• MLB Notebook

    AP | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Hessman becomes Minors’ HR king In 2012, Mike Hessman played 123 games for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, belting 35 home runs. On Monday night at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, the Mud Hens third baseman stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and hit a grand slam to left-center field, becoming the Minor League home run king in grand style. Hessman’s 433rd Minor League homer, off Lehigh Valley pitcher Dustin McGowan, broke the record set by Oakland Oaks slugger Buzz Arlett more than six decades ago. Hessman, 37, began this season, his 19th in the Minor Leagues, with 417 home runs and tied Arlett at 432 in the third inning of Triple-A Toledo’s 9-3 win over Rochester on

  • Despite low mortgage rates, Americans proceed with caution

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Mortgage interest rates remain near record lows today. So does the rate of home ownership, which hit 63.4 percent in July, a 35-year low. Some people may find this incongruous, even disappointing. They shouldn’t. It’s a sign that a lot of people learned from the recent financial crisis, even if their government still seems perplexed by what happened. The prime mover in the broader financial crisis was the housing bubble, which was in large part the fruit of a policy, carried by two consecutive presidential administrations and by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, to encourage and subsidize home lending to unsuitable borrowers. The Clinton administration undertook this as part of a well-meaning effort to make credit more

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Aug. 4, 2015

  • ECU senior completing internship in Alaska

    From East Central University | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Linzi Thompson, an ECU senior, has been spending the summer in Sitka, Alaska, as an environmental health intern with the Southeast Alaska Native Health Consortium.

  • PARK PLACE'S PARKING SPACES: Private-public partnership provides parking for Midtown

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A private-public partnership provides parking relief for Midtown district in Oklahoma City.

  • Blaine bloodline obvious in Oklahoma's constitution

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    IT’S a sign of progress that no one wants to be associated with the anti-Catholic heritage of state constitutional “Blaine amendments.” But that doesn’t make that heritage disappear. The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision ordering removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol has highlighted the Blaine controversy. That decision was primarily based on Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, which declares, “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion” or for the benefit of “any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or

  • Records

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for Aug. 4, 2015

  • Pluto love Small planet gets big reception on Earth

    BY WAYNE HARRIS-WYRICK For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    It may not officially be a planet, but it’s just as cool as one. And we studied it up close with a spacecraft that launched from Earth when Pluto still retained the designation “planet.” Success of the New Horizons mission was not a sure thing. Mission planners estimated the spacecraft had a 1 in 10,000 chance of suffering a destructive, high-speed collision with debris during the Plutonian system encounter. After all, Pluto possesses five moons, and the possibility of debris from asteroid or comet collisions on Pluto or any of the moons existed.

  • Billy Graham

    Tribune Content Agency | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    DEAR DR. GRAHAM: I pray fairly often, and it does give me a feeling of peace, but how do I know God is really listening? Sometimes I feel confident that He is, but other times I’m not so sure. — Mrs. T.K. DEAR MRS. T.K.: One reason we know God is listening to our prayers is because He has promised to do so — and God cannot lie! The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). And God isn’t just half-listening to us (as we do sometimes when someone is talking to us). He gives us His full attention because He loves us, and is concerned about everything that concerns us.

  • Washington Examiner: Two cheers for less home ownership

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Mortgage interest rates remain near record lows today. So does the rate of home ownership, which hit 63.4 percent in July, a 35-year low. Some people may find this incongruous, even disappointing. They shouldn’t. It’s a sign that a lot of people learned from the recent financial crisis, even if their government still seems perplexed by what happened. The prime mover in the broader financial crisis was the housing bubble, which was in large part the fruit of a policy, carried by two consecutive presidential administrations and by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, to encourage and subsidize home lending to unsuitable borrowers. The Clinton administration undertook this as part of a well-meaning effort to make credit more

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 4, 2015

  • Understandable anger over lion's death

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    On the ledger of global outrages, the killing of Cecil the lion outside of a Zimbabwe national park should barely register. What is the fate of one big cat compared with the civil wars and human rights abuses that fill the headlines — or should fill the headlines — every day? Even in Zimbabwe alone, where grotesque misgovernance is the rule, the death of one lion should hardly be a blip. And yet the animal’s shooting by a Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer, has evoked a fierce reaction. Some of it is hysterical and insipid. Palmer shouldn’t be personally ruined, let alone brought up on war-crimes charges, as some seem to suggest.

  • Reba, husband/manager announce their separation

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced Monday they are separating. They have been married for 26 years.

  • U.S. auto sales fuel strong July in SUV, luxury demand

    By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    DETROIT — More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me." Luxury vehicles like Audis and Volvos drove off dealer lots at a furious pace in July and, combined with sizzling demand for SUVs, helped the auto industry roll on toward its best annual sales since before the recession. July sales rose 5 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to Autodata Corp. The high demand for pricey vehicles is defying recession-era predictions that Americans would stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year, according to TrueCar.com. Increases in the stock market have fueled luxury sales. Low interest rates

  • Q&A with Tim Hast

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Relevant mission statements can keep businesses on course Q: Is is necessary for an organization to have a mission statement? A: Not if they read like they were drafted by attorneys for the benefit of other attorneys. Often those mission statements don’t make any sense to the rest of us. They have big, impressive words, and look great framed and hung on the wall, but that’s about the extent of their usefulness. However, a well-crafted, relevant mission statement is a powerful document. It charts your company’s purpose, direction and how you intend to get where you’re headed.

  • OIL AND GAS PRICES FOR AUG. 4

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $41.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $29.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 20: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Littlefield 27-27-11 No. 2H Well; SW/4 SE/4 SE/4 SW/4 (SL) of 27-27N-11W; 340 barrels oil per day, 2,541,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,148. Cimarron: Ramsey Property Management LLC; State of Oklahoma No. 1-36 Well; SW/4 NW/4 NE/4 SW/4 of 36-06N-03E; TD 5,685. Major: BRG Petroleum LLC; Strecker No. 18-4 Well; NW/4 NE/4 NW/4 SE/4 of 18-21N-14W; 225,000 cu-ft gas per day, 14 barrels oil per day; TD 9,036. McClain: Charter Oak Production

  • LIVESTOCK PRICES FOR AUG. 4

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    LIVESTOCK Monday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 5,000; Last Monday: 3,798; Year ago: 5,228 Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers traded $1 to $4 higher. Steer and heifer calves traded mostly steady on comparable sales. The market recovered after last week's large correction due to volatility in the CME Feeder and Live Cattle boards. Additionally, packers reduced kills yet again last week, which seemed to stabilize beef prices. Feeder Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: Calves: pkg 335 lbs. thin fleshed $372; 425-500 lbs. $266-$289, thin fleshed $302; 500-550 lbs. $242-$258; 550-600 lbs. $238-$251.50; 600-700 lbs. $217-$225.50; Yearlings: 600-650 lbs. $236-$244; 650-700 lbs.

  • Corporation Commission cuts disposal well amounts

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Operators of some disposal wells in Oklahoma and Logan counties are ordered to cut back on water volume.

  • Wildfire season is on track, officials in Arkansas say

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday that the state's late-summer wildfire season is "on schedule" this year, with temperatures climbing and forecasters predicting little rain in the near future. As of Monday, five counties had issued burn bans amid the increasing threat. Officials in Chicot, Faulkner, Garland, Howard and Jefferson counties told residents to avoid burning items outside. Heavy rains have helped suppress the wildfire threat, but the National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to climb over the next two weeks, while rainfall totals should be lower. "We're a little bit better than we could be. Humidity has been our saving grace," said Adriane Barnes, a

  • Oklahoma County prosecutors will seek execution of convicted child abuser in infant's death

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City resident Brandon Lamont Ross was convicted of shaking his 2-month-old daughter in 2009, and was recently arrested in connection with the shaking death of a 3-month-old boy. An Oklahoma County assistant district attorney has filed a court document announcing he will seek the death penalty against Ross.




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