• Thunder ownership involved in McClendon probate case

    By Brianna Bailey and Adam Wilmoth Business Writers | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Energy magnate Aubrey McClendon's roughly 20 percent ownership in the Oklahoma City Thunder could be worth as much as $190 million and is one of the key assets of his complex and unusual estate. According to transcripts of probate court proceedings, McClendon's widow, Kathleen McClendon, wants to purchase her late husband's stake in the Thunder, but creditors have already raised concerns about having oversight of such a sale.  "One of the significant interests is the Thunder interest that's a part of the probate estate," said Arthur Hoge, an attorney for creditor Wilmington Trust, according to a transcript of a May 13 court hearing. "So if that's going to be sold to a family member, without the creditors having any input

  • Sooners shine in Super Regional opener

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    NORMAN — Senior Erin Miller danced along the third baseline. Freshman Caleigh Clifton pointed in the air and sang. An Oklahoma softball victory celebration? Not quite. The Sooners led a crowd of 1,633 in an inspired rendition of Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” — then took the field for the top of the sixth inning of their NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana- Lafayette. “Good times never seemed so good, so good, so good, so good.” OU won 8-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 series Thursday night at Marita Hynes Field, with a berth in the Women's College World Series on the line. The third-seeded Sooners had 14 hits, stellar defensive plays and brilliant pitching.

  • Your Views

    Your Views

    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Execution alternative? Big Pharma and our Department of Corrections are chasing their tail, plus spending a lot of money, trying to come up with a lethal injection drug that works when the solution is right beneath our noses, readily accessible and relatively cheap. Moreover, it's effective and humane. I refer to heroin. A small dose could be administered first for a relaxant, followed by a hotshot. Dozens of people overdose like this every day, voluntarily or inadvertently, so why not give the condemned at least a choice? Heroin was legal in the United States until 1920; up to then, it was available even in over-the-counter drug kits. Heroin is still legally administered for medical purposes in the United Kingdom and other

  • Trump’s nationalism takes page from Europe

    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Here's the irony of Donald Trump's “America First,” immigrant-bashing, free-trade-averse, make-us-great-again nationalism: It is a European import. The American right has typically been anti-government, reverent of the Constitution, suspicious of political strongmen and resolute in insisting that “American exceptionalism” makes us different from other nations. But Trumpism is not an American original. Almost every plank in the candidate's vaguely defined platform is derivative of the European far right. It is gaining ground on the basis of opposition to immigration, fears of terrorism and crime, economic nationalism, and promises of a government wielding a muscular hand against the forces of disorder.

  • Inspiring partnerships between state, Canada

    Inspiring partnerships between state, Canada

    By David Johnston | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Oklahomans are known for their energetic, pioneering spirit, and that includes north of the 49th parallel separating Canada and the United States. As the 28th governor general and commander in chief of Canada and the first to visit Oklahoma, I'm here to reaffirm the friendship that exists between this state and Canada. That my visit takes place on Memorial Day weekend, when we honor the women and men who served their country with such bravery and distinction, makes it even more special. The timing of this visit is particularly apt given the close ties that exist between our armed forces. More than 40 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed at Tinker Air Force Base as part of the 552nd Air Control Wing.

  • Were all the wise men wrong?

    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    It was conventional wisdom among the political cognoscenti during most of the primary season that Donald Trump could not win the general election. The evidence seemed strong. Over 12 months of polling from May 2015 to April 2016, Hillary Clinton ran ahead of Trump in 63 national polls, while Trump led her in only six and tied her in three. But Trump enthusiasts insisted their man would easily prevail. Now May polling suggests, to paraphrase the former British Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, that what all the wise men promised has not happened and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass. The current RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Trump with 43.4 percent and Clinton with 43.2 percent.

  • Projects may affect Memorial Day travel plans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Roadways in Oklahoma will be busy during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of construction zones.

  • About space

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Transactions Price Edwards & Co. reports these commercial real estate transactions:   •Riverwind East LLC paid $8,268,625 to Barbara G. Heatley Trust for 47 acres at State Highway 9 and Interstate 35 in Goldsby. Cordell Brown handled the transaction. •9520 North May Partners LLC paid $6,150,000 to Inovest Joint Venture 1981 B LLC for an office property at 9520 N May. Craig Tucker handled the transaction. •705 NW 4th LLC paid $425,000 to Chapman Family Trust for an office-flex property at 705 NW 4. Tre Dupuy handled the transaction. •Laura Beth Murphy paid $425,000 to Sas Properties LLC for an office property at 3623 NW 36. Brown handled the transaction. •BLC Investments LLC paid

  • Oklahoma County public records for May 28

    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Oklahoma County public records for May 28, 2016

  • Poll: What cellphone provider do you use?

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

  • Edmond Exchange

    Edmond Exchange

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    The Edmond City Council has approved site plans to renovate a historic building just west of downtown into a restaurant and a bar.

  • Norman Notes for May 28

    Norman Notes for May 28

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    The city of Norman is opening its Westwood Water Park on Saturday.

  • Flash mob performs to promote mental health awareness

    By Lillie-Beth Brinkman For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Volunteers from a dozen area nonprofits who treat people with mental illness organized a flash mob Thursday to raise awareness of the disease and their efforts to fight it. The event was organized by North Care.

  • Oklahoma's rig count increases by two

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

    The number of drilling rigs searching for oil and natural gas in Oklahoma increased by two to 59 the past week.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 28

    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Oklahoma business briefs for May 28, 2016

  • Moore woman's desire to honor Confederate ancestor is set for Saturday

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    A Moore woman will realize her dream Saturday of honoring an ancestor who fought for the South in the Civil War. Pvt. John Crain will be among 17 Confederate soldiers honored who are buried in Naples Cemetery in rural Grady County.


    Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $45.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $33.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 17: COMPLETION Ellis: Jones Energy LLC; Neidens 10 No. 3H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 10-20N-26W; 58 barrels oil per day, 298,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,676. Jones Energy LLC; Packers 22 No. 5H Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 22-20N-25W; 39 barrels oil per day, 259,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,893. Jones Energy LLC; Packers 22 No. 6H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 22-20N-25W; 157 barrels oil per day, 410,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,941. Love: XTO Energy

  • What We're Talking About

    What We\'re Talking About

    AP | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    CELLPHONE TUMORS: National Institutes of Health expert reviewers are finding flaws in the agency's new study that connects heavy cellphone radiation to a slight increase in brain tumors in male rats.  ZIKA-CALL TO POSTPONE: A group of public health experts have urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.  HURRICANE FORECAST: U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years.  AUTISTIC CHILD RESTRAINED: Kentucky schools to pay $1.75M after autistic teen's legs broken.  SPACE STATION: NASA will try again Saturday to inflate the

  • Donovan says Green’s continued kicking is NBA’s responsibility

    Donovan says Green’s continued kicking is NBA’s...

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    There were two more high kicks in Thunder-Warriors Game 5 Thursday night. Warriors forward Draymond Green had two more instances in which his right leg went flailing into Thunder players in an attempt to draw a foul. The first kick connected with Kevin Durant to the left side of his body, the second caught Russell Westbrook in the face. When asked Friday whether or not the Thunder would talk to the NBA about Green's kicks, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it comes down to the league taking action. “It's the league's responsibility to look at those things that they deem to be maybe non-basketball plays,” Donovan said.

  • State briefs for May 28

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma City OKC offices closed for holiday Oklahoma City offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. There will be no residential trash pickup. Makeup day is Wednesday. There will be no EMBARK bus service, and the animal shelter will be closed. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be closed. Family aquatic centers will be open noon to 6 p.m. Spraygrounds will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oklahoma City recreation centers, senior centers, gyms and the Foster Indoor Pool will be closed. The Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center and Ed Lycan Conservatory also will be closed. The outdoor grounds will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Martin Park Nature Center trails will be open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the visitor center will