• Veterinarian Rod Hall gets peers' top honor

    BY BRYAN PAINTER For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    “Don't be afraid to work a little harder than you think you should.” Dr. Rod Hall was living that approach to life long before he started offering it as advice to young veterinarians. Hall's career as a veterinarian has spanned nearly four decades, including having served as state veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry since 2011.  His dedication to not only people but the animals he cares for was recognized as he was presented the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award during the association's 101st Annual Convention & Expo recently in Tulsa. The award is the highest honor awarded to an association member in recognition of contributions to the

  • Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

    By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NEW YORK — Scientists have mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City, then traced fragments of the nefarious pests' DNA through the subway system. In the grubby recesses of hundreds of stations, they discovered surprising genetic diversity among the bloodsucking creatures. The next step is to figure out how the information can be put to good use, such as to develop better insecticides or blood thinners. But these goals will take further medical research. For now, the focus is on two main players in New York life: the subway and bedbugs.

  • Education notes

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Program will focus on water policy ADA — East Central University will launch the Oklahoma Water Policy and Science Institute for water resource studies and programs with a $394,000 gift from the Sciences and Natural Resources Foundation of Oklahoma. The foundation had a 70-acre tract of land near Ada designated for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. It sold the land to the Ada Industrial Development Corp. and donated the funds to ECU and the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. The Nature Conservancy is receiving a $50,000. ECU President John Hargrave said the gift will support studying and improving water quality in the state and will enhance students' learning through research.

  • Once a Texas Playboy, always a Texas Playboy, Oklahoman is one of the last

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Joe Settlemires was in his 20s when he joined "the king of Western swing," Bob Wills, in the early 1960s. Settlemires is one of the last of the Texas Playboys who toured with Wills, who died in 1975.


    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    A retired Norman couple is extremely frustrated that the insurance premiums on their long-term care policies are 46 percent higher than when they bought them 18 years ago. Over the past seven years, Genworth, with the approval of the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), has raised the couple's premiums three times — in 2009, by 12 percent; in 2013, by 18 percent; and in 2015, by 25 percent. “In my opinion, older policyholders are being used as a cash cow to make up for the company's bad management of the premium dollars invested,” Robert Ashton said. Ashton, 79, and his wife, Sharron, 75, said they feel forced to pay the increased costs, which today totals $1,900 annually for both of their policies.

  • Ex-judge sentenced to prison for five years for embezzlement

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    CHANDLER — Over and over, for a total of 24 times, the disgraced former judge, Craig S. Key, stood in a courtroom for a final time Friday and acknowledged his crimes. "Guilty," he said to each count of embezzlement, delivery of a forged note and the other offenses. He then explained simply in a sentence or two what he had done. Afterward, though, given a chance in court to say why, to apologize or to say anything at all, he stayed silent. Under a plea deal, he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years on probation. He also was ordered to pay $527,734 in restitution. He owes thousands of dollars more in court costs and victim compensation assessments.

  • National Park Service’s chief looks for ways to draw millenials to sites

    By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — The National Park Service needs to broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday as he touted civil rights sites that aren't traditionally viewed as parks to a younger audience. Park Service Director Jon Jarvis spoke during a visit to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, marking the formerly all-white institution that was desegregated by nine black students in 1957. Part of the plan to attract more 18- to 35-year-olds to national parks, Jarvis said, includes a “Find Your Park” website and social media campaign that the service and the National Park Foundation launched last year to promote the parks and

  • Cover story

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    NORMAN — Fourteen students who covered the Iowa caucuses alongside professional journalists "learned more in two weeks than I could teach them in an entire semester," University of Oklahoma professor John Schmeltzer said. The students in Schmeltzer's advanced multimedia journalism class learned about political reporting and its importance in a fast-paced, real world environment. "There's nothing better to learn from than to be there in person," said Schmeltzer, a former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune. "You learn so much about the process by being out there, being in the trenches." Some of the students also gained an appreciation for politics they never had.

  • Security experts say more threats against schools originating online

    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Ariz., the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female voice was on the line with a disturbing message: “I can see children. I'm going to kill children!” The school immediately went into lockdown. Police searched the building as teachers tried to keep nervous children calm in their classrooms. Worried parents flooded school phone lines. In the end, nothing was found. It was the fourth threatening call in a month at the 10,000-student school system.

  • Executive Q&A: California Indian history buff proud to hold reins at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Steven Karr, who took the president’s position of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in July 2014. Karr oversees a staff of about 100 full-time workers and 30 part-time employees, and a budget of $9.4 million, including gross annual revenues of more than $1.2 million for the museum gift shop and roughly $730,000 for the event center. Turnstile revenue accounts for about 9 percent of the operating budget, with donations, memberships, sponsorships and grants making up the remainder.


    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    InvesTrust N.A., a national trust bank, adds Timothy “Tim” Kenczewicz as director of trust services and senior trust officer. In his new role, Kenczewicz will be responsible for directing trust client administration. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law, and has more than 30 years in the trust and wealth management business. Before joining InvesTrust, Kenczewicz served as president of Trust Management Services, LLC, an organization that provides trust and financial services consulting to attorneys, investment advisory firms and financial institutions.   Jim Durbin has been appointed as the Dean McGee Eye Institute's new executive director of development. Durbin received his undergraduate degree

  • On Tuesday's ballot

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma County City of Midwest City Mayor (unexpired term) Mark DeShazo Matthew D. Bukes Charles Thompson Jay Dee Collins Ward 2 council member Rick Rice Pat Byrne Ward 4 council member (unexpired term) M. Sean Reed Edward Graham Karl Willett Francis Tuttle Technology Center Board of Education Office 1 Al Smith Kurt K. Loeffelholz Metro Technology Center Board of Education Office 4 Matt Latham E. Elaine Schuster Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education Office 3 Adam Zodrow Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs Oakdale Public Schools Board of Education Office 3 Pam

  • California Indian history buff proud to hold reins at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The restaurant inside the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is expected to reopen this month, with a new name and new caterer. The museum has contracted with the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City to operate the redubbed “Museum Grill” and handle the multimillion-dollar catering business that runs through the museum's Sam Noble Special Events Center, museum President Steven Karr said. Under the new arrangement, the museum will receive a greater percentage of the catering revenue, Karr said. The Museum Grill, versus a formerly offered buffet, will feature a walk-up, pick-up table tent menu of hot and cold entrees. “Food service for us is not destination dining, but an amenity,” Karr said.

  • Mattel, Hasbro looking at merger?

    By James F. Peltz and Shan Li Los Angeles Times | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES — Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. may be looking for a bigger toy box. The two toy manufacturers have held talks about merging their businesses, according to Bloomberg News, which cited people familiar with the matter. Hasbro approached Mattel late last year, and talks have continued sporadically. Both companies declined to comment. Shares of Mattel and Hasbro jumped Thursday on the report but have since given back most of the gains. Mattel, based in the Los Angeles area, closed at $31.81 a share Friday, while Hasbro, based in Rhode Island, closed at $74.10. Mattel tried to buy Hasbro 20 years ago for $5.2 billion, but it gave up after Hasbro balked.

  • Business Almanac

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Meetings Wednesday •Heartland Chapter of the American Business Women's Association presents Linda Tracy Ryburn of Toastmasters discussing "Fashion in our Changing Bodies," 11 a.m. at Ingrid's Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs Blvd. Fee: Cost of meal. Contact: Wanda Foley, 751-4780.   Thursday •Oklahoma Inventors Congress presents Randall Homburg, a Midwest City intellectual property attorney, discussing current issues and intellectual property laws, 7-9 p.m. at room 102 of the Tom Steed Learning Center at Rose State College, 6181 Hudiburg Drive in Midwest City. Contact: Dan Hoffman, 550-8803, or www.oklahomainventors.com.

  • Voters asked to doctor ills, decide MWC recall election

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    CHICKASHA — Months after the hospital's surgical center was shut down for violating federal regulations, Grady Memorial Hospital officials are asking voters to rescue the medical center from possible closure. Grady County voters will consider a proposed 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax Tuesday that would pay for building a new surgery center at the hospital. The proposal is one of several matters on the ballot in the Oklahoma City metro area. The hospital's operating rooms were shut down after a surprise inspection in August by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In an inspection report, CMS officials cited problems with the hospital's air handling system.

  • Cowboys fade late in loss to Cyclones

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    STILLWATER — Exiting the postgame press conference Saturday inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, Travis Ford met Leyton Hammonds and Jeffrey Carroll at the door, pausing to offer personalized hugs and pats on the chest to each of his players. For Ford, it was a hang-in-there moment, as challenging as that might be at this stage of a faltering Oklahoma State season. The Cowboys keep taking hits, to their personnel and to their record, with Saturday's 64-59 loss to No. 13 Iowa State — without point guard Jawun Evans — dropping them below .500 for the first time this season at 11-12. And many of the losses, like this latest one, carry added sting, with OSU now 2-8 in games decided by five points or fewer.

  • Nation world briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Mardi Gras winds down LOUISIANA | NEW ORLEANS  — The Mardi Gras season entered its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before its end at midnight Fat Tuesday, when Ash Wednesday ushers in the period of Lent leading to Easter. The super Krewe of Bacchus, known for its spectacle, plans to roll on its traditional St. Charles Avenue route Sunday evening with 31 floats and 1,400 riders. Krewe captain Clark Brennan said this year's parade takes the title “Flights of Delight.” Clark said keep an eye out for floats such as “Soaring in a Hot Air Balloon,” “When Pigs Fly,” “Mary Poppins” and “Flying Saucers.

  • College basketball roundup

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Big 12 Men No. 7 Kansas 75, at TCU 56: Perry Ellis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks. OKC native Chauncey Collins had 10 for TCU. at Texas 69, Texas Tech 59: Javan Felix scored 20 points and surging Texas beat Texas Tech as the Longhorns got their seventh win in eight games. at No. 14 West Virginia 80, No. 15 Baylor 69: Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia wtih 20 points, Devin Williams scored 16 and Nathan Adrian had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Mountaineers improved to 8-2 in Big 12 play. Top 10 Men at Notre Dame 80, No. 2 North Carolina 76: Bonzie Colson and Demetrius Jackson each scored 19 points to lead Notre Dame in the upset win. Marcus Paige scored 21 to lead North

  • Q&A: 13 states ban guns from abusers

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    During the past two years, 13 states have passed laws meant to help keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers. Federal law strips gun rights from felons, anyone convicted of domestic violence-related misdemeanors and those who are subject to permanent domestic violence protective orders. Many states are passing their own laws that often go further. States with the restrictions are Alabama, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Some questions and answers about the legislative push in states: Q. WHY ISN'T THE FEDERAL LAW ENOUGH? A. For starters, barriers to