• Oklahoma Senate passes bill to fully fund historic Capitol repair

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 0 min ago

    A bill to provide the final $125 million in bonding authority for the $245 million project was approved 30-16 and now goes to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who supports the measure.

  • Oklahoma City company upgrades software design, enabling it to expand despite oil downturn

    Oklahoma City company upgrades software design,...

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Reagan Resources, an Oklahoma City-based land and title company, has doubled its staff and added clients this year while many oil and natural gas companies have cut their budgets and laid off workers. The company credits an update of its LandRush software for its success.

  • Oklahoma congressman says top leaders' position opposes God

    Oklahoma congressman says top leaders\' position...

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 min ago

    U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Choctaw, accused the country's top leaders of failing to enforce the constitutional right to free exercise of religion. He said "this nation at its highest level has taken a position against God."

  • Big 12 Baseball Tournament notebook: OU's Wise takes advantage of intentional walk

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Both Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes and leadoff hitter Alex Wise were a little perplexed Thursday, when Kansas State coach Brad Hill chose to intentionally walk Cade Harris to get to Wise in the third inning even though the matchup dictated the move. Wise delivered a three-run triple that Hughes called the turning point in an eventual 13-7 win over the Wildcats in the Big 12 Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark. Harris is the Sooners' nine-hole hitter while Wise has been among OU's hottest hitters and leads off. “I was a little surprised,” Hughes said. “I forget who was on third (Renae Martinez) but I said, ‘They definitely don't know Cade's numbers over the last month.' Conversely, Alex's numbers have been very good

  • Oklahoma voters will get to decide beer, wine issue

    Oklahoma voters will get to decide beer, wine...

    By RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 min ago

    The Oklahoma Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 68 earlier, so the 64-30 House vote was the final step needed to refer the issue to the Nov. 8 ballot.

  • Turnpike authority names new executive director

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Tim Gatz, who has served as the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's deputy director since 2013, will take over as executive director on Wednesday. He succeeds Tim Stewart, who resigned in January.

  • First lady tells Native American grads to live their values

    First lady tells Native American grads to live...

    Updated: 19 min ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Michelle Obama told graduates at a Native American high school Thursday to take pride in their history and cultures at a time when she says the "loudest voices in the national conversation" suggest turning away from the tribal values that were part of their education. In a commencement address at Santa Fe Indian School, the first lady's comments appeared to touch on political rhetoric that has emerged in the presidential race, and especially within the GOP, though she did not mention any candidates by name. "Some of the loudest voices in our national conversation are saying things that go against every single one of the values that you've been living at this school," said Obama, a Democrat.

  • Hotel, conference center may have $5.7M impact on Edmond

    Hotel, conference center may have $5.7M impact...

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Edmond leaders, developers and others gathered Thursday on 7.5 acres of land to celebrate the long-awaited start of construction of the 100,000-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn and 20,000-square-foot conference center on the northwest corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35. The new hotel and conference center is projected to provide a $5.7 million annual economic impact.

  • Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Texas lives on

    By John Helsley and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The heart of Texas’ order combined to drive in 14 runs as the Longhorns blew out Baylor 15-3 in seven innings in an elimination game at the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Officers involved in Wednesday shooting are identified

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 38 min ago

    Authorities have identified the officers involved in a Wednesday fatal shooting in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Baylor scandal is a slap in the face to all women, none more than Kim Mulkey

    Baylor scandal is a slap in the face to all...

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 41 min ago

    Wonder what Kim Mulkey thinks about all this? That question has been running through my head in recent weeks as continually damning information about Baylor football and its mishandling of rampant allegations of violence against women. Reports piled up indicating that football players were assaulting women, and worse, the university and the police were not handling the cases properly. An independent investigation by a third-party law firm was recently commissioned by the school. We can assume what it discovered wasn't good. On Friday, Baylor fired football coach Art Briles. And again, I'm thinking of Mulkey. I know, I know, in these parts, the women's basketball coach is not a

  • Baylor scandal a black eye on the Big 12?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 44 min ago

    The commissioner for Big 12 just happened to be down the street when news of Baylor firing football coach Art Briles came Friday morning. Bob Bowlsby has been posted up at the Big 12 baseball tournament this week, so our man Ryan Aber talked to him about Briles' firing (as well as several other important issues facing the league). You can read that story here. The most interesting thing Bowlsby said? The Baylor scandal is a black eye on the entire Big 12. There's no doubt that league school's association with Baylor has a residual effect. People see Baylor on a helmet or jersey, and they immediately identify the Bears as part of the Big 12.

  • Q&A with Patti Verhille

    Q&A with Patti Verhille

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Weather-related losses to businesses or personal property may be tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Service rules.

  • Photos provide crime details for jurors in trial of suspects in 'Cathouse' murder case

    Photos provide crime details for jurors in...

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Jurors on Thursday were shown photographs of the charred bodies found in the drug house that was set on fire after the 2009 “Cathouse” slayings. Denny Edward Phillips, 38, of Salina, and Russell Lee Hogshooter, 38, of Oklahoma City, are charged in Oklahoma County District Court with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy.

  • Verdigris police: 18-year-old man shot in mouth during apparent road rage incident

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    VERDIGRIS — Police say an 18-year-old man was shot in the mouth during what appears to be an act of road rage on a highway in Verdigris early Thursday.  Two brothers were driving separate vehicles south on Route 66 coming from Claremore when they and a third vehicle began "brake-checking" each other sometime between midnight and 12:30 a.m., Verdigris Police Chief Jack Shackelford said. As the situation escalated, the third car pulled next to one of the brothers near 510 Road, and one of the two occupants fired a shot at his vehicle. The bullet struck the victim in the mouth and exited through his neck, Shackelford said. His brother carried him to his own car and drove him to a Claremore hospital. He was then flown to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in stable condition, Shackelford said. 

  • AG Scott Pruitt is 'head bully,' LGBT advocate says

    AG Scott Pruitt is \'head bully,\' LGBT advocate...

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has become the "head bully" for lawmakers opposed to transgender integration of restrooms and other public school facilities, a leading LGBT advocate said Thursday. Pruitt, on the state's behalf, joined 10 other states on Wednesday in filing a lawsuit to block implementation of Obama administration guidance on school policy regarding transgender students' use of restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities typically separated by gender. The lawsuit was filed the day after legislation addressing the issue failed in a House of Representatives committee. On Thursday, the House passed by unanimous consent a resolution supporting Pruitt's lawsuit against what it calls a "blatant example of federal government and executive power overreach."

  • Oklahoma state briefs for May 27, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma state briefs for May 27, 2016

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 27, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 27, 2016

  • Jury sides with Google in battle over Android software

    Jury sides with Google in battle over Android...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet. A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn't need permission to use a rival's programming tools as it built Android — now the world's leading smartphone operating software and a key part of Google's multi-billion dollar Internet business. Software competitor Oracle claimed Google had stolen its intellectual property and reaped huge profits by copying pieces of an Oracle programming language called Java. But the jury in U.S. District Court found that Google made "fair use," under copyright law, of Java elements that help different software programs work together. Oracle, which had sought $9 billion in damages, immediately said it woul

  • Harold Hamm, industry, congressman lured Trump to Bismarck

    Harold Hamm, industry, congressman lured Trump...

    BY JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Updated: 2 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It took North Dakota's leading oil industry group, the state's lone congressman and an oil billionaire from Oklahoma to lure Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Bismarck. Trump's keynote Thursday at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Council Conference and Expo was sold out, with more than 4,000 tickets made available in addition to those included with expo attendees' registration. More than 7,000 people were expected to hear Trump's speech. North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said the process to attract Trump began weeks ago, with help from U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm, both of whom are Trump supporters.