• Just how American are OKC and Tulsa?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Independence Day is coming, which means Americans across the world will celebrate our nation's sovereignty. But just how American is Oklahoma City and Tulsa? According to WalletHub.com, pretty American! They compiled a bunch of data about both city's ethnic makeup, household characteristics and educational attainment, and compared it to the reference value for the entire nation. Then they put together this nifty map detailing more than 380 cities: <iframe src="//d2e70e9yced57e.cloudfront.net/wallethub/embed/6109/geochart-resemble.html" width="556" height="347" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> <div style="width:556px;font-size:12px;color:#888;">Source: <a

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 20-21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events planned for the weekend:   Saturday, June 20   “Praise in the Stadium” continues through 9 p.m. at Douglass High School’s Moses F. Miller Stadium, 900 Martin Luther King Ave. The event is hosted by Secret Place Community Church, Good News Festival with Franklin Graham and Burn 24-7. Organizers said local […]

  • OKC community prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., set for Sunday, June 21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    An Oklahoma City Community Prayer Vigil for Charleston, S.C., will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham. The church’s senior pastor is the Rev. D. Lavel Crawford (pictured). A flier and Facebook promotion about the event said all communities of faith are invited to attend. […]

  • Cindi Shelby of RMeyers talks about summer and fall fashions!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    [brightcove]4305584650001[/brightcove]   Cindi Shelby talks fashion on Parties Extra!

  • Baptist leaders cancel next Falls Creek youth camp session

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    DAVIS — The June 22-26 session of Falls Creek youth camp has been canceled due to flooding in the Turner Falls area, Baptist leaders said. Officials with Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center near Davis said the upcoming camp session will not take place due to continued infrastructure challenges.  “We regret to announce that […]

  • 10 Oklahoma counties and the Game of Thrones houses that rule them

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Data is a powerful thing. Use it creatively and you can come up with some fun and fantastic conclusions. In this case, FindTheHome.com used a bunch of data to determine which houses from the "Game of Thrones" each county across the nation would align themselves with. That's more than 3,000 counties, and Oklahoma makes up 77 of those. FindTheHome took demographic, industrial and geographic data of each county, then compared those findings to the characteristics of the following from "Game of Thrones": Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, Tyrell and The Night's Watch (not a house, but whatever). While this blog post won't detail all 77 Oklahoma counties, it will detail the 10 largest

  • Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, started today, June 18. It is one of the five pillars, or obligations, of Islam. Many Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset during the month, which commemorates the divine revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. In majority-Muslim countries, […]

  • Falls Creek youth camp session is ending early due to rising Washita River

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    DAVIS — The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma said Wednesday campers are being released early from the Week 3 session of Falls Creek youth camp in response to infrastructure challenges from the massive rainfall in the Turner Falls area. Brian Hobbs, the convention’s communication’s director and spokesman for Falls Creek, said “Our leaders have carefully […]

  • Falls Creek staff took safety precautions Wednesday due to flooding

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Thousands of campers have been gathering together each night at a popular Baptist youth camp in the Turner Falls area, but the worship meeting was canceled on Wednesday due to flood waters. Brian Hobbs, communications director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said staff members at Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center asked […]

  • Naloxone available in Oklahoma without a prescription

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Over the past 12 years, Oklahoma has seen the overall number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs more than double, and the number of deaths due to hydrocodone and oxycodone more than quadruple. Oklahomans across the state have lost their lives to prescription drug overdose —  moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents and a […]

  • Death penalty opponents to host forum Thursday, June 18

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    As part of an upcoming campaign to defeat State Question 776, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) will host a forum on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is presented by Restoring […]

  • Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of children in two-parent households

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Only 39 percent of Oklahoma children live with both of their married, biological parents, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data. As David Leonhardt, New York Times Upshot editor, points out: These patterns -- which come from a new analysis of census data -- are important because evidence suggests that children usually benefit from growing up with two parents. It's probably not a coincidence, for instance, that the states with more two-parent families also have higher rates of upward mobility. Talking about the advantages of two-parent families can be awkward, I realize, because it can seem to dismiss the heroic work that so

  • 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 […]