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  • After 25 years in business, Oklahoma City antique mall proprietors look to future

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Bill and Denny McConnell, owners of the 23rd Street Antique Mall in Oklahoma City, have been living their dreams for 25 years.

  • Island Influence: Caribbean flavor wins favor at Open Flame event in Oklahoma City

    BY DAVE CATHEY | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The Food Dude serves up Caribbean flavors with help from veteran Oklahoma City Ryan Parrott at the most recent “Open Flame” at American Propane.

  • Family inspires Oklahoma teacher's dedication to education, service

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Deer Creek Middle School teacher Leif Francel has done volunteer work around the globe, and his sister Elise is following his footsteps.

  • Hundreds of Oklahomans to receive care at free medical event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event August 16 and 17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of Oklahomans will wait hours in line for free dental, vision and limited medical care.

  • Parkway Cleaners owner starts Edmond-based business lender

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Mark Neighbors started American Business Funders this year. Neighbors, who owns Parkway Cleaners at 136 E Fifth and several other companies, has been managing businesses for decades.

  • Old Southwestern Bell rate case is back before Oklahoma Supreme Court

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Two customers of the former Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. have filed a class-action lawsuit to reopen an Oklahoma Corporation Commission case decided in 1989.

  • Extreme heat, humidity return to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Summer heat returned to Oklahoma this week, with temperatures climbing into the mid- to upper 90s and heat index values soaring past the 100-degree mark. Forecasters predict extreme heat and humidity will continue in Oklahoma City through the weekend.

  • Stage Center demolition begins in earnest

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Salvaging of materials from Stage Center is complete and building demolition is proceeding this week with plans to have the site cleared by September to make way for construction of a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Compressco Partners to buy larger competitor for $825 million

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Compressco Partners LP executives expect the company’s planned $825 million purchase of Midland, Texas-based Compressor Systems Inc. to help it expand the Oklahoma City company quickly throughout the region.

  • Investment in ongoing downtown, development could reach $1 billion

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    If one adds up all of the projects under construction or set to get underway this year in Oklahoma City, the number easily exceeds $250 million. Add up what’s still in the works, that total will be dwarfed by a figure that will exceed $1 billion.

  • Courts issue conflicting decisions on key challenges to Obamacare

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Issue over tax subsidies may ultimately be decided by U.S. Supreme Court. White House says there is no immediate impact on millions of Americans — including an estimated 55,000 Oklahomans — who will receive subsidies to purchase health insurance.

  • Summer is the season for hot dogs

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    National Hot Dog Day is Wednesday. In Oklahoma City, there are numerous places to pig out on hot dogs, including the familiar franks of Coney Island Hot Dogs downtown and the gourmet dogs at Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs.

  • Oklahoma City's Memorial Park is getting a makeover

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Memorial Park, along Classen Boulevard at NW 36 in Oklahoma City, is receiving a $1.8 million makeover intended to restore its former majesty.

  • Midwest City police look for man accused of animal cruelty

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An arrest warrant for Corey Marion Harrison, 26, was issued Tuesday. He was charged Friday with two counts of animal cruelty.

  • Teacher shortage to greet Oklahoma City students when school opens in August

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Between now and the start of school Aug. 4, Oklahoma City Public Schools is reaching out to retirees and recent college graduates to fill 148 teacher vacancies in the school district, including 35 special education teachers.

  • Manhunt that began in McClain County ends in Midwest City Monday night

    By Jane Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A man sought by the McClain County Sheriff’s Department after he escaped custody last week was arrested Monday night at a Midwest City residence.

  • Report ranks Oklahoma 39th in well-being of its children

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Oklahoma slipped three notches from last year and now ranks 39th among the 50 states for the overall well-being of its children, according to the 2014 edition of KIDS COUNT, a report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore.

  • Without Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans with mental health issues will go untreated, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An estimated 122,000 Oklahomans with mental health issues who would have qualified for Medicaid in Oklahoma if the program were expanded to include more low-income adults, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • Ads promoting charity donations require caution

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    McAfee’s Rachel Blue discusses the necessary considerations for retailers when tying donations to consumer purchases.

  • Edmond man faces charges of sex acts with Kenyan children

    BY MATT DINGER, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Matthew Lane Durham, 19, of Edmond, is charged in Oklahoma City federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children. Durham is accused of committing sex acts with young children of both sexes while volunteering at a children’s home in Kenya.