• Oil prices continue rebound

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma energy stock prices jumped again Friday as oil extended its rebound to a second day and the country's drilling activity slowed again. Oil prices surged 6 percent Friday after adding 10 percent the day before. Domestic benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude closed the week at $45.22 a barrel, up $6.62 over the past two days. The price is still down 15 percent in 2015 and less than half of where it was one year ago, but the gains are easing some fears that have been weighing on the industry, Tulsa money manager Jake Dollarhide said. “There has to be a lot of goodwill in the corporate offices today to see the stock prices going up,” said Dollarhide, president of Longbow Asset Management Co.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office will start new review duties of boards and commissions

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sent out about 100 letters to Oklahoma boards and commissions whose board members consist predominantly of the professions they regulate, directing them to forward summaries of all proposed board actions that could trigger antitrust concerns for review.

  • Canned housing statistics show snapshot of time it takes to sell

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Talk about coarsely ground statistics. These are as chunky as chili meat. From an outfit called SmartAsset, in New York, is a ranking of local housing markets in Oklahoma — otherwise known as cities — according to the SmartAsset Ease of Sale Index. Apparently, the Smart- Asset Ease of Sale Index is a ranking of markets by the number of days their homes spend on the market. That's what it says in the note attached to the data: “Good news for folks looking to sell their home in Oklahoma City: A recent study ranked it among the easiest places in Oklahoma to sell. SmartAsset, a New-York based financial technology company, ranked cities in the US by (begin underline) the number of days their homes spend on the


    Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Cutline for Flatiron Crews with Lingo Construction are wrapping up work on the addition of a glass-encased third floor at the 90-year-old flatiron building at 126 N Harrison Ave. The $3.5 million redevelopment is set to be complete in one month with PLICO to move in by Oct. 1. Developer Chuck Ainsworth said talks are ongoing with potential tenants for a proposed eight-story adjoining building, which like the flatiron renovation, is designed by Elliott Associates Architects. Photo by Jim Beckel     Balconies, along with brick and exterior siding, are going up at the Metropolitan Apartments, which are being built along Oklahoma Avenue between NE 6 and NE 8.

  • Slain labor chief’s widow requests protective orders

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has sought protective orders against their son, Christian Costello, and his girlfriend. An Oklahoma County judge Thursday granted a protective order for the widow against the girlfriend but denied the one requested Friday against her son because certain paperwork wasn't "attached" to the petition. She can file a new petition as early as Monday.  The son, Christian Costello, 26, of Oklahoma City, is accused of fatally stabbing his father Sunday night at a north Oklahoma City ice cream store. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a murder complaint. He is expected to be charged next week.  The widow, Cathy Costello, asked the judge for protection from her

  • Federal judge sides with Ziggyz's smoke shop owner in dispute with DEA

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denounced drug enforcement agents' methods after a raid earlier this year on a dozen Ziggyz pipe shops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

  • Parker feels good about improved Sooner secondary

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Steven Parker knows exactly what freshman safeties Kahlil Haughton, Prentice McKinney and Will Sunderland are going through. Parker, a former Jenks standout, started four games last season as a true freshman and appeared in all 13, recording 31 tackles and breaking up six passes. With the Sooners' safety depth as thin as it is, all three of the freshman safeties on this year's team will likely be relied upon. “I've definitely told them what it's like, just to get ready, how hard it is and the different speed of the game, all that type of stuff,” Parker said. “They're just experiencing being a freshman, which I experienced last year, and they're all trying to get used to it.

  • Seizing control?

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Law enforcement officers in a dozen Oklahoma counties along Interstate 40 seized $6.1 million in civil forfeiture actions over a 5-year period, with nearly two-thirds of the money taken in cases where no criminal charges were filed. That's according to an American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma review of court records for 12 of the 13 counties along the I-40 corridor. The review, released Thursday, found 319 seizure cases from 2009 to 2014. Criminal charges were filed in 205 cases, and no charges were found in the remaining 114. Missing from the analysis was Oklahoma County, the state's largest, as those records still are being reviewed. A more complete report is planned. Federal seizures were not included.

  • Big first step for little boy

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    EDMOND — Jaxon Saenz put on his Pokemon backpack Friday and walked down the hall at Ida Freeman Elementary School for the first time as a kindergartner. The road to school for this 6-year-old has been a rough one that was interrupted by a liver transplant. Jaxon didn't go to school last year because he couldn't take the chance of getting a virus or infection while waiting for a new liver. He missed the first week of school this year because he was back in the hospital with complications. On Tuesday, Jaxon was released from St. Louis Children's Hospital.

  • Pruitt says duties for review will not require more staff

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sent letters to dozens of state regulatory boards this month that left some board members with a lot of questions. The letters — about 100 — went out Aug. 17 to all Oklahoma boards and commissions whose board members consist predominantly of the professions they regulate. Pruitt directed the agencies to begin forwarding summaries of all proposed board actions that could trigger antitrust concerns so those actions can be reviewed by his office. The attorney general essentially will have veto power, since Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order that says board members can be removed from office for misconduct if they fail to follow his advice.

  • State game warden won't face charges in deadly shooting

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 10 hr ago

    BUNCH — An Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden won't face criminal charges after prosecutors determined that he was justified in the April fatal shooting of an Arkansas man. Authorities said Billy Joe Patrick, 29,  had attacked game warden Jared Cramer after Cramer approached Patrick and two others while they were fishing, the Tulsa World reported. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Cramer asked to see the group's fishing licenses and learned that Patrick had a warrant from Arkansas for violating the terms of his parole. Patrick began to fight Cramer when Cramer tried to arrest him, and the two fell into a pond.

  • Judge’s order sides with state smoke shop owner

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A federal judge in a recent court opinion criticized tactics used by drug enforcement agents following a raid earlier this year on a dozen Ziggyz pipe shops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The stores' owner, Chelsey Davis, accuses the Drug Enforcement Agency of threatening his landlords, causing many to pull leases, shuttering some stores and risking the closure of others. Davis filed a lawsuit July 1 in federal court in Oklahoma City. “The government may not attack what it views as illegal activity by simply putting someone out of business, through ‘leaning' on their landlords or customers or other backdoor means,” U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton wrote in an order dated Aug. 18.

  • Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation names award winners

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has announced the distribution of $2.47 million in grants to 21 journalism organizations nationwide. Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation's mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. “We are excited to partner with Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism for the News Innovation Initiative,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

  • Rival bidder clouds future of troubled First National Center

    BY BRIANNA BAILEYAND STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writers | Updated: 10 hr ago

    There may be a second bidder for downtown's troubled First National Center. According to court documents filed this week by attorneys for Simon Barlava, one of several parties who claim some ownership tie to First National Center, there could be a second potential buyer who is willing to pay $25 million for the property.  That's $2 million more than California developer Stephen Goodman has said he will pay for the three buildings. The property, which includes the 33-story art deco skyscraper at 120 N Robinson, has been mired in legal proceedings since 2010.  Goodman declined to comment on the claims of a rival bidder, citing the ongoing litigation.

  • Fast-food chains have found a new target: the snack attack

    By CANDICE CHOI Associated Press | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small. It's all intended to entice people who are searching for a small treat between meals, a cheap bite or a little something extra at mealtime. This week, Arby's introduced a lineup of sliders, with the miniature versions of its regular sandwiches costing less than $2 each. Earlier this year, Sonic introduced “Lil Doggies” and “Lil Chickies,”or petite hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, for about the

  • OSU football notebook

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    O-line depth chart taking shape before opener Through its final five games last season, Oklahoma State featured three different starting rotations on the offensive line in an effort to find the right combination to help reverse the Cowboys' struggles up front. Following the departure of left guard Chris Grisbhy and left tackle Daniel Koenig to graduation last year, OSU unveiled yet another new starting five on its Week 1 depth chart released Thursday. Unsurprisingly, UAB transfer Victor Salako will start at left tackle and returning starter Zach Crabtree will anchor right tackle. On the interior, former walk-on Brad Lundblade will start at center. The player he jumped on the depth

  • Sooners shut out Cowgirls in Bedlam matchup

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma scored a goal in each half on Friday night and upended Oklahoma State 2-0 in a Bedlam soccer match before 2,244 fans at Cowgirl Stadium. Kaylee Dao and Emily Parker scored for the Sooners, who notched their first win of the season after double overtime losses to Furman and No. 11-ranked South Carolina. Dao gave OU all it needed at 18-second mark of the first half, firing a shot from 12 yards. The ball was deflected by goalkeeper Michela Ongaro but rolled into the net for the 1-0 lead. Parker added an unassisted goal at 60:41. Oklahoma goalkeeper Kassidie Stade made seven saves. Ongaro finished with one save for the Cowgirls, who dropped to 1-1-0. The match did not count toward the Big 12

  • Oklahoma scene

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    RAY MIRON DIES AT AGE 92 Ray Miron, founder of the reborn Central Hockey League, died of a heart attack Friday in Tulsa. He was 92. Miron was a long-time builder in professional hockey, particuarly in Oklahoma, where the Oklahoma City Blazers enjoyed 17 years of success on and off the ice. Miron, son Monte Miron and other investors owned the successful Double-A circuit that included teams in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Tennessee. “Ray was one of the greats of all time,” said former Blazers executive Brad Lund. “He had a vision in 1992 for this part of the country, and there were people who thought he was nuts, be he was spot on. He had a very sharp business mind.” Ray Miron was president of the CHL from

  • OU legends alumni game

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    • What: OU basketball alumni game • When: Noon Saturday • Admission: Free. Enter through east doors. • Honorees: The top 15 rebounders and top 10 in steals and blocked shots will be honored at the game. Among those from those lists expected to attend are Alvan Adams, Al Beal, Terry Evans, Johnnie Gilbert, Austin Johnson, Darryl “Choo” Kennedy, Tim McCalister, Eduardo Najera, Clifford Ray, Bryan Sallier and Jeff Webster. Representatives of Don Sidle and Wayman Tisdale are also expected to attend. • Last year: Ebi Ere scored 23 points to lead the Crimson Team to a 99-96 win. It was Ere's second consecutive year as the game's leading scorer.

  • Pokes seek burst from backfield this season

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 10 hr ago

    STILLWATER — The measurement of Oklahoma State's running game success in the coming months might come down to how often Mike Gundy's head swings on a swivel following handoffs. A year ago, when the run game went mostly nowhere, the Cowboys produced but 11 rushing “explosive plays,” runs of 20 yards or longer. And only two came from feature back Desmond Roland. Among the 11, two were provided by wide receivers, Brandon Sheperd and James Washington, and two more came from quarterback J.W. Walsh, who didn't play at all after Week 2. So much for Tailback U. Many factors contributed to OSU's run-game woes in 2014; a makeshift offensive line and an unreliable passing attack that rolled through three