• Man gets life in prison without parole in death of Oklahoma City nurse

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty in October to a 2012 murder of a home health care nurse was sentenced this week to life in prison without parole for his part in the slaying of Sheila Stanley.

  • SandRidge focuses on drilling cost reductions amid falling oil prices

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Falling oil prices have hurt the stock prices of many oil companies recently, including Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. Company officials say the producer is in good shape to weather an uncertain environment.

  • Kinder Morgan to buy Oklahoma-based Hiland Partners in $3 billion deal

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Enid, Oklahoma-based Hiland Partners is set to be acquired by energy infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan Inc. for about $3 billion.

  • Oklahoma City-based Sonic booms on lower gas prices, strong sales

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant’s first TV ad for Sonic expected to air this summer.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys Answer Call To Rebound

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The halftime conversations were similar Wednesday night in both locker rooms. Cowboys coach Travis Ford chided his guys for getting beat 17-15 on the boards through the first 20 minutes, leading to 12 second-chance points for Texas Tech. Tech coach Tubby Smith urged for more of the same. “I’m sure they talked about it, because we had the advantage at halftime, even though it was close, 17-15,” Smith said. “I’m sure that was their focus. Just like it was our focus, ‘Keep hitting the boards, fellas. That’s what’s keeping us in the game.’” The Cowboys responded better, outrebounding Tech 21-17 in the second half, getting everyone involved, including the guards.

  • Term limits among issues in new Oklahoma bills

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A proposed Oklahoma resolution would ask voters whether to lengthen term limits from 12 years to 16 years. An election-reform package of nine bills and one joint resolution, all intended to increase Oklahoma’s declining voter turnout. Another bill would empower the state attorney general’s office to investigate and prosecute officer-involved fatalities.

  • Potential dispute arises over who will build Oklahoma City's streetcars

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    An attorney for the company that finished second in an evaluation says there are questions about whether the first-place finisher complied with Oklahoma City’s technical requirements for streetcars.

  • Oklahoma infectious disease unit ready to respond

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma Biocontainment Care Unit will isolate and treat adults and children who test positive for dangerous infectious diseases like Ebola.

  • Oklahoma bill would put an end to marriage licenses

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Oklahoma state Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, has filed a bill that would put an end to marriage licenses in the state. Under his plan, a religious official would sign a couple’s marriage certificate, which would then be filed with the court clerk.

  • The Humane Society of the United States sues Oklahoma attorney general

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The Humane Society of the United States has filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, accusing him of slandering and vilifying the animal rights organization for political gain.

  • Oklahoma teacher loses job after fake joint photo circulates

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A first-year teacher from the Miami, OK, school district has been dismissed after a photo appearing to depict him rolling a fake marijuana joint circulated online. Assistant Superintendent Randy Darr declined to identify the teacher, but did acknowledge he has seen the photograph.

  • Oklahoma Academy addresses poor overall health of state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Academy gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City to present town hall recommendations to address Oklahoma’s poor overall health.

  • UPDATE: Winter weather bulletins include Oklahoma City metro area

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The National Weather Service issued winter weather bulletins Wednesday for much of western and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe votes to say climate change not a hoax but says man can't change climate

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Inhofe leads Senate Republicans in declaring belief that the climate is changing. But he and most other GOP senators oppose amendment that links human activity to the changes.

  • Oklahoma Senate president says teacher salary differential is alarming

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says Oklahoma teachers are underpaid.

  • Sentinel man charged in Sentinel bomb threat

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    James Edward Holly, 27, was charged Wednesday in Washita County District Court with making a telephone bomb threat. He is accused of using the name Dallas Horton to make a bomb threat last week that ultimately led to the town’s police chief being shot while investigating the threat.

  • Oklahoma staffing firm chief predicts continued growth in 2015

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma jobs in greatest demand include mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, Autocad and Solidworks designers, staff accountants, industrial painters, delivery drivers, benefits specialists, software developers and production planners.

  • Energy companies expect to cut spending, jobs in coming year in Oklahoma

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    On average, energy companies in the region say they need crude oil prices of about $79 a barrel to make a profit.

  • Man's journey through drug court leads to job as a firefighter rather than a prison sentence

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Drug courts, which put addicts in intensive and lengthy treatment instead of prison, have become a focus of discussion at the state Capitol as the governor and lawmakers look for ways to reduce Oklahoma’s large population of inmates, many nonviolent and addicted to drugs.

  • Warm, windy weather spells fire danger, drought intensification in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Temperatures over the weekend climbed to more than 20 degrees above average in the Oklahoma City metro area, according to National Weather Service records. Those warm temperatures, along with strong winds, sapped soil moisture across the area, leading to wildfires and possible drought intensification.




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