• Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe scoffs at U.S.-China agreement on greenhouse gas emissions

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The Republican will take over the Senate environmental committee in January. In a speech on the Senate floor, the Oklahoma senator said China didn’t actually agree to any real cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Man finds wife's lost ring 15 years later, proposes again

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    A woman who lost her wedding right over 15 years ago was shocked when her husband of 38 years proposed to her again with the lost ring. And her priceless reaction was caught on video.

  • U.S. honors 5 Oklahoma schools for outstanding work

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Five Oklahoma schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recognized the schools at a ceremony Tuesday in Washington. The program honors schools for overall academic excellence or progress made in closing achievements gaps. The Oklahoma schools receiving the honor are: Adair High School, Bethany High School, Edmond Doyle Elementary School in McAlester, Reydon Elementary School and Southeast Elementary School in Tulsa. They’re among 340 schools nationwide receiving the honor this year. The principal at one of those schools — Edmond Doyle’s Kathy Hunt — was also recognized for her work. Hunt was one of eight principals nationwide

  • Native Oklahoman Suzan Harjo to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Indian rights advocate Suzan Harjo, a native Oklahoman, will be among 19 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients honored at a White House ceremony later this month. Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says Harjo has tirelessly championed American Indian causes.

  • Oklahoma complies with federal ozone standards for second consecutive year

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Oklahoma has complied with federal air quality standards for ozone for the second consecutive year, state Department of Environmental Quality officials announced.

  • Overwhelmed by how to help with Ebola? Mark Zuckerberg makes it easy

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Donations to Ebola relief are only a fraction of those given to disasters like Typhoon Haiyan and the earthquake in Haiti. Maybe Facebook's 1.3 billion friends can make a difference.

  • Oklahoma Election Board to get legal advice on special congressional election

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Oklahoma Election Board will decide Wednesday to get legal advice in closed session from attorney general’s office on whether a new election should be held in eastern Oklahoma congressional district, where Democratic candidate died.

  • Berlin Wall anniversary turns into party for German people

    By Jim Willis, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    The 25th anniversary of the Mauerfall, as the Germans call the fall of the Wall, was spectacular and awe-inspiring. While the main event Sunday was supposed to be the timed release of nearly 8,000 LED-illuminated balloons into the night sky, the show at the foot of Germany’s national monument stole the spotlight and had the crowd applauding and even cheering.

  • Taking Stock: Water can create growth for portfolio

    Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Aqua America, is a growing water and wastewater utility that sprung from humble beginnings.

  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide key Affordable Care Act case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    The justices agreed to determine whether people are eligible for federal financial aid if they buy health coverage from a federally run exchange. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt won a similar challenge to the health care law in September.

  • Oklahoma Democrats want special 2nd District vote

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    In Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin received 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s general election.

  • Four states give themselves a pay raise at the polls

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Voters in four states voted to give themselves a raise at the polls on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of a dozen others states that have hiked minimum wages in the last two years.

  • Oklahoma health centers receive $1 million in Affordable Care Act funding to add mental health services

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Four health centers in Oklahoma, Community Health Centers in Midwest City; Fairfax Medical Facilities in Fairfax; Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma in Tishomingo; and Oklahoma Community Health Services in Oklahoma City, have received U.S. Health and Human Services money to add or expand access to mental health and substance abuse services.

  • Do you know where your money is going when you give to charity?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    The amount of money that charities spend directly on programs is the best measure of trust, right? Not so fast, say charity watchdogs.

  • Young Pakistanis use Internet to embrace start-up culture

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Waqas Ali and Sidra Qasim of Markhor have introduced Pakistani handmade leather shoes for men to the international markets. The shoes are made in a small village outside Lahore, but thanks to the Internet, they sell in 17 countries.

  • Imprisoned terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui wants to testify in Oklahoma City federal court

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Zacarias Moussaoui — sometimes referred to “the 20th hijacker” in the 9/11 attacks — says he wants to testify at an open hearing in Oklahoma City federal court about a plot to shoot down Air Force One, a plot to assasisnate Bill and Hillary Clinton in Great Britain and other information. Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of release after admitting he was involved in the al-Qaida conspiracy to fly planes into U.S. buildings — the same conspiracy that resulted in the deadly Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

  • Oklahoma Republicans say they are ready to work with President Obama

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A day after Republicans captured total control of Congress, some of Oklahoma’s Washington lawmakers list areas in which they could compromise — or not.

  • Social media pressuring moms to keep up with the Joneses as kid costs rise

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Children aren’t cheap, and your Facebook feed isn’t helping matters. A new survey says most moms are worried about the nearly $13,000 it costs to raise each child per year, and social media might be adding to that cost.

  • Oklahoma elections: Republican James Lankford elected to U.S. Senate; Sen. Jim Inhofe wins new term

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    U.S. Rep. James Lankford, the fastest rising political star in recent Oklahoma history, claimed resigning U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s seat and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, just shy of his 80th birthday, won a new term.

  • AP calls House races for Mullin, Lucas and Cole

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas and Tom Cole have all been re-elected. Mullin defeated independent candidate Jon Douthitt in Tuesday's election. Democrat Earl Everett died Sunday after sustaining injuries in a traffic accident last week, during the early-voting period. Mullin represents the 2nd District in eastern Oklahoma. He was first elected two years ago. He's a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. Lucas has won re-election to an 11th term in Congress. Lucas defeated Democrat Frankie Robbins in Tuesday's election after easily dispatching two GOP challengers in the June primary.