• Interfaith Alliance says Ten Commandments monument should be removed from Oklahoma Capitol grounds

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and several other groups have asked Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol.

  • Adam Wilmoth column: Pipeline safety is essential for the industry and the country

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pipeline failures today are more damaging and more costly to repair. Increased regulations can mean pipelines could be shut down for months or years after an incident, clogging up transmission throughout the county’s pipeline system.

  • Squealing 'pigs' work to keep pipelines safe

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Named in part for the squeal they shriek as they squeeze through the pipes that crisscross the country, pipeline pigs are used for variety of purposes, including safety inspections, cleaning, applying coatings to the inside of the pipe and separating different blends of crude oil or other product.

  • New home loan rules will further delay closing, title executive warns

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The new mortgage disclosure rules going into effect Oct. 1 could extend the current closing process 10 to 15 days or more for the average home sale contract. So, buyers and sellers should be prepared, said Ted C. Jones, chief economist and senior vice president forOklahoma's Stewart Title Guaranty Co.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City's First National Center faces utility cut-offs, code violation

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER AND BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writers | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City was hit Thursday with city code violation notices for nonworking elevators and escalators as well as notices that its water and electricity could be turned off.

  • Tenants at Oklahoma City's First National Center prepare to take flight

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

    Some First National tenants find themselves in limbo as management works to keep elevators, air conditioning running at the 33-story downtown Oklahoma City tower. While some are preparing to flee their offices for better conditions, others with long-term leases call their situation "unacceptable."

  • Abused dog finds new home with Norman man

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Bootsy the pit bull terrier has a new home. The dog had come to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Center after a neighbor filmed him being attacked by other dogs, and the video was put on YouTube. His new best friend is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran from Norman who said Bootsy is on his way to living "the Life of Reilly."

  • Mark Costello killing: Slain Oklahoma labor commissioner leaves legacy of service

    BY RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The body of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was killed in a knife attack Sunday, lay in repose Thursday on the second floor rotunda of the state Capitol.

  • Jump in oil prices, economic news provide boost to Oklahoma stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 369.26 points, or 2.3 percent, to 16,654.77 on Thursday.

  • Oklahoma state school board issues 503 emergency teaching certificates

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma's teacher shortage is shown by the large number of certificates issued. The board issued 500 for all of 2014.

  • Oklahoma City panel moves forward on MAPS 3 park plan

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Plans for a 3-acre park in downtown Oklahoma City to capture rainwater have been approved by the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board

  • Ten Commandments case returns to judge after ruling to remove monument

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A Sept. 11 status conference for attorneys in the case to discuss wording of a final order to remove the monument, discuss compliance with the order and review any logistics.

  • Lead removal to close Edmond museum for several months

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality officials will close the Edmond Historical Society and Museum force the closure of the museum for several months to remove lead fragments and lead dust in the basement.

  • Norman Notes for Aug. 27

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Norman Notes for Aug. 27, 2015

  • Big day in literary history (with video)

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Tarzan was born on this day in 1912. Sort of. Edgar Rice Burroughs first installment of "Tarzan of the Apes" was published in a magazine on Aug. 27, 1912 -- introducing the world to a character Burroughs would revisit 25 times. The character later was taken up by other writers, appearing in more novels, cartoons and full-length motion pictures, including one that featured Bo Derek at the height of her popularity and another, more comical version (based on the derivative cartoon character "George of the Jungle) starring Brendan Fraser. Today, Tarzan is mostly remembered in broad strokes: He's the son of white nobles who get stranded on the African coast. His parents die, and he becomes a feral child, taken in by apes.

  • Norman plans new shelter to serve its homeless population

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Plans for a new Food and Shelter headquarters with cottage-style housing for the homeless in east Norman will enable the nonprofit agency to better serve low-income individuals, families and the homeless.

  • Recent events prompt choosing good news over the bad headlines

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Inspired by recent bad headlines in the news, The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer decides to spend his day telling good news stories.

  • OKC shop to sell items born in the U.S.A.

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Next month, a new store will debut in Oklahoma City that focuses on American-made items.

  • Trade Talk: Avoid probate by creating a trust

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Holding off on creating a trust can needlessly result in probate, writes Paula Burkes.

  • Oklahoma City traffic congestion takes toll on commuters, study says

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Traffic congestion in the Oklahoma City area last year cost commuters 49 hours of their lives, 23 gallons of gas and more than $1,100, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard released Wednesday.