• About one-third of Oklahomans still haven't filed a tax return

    BY DON MECOY, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Wednesday is the official deadline for filing, but there are a couple of ways Oklahomans can stretch that out.

  • White House touts tax breaks for middle class Oklahomans, says GOP proposal would help 50 of the wealthiest

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Gridlock and presidential politics make any tax reform proposals unlikely until 2017 but both parties are using tax week to talk priorities. President Barack Obama’s middle-class tax proposals would help hundreds of thousands of working families in Oklahoma.

  • Rubio tells donors he is running for White House

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past. The first-term Republican from Florida, 43, also told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream. Rubio spoke on a conference call with donors before a flashy political rally set for Monday night in Miami. In previewing his campaign’s central message, Rubio said the dream is slipping from too many families’ grip, and young Americans face unequal opportunities to

  • Futures File: Prices at the pump expected to cool this summer

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Gasoline futures are pointing toward the cheapest summer driving season since 2009, with wholesale prices projected to be near $1.75 per gallon.

  • Burger buy may not be easily digestible for portfolio

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Berko is no fan of Shake Shack shares, which went public in January.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Reverse mortgage paperwork on the rise

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The new requirements will exclude potentially thousands of senior homeowners from obtaining a reverse mortgage, especially those who are on the margins economically and need the cash to help pay for ongoing household expenses.

  • Money may buy happiness — but only to a point

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    America is still the richest country in the world, but it's not one of the happiest. How much is too little? How much is too much?

  • Fit Links: Which diet is the best? Is salt really bad for you?

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Which diet is the best? Are the current salt intake guidelines out-of-date? Which type of exercise will help you live longer? These questions and more are answered in this week’s roundup of health studies you might have missed.

  • Beautiful or average? Ad campaign asks women to choose beauty

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Dove’s launched another campaign about beauty perception, and this time it's asking women to literally choose to be beautiful.

  • Oklahoma attorney general tells U.S. Supreme Court that execution drug is constitutional

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Three weeks before justices hear oral arguments in the case, Pruitt says the legal attack on the drug used as a sedative is part of a pattern by death penalty opponents.

  • Freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Russell continues former Sen. Tom Coburn's work documenting waste

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Oklahoma City Republican releases his first report on wasteful projects. It looks and sounds like a Coburn report and Russell says he hopes to reinforce the former senator’s legacy.

  • Bill giving Oklahoma attorney general, Legislature input on EPA carbon rule advances

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A bill giving Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Legislature oversight of any state response to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan passed a House committee Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan would require carbon dioxide cuts of 30 percent by 2030 at electric power plants.

  • How a Miss Colorado beauty queen ended up homeless

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Former beauty queen, now advocate Blair Griffith explains her family's "downward spiral" into homelessness, and her "double life' hiding her homelessness and shame at the time.

  • OCU President Robert Henry joins scathing criticism of Oklahoma's execution methods

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL | Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    In a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the former Oklahoma attorney general says process for picking a substitute drug was driven by state lawyers worried about time and politics. High court to hear oral arguments in three weeks.

  • Street Smart: Why your 401(k) may be doing too well

    By Ian Ogilvie, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Ian Ogilvie: Government may be eying the trillions of dollars secured in retirement accounts.

  • Oklahoma Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Steve Russell oppose proposed nuclear deal with Iran

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Rep. Tom Cole, of Moore, returned from a congressional trip to the Middle East and warned that the deal proposed to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons could start an arms race in the fragile region.

  • Do the poor give more than the rich?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    During the recession, the poor bumped up charitable giving. But those higher up the income ladder gave less and less.

  • Pharmacist group says members shouldn’t aid in executions

    By JULIE WATSON,AP | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    SAN DIEGO — In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections. The policy adopted by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting Monday makes an ethical stand against providing such drugs, saying they run contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. The association lacks legal authority to bar its more than 62,000 members from selling execution drugs, but its policies set pharmacists’ ethical standards. Pharmacists now join doctors in having national associations with ethics codes that restrict

  • How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Frederick Hutson was always enterprising. While he was behind bars, he hatched an idea for a phone service for inmates.

  • D.C. Notes: Some House members want top aides to live in Oklahoma but travel frequently to Washington

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Chris Casteel: D.C. Notes for Sunday, March 29, 2015.