• Social Security Q&A: Benefits increase for 2015

    Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: Benefits increase for 2015

  • U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The court’s move comes just three months after justices declined to resolve the issue, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in Oklahoma and several other states. Now, the huge cultural question is expected to be decided for the entire country this summer.

  • Lankford named co-chairman of Congressional Prayer Caucus

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, has been named co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

  • House votes to block President Barack Obama's immigration moves

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Using a critical spending bill, Republicans take stand against the president’s executive actions shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

  • The best apps for parents that will make your life easier

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Time is a precious commodity between school, work, sports, music and tutoring lessons, and everything else in between. If you made a resolution to better manage your life and the lives of your children, there is an app for that.

  • Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman hopeful for Medicaid expansion

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Fallin’s office quickly reiterated its opposition to taking Medicaid expansion funds offered through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

  • 5 years after earthquake, Haiti reconstruction lags

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The world showed incredible generosity to Haiti, but lagging reconstruction shows that money and goodwill only go so far.

  • Human trafficking is fastest-growing crime in the world, despite awareness

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Federal officials are being trained to pay more attention to human trafficking, but the practice continues to grow as the third-largest criminal industry in the world.

  • Taking Stock: Amazon earnings don't jibe with high stock price

    Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: I think Amazon.com could trade back at the $400 level in the next six months because there are enough fools and dreamers out there to move it up again. If it runs back to $400, the reason won’t be potential earnings of $2; frankly, there’s no investment in the galaxy worth a price-earnings ratio of 200-to-1.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: How to estimate retirement benefits

  • 2015 brings hiring plans for many firms

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Oklahoma businesses confirm optimistic CareerBuilder findings, though cheap oil prices may be a game-changer, some say. Thirty-six percent of firms plan growth; up 12 percent since last year and the best outlook since 2006.

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Consider an evergreen cedar to fill in a bare spot in your winter garden

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Many of us who use perennials and flowering shrubs as the focus of our gardens find ourselves staring at bare spots in the winter months, wishing we’d planted something that would stay green all winter. Now is a great time to review your winter landscape and consider whether you have a great spot for an evergreen tree or shrub that you can plant later this year and avoid that bare spot next winter. Here are Loretta Aaron’s tips on the cedar, a beautiful evergreen for our area: The family of true cedar (Cedrus) is among the most beautiful of the needle evergreens. Color range of needles is wide — yellow, blue, gray and green. Shape is unique. Most are not symmetrical. I consider the form artistic. These can be grown in

  • U.S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline after Nebraska court clears route

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The White House renewed its veto threat of the bill forcing work on the Keystone XL pipeline and maintains its position that the State Department has the authority over the project to move Canadian tar sands crude to refineries. Senate action is set for Monday.

  • Majority of parents don't follow car seat safety guidelines, survey shows

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    It's recommended that children up to 24 months old travel in a rear-facing car seat to prevent serious injury in a car accident, yet nearly three-quarters of parents turn their child’s car seat around too early, a University of Michigan study shows.

  • What if we gave microcredit to talent?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Teaching people in developing countries to code might break the poverty cycle.

  • Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell confronts critics over House speaker vote

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Rep. Steve Russell, of Oklahoma City, takes to Facebook to defend backing House Speaker John Boehner for another term. Some of his constituents see battle as good versus evil.

  • Driver's license suspensions punish the poor

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    A traffic ticket is a short-term annoyance for those who can pay. For the poor, it can spiral into losing a driver's license, and losing a job.

  • Oklahoma's new and veteran lawmakers are sworn in as new Congress begins

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Oklahoma City Republican James Lankford begins Senate service, while Sen. Jim Inhofe has sights set on breaking state record. In the House, Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only Oklahoman to break with House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday.

  • Reading on iPads before bedtime adversely affects sleep, health, study shows

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Whether it's a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop, reading on a screen before bedtime can impair health, a new study shows.

  • What can we learn from a town that beat poverty

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Once upon a time in the 1970s, a town in Canada gave checks to its working poor to raise them to a living income. Poverty vanished.