'

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL, Features Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    “Varekai,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, opened Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, with performances continuing through Sunday.

  • Oklahoma governor criticizes former prisons director

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In a Wednesday legislative forum, Gov. Mary Fallin said former state Corrections Department Director Justin Jones’ reluctance to prepare inmates for life outside of prison is part of the reason the state has a high incarceration rate today.

  • Degree-completion efforts require more funding, officials say

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Additional funding is key to Oklahoma’s continued success with Complete College America, according to the state’s higher education chancellor.

  • Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department executive director replaced

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    John McReynolds was forced out as executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday in a move orchestrated by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Thirsty Beagle: Refrigeration legislation could topple Oklahoma beer distribution barrier

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Senate Bill 383, drafted by freshman state Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, would pave the way for state liquor stores to sell beer chilled below room temperature.

  • U.S. Supreme Court delays Oklahoma executions using disputed drug

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In a brief order, the court grants Oklahoma attorney general’s request that no more executions occur until justices have completed their review of the sedative midazolam.

  • Oklahoma City middle school student dies from flu complications

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A student at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City Public Schools has died from complications related to the flu, school district officials confirmed Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma ranchers lead nation in USDA drought relief payments

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Canadian County rancher Eric Bilderback is among many across western Oklahoma who have had to sell off cattle to stay in business. Between 2011 and Dec. 1, 2014, Oklahoma ranchers received $883 million in payments through a federal drought relief program for livestock producers — more than any other state in the country.

  • Broadway, film star Patti LuPone will make Oklahoma debut

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Broadway, movie and TV star Patti LuPone will perform her one-woman musical show “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, ... Played That Part” at 8 p.m. March 7 at Oklahoma City Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S May Ave. The concert will be a fundraiser for Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, a nonprofit, professional regional theater.

  • Oklahoman learns late of canceled health insurance

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    “It ain’t about me; it’s about a lot of people who may not even know yet that they don’t have insurance.” — Oklahoman reader who learned only recently that his health insurance policy was canceled in December because it wasn’t compliant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • 'Safe harbor' elections necessary for many business expenses, Midwest City tax preparers explains

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Midwest City tax preparer discusses changes to 50-year-old regulations regarding business expenses. Action is necessary this year, he said, to avoid an IRS fee to change accounting methods from expensing to depreciating or from depreciation to expense.

  • Murals of the “Mad Artist” of McAlester finally being restored

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    For more than half a century, four murals painted by a murder convict at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary hung in the prison’s rotunda. After decades of deterioration, and several more of being stored in a shed, those murals are finally being restored.

  • Oklahoma lacks criminal justice museum despite multitude of artifacts

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Thousands of artifacts that illustrate the evolution of the state’s criminal justice system still have no place to proper

  • Manslaughter trial opens in Norman in child's death

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A Slaughterville woman is on trial in Cleveland County District Court in Norman on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the traffic death of an 8-year-old girl.

  • Warm temperatures set marks in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    High temperatures in Oklahoma City shattered a century-old record Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Oklahoma gasoline prices may be heading back up

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    After tumbling for more than four months, the price of gasoline has risen slightly over the past few days in Oklahoma.