• Oil prices rebound for second straight day

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Despite news that the country's drilling activity has slowed, those in Oklahoma's energy industry had to be heartened as prices rose 16 percent Thursday and Friday.

  • Stillwater homes don't stay on market long, data shows

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Statistics provided by SmartAsset in New York purport to show how easy it is to sell a home in any given Oklahoma city or town. It bases its 'Ease of Sale Index' on the average number of days for-sale homes are on the market in a given community.

  • Oklahoma school administrators combat teacher shortages

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Administrators at school districts across Oklahoma say they are offering incentives to get teachers to take and keep jobs at their schools. Some add, however, the perks are just stop-gap solutions.

  • Weak crude prices starting to give local builders jitters

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A decent rebound in crude oil prices this week didn't cast off the pall gathering at the edges of Oklahoma City metro-area housing, leaving homebuilders and others in the business closely watching the price for West Texas Intermediate crude.

  • Wife of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello files protective order

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma County judge has granted a protective order for the widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello against her son's girlfriend but denied the one requested Friday against her son because certain paperwork wasn't "attached" to the petition.

  • Interfaith Alliance says Ten Commandments monument should be removed from Oklahoma Capitol grounds

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and several other groups have asked Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol.

  • Carlson: Bad behavior from college coaches and administrators is alarming

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The recent run of leaders behaving badly started right down I-35 in Waco. This scandal at Baylor involving transfer Sam Ukwuachu seems to have a new development every day.

  • Adam Wilmoth column: Pipeline safety is essential for the industry and the country

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pipeline failures today are more damaging and more costly to repair. Increased regulations can mean pipelines could be shut down for months or years after an incident, clogging up transmission throughout the county’s pipeline system.

  • Business Q&A with Michael R. Pacewicz

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board did not address the question of whether the Northwestern University players are employees and have the right to organize. Instead, the board declined to exercise jurisdiction over the case.

  • Discussion on OKC police and race relations needs to continue

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    AT a public forum Tuesday to discuss the Oklahoma City Police Department's relationship with minorities, a citizen asked Police Chief Bill Citty why he felt this community has remained peaceful while others across the country have seen violent protests following questionable incidents involving police. In answering, Citty recalled the sit-ins led by Oklahoma City civil rights leader Clara Luper during the late 1950s. Luper and police department leaders knew there would be arrests as a result of the protests, Citty said, but they communicated and respected each other and as a result, the protests remained peaceful. “Historically in Oklahoma City, that's the kind of people we are,” Citty told the audience.

  • Surprising appeal of Trump, Sanders is a work in progress

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    THE more things change, the more they stay the same. And the more Hunter S. Thompson seems to have left a footprint. Too bad Thompson, the self-anointed “gonzo journalist,” isn't around to follow Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on the hustings today. Thompson was there in 1972 when another outspoken candidate was wowing audiences. He was there four years later when a future president engaged in the kind of frankness that people seem to like in the early stages of presidential campaigns — and sometimes beyond. What links Thompson, Trump and Sanders is Thompson's admiration of campaigners who tell it like it is. He wrote these words in 1972: “This guy … doesn't sneak around the bush. He comes right out and says it.

  • Squealing 'pigs' work to keep pipelines safe

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Named in part for the squeal they shriek as they squeeze through the pipes that crisscross the country, pipeline pigs are used for variety of purposes, including safety inspections, cleaning, applying coatings to the inside of the pipe and separating different blends of crude oil or other product.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City's First National Center faces utility cut-offs, code violation

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER AND BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writers | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City was hit Thursday with city code violation notices for nonworking elevators and escalators as well as notices that its water and electricity could be turned off.

  • Tenants at Oklahoma City's First National Center prepare to take flight

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Some First National tenants find themselves in limbo as management works to keep elevators, air conditioning running at the 33-story downtown Oklahoma City tower. While some are preparing to flee their offices for better conditions, others with long-term leases call their situation "unacceptable."

  • Abused dog finds new home with Norman man

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Bootsy the pit bull terrier has a new home. The dog had come to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Center after a neighbor filmed him being attacked by other dogs, and the video was put on YouTube. His new best friend is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran from Norman who said Bootsy is on his way to living "the Life of Reilly."

  • Mark Costello killing: Slain Oklahoma labor commissioner leaves legacy of service

    BY RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The body of slain Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was killed in a knife attack Sunday, lay in repose Thursday on the second floor rotunda of the state Capitol.

  • Jump in oil prices, economic news provide boost to Oklahoma stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 369.26 points, or 2.3 percent, to 16,654.77 on Thursday.

  • New home loan rules will further delay closing, title executive warns

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The new mortgage disclosure rules going into effect Oct. 1 could extend the current closing process 10 to 15 days or more for the average home sale contract. So, buyers and sellers should be prepared, said Ted C. Jones, chief economist and senior vice president forOklahoma's Stewart Title Guaranty Co.

  • Oklahoma state school board issues 503 emergency teaching certificates

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma's teacher shortage is shown by the large number of certificates issued. The board issued 500 for all of 2014.

  • Oklahoma City panel moves forward on MAPS 3 park plan

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Plans for a 3-acre park in downtown Oklahoma City to capture rainwater have been approved by the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board




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