• Boehner escapes funding vote jam

    By CHARLES BABINGTON | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    D.C. WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner's job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. For all the Washington chatter of a possible Republican coup against Boehner — the perpetually tanned, cigarette-smoking deal-maker from Ohio — few lawmakers gave it credence Tuesday. “It would take Democrat cooperation to do that, which is never going to happen,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, a frequent critic of Republican leaders. The mere subject, he said, “is irrelevant.” GOP Rep.

  • Tornado shelters, football stadium high on Edmond list

    By Steve Gust
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    School board members agreed Monday to spend $45 million to get started on projects approved by Edmond voters.

  • Report details Ferguson police bias; no prosecution in shooting death

    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    D.C. WASHINGTON — Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, will not face federal prosecution in the killing that brought race and police violence into the national debate. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Wilson, “though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct.” He also said investigators found the Ferguson Police Department has engaged in “a widespread pattern” of racial bias and constitutional violations.

  • Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter

    By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    D.C. WASHINGTON — The flu season is winding down but not quite over yet, health officials said Wednesday, even as the government picked what it hoped would be a better vaccine recipe for next fall and winter. If it seems early to worry about the next flu season, well, producing 140 million doses of vaccine requires starting months in advance. Flu viruses constantly mutate, and the vaccine is changed yearly to keep up based on what scientists see circulating in other countries. Each year it contains protection against two Type A strains — a version of H3N2 and a version of H1N1 flu, such as the swine flu that was so common a few years ago — and, depending on the brand, protection against

  • Class A boys basketball: State tournament preview capsules

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Taking a look at the lineups and tournament history of each team.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons suffer worst loss of the season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Teemu Pulkkinen, who was sent down Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings, had a hat trick to lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 7-1 American Hockey League rout of Oklahoma City before 6,306 fans inside Van Andel Arena.

  • Tuesday's preliminary election results

    | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    √ Denotes a winner •School bond issue propositions require 60 percent approval to pass. •Municipal elections where no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote will go to a runoff. •For more election results, go to www.ok.gov/elections. Oklahoma County City of Bethany Ward 1 city council member 4 of 4 precincts reporting April R. Lipp, 70 (40.9 percent) Curtis

  • Size matters: Phones as big as possible for ease of use

    Associated Press |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    NEW YORK — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use? That's the worry of some smartphone makers, and the reason why many of the new models this year didn't grow. LG even shrank the G Flex 2 to a 5.5-inch screen, as measured diagonally, compared with 6 inches before.

  • Survey: U.S. businesses add 212K jobs in February

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 212,000 jobs last month, a solid gain, though down from 250,000 in the previous month. January's figure was revised up from 213,000. The figures come just before Friday's government report on the labor market, which economists forecast will show an increase of 240,000 jobs, according to a survey by FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 5.6 from 5.7 percent.

  • Construction at Oklahoma's State Fair Park will not affect parking for state tournaments

    By Jonathan Sutton
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Despite a large area of State Fair Park being closed for construction, an official said there will be plenty of parking spaces for the upcoming state basketball tournaments held at Jim Norick Arena.

  • Rally to back public support personnel is planned in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A public rally to support police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • Class A girls basketball: State tournament preview capsules

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Taking a look at the lineups and tournament history of each team.

  • Class B girls basketball: State tournament preview capsules

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Taking a look at the lineups and tournament history of each team.

  • Commercial real estate investments require time, attention

    | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    NAI Sullivan’s Irman Gray shares tips for first-time commercial real estate investors.

  • Weatherford man found guilty in death of teenager JaRay Wilson

    By Jennifer Palmer
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    JaRay Wilson, 16, was missing for 14 months before her body was recovered in a rural area north of Weatherford. Witnesses said Tucker McGee was smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana, before he shot Wilson in the head.

  • Oklahoma average unemployment rate down in 2014

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Jobless rates declined nationwide for the U.S. Oklahoma’s annual average unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in 2014.

  • Former Oklahoma Sooner star Ryan Broyles pushes financial literacy

    By Rick M. Green
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    NFL football player and former University of Oklahoma star Ryan Broyles is teaming with the state treasurer to encourage financial literacy among Oklahoma high school and middle school students.

  • Option for interior repairs of Oklahoma Capitol would have work done by 2021

    By Rick M. Green | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    In the bid, the contractor said it makes the most sense to do the repairs in phases over 56 months, with workers tackling two floors at a time in the 98-year-old Oklahoma Capitol.

  • 'Suicide is the result of an illness'

    Tulsa World |
    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    TULSA — It was to be Madison Baird's wedding day in downtown Tulsa at the Mayo Hotel. Instead of slipping a ring onto John Ammon's finger, Baird was in the dirt with their son burying mementos of him at a tree memorial on the other side of town. Ammon committed suicide with a gunshot to the head in December 2013 in the bed the couple shared at their Dallas home. He was 26. Five months later in May, Baird was in the median on S Yale Avenue near 61st Street. Into the trees' holes went a seashell from a beach vacation, an Oklahoma City Thunder sign and a wedding napkin. Three-year-old Jackson Baird Ammon also left pictures he colored and notes to Daddy.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for March 5

    | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — N/A Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — N/A Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Feb. 18: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Doug 2411 No. 2-19H Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 19-24N-11W; TD 11,824. Canadian: Newfield Exploration Mid-Con Inc.; Annuschat No.