• Oklahoma ranks 33rd in states for working dads

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Sorry, working dads: But Oklahoma isn't the best state for you to live in after all. When WalletHub.com looked at the data of things like the unemployment rate of fathers, male life expectency and day care quality throughout the United States, the financial website's number crunches concluded Oklahoma ranks 33rd in the list of best and worst states for working dads.  Source: WalletHub The site broke down the data in the following categories: Economic and social well-being, health, work-life balance and child care. Oklahoma earned the following ranks: 26, 49, 42 and 20, respectively. Here's more of what WalletHub has to say: Male parenting is not what it once was. Fatherhood has long

  • Even with budget cuts, mental health commissioner expects no Oklahomans will fully lose services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Last year, the state’s mental health agency faced cutting about $20 million from its budget after not receiving its full budget request from the Legislature. Leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services estimated that thousands would lose services if the Legislature didn’t provide $21 million in additional state appropriations. The agency proposed […]

  • It's a Breeze: Carnival to change ships in Galveston

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

      Carnival, a major player in the Texas/Oklahoma cruise market, is switching up its ships leaving from Galveston next year. The Magic will be re-positioned to Port Canaveral in April 2016 and the Carnival Breeze will take her place in Galveston beginning in May 2016. Breeze will kick off its new Galveston-based cruise program May […]

  • Oklahoma floods: Tips for evacuating flooded areas

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. May was the rainiest month ever recorded in Oklahoma. Floodwaters can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. It’s important to be prepared as the state continues to see more and more rainfall. The state Health Department provided the following tips to stay safe during the rainy weather: Be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple escape routes in case roads are blocked. Evacuation plans should also take into account people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets and even livestock. When evacuation is not possible before floodwaters reach a your immediate area, it is important to first call 911

  • Skyline Urban Ministry has new executive director

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Rev. Deborah Ingraham is the new executive director of Skyline Urban Ministries, a social service agency affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Ingraham has been in the news lately because she was senior pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church. The Epworth congregation recently held its last service in the […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about those last minute invites?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, please email Helen at hwallace@oklahoman.com  By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am having a dinner party and have sent out the invitations. Some of the people cannot come. Is it OK to send last-minute invitations to a couple of friends? CALLIE’S ANSWER: No, don’t send out […]

  • Nurse practitioners, physician assistants face 5 percent rate cut from state Medicaid agency

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The state’s Medicaid agency updated its list of proposed budget cuts, including how much of a rate cut nurse practitioners and physician assistants could face in the coming state fiscal year. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will recommend lowering the fee-for-service rates for physician assistants and nurse practitioners by 5 percent. In May, health care providers expressed concerns about the Oklahoma […]

  • New members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame introduced at a luncheon

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Jane Jayroe Gamble introduced the new members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  Jane Jayroe Gamble introduced the eight new members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and told about why they were chosen. They are Kevin Durant, Bill Hancock, Mike Larsen, Jim Halsey, Sharen Jester Turney, Bill […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Joy Reed Belt and JRB Art at the Elms

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Carolyn Stuart, Paige Dillard and Joy Reed Belt at the Oklahoman’s video studio. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).   [brightcove]4293100702001[/brightcove] Joy Reed Belt talks about JRB Art at the Elms on Parties Extra!

  • Service lifts otherwise messy sightseeing day in London

    Matt Patterson | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The Tower of London was a mild dissapointment. Yeah, the Crown Jewels were cool, and just being on the grounds is pretty amazing but between the rain and the Saturday afternoon crowds it was a suboptimal experience, and a rookie mistake. Saturdays are not good days to visit the Tower of London. The rainy afternoon […]

  • Dodson's Cafeteria founder dies; mourning becoming too common in local restaurant community

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma City food industry lost one of its earliest pioneers this week when Joe Dodson passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday. Dodson, a former Oklahoma Restaurant Association president and National Restaurant Association board member, was founder – along with his wife of 71 years Charlotte – of Dodson’s Cafeterias, which were […]

  • Oklahoma hospital charges patients almost 10 times cost of care, report says

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A Durant hospital charges uninsured patients almost 10 times the actual cost of their medical care, the Washington Post reports. The Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is among 50 hospitals across the United States that have the “highest markup of all 5,000 hospitals in the United States,” Gerard Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]

  • 5 facts to know about the Edmond man in the Kenyan child sex abuse case

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The trial begins today for a 20-year-old Edmond man accused of sexually abusing neglected children in Kenya in 2014, and you can get caught-up-to-speed on the who, what, when, where and why with this short 5 things article. Reporter Kyle Schwab is covering the trial for The Oklahoman and NewsOK, and his coverage can be found here. No. 5 - Who he is Matthew Lane Durham, 20, of Edmond, volunteered at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi. The home provided Kenyan children with everything from food and shelter to housing and education.

  • Airlines could shrink carry on bags

    Matt Patterson | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

      Rick Steves devotees beware: You’re life is about to get a lot harder. For those familiar with Steves, he’s the PBS travel guru who has spent 1/3 of his adult life traveling through Europe and writing some awesome guide books in the process. And one of his tenets is never check a bag. Ever. […]

  • Franklin Graham suggests boycott of LGBT-friendly companies

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Several news outlets are reporting that evangelist Franklin Graham (pictured) has suggested that Christians refrain from doing business with companies considered friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “Have you ever asked yourself how can we fight the […]

  • Dogs and cats in airlplane cargo holds, a bad idea?

    Matt Patterson | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    USA Today has a piece about traveling with your dog, attempting to dispel some of the myths associated with dogs and airplanes. The effort isn’t very convincing. I wouldn’t put my dog (or cat) in the hold of an airplane for any reason. Yes, I know those sections of the hold are pressurized and supposedly […]

  • New Republic to rise in spring; Haunted House nears rebirth

    Dave Cathey | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Over the weekend, developers with the new Chisholm Creek development  on N Western Avenue, just south of Memorial Road, announced Republic Gastropub will be among its first tenants. “We are thrilled to welcome Republic Gastropub to the Chisholm Creek mix of world-class restaurants and retailers,” Whitney Rainbolt, representative for Chisholm Creek, said in a release. […]

  • LIVE Blog: 2015 Tony Awards

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell live blogged the 2015 Tony Awards.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 6-7

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    The faith community has several activities planned for Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Here’s are few events planned for the weekend: Saturday, June 6  // // // The Del City Gospel Singing will be at 7 p.m. at Del City First Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. Guest singers for the free […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Lance McDaniel and deadCENTER Film Festival!

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Lance McDaniel, deadCENTER Film Festival Executive Director, talks about the Film Festival on Parties Extra! [brightcove]4278260009001[/brightcove]