• Realtors Commercial Alliance makes formal complaint against the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    An internal rift has caused the Realtors Commercial Alliance of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors to formally complain to the National Association of Realtors.

  • Oklahoma House reverses course, agrees to fund Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma House voted 51-40 Friday to approve funding for a popular culture museum in Tulsa. The vote came just one day after House members rejected the same measure by a vote of 44-49.

  • Oklahoma Legislature passes bill extending probationary promotions for third-graders with reading difficulties

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill Friday to extend for three academic years a program that allows probationary promotions for third-graders who read below grade level.

  • Oklahoma City federal jury finds three men guilty in online gambling racketeering conspiracy

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Three men were found guilty in Oklahoma City federal court of racketeering conspiracy, conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering conspiracy.

  • Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh gives commencement speech for 66th consecutive year

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh spoke Friday at a commencement in Clinton. This year marks 66 straight years Nigh has spoken at one or more commencement ceremonies. He planned to celebrate by speaking on Route 66.

  • Oklahoma legislators discuss opportunities on 'emerging leaders' panel

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Urban leadership is an untapped frontier as Republicans seek to extend their reach, state senator from Oklahoma City says.

  • Lawmakers vote to give raises to Oklahoma appellate judges

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Oklahoma appellate judges who got left out of last year’s judicial pay raise bill would receive 6 percent pay raises under a bill approved Friday by both sides of the Oklahoma Legislature.

  • Red Wolves will replace Redskins as Capitol Hill High School mascot in Oklahoma City

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma City school board voted in December to drop the 88-year-old name Redskins for the Capitol Hill High School mascot after members of the American Indian community said they found the term offensive and harmful.

  • Governors rule on second day of Republican conference in Oklahoma City

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Two current governors and a former governor in the Republican presidential race told family stories, stressed their experiences as executives and outlined domestic and foreign policy positions at Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Republican faithful rally around red-meat speeches in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Kenneth Johnson stood and applauded Chris Christie until the New Jersey governor exited the stage, then took a deep sigh of relief as he sat back down to wait for the next speaker. Johnson wasn’t sure what to expect Friday during the second day of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference being held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, but the 58-year old felt moved by Christie’s story of family and his passion for logical policy making. “His whole thing centered on trust,” Johnson said. “I just felt like I could definitely trust him.” Christie was among five presidential hopefuls and one surrogate to speak at the conference Friday. Three candidates, Christie, former

  • Straw poll will provide ammunition for donors, candidates

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Standing in the middle of a hallway in the Cox Convention Center, Bill Shapard watched Friday as a woman walked up to one of his pollsters and began answering questions that could eventually lead to the election of the next U.S. president. In the first two days of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference, nearly 500 people have cast their vote in a straw poll that asks attendees who they hope to see as the next Republican nominee. The poll, run by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll, hopes to give the candidates and donors a better indication of who has the momentum to become the next GOP standard bearer.

  • Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Federal energy regulations criticized at GOP leadership conference in Oklahoma City

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Federal regulations on energy production are limiting investments and entrepreneurship, an oil executive and attorney told attendees at Friday’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Former Oklahoma legislators' bribery convictions upheld

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the political bribery convictions of former state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading Nick Collison's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NICK COLLISON — His influence in the locker room and defensive end remains substantial. It’s another on offense.

  • Nick Collison still has value for Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    In a mid-March home win over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks, arguably the Thunder's most impressive victory during a roller-coaster season, Nick Collison had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 24 minutes. With Serge Ibaka out, he'd quietly become imperative, playing his best basketball of the season at the most useful time. The Thunder was starting to build a nice cushion for the eighth spot. The Pelicans lost that same night, knocking them 21/2 games back of OKC. But toward the end of that Hawks win, Collison rolled his ankle badly. He left the arena on crutches. He ended up missing nine games. What was turning into a mini hot streak for the Thunder soon transformed into a season-crushing

  • The majority of Oklahomans with mental illness who are in jail would be better served outside criminal justice system, state leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A backlog of inmates in Tulsa County continue to wait for competency evaluations as law enforcement and mental health leaders discuss the best course of action to take, the state’s mental health commissioner said Friday.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes $7.1 billion budget

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The $7.1 billion general appropriations bill now goes to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for final approval.

  • Oklahoma unemployment insurance law changes let businesses fight claims more quickly

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Conner & Winters’ Vic Albert discusses amendments to Oklahoma’s unemployment compensation statutes. Now Oklahoma employers are allowed to challenge a potential claim for unemployment benefits immediately after an employee is fired for cause, versus waiting for a claim to be filed, and then for receipt of the notice of the claim from the Employment Security Commission, before filing an objection.

  • Oklahoma Legislature wraps up 2015 session and Gov. Mary Fallin will review bills passed near session's end

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Some Oklahoma lawmakers will return to the state Capitol during the interim period between legislative sessions for various events and studies, but the House and Senate will not gather to consider and pass bills again until next year.




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