• New commercial data center is described as largest in Oklahoma

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    TierPoint LLC has completed what they describe as Oklahoma's largest commercial data center at its 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.

  • Committee takes initial steps on tax reform amid revenue failure

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    One day after officials announced Oklahoma's state revenue failure had become more pronounced, a legislative committee took some initial steps on Tuesday to trim tax breaks. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei said the panel passed a wide array of bills on tax incentives, so lawmakers have a range of choices when they later consider which credits, exemptions and deductions might be eliminated or reduced. The committee approved Senate Bill 977 by Mazzei, R-Tulsa, to suspend nearly two dozen tax credits for two years, but he said the measure would not be considered in its current form by the full Senate. Instead, the credits will be more closely examined to see which should be altered.

  • Writer's Room Podcast - Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system

    BY Tiffany Gibson, tgibson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    For decades, federal researchers and Oklahoma officials have warned of the consequences of not making a long-term investment in mental health, and for decades, those warnings have been largely ignored. Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove talks about the first installment in her series “Epidemic Ignored,” which is a yearlong investigation into Oklahoma’s mental health system. We also hear from Commissioner Terri White, of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Vaccinations become issue in Legislature

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    A state senator who is a medical doctor wants to strengthen an Oklahoma law that requires children to be immunized before they enter school. Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, a cardiac anesthesiologist, said Monday that people put their children and others at serious risk by skipping vaccinations. "Vaccinations are like a miracle," he said. "That's how we got rid of smallpox and polio." Current Oklahoma law requires children to have vaccinations before they enter school, but exemptions are given for medical reasons or if a parent makes a written objection to the requirement.  Yen has two legislative proposals. One would prohibit all non-medical exemptions. Another option would be to permit non-medical exemptions

  • Looking back at the last 30 days of Oklahoma earthquakes

    By Tiffany Gibson, tgibson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    More than 300 earthquakes have been recorded since the start of the New Year. Here's a heat map of where the quakes occurred from Jan. 9 - Feb. 8.

  • Oklahoma congressman says President Obama needs funding source for budget proposals

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Rep. Tom Cole, an influential voice in spending on health and medical research, said President Barack Obama should come up with a way to pay for his new budget proposals, including one to expand treatment for people addicted to opioids.

  • Oklahoma woman talks of her bout with Zika in Haiti

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Lauren Steverson, a 23-year-old missionary from Tuttle,Oklahoma, had contracted Zika virus and was experiencing the mild illness that some develop after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

  • Oklahoma City's sales tax dips in February

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Though Oklahoma City's sales tax revenues fell from the previous month for the eighth time in 12 months, February's check from the state Tax Commission was the second-largest ever received ($37.3 million), surpassed only by the $38.9 million of February 2015.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Feb. 9

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for Feb. 9, 2016

  • Major south OKC interchange to get multilevel makeover

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The I-35-I-240 project will be built in six phases and is expected to cost about $115 million.

  • Man accused of breaking into University of Central Oklahoma sorority house

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Randell Scott Ashton, 41, was arrested on a burglary complaint and booked into Oklahoma County jail. His bail was set at $20,000.

  • Oklahoma state agency cuts to increase amid revenue failure

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma government agencies, already required to cut spending by 3 percent because of lagging revenue, were told Monday those reductions will have to go deeper.

  • Oklahoma man sentenced in fraud case after scamming investors

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Lee Michael Harrison, 39, of Edmond, was sentenced Monday to 20 months in prison and three years supervised release in Philadelphia by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence F. Stengel.

  • Oklahoma voters to decide school board races, tax issues

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Voters in 32 public school and CareerTech districts across the Oklahoma City metro area will elect school board members.

  • School in Adair mourns loss of 2 students in blaze

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Kyana Rain Wilkins, 14, and Benjamin “Bennie” Clay Wilkins, 12, were staying overnight at a Ketchum mobile home that belonged to their grandmother, Betty Yust, 66, and their uncle Marty Yust, 38. All four died in the fire Sunday.

  • Momentum continues in Oklahoma City despite of downturn for energy

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City in 2016 is far different than it was during the oil bust depression of 1986.

  • Coaches identified in Norman wrestling rape case

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Two coaches have resigned after four Norman North High School wrestlers were charged with felony counts of rape by instrumentation during a junior varsity wrestling team road trip.

  • Oklahoma business news in brief

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma business news briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

  • BigWing offers free workshop on Facebook conversions in Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Sarah Hoffman, manager of social media for BigWing Interactive, will highlight the technical side of Facebook conversion tracking and show attendees how to make practical use of it in their campaigns.

  • Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. reports a loss in first quarter

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Michael C. Coffman, president and CEO of Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., said reductions in capital expenditures reduced debt by $8 million in the first quarter, with total debt falling to $53.5 million.