• Photos provide crime details for jurors in trial of suspects in 'Cathouse' murder case

    Photos provide crime details for jurors in...

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Jurors on Thursday were shown photographs of the charred bodies found in the drug house that was set on fire after the 2009 “Cathouse” slayings. Denny Edward Phillips, 38, of Salina, and Russell Lee Hogshooter, 38, of Oklahoma City, are charged in Oklahoma County District Court with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy.

  • Missed opportunities in Oklahoma state budget agreement

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    GIVEN that Oklahoma lawmakers faced a $1.3 billion shortfall this year, any budget agreement was sure to involve some tough choices. The agreement announced this week certainly did. Some spending cuts may have notable, negative effects, and there's valid reason for concern. Even so, this budget also avoids some of the worst outcomes many feared. Sufficient funding was found to likely prevent most four-day school weeks and nursing home closures, although some of those threatened outcomes may have involved as much public relations strategy as fiscal reality. Last year's state budget spent $7.1 billion. This year's budget will spend $6.7 billion.

  • Oklahoma City shifts focus to streets

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The poor condition of city streets has had the attention of motorists for a while in Oklahoma City. Officials seem to be getting the message.

  • Regulations drive ridesharing frustration, innovation

    Regulations drive ridesharing frustration,...

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas is perhaps the Southwest's most avant garde city, and thus is a tremendous draw for young professionals with eclectic tastes in art and music. Yet as of a few weeks ago, enjoying the nightlife in Austin meant a considerable change in approach for these millennials. Prior to May 9, rides to and from bars and restaurants in Austin were just a click away through the app-based ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. Both companies pulled out of Austin, however, two days after voters rejected a referendum that sought to repeal more extensive checks on Uber and Lyft drivers. The vote upheld a city council ordinance that, among other things, requires all ridesharing drivers to go through fingerprint background checks.

  • Oklahoma City ice cream maker has scoop: Future is looking sweet

    Oklahoma City ice cream maker has scoop: Future...

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma City ice cream maker Dippin' Dots says its future is looking extremely bright with sales jumping 60 percent between 2013 and 2015, and growth of 25 percent predicted for 2016.

  • Q&A with Troy E. Jones

    Q&A with Troy E. Jones

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Many financial documents are best stored in their digital form, but some like marriage, birth, adoption, citizenship and death certificates should be kept in their original forms.

  • Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student now is set to graduate

    Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student...

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    When he was 6-year-old, Trevor Frost stopped breathing and collapsed into his teacher’s arms at Mark Twain Elementary School in Duncan, Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes $6.78 billion budget bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 30-16 to approve a $6.78 billion general appropriations budget. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

  • Most Oklahoma agencies see cuts, but there's a big exception

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Under a budget proposal making its way through the Oklahoma Legislature, funding for the Legislative Service Bureau, which does research and provides computer services for lawmakers, would grow to $13.89 million per year.

  • Oklahoma House passes $200 million transportation bond issue

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma lawmakers in favor of the plan say it will free up funds for other agencies.

  • Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa's 1921 race riot

    Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa\'s...

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford mentioned in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor that this year is the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, talked about how white Tulsans burned down the prosperous Greenwood area and more than an estimated 300 people died in the 1921 riot.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan uncorks small-ball lineup that has overwhelmed the Warriors and tilted the West finals in OKC's direction

    OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan uncorks small-ball...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    During the Thunder’s two blowout victories of the Warriors in OKC, the Westbrook, Waiters, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka combo outscored Golden State by an outrageous 91-35 margin in 25 minutes together.

  • Miranda Lambert's Tishomingo boutique closes doors

    Miranda Lambert\'s Tishomingo boutique closes doors

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoma.com  | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Singer Miranda Lambert abruptly closed the Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomingo on Wednesday, saying she is focusing on the location near her hometown of Lindale, Texas.

  • Oklahoma House votes to lessen job requirements of corrections director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma lawmakers had voted down the measure previously.

  • Meet Pam Bryan, a one-person welcome wagon for the Thunder

    Meet Pam Bryan, a one-person welcome wagon for...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Pam Bryan will be at the airport in the wee hours of Friday morning to welcome home the Thunder. She won't be alone. Most of the time, she is. On a night when hundreds, if not thousands, of Thunder fans will flock to Will Rogers World Airport, there will be either a celebration or a pep rally. A celebration of a Western Conference title if Oklahoma City wins game Game 5 at Golden State. A pep rally if the home team falls short and needs a win Saturday at home. But regardless, Bryan will be doing what she always does — standing near the gate where players and coaches exit the General Aviation Terminal grounds in their cars, holding up her massive blue Thunder flag, smiling and waving.

  • Oklahoma House reverses course on court fee vote

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com   | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The measure adding a fee to court fees now goes to the Oklahoma Senate.

  • Roof goof means repainting for Uptown's Gold Dome

    Roof goof means repainting for Uptown\'s Gold Dome

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    On Wednesday, architect David Grooms told the Urban Design Commission the previous work done on the historic Gold Dome in Uptown Oklahoma City was not the appropriate shade and was applied without fixing existing issues with the geodesic roof structure.

  • Judge orders mental competency exam for Christian Costello

    Judge orders mental competency exam for...

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    An Oklahoma County judge Wednesday ordered a mental competency exam for Christian Erin Costello after the murder defendant attempted to plead guilty to fatally stabbing his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

  • Oklahoma joins lawsuit against Obama administration over transgender bathroom policy

    Oklahoma joins lawsuit against Obama...

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma and other state are asking for an injunction

  • The best point guard in Western Conference finals is wearing Thunder blue

    The best point guard in Western Conference...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Russell Westbrook snagged a rebound he probably shouldn't have, like he often does, and dribbled the ball to the corner right in front of the Thunder bench. He could pass. He could drive. Instead, he pulled up and shot one of those off-the-dribble threes that regularly goes horrible wrong. Splash. Westbrook held the pose, his arm raised, his hand cocked, and behind him, his teammates went berserk. Randy Foye raised three fingers in the air. Enes Kanter went down in a crouch like he was about to wave a runner in from third base. On a night that emotions ran high at The Peake, no one was more composed, more cool, more in control than Westbrook. He made the right plays. He pushed the right buttons.




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