• Tax incentive critics take aim at TIFS in Kansas City

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    The path for Kansas City redevelopment projects to get public subsidies is going to get bumpier. Exactly which projects could be stopped cold is unknown. But it’s clear after the collapse last week of the BNIM office project — which sought property tax abatement to redevelop a building in the Crossroads Arts District — that abatement critics are emboldened.

  • Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

    Updated: 27 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress his eighth and final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants. The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 — just 3½ months before he leaves office, is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP-controlled Congress. In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget.

  • The Healthy 65 wellness challenge: 5 things we learned

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 33 min ago

    Groundhog Day marked the end of our newsroom's Healthy 65 challenge, a 65-day wellness initiative inspired by my son, Eli. Eli, 3, was born with a fatal lung disease called cystic fibrosis and fights every day to stay well. The median age of life for his disease is 42 after decades of medical developments, but people with cystic fibrosis still face big health challenges. Overall, a healthier tribe means a healthier Eli. In light of that, I figured I could do my best job to stay well, too -- and rope in a few friends while I was at it. Here are a few things we learned along the way.  What being strong means My goal for our wellness challenge was strength. I kept it vague on

  • Listen: The history of mental health care in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 36 min ago

    For decades, Oklahoma has spent little on its mental health system, a trend that has resulted in thousands going without needed care, a recent Oklahoman story found. I recently sat down with Michael Cross from KOSU Radio to talk about "Epidemic Ignored," a yearlong investigation that I'm doing, focused on Oklahoma's mental health and substance abuse system.  You can listen to the KOSU Radio interview here. Additionally, you can listen to our podcast, "Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system," a piece that complements KOSU's interview. If you have any questions or comments regarding "Epidemic Ignored," please feel free to contact me at jcosgrove(at)oklahoman(dot)com.

  • Closing arguments held in cop's trial in stairwell shooting

    Updated: 33 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man. Jurors could start deliberating as soon as Tuesday afternoon on whether Officer Peter Liang's actions amounted to a crime. Liang, 28, is charged with manslaughter and official misconduct. He testified this week that he didn't know anyone was in the pitch-black stairway when he unintentionally fired his drawn gun while on patrol after being startled by a noise. The shot ricocheted off a wall and hit Akai Gurley, 28, who was taking the stairs down rather than wait for an elevat

  • Police suspect human remains found in Oklahoma City landfill Tuesday belong to missing teen

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Human remains were found Tuesday at an Oklahoma City landfill, and police think they might be those of a teenager reported missing. The remains have not been identified, and the missing teen's name was not released.  The last time anyone saw the girl was May 2014. The girl was reported missing on Feb. 2 after a Department of Human Services worker went to pick her up from an Oklahoma City home, according to a police report. A tip on Monday led investigators to search a public landfill in the 2600 block of N Midwest Boulevard, where the remains were found. The missing persons report is heavily redacted, and relationships between involved parties is unclear, but Sgt. Gary Knight said the girl was not in DHS

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Matt Damon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 38 min ago

    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Matt Damon from "The Martian," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • Five Oklahoma pizzas to try on National Pizza Day

    Darla Slipke | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Today has been dubbed National Pizza Day. If you're a pizza lover, what could be better than a whole day dedicated to the beloved food? You'll probably want to celebrate with a slice or two, or better yet a whole pie. In honor of National Pizza Day, we asked six local pizza places about their most popular pies. With an assortment of toppings and sauces, ranging from pineapple and fresh basil, to jalapenos and a Sriracha drizzle, to signature Alfredo sauce and Feta cheese, these pizzas are sure to impress. Americans love their pizza, consuming an average of 23 pounds of pizza per person each year, according to www.nationaldaycalendar.com. About 17 percent of all restaurants in the United States are pizzerias,

  • Neglected animals lead to two Edmond arrests

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Two people were arrested on cruelty to animal complaints after Edmond police found starving and neglected dogs at their residence. Jessica Kendra McBride, 36, and James Blaine Looney, 31, were arrested after police were asked to check on the animals, according to a police report.

  • Pentatonix announces world tour including Oklahoma date

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    TULSA - Grammy Award-winning vocal group Pentatonix has announced today the first tour dates for its 2016 world tour, including a spring show in Tulsa. Pentatonix includes Kirstin Maldonado, a former University of Oklahoma student. Special guests Us The Duo will join the group on the road.  The first leg of the tour will begin in Sunrise, Fla., on April 13 and end on May 12 in Columbia, Md. It also will include a May 7 show at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver in Tulsa. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Arby’s BOK Center Box Office, online at www.bokcenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (866) 726-5287.

  • Second City names new film comedy school for Harold Ramis

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis. Second City said Tuesday that applications are being accepted for the school's yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling and film production. They'll produce a pilot TV show or short film. Ramis' longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school's chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Catherine O'Hara and others.

  • Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. He also said Islamic militants and those inspired by the Islamic State group will continue to pose a threat to Americans at home and abroad; al-Qaida remains an enemy; and the U.S. will continue to see cyber threats from China, Russia and North Korea.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's OU writer Ryan Aber to talk Sooners football and basketball in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Writer's Room Podcast - Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system

    BY Tiffany Gibson, tgibson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    For decades, federal researchers and Oklahoma officials have warned of the consequences of not making a long-term investment in mental health, and for decades, those warnings have been largely ignored. Health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove talks about the first installment in her series “Epidemic Ignored,” which is a yearlong investigation into Oklahoma’s mental health system. We also hear from Commissioner Terri White, of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • New England digs out from latest storm; snow in Mid-Atlantic

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continue mopping up from Monday's storm, although little additional accumulation was expected. Forecasters had predicted that some areas of New England could get up to 18 inches of snow. But by Tuesday morning, the hardest hit areas were Falmouth, Massachusetts, with 11 inches of snow while nearby Yarmouth got 10 inches. Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard fell just short of 10 inches. Boston got 6.4 inches. In Rhode Island, Coventry and Scituate both got 8.5 i

  • New Hampshire voters take to polls in 1st-in-nation primary

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid. Here are snapshots of voters who went to the polls Tuesday: ___ Greg St. Laurent, a 68-year-old computer engineer who lives in Manchester and works over the border for a small Massachusetts firm, cast his

  • Viacom 1Q revenue falls, announces deal with Snapchat

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom's fiscal first-quarter profit met expectations, but revenue slipped on softness in its film and cable divisions. The owner of Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures also announced a deal with Snapchat. Shares dropped about 11 percent in Tuesday morning trading. Viacom's financial results come less than a week after the company announced that Sumner Redstone was stepping down as its executive chairman. He was replaced in the role by CEO Philippe Dauman. Redstone's daughter Shari has said that she was against Dauman getting the role due to his deep involvement in Redstone family affairs. For the period ended Dec. 31, Viacom earned $449 million, or $1.13 per share. A year earlier t

  • Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies. From Manila's slums to the countryside, the candidates competed to captivate the Filipino everyman at the start of a 3-month campaign leading to the May 9 vote. They promised to cure the same ailments that have hounded the Southeast Asian nation for decades: widespread poverty, corruption, crime and insurgencies. President Benigno Aquino III's single six-year term ends in June.

  • Welcome to the 'agrihood': homes built around working farms

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas. But homes built adjacent to functioning farms? Welcome to "agrihoods" — pastoral ventures with healthier foods as their focus. This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Shanghai. It involves homes built within strolling distance of small working farms, where produce matures under the hungry gaze of residents, where people can venture out and pick greens for their salads. "Real estate developers are looking for the next big thing to set them apart," said Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow with the Urban Land Institute in Washington. "

  • Scholars weigh in on Woodrow Wilson, Princeton and racism

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Princeton University committee that is studying the legacy of alumnus Woodrow Wilson as it relates to race asked nine scholars to submit essays on the topic. Here are excerpts from four, taken as written on the website. ___ ERIC YELLIN, professor of history and American studies, University of Richmond "From tariff reform to the income tax to the creation of the Federal Reserve to meaningful antitrust reform, Woodrow Wilson's achievements make him one of the United States's most successful progressive politicians. Add in his leadership in the allied victory in World War I, and Wilson rises in the estimation of many to a level of historic greatness.