• Rock slide isn't the first snag along Interstate 35 in Oklahoma

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Recent rock slides aren't the only thing that have blocked Interstate 35 through the Arbuckle Mountains through the years.

  • Lawsuit against Moore church settled for $260,000

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A former Moore Christian Schools teacher, Gregory Alan Saul Sr., is accused in a 2012 rape case of having a sexual relationship with a student that began when she was 13 and he was 64. He faces 18 felony counts in Cleveland County District Court.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • OK Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Rick M. Green: OK Capitol Boxscore is a weekly look at the happenings in the Oklahoma Capitol.

  • Oklahoma medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma medical news briefs for Sunday, July 5, 2015.

  • Social Security Q&A for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: Can I check the status of retirement benefits application?

  • Oklahoma State Regent Turpen raises $500K in scholarships for students

    BY K.S. MCNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The need for more scholarships to defeat crippling student debt was Mike Turpen’s battle cry as chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Turpen issued that challenge in September when he chaired his first meeting, and he continued to talk about the need throughout the academic year both in public comments and private conversations. But Turpen did more than just talk about it. He raised more than $500,000 at “scholarship rallies” to benefit students. “My personal obsession was, how do you overcome student debt,” said the Oklahoma City lawyer who just completed his term as chairman. “I just think we have to work harder and harder to create more scholarships, and that’s what I’ve

  • Tale of easy credit and debt resolution shows why not to change interest rate

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Dear Mr. Berko: Do you have any idea when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates? TW, Punta Gorda, Fla. Dear TW: I will get to your question, but first I want to address a request from a recent letter writer. He wrote: “Some five or six years ago, you wrote an article about how a town in Arkansas had solved its debt problem. It made such good sense, and I’d like to see it again.” It’s a hot, agonizing day in the imaginary small town of Loon Lake, Ark., probably 100 degrees in the shade under the old oak trees on Main Street. Loon Lake is on Old Route 62, some 23 miles west of Yellville. There are almost 1,000 residents, including a half-dozen old- timers who claim that their families lived

  • Some OU employees' children are now eligible for a full-tuition waiver

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The children of University of Oklahoma  employees will be eligible for a full-tuition waiver for undergraduate degrees through a new scholarship program established this summer.  The Dependent Child Tuition Waiver Program waives the cost of tuition “for full-time undergraduate students who are children of employees and who are properly enrolled as dependents in the university’s medical insurance plan,” according to the university’s website. Students still will be required to pay fees associated with their course work. “I’ve got to tell you, it was wonderful news for me,” said Karen Renfroe, executive director of the President’s Associates and Women’s Philanthropy Network at OU.

  • Education briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Rose state plans vets job fair MIDWEST CITY — More than 50 companies with 1,500 positions to fill will be at the Rose State College Veterans Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14. Although veteran-focused, the job fair is open to anyone seeking employment. There is no fee to participate. It will be in the Rose State College Student Center just off Hudiburg Drive. Participating employers will include Boeing, Galt Foundation, Arvest Bank, Xerox, Tinker Credit Union, the state Transportation Department, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base, Mercy Hospital and Chickasaw Nation Industries. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring many resume copies. For more information, contact Pam Emmons at 733-7488

  • ‘It’s half terrifying and half exciting’

    By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA. “It’s half terrifying and half exciting,” said Bailar, a 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia. “I’m just kind of embracing it with open arms.” Bailar, an incoming freshman, came out as transgender this year after already being recruited for the women’s team. Initially he planned to stay on that team but had mixed feelings about it — he wanted to swim, but he also wanted to embrace his identity.

  • French discovery may help restore fragrance to roses

    By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK — Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In fact, many kinds of roses today have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that. A study of roses that do have a strong scent revealed a previously unknown chemical process in their petals. It’s key to their alluring odor. Experts said the finding might let scientists restore a pleasing scent to rose varieties that have lost it because of breeding for traits like color or longevity. French scientists identified a gene that’s far more active in a heavily scented kind of rose than in a type with little odor. This gene, which produces an enzyme, revealed the odor-producing process.

  • Pruitt talks monument, subsidies, death penalty

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Over the past 10 days, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Supreme Court have handed down major decisions on health care subsidies, execution methods, same-sex marriage and the placement of the Ten Commandments on state land. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was closely involved with three of those cases. His office represented the state in the lethal injection case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court sided with the state and allowed the continued administration of a sedative that was challenged by death row inmates. In the health care subsidies case, Pruitt was one of the original challengers to the IRS interpretation of the law that subsidies were available on both state and

  • Q&A: Defense attorneys seek to convince jury that theater shooter was insane

    By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The first week of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ defense case has provided new details about his mental state around the time he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a packed midnight movie premiere. His attorneys have called sheriff’s deputies, a jail nurse and a series of doctors who observed Holmes’ sometimes bizarre behavior in the weeks and months after he carried out the July 2012 attack. Here’s a question-and-answer look at what jurors are learning as defense attorneys try to convince them Holmes was legally insane when he carried out one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. How intelligent is James Holmes? Holmes had an IQ of

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    APPOINTMENT New district judge takes bench Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Leah Jo Edwards as the district judge for Garvin and McClain counties. Edwards, of Lindsay, succeeds Judge Greg Dixon, who resigned. Edwards has served as the first assistant district attorney in Grady County since 2013. She previously served as a Grady County assistant district attorney. “Leah Edwards will serve residents of Garvin and McClain counties well,” Fallin said. “She is a proven and effective litigator in both public and private matters. She has a wealth of courtroom experience that she brings with her, which will serve her well in her new role.

  • California learns to save water

    By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it’s possible to get people to change their ways. The 154,000-customer Santa Margarita Water District cut its water use 18 percent in May, compared with a pitiful 3 percent in the previous 11 months, state officials announced this week.

  • Eagle & Beagle

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Eagle Good riddance to a holiday-shortened trading week. Traders with the yips over Greek debt or the humidity or some darn thing pushed markets relentlessly lower last week. Among our state-based stocks, the biggest gainer over the four-day week was Tulsa-based Alliance Resource Partners LP, which rose 1.9 percent. Don’t spend those profits all in one place, investors. The losses were so widespread that another top performer among Oklahoma issues was Pryor’s Orchids Papers Products. TIS shares were unchanged. Congratulations. Nothing against these fine local companies, but let’s enjoy what’s left of our holiday weekend and hope for some good fireworks next week on Wall Street.

  • Can I check the status of pending retirement benefits applications?

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Q: How can I check the status of a pending application for retirement benefits? A: If you applied for retirement or disability benefits online, you can check the status of your application at www.socialsecurity.gov by selecting “Benefits” and “Check Application Status” under “Apply.” You will need to enter your Social Security number and the confirmation code you received when you filed online. Your application status will show: • The date we received your application. • Any requests for additional documents. • The address of the office processing your application. • If a decision has been made.

  • Grains rally on new data; crude prices are slammed by higher production

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Agriculture leads this week’s edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities wrap-up. Fireworks in the grains The grain markets had one of their most explosive weeks in over a year, despite a holiday-shortened trading week. As wet weather continued to cause headaches for many Midwestern farmers, the U.S. Department of Agricuture released a slew of data Wednesday that helped fuel a rally. U.S. stockpiles of corn and soybeans from last year’s harvest were smaller than expected, showing stronger demand for U.S. grains. Looking forward, this year’s planted acreage of corn and beans was smaller than expected, which could keep supplies tight in coming months, especially if rain soaked fields don’t get

  • Staying healthy means keeping cool as summer heat settles in

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    As summer sets in and high temperatures in the 90s return to the Oklahoma City area, it's important for residents to stay cool in the hottest part of the day, experts say. Certain people, including children, adults age 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to extreme heat and should take extra precautions during hot weather, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Across much of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the American Red Cross and local agencies are partnering to offer public places where residents can go to cool off during hot weather.