• Q&A with Lisette Barnes

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Beer Alliance, a group of independent beer wholesalers, backs the sale of cold, strong beer in Oklahoma.

  • Profits keep shrinking for Oklahoma-based Alliance

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners LP recorded lower profits as the demand for coal continued to dwindle.

  • Oklahoma FFA convention promotes students' success

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Thousands of youth clad in royal blue jackets gathered Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City for the 90th state FFA convention.

  • Oklahoma senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Oklahoma’s senators will meet with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland together Wednesday, fulfilling a promise they made to show a courtesy to the man who played a key role in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

  • Oklahoma City Council approves development fees for streets, parks

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Council reached a deal Tuesday to offset costs of new development, agreeing to reduce proposed "impact" fees for streets and parks as part of a compromise that was expected to head off a legal fight with developers.

  • Oklahoma panel rules House candidate is ineligible

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    House District 44 Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, will run unopposed for a fourth term after a state panel ruled her opponent is ineligible because of a criminal record.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers disagree on changes to judicial nominating panel

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    The Oklahoma Senate and House want to revise the responsibilities of the state Judicial Nominating Commission, but it's not clear whether they can agree on wording for a ballot measure.

  • Oklahoma City counseling office owner, 4 others charged in Medicaid fraud

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Gina Lucille Redwine, 44, of Motivational Counseling Services LLC in Oklahoma City, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with five felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud. Four others also were charged with receiving money in false Medicaid claims.

  • U.S. Rep. Cole wants funding cut off to health center group over abortion claims

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday that federal grant money should be shut off to a national organization of community health centers for allowing members of an associated group to assist with abortions.

  • Oklahoma City school district cuts ties with superintendent

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu will be on administrative leave until June 30 and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora will be handling his duties.

  • The former Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel has found its new home in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    The long-awaited arrival of the former Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel was realized Monday, following installation of the ride in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City native's startup to deal with emergency medical billing

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@theoklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Oklahoma City native Christopher Kelly has begun a startup company in Nashville that will help private emergency medicine practices deal with billing. His company is called Emergency Physician Partnerships.

  • Tulsa-based startup aims to help employees shop health care options with mobile app

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Tulsa-based Medefy will sell a mobile application to U.S. employers that will allow consumers to shop for the best price for health care — comparing specific prices for providers and facilities locally, regionally and even nationwide.

  • One in 10 Oklahoma kids have parent in jail or prison during childhood

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Former House Speaker Kris Steele and other advocates for children gathered Monday at the state Capitol to discuss the problem of parental incarceration, to urge a continuation of criminal justice reforms and to encourage efforts to aid young people.

  • Seventy Seven Energy reports loss in first quarter

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Seventy Seven Energy Inc. on Monday missed analyst expectations and reported a first-quarter net loss of $59.6 million, or $1.09 a share, as oil field activity continued to slow. The Oklahoma City-based oil field services company's first-quarter earnings were down from a net loss of $37.6 million, or 78 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Total revenues fell to $155 million, down 19 percent from almost $193 million one year ago. Adjusted for one-time expenses, Seventy Seven posted a net loss of $55.1 million, or $1.01 a share, compared to an adjusted loss of $21.6 million, or 45 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The adjusted earnings missed consensus analyst expectations of a loss of 83 cents a share.

  • Be weather aware Tuesday, Oklahoma forecasters say

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Storms are expected to bring hail up to softball size, winds up to 80 mph and a medium chance for tornadoes, forecasters said. The highest chance for tornadoes is in central and eastern Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Enid, Ardmore, Durant and Ponca City, forecasters said.

  • Oklahoma law to close drunken driving loophole

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 3146 into law Monday and it will take effect Nov. 1. It closes a loophole in the law and allows prosecutors to more effectively go after repeat drunken drivers.

  • Aubrey McClendon's will filed

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Aubrey McClendon's will dated August 2015 was filed last week in court documents related to the late natural gas pioneer's estate probate case. The 11-page document defines that McClendon's assets were placed in the Aubrey K. McClendon Revocable Trust, with his wife as executor. In the will, McClendon gave all his property to the trust and its trustee. Details of the trust were not disclosed. McClendon was founder and CEO of American Energy Partners LP and founder and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. He died in a car crash March 2, one day after receiving a federal grand jury indictment on charges of conspiring to rig bids for Oklahoma oil and natural gas leases between 2007 and 2012. He denied the claims, calling

  • Fallin downplays Trump VP talk

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday downplayed talk that she might make a good running mate for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said on CNN's "State of the Union" that she could be a good pick. Trump later tweeted about Bauer's appearance on the Sunday talk show, "Great job and advice." For her part, Fallin said her heart belongs to Oklahoma. "It's a great honor to even be mentioned as a possible consideration for vice president," she said in a statement. "However, my first and foremost goal is fulfilling my duties as governor to grow the economy while continuing to work on developing solutions for issues and challenges facing Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City Council considers impact fees to improve streets

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Experts say impact fees can help limit sprawl in high-growth metros such as Oklahoma City, but warn sprawl can migrate to ex-urban areas hungry for development.




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