• Oklahoma governor signs civil asset forfeiture law

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 1113 that says judges can award attorney fees to people who contend their assets have been unjustly seized by law enforcement.

  • Manufacturing activity still slow in Oklahoma, region

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The April Manufacturing Survey released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said manufacturing activity in Oklahoma and across the region in April is still slow.

  • Why would lawmakers skip vote on an easy issue?

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    MOST families understand the importance of maintaining a savings account for emergencies. Yet in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, this idea is apparently so controversial that nearly one-third of lawmakers run fleeing from it. Senate Joint Resolution 44, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, would have allowed Oklahoma voters to amend the state constitution to raise the cap on the Rainy Day Fund, the state's saving account. The current cap is 15 percent of the “general revenue fund certification,” which is only a small portion of state spending. SJR 44 would have raised the cap to 15 percent of the total state budget. That small linguistic change would allow lawmakers to save far more money in future years.

  • 'Revenge porn' bill headed to OK governor

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Senate Bill 1257 would make it a misdemeanor to intentionally disseminate an explicit image of another person with an intent to harass or humiliate.

  • Oklahoma schools brace for another cut

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Oklahoma State Education Department officials are warning cash-strapped schools to brace for another funding cut before the end of June.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant gives his scouting report of the Spurs' defense

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    According to basketball-reference.com, the Spurs’ 99.0 defensive rating is the 11th best in the league since 1973. The Spurs held the Thunder to 98.3 ppg in four meetings, 11.9 points below OKC’s season average.

  • Event to celebrate development, engagement in northeast Oklahoma City

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    More wind power capacity was added in the first quarter in Oklahoma than any other state, a report by American Wind Energy Association disclosed Thursday. Oklahoma added almost 270 megawatts.

  • Oklahoma adds most wind in first quarter, report says

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    More wind power capacity was added in the first quarter in Oklahoma than any other state, a report by American Wind Energy Association disclosed Thursday. Oklahoma added almost 270 megawatts.

  • Energy companies prepare for more difficult earnings announcements

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Devon Energy Corp., Continental Resources Inc. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. — Oklahoma City's three largest publicly traded oil and natural gas companies — are expected to announce their first-quarter earnings reports next week as the energy industry looks at 15-year low prices for oil.

  • OKC Thunder: How the Durant-Westbrook late-game shot domination stacks up to the NBA title contenders

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Often when the game comes down to the final five minutes, the Thunder offense looks like 2-on-5. It’s not uncommon for duos to dominate the shots in the NBA, but the Thunder does it more so than any of the other NBA title contenders.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves OG&E's $500M coal scrubber plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $500 million coal scrubber project at its Sooner plant to deal with tougher emissions regulations was approved Thursday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission after it had rejected two previous plans.

  • Science of showtime: Variety of venues makes OKC a destination for new acts

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With an uptick in concert announcements and new music festivals emerging in Oklahoma, the conversation is growing about Oklahoma City’s role as a concert destination.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Brad Underwood's recruiting focus extends far ... even to Turkey

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With the bulk of last season’s roster returning, and four players signed to the 2016 class already, much of OSU’s recruiting has focused on the future, with several offers out for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • Prep Parade: Remembering Oklahoma's forgotten state record holders

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Names like Larry Rose of U.S. Grant — one of the state’s greatest 1-mile runners ever — or Glen Long of Douglass, who is part of two such forgotten records, or Nina Thompson of John Marshall, who had a hand (foot?) in four of them.

  • NBA superstars like Kevin Durant don't select teams based on coaches

    By Berry Tramel, Columnist, btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Durant clearly likes Brooks and liked playing for him. He also declined to go to the mat for Brooks. No way would the Thunder have fired Brooks last year if Durant had said, “Whoa.” But there’s no reason to think Durant signed off on the firing, either.

  • OU tennis: Spencer Papa's return to Oklahoma is another stepping stone on the path to his ultimate goal

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Papa is back in Oklahoma, where he first learned the game and where he now plays for OU. Not only is he one of the best players for one of the best college programs in the country, a team that starts its postseason run Friday at the Big 12 Championships in Stillwater, but he is also one of the best young players in the country.

  • Possible delays for KC-46 could affect Air Force bases in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Production of the Air Force's new KC-46 midair refueling tankers has been fraught with setbacks, making the question of when it will be ready to fly less clear by the day. That's left officials at two Air Force bases in Oklahoma with little to do but watch and wait.

  • Owner attempts to revive Tiffany apartments in Oklahoma City

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Glenn Ferguson, president of Memphis-based Ferguson Property Group, plans to renovate the long-vacant Tiffany House apartment build near Northwest Expressway and May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Ferguson bought the building in 2008 for $5.8 million.

  • Geologist's new maps detail updated oil-field activity across Oklahoma

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    State geologist Brittany Pritchett has spent the past year creating updated maps of the oil-field and natural gas activity across Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City panel to consider acquiring sixth streetcar

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board plans to vote Thursday on purchasing a sixth streetcar. The additional streetcar will cost about $4 million.




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