• Two years after son's disappearance, Oklahoma City family still holds out hope

    BY ADAM COOPER KEMP Staff Writerakemp@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    August Reiger, of Oklahoma City, disappeared in Ecuador while hiking with his family on June 13, 2013. His family continues to hope he will be found. Reiger was an 18-year-old, high-achieving student when he was last seen during a family vacation in the South American country.

  • Super 30: Putnam City's Dreyvon Christon relishes opportunity to play against big schools

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WARR ACRES — Putnam City is the smallest team in Class 6A Division I. The Pirates would have contended for a playoff spot in Division II last year, and the same could be said for the upcoming season. But playing in the biggest division in the state does offer some perks, though it doesn't always show in the win column. “Some of our guys talk about how they wish we were Division II, but I like being in Division I,” said Putnam City defensive back Dreyvon Christon, who is No. 29 on the summer edition of The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class. “We go against the best guys in the state, and I like that. Last year, we played Westmoore and I was covering (Oklahoma signee) Dahu Green.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Cameron Payne recalls his memorable pre-draft workout in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Because Payne had a couple days before his next workout, he decided to stick around OKC for another day. He was introduced to the Thunder staff and toured the lush facility.

  • OSU football: Cowboys land verbal commitment from Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Ogbongbemiga, of Calgary, Alberta, is second cousins with OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley quickly piling up quarterback recruits

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Sooners secured a commitment from Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison, a four-star prospect, on Friday night.

  • OKC school district adds key leadership positions

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Chuck Tompkins will be in charge of a new effort to better use data to monitor and analyze district discipline issues. Katherine Hughes, Lynn Barnes and Julie James are the other key additions to leadership positions for Oklahoma City Public Schools

  • Oklahoma mental health agency places moratorium on Medicaid contracts for some therapists

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services board voted at its meeting Friday to approve a moratorium on any new contracts to licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists or any other master's-level clinicians who work in private practice and want to provide services to SoonerCare patients.

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: A lawsuit to keep an eye on

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    JERRY Fent is at it again, this time going after a favorite target of Oklahoma budget writers — the Unclaimed Property Fund. Fent, an Oklahoma City attorney, has filed several lawsuits against the state through the years, trying to ensure that legislators’ actions are constitutional and that public funds are spent properly. He’s won some and lost some. Fent has challenged the way various bond issues were put together. He has challenged the constitutionality of spending tax dollars on Oklahoma’s presidential primary election. He once challenged a law that gave a tax break to the working poor. This time, he contends that the state’s use of Unclaimed Property Fund monies to fill budget holes amounts to a Ponzi

  • Marriage ruling doesn't directly restrict employer health, wellness coverage choices, OK expert says

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Most employer-sponsored health and welfare benefit plans are governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which “doesn’t require employers to extend benefits to any spouses, and generally gives employers latitude, in their respective plan documents, to cover who and what it wants,” said Alison Howard with the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm.

  • State lauds historic preservation work

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editorrichardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma Historic Society's Citation of Merit awards honor preservation of nonresidential properties.

  • Oklahoma's numbers stay level while U.S. rig count increases after 6 months

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The number of working drilling rigs in the U.S. increased for the first time in six months this week, according to a Baker Hughes report. Nationwide, 859 rigs were active this week, up two over the past seven days. In Oklahoma, the rig count held flat at 105.

  • Bureau protecting consumers provides glimpses of home ownership nightmares

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editorrichardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Three tales are told from a consumer financial protection database about Oklahoma homeowners with complaints about their mortgages that seem more like nightmares.

  • Texas trucker charged in fatal wreck involving softball team

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Russell Staley, 54, who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was charged Thursday and made his first court appearance in Murray County District Court. He has since been released on his own recognizance, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said.

  • Wyoming federal court delays new hydraulic fracturing rules

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Long-anticipated new rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal lands were delayed this week when a federal judge in Wyoming said he needed more time to decide whether the changes should be implemented.

  • OKC Energy FC: Jimmy Nielsen fans become Energy fans

    By Christopher Brannick | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    When Mike Branham moved his away from Kansas City, the move meant his two boys, Charlie and Andy, would no longer get to see their favorite sports star in action, then Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, now the Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach.

  • Bob Barry Jr. stories will help a hurting state

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    It’s been a rough week. We lost Bob Barry Jr., someone we all knew and seemed like always was part of our lives. The memorial service Friday at Crossings Community Church was historic. The biggest funeral most of us could remember. More dignitaries than empty seats. The Barry family designed a service dedicated to laughter and good memories. Mission accomplished. It’s just what Oklahomans needed. The tonic for BBJ’s family is not so simple, but hopefully the stories helped. High school teammate Greg Blackburn told of BBJ streaking story through Norman’s Central Junior High in 1973, and if you don’t know what streaking is, ask your parents. Don’t google it.

  • Sparq's plans CNG fueling station at Hutch's in Watonga

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Sparq Natural Gas is scheduled to install both light- and heavy-duty compressed natural gas pumps at the Hutch's convenience store in Watonga. The pumps are expected to go online by the end of the year.

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti unconcerned about Cameron Payne’s small school background

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Cameron Payne glanced at the list of draft picks in attendance on Thursday night, followed by the college they attended – Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kentucky again. “It’s kind of funny,” Payne said. “When I looked at the green room list at every single one of those (big conference) teams, and then you had Murray State, the lone mid-major.” When Payne looks at the Thunder’s roster, he’ll have the same realization. Nick Collison went to Kansas. Russell Westbrook, UCLA. Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin, Texas. Of the 15 players expected to be on the team next season, 13 are from major conference programs. Serge Ibaka

  • Norman executive claims defamation

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Roy Orr, former chief executive officer of a Norman medical billing company that financially collapsed amid allegations of billing irregularities, claims a Norman doctor and others invaded his privacy. He is suing them and claiming defamation.

  • Oklahoma City Schools approves strategic plan

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City School Board members on Thursday night unanimously approved a strategic plan which is designed to upgrade academic outcomes in the district's schools.