BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Murals and painted ceilings in the Great Banking Hall at First National Center may be at risk from an air conditioning shut-off as conditions continue to deteriorate at the downtown landmark. The murals were created by Edgar Spier Cameron, an artist who first won acclaim at the 1893 Columbia Exposition World's Fair in Chicago where he was hired to paint murals of the Chicago fires at the Cyclorama.   The murals and other paintings dating back to the 1931 opening of the bank are visibly deteriorating from lack of upkeep in recent years and several art experts told The Oklahoman the damage will worsen with a lack of climate control, rising temperatures and humidity. Ownership of the Art Deco building is in dispute and

  • Iran nuclear deal gains traction

    By Paul Richter and Lisa Mascaro Tribune Washington Bureau  | Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Determined foes of President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran had vowed to use August to fire up public opposition and to build a bipartisan majority in Congress to sink the landmark pact. Instead, the effort fizzled. The result gave a boost to a White House that has often had rocky relations with even fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill and an unaccustomed defeat to Washington's pro-Israel lobbying groups, which are often regarded as among the Capitol's most effective interest groups. The deal's survival was in effect sealed Wednesday when Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., gave the White House a crucial 34th Senate backer.

  • Mount WHERE?

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON OSU Football kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — When Oklahoma State opened the college football season last year against Florida State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, fans could pay $10 and get a bucket of popcorn. When the Cowboys kick off this season Thursday night against Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich., fans can pay $9 and get a ticket inside. It all raises the question: Why in the world is OSU playing in this game? The answer is a combination of scheduling philosophy and a personal connection between two universities separated by nearly 1,000 driving miles. OSU deputy athletic director Dave Martin has spent more than a decade planning the Cowboys' nonconference slate.

  • MLB Notebook

    Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Chickenpox are Royals' toughest opponent yet The Kansas City Royals have raced to the best record in the American League in the first five months of the season. Now, the team faces a new challenge as it enters the home stretch: Adult chickenpox. The team is scrambling to contain an outbreak after two players, reliever Kelvin Herrera and outfielder Alex Rios, were diagnosed with chickenpox. The two players could miss two weeks of action, and the team is monitoring other players for signs of a viral illness that causes itching and rashes. Chickenpox, spread through sneezing and coughing, can be highly contagious for people who are unvaccinated or have no childhood exposure to the disease.

  • Dodgers notebook

    Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    OKC clinches division title With the clubhouse doors open, Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill delivered a brief congratulations speech to his team and then the champagne corks popped. Oklahoma City is returning to the postseason. The Dodgers clinched the American Northern Division with a decisive 11-3 win over Iowa in front of 4,356 fans Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. OKC will open the best-of-5 first round next Wednesday in Round Rock, which won the American Southern Division. The Dodgers return home for Game 3 next Friday and could play Game 4 and Game 5 at Bricktown.

  • OKC Dodgers marathon night resonates with fans, players

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Just like the night before, Amber Rae sat in her seat directly behind the Oklahoma City Dodgers' dugout keeping score in a small scorebook. Just this time it came 18 hours after the longest night of baseball in Oklahoma City history that featured a 19-inning game to open a doubleheader that totaled nearly 8 hours of baseball and caught national attention. Rae has been a season-ticket holder for 11 years, and she sat through every pitch. “I was there for the long haul,” Rae said. “I've been here for a game that ended at 1 before.

  • OU freshman kicker supremely talented, confident

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN — Jamie Kohl has trained hundreds of young kickers and punters since founding Kohl's Kicking Camps more than 20 years ago, but he's rarely seen talent like Austin Seibert, the Oklahoma true freshman who will handle both field goal kicking and punting duties for the Sooners this fall. “In the whole nation, there's not a kid like him every year,” Kohl said. “Austin is one of the more talented kids I've seen at the high school level. “I don't want to put too much pressure on a kid or make it seem like he's destined to go to the NFL, but he definitely has the ability to really do some good things for the Sooners this fall. There's no doubt.

  • State college football: Rising UCO program loaded with experience heading into season opener

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN | Updated: 3 hr ago

    EDMOND — As Nick Bobeck heads into his fourth year at Central Oklahoma with 17 returning starters from a team that won eight games, he admits it is tempting to deviate from the blueprint that got his program to this point. He and his coaching staff could stray from the fundamentals, forget about the younger players and dive in feet first. Bobeck, though, plans to continue elevating his program with the philosophy that got him here. He wants to stay grounded. He wants his team to start at zero. “It always starts at ground zero for us, from the ground up, and then we can build off of that,” Bobeck said. The UCO coaching staff approached this fall like it has every other. Coaches


    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LIVESTOCK Wednesday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 650; Last sale: 771; Last year: 260 Compared to last week: Slaughter cows and bulls steady to firm. Packer demand moderate. Demand remains good for bred cows and pairs. Total of 238 cows and bulls sold with 39 percent going to slaughter. Slaughter Cows: 1,050-1,650 lbs. Average dressing Boners and Breakers $101-$113, Low dressing $96-$104; Lean cows High dressing $115.00, Low dressing $92-$99; Light weight lean cows $89-$91, Low dressing $88. Slaughter Bulls: 1,300-2,000 lbs. Average dressing $129-$135; High dressing $138; Low dressing $121-$127. The estimated dressed cost at the Oklahoma National Stockyards; Lean $224.50;


    Updated: 3 hr ago

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $42.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $30.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Aug. 19: COMPLETION Ellis: Duncan Oil Properties Inc.; Wildlife No. 2-3H Well; SE/4 SE/4 SE/4 SW/4 (SL) of 03-16N-24W; 140 barrels oil per day, 1,480,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,195. Grady: Continental Resources Inc.; Chester No. 1-32H Well; NE/4 NW/4 NE/4 NE/4 (SL) of 05-06N-06W; 1,049 barrels oil per day, 2,713,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 18,425. Hughes: Petroquest Energy LLC; Blair No. 1-35/2H Well; SW/4 NE/4 SE/4 NE/4 (BHL) of 02-06N-10E; 13,331,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD

  • Fallin wants AG to get involved in co-op inquiry

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    HUGO — Gov. Mary Fallin has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate a former general manager of a rural electric cooperative in southeastern Oklahoma. Choctaw Electric Cooperative said its board asked for assistance with the investigation into former co-op CEO and General Manager Terry Matlock after meeting with officials with the governor and attorney general. Matlock, a former legislator, is a regent with the Regional University System of Oklahoma. "The board of Choctaw Electric Cooperative and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have been investigating this matter for a number of months," George Burns, Choctaw Electric's president, said in a statement released Tuesday night.

  • In brief

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Arvest kicks off food drive Arvest Bank's 1 Million Meals initiative challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is greatly needed, as 49 million individuals, including 16 million children, are identified as food insecure. Arvest Bank kicked off the two-month, company-wide effort to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families on Wednesday, and will continue through Oct. 31. The initiative will conclude just before Thanksgiving. Donations will be presented to 59 local organizations that feed the hungry in their communities.

  • Markets rebound, regain portion of losses day after big plunge

    By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week's major declines. The Dow Jones industrial average added 293.03 points, or 1.8 percent, to 16,351.38. That index fell more than 470 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 35.01 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,948.86 and the Nasdaq composite rose 113.87 points, or 2.5 percent, to 4,749.98. Tax preparation company H&R Block was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, rising $2.47, or 7.5 percent, to $35.42.

  • Window shopping

    Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Sears Hometown Store to open ENID — Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. will open its newest Oklahoma Sears Hometown Store on Thursday at 1729 N Van Buren Street. The Enid location marks the 22nd opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 32nd opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.  “Local homeowners needed a larger selection of complementary products and services while working on their projects,” stated James Baker, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Enid. “By partnering with Sears Hometown Store, we now have the buying power of a large department store. We're able to offer the Enid area the benefit of access to the top brands at the lowest

  • U.S. bank earnings rise 7.3 percent in April-June quarter

    By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis. The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed continued improvement for the banking industry seven years after the crisis struck. The number of "problem" banks continued to fall and some big banks had reduced expenses for legal settlements following large amounts paid out previously to resolve crisis-related cases. The FDIC reported that U.S. banks earned $43 billion in the second quarter, up from $40.1 billion a year earlier. Nearly 60 percent of banks reported

  • What happens to stocks in a 'bear market'?

    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market? Here are some common questions asked about bear markets, corrections and what they mean to average investors:   HOW IS A BEAR MARKET DIFFERENT FROM A MARKET CORRECTION? A correction is a Wall Street term for when an index like the Standard & Poor's 500, the Dow Jones industrial average, or even an individual stock, falls 10 percent or more from a recent high. A bear market occurs when the index or stock falls 20 percent or more from the peak. The three major U.S.

  • Hulu launches $12-per-month streaming service without ads

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Video-streaming company Hulu is introducing an ad-free version of its subscription service for $4 extra a month as competition for streaming customers heats up. The service with ads costs $8 and the ad-free version costs $12. The company said customers asked for an ad-free option. Competition is getting tougher among video-streaming services as providers seek to add more offerings to attract viewers. On Tuesday, Amazon said subscribers of its $99 annual Prime membership program will be able to download some shows and movies to watch offline. Netflix and Hulu offer streaming content only. Netflix has 65.6 million subscribers worldwide. Hulu has about 9 million and Amazon doesn't

  • Q&A with Kitt Letcher

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Financial aid scams target college students and parents Q: Fall is an optimal time for scammers to target unsuspecting college students and parents, and with the large amount of college students seeking financial aid to help pay for school, financial aid scams are growing in number. What should Oklahomans watch for? A: Oklahomans should be wary of any offer that puts them in a high-pressure, limited-time offer scenario. A real opportunity for a scholarship or loan isn't a limited- time offer. Oklahomans also should be wary of anyone who requires a processing or application fee to submit their financial aid application. Applying for a student loan is generally a free process.

  • Another hot day at First National Center in Oklahoma City

    BY BRIANNA BAILEYAND STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writers | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Tenants in the First National Center faced a second day without air conditioning as temperatures rose into the 90s on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

  • Civic Center Foundation narrows search

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    A Civic Center Foundation committee plans to make a final selection by the end of the month on a partner to present its Broadway series in Oklahoma City.