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Costco buys Hertz building for new operations center

The Hertz administrative building is set to become home for the new Costco operations center. The four-story office building...

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NGL Energy Partners posts annual loss of $585.2 million, while Laredo Petroleum completes reverse stock split

TULSA — NGL Energy Partners reported this week it lost $585.2 million during its fiscal year that ended March 31. Meanwhile,...

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UK lawmakers balk at order to return and end virtual voting

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s 650 lawmakers are grappling with a question familiar to millions of their compatriots: When is it safe...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for June 2, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $32 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $20 Oklahoma oil...

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Another record month for medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry continues to break sales records. Dispensaries remitted nearly $5.1 million via the...

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Q&A with Nadine Rayan Davis

Why did you choose to get involved with the Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program? I attended an event where a former...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 16,300; Last sale May 18, 2020: 9,315; Year ago: 10,212 Compared...

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Black Lives Matter demand for new grocery store could take more time than desired

During a press conference Monday afternoon, T. Sheri Dickerson, head of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, listed demands...

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Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma's Brook Simmons is excited about the energy industry's future

Optimism and a stoic ability to plan for the future are key attributes of oil and gas executives. Brook A. Simmons, who became...

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OESC Interim director claims progress on unemployment claims, but won't clarify how much

The interim director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Monday the agency is making progress on clearing a...

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Curfew limits access to neighborhood around downtown OKC police headquarters

Mayor David Holt ordered a dark to dawn curfew in the neighborhood around downtown Oklahoma City's public safety campus after...

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Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors on Monday...

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Rebuilding America: How will life in Oklahoma look after COVID-19?

As states across the U.S. begin to reopen, what will the "new normal" be like for Oklahoma? Here's a look.

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Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus...

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Judge dismisses Dykstra's suit against ex-teammate Darling

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling,...

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Oklahoma health department to no longer release detailed data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday it will no longer release specific information...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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CVS closes stores across 20 states. Call ahead, if you’re planning on visiting one.

The chain drug store announced the closures in the wake of protests that began last week following the killing of George Floyd...

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UK eases lockdown restrictions but many flout guidelines

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. eased more lockdown restrictions Monday despite warnings from some health officials of another spike in...

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Full squad training resumes in Spain ahead of soccer restart

MADRID (AP) — Spanish clubs resumed full squad training on Monday, beginning the final stage of preparations for the return to...

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Liz Weston: Take control now with advance medical directives

If you get COVID-19 and struggle to breathe, would you want to be put on a ventilator? Whatever your answer, ask yourself...

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Vatican centralizes contracting to cut waste, corruption

ROME (AP) — Gone are the days of the half-million euro Christmas Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.The Vatican is...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 1, 2020

Thunder getting new floor The Oklahoma City Council agreed to pay an estimated $143,700 for a new wooden basketball floor for...

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Banking slows overall, but more are going mobile

COVID-19 has pushed more people online in their everyday transactions, including those with banks. While mobile banking was...

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Home, business repairs halted during the brunt of pandemic, leaving contractors out of work

The threat of COVID-19 plunged the renovation, repair and remodeling industry into stressful and uncertain times. Residential...

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Rebuilding America: Oklahoma City history filled with triumphs over adversity

At first glance, the economic forecasts and an energy industry in crisis seem to paint a dismal picture for Oklahoma City’s...

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Venerable Bricktown Events Center closes in coronavirus fallout

The Bricktown Events Center is closing indefinitely in the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The venerable venue has hosted...

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Prescott: The bounty of an unexpected gift

What follows may qualify as two of the least surprising statements you’ll read in a while. People are pretty tired of...

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When it comes to the pandemic, ask 'why not?'

This past week, we reopened our offices. For a few weeks, for the safety or our staff and the community, we shuttered our space...

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As Demo Day goes online, Thunder Launchpad debuts latest batch of startups

The Thunder Launchpad and StitchCrew announced the latest round of companies to complete its startup program with an online...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 surcharges anger some patrons

With the reopening of American businesses following the safer-at-home coronavirus precautions, many consumers are noticing an...

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Longtime business writer bids farewell

It feels like yesterday that I, in the late ’70s, interviewed for a journalism scholarship with the spouses of Oklahoma State...

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Rebuilding America: Some pandemic changes at grocery stores seen as permanent

An uncertain new normal is being looked at by businesses throughout Oklahoma, including those largely spared the loss of...

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'It is the national softball mecca': Women's College World Series' return to OKC will be bigger than ever

COVID-19 closed the road to Oklahoma City for the 2020 Women's College World Series but, with stadium improvements done, next...

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Rebuilding America: Retailers, big and small, adapting to challenges of pandemic

Retail is reopening across the country, though stores are not quite back to business as normal and others are learning from the...

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Rebuilding America: Squeamish home sellers want buyers with financing in hand

When the coronavirus hit, real estate agents hit the cloud fast, going virtual with home tours and open houses. Some tech...

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Jobs in the wake of the coronavirus: How do you feel about being a temperature taker?

If you’re looking for job opportunities in a COVID-19 world, think as a consumer thinks. What’s in those boxes piling up on...

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Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

DETROIT — The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State natural gas producers benefitting from market changes, local and federal analysts say

Natural gas consumption may be headed lower, but prices aren’t. The main culprit is the demand shock caused by the COVID-19...

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Futures File: Gasoline Spurts Higher

After bottoming in late March, gasoline futures have exploded higher, nearly tripling since the low. During the nationwide...

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Protesters converge on White House for second straight day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police fired pepper spray at demonstrators near the White House and the D.C. National Guard was called in as...

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'Back in the game': SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Bricktown Events Center announces indefinite closure

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic devastated the event planning business, but it also has left an ongoing uncertainty about...

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US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota...

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SpaceX rocket ship lifts off with 2 Americans

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making...

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Pop-up bar scene, tanning salon test shutdown rules in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — What passes for a pandemic-era speakeasy these days in New York City isn’t secret at all.On the sidewalks...

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A year later, motive of Virginia mass shooting still unclear

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The rampage at a Virginia Beach city government building was the latest in a string of high-profile...

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Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: SandRidge announces another layoff, Oklahoma Gas and Electric cuts bills for Oklahoma customers and Oklahoma's rig count remains...

SandRidge announces layoffs SandRidge is cutting its headquarters staff again, it notified state officials Friday. In a...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Guernsey: 6811 SE 59, office-warehouse, erect, $18,000,000. Design Architects Plus: 1901 NE 13, school, remodel, $3,900,000....

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Cool rains boost spring growth

We have enjoyed some cooler weather and scattered rains across the state this week and our rose bushes, lilies and many other...

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Marni Jameson: Ceiling fans: To see or not to see, that is the question

“Don’t look up!” I say to my husband, who, naturally, immediately zooms in on the outdoor ceiling fan precariously swinging...

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Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlook worsens

WASHINGTON — With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald Trump...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 30, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $32.00 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $20.00...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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End in sight for OKC's pandemic emergency orders

Oklahoma City is on a path to emerging from beneath the COVID-19 state of emergency in mid June, three months after it began....

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Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify

WASHINGTON — A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks...

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Airport expects sharp revenue dropoff

Federal pandemic-relief funds will offset airport revenue shortfalls in fiscal 2021 but aviation is expected to take time to...

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Take 2 for SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch with more storms

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX pressed ahead with its second attempt to launch astronauts for NASA — a historic first for a...

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Gene Autry's home on the range fetches high price

LOS ANGELES — “Rancho Autry,” the Palm Springs estate of late cowboy crooner Gene Autry, has sold for $7 million, the most paid...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 30, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a completely restored Art Deco-influenced home near Campus Corner in Norman. The 3,586-square-foot...

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Take cleaners with you back to the office

What will you miss about working from home (assuming you're headed back to the office, and many aren't yet, and some won't...

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Container garden is a great place to start for novice gardeners

STILLWATER — For some folks, gardening is a mystery — perhaps even intimidating: Some want-to-be gardeners may believe they...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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You can skip mortgage payments, but what comes after that?

In March, like millions of others, Thomas Taylor saw his income plummet. The global pandemic left the 42-year-old furloughed...

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5 not-so-obvious household essentials for your time at home

Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without, and while you may have...

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Route 66 Landing is taking off with doctors in the house in Oklahoma City

Total Healthcare Partners helped bring Route 66 Landing into this world, and now the doctors are in the house — their brand-new...

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One down, one to go: Mammoth Energy Services clears a hurdle to stay listed on Nasdaq

One Oklahoma energy company has managed to stay on a major stock exchange without having to undertake a reverse stock split....

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How to troubleshoot home technology issues

If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one...

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Planning for a money crunch in hard times

Has your income level changed recently? Or, are you worried about losing your job permanently? You might be terribly anxious...

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Parade of Homes opens doors

EDMOND — Metro-area homebuilders are throwing the doors open to nearly 100 new houses this weekend and next for the Parade of...

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Officer charged with George Floyd's death as protests flare

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was...

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Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlook worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald...

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The Latest: US agency calls back drone it sent to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police...

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Hong Kong on borrowed time as China pushes for more control

BANGKOK (AP) — Hong Kong has been living on borrowed time ever since the British made it a colony nearly 180 years ago, and all...

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Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against...

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India's economic growth dips during coronavirus pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s economy grew by 4.2% in the fiscal year that ended in March, down from 6.1% the previous year, the...

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Watch: President Trump addresses protests, looting in response to Floyd death

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump added fuel to racial fires Friday as he threatened to take action to bring the city of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Initial unemployment claims decline for third week in a row

The numbers of Oklahomans who filed initial claims for unemployment insurance compensation last week fell slightly, compared to...

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Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed...

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Parade of Homes Spring Festival starts Friday in Oklahoma City area

EDMOND — The Parade of Homes Spring Festival, delayed for a month because of the coronavirus, kicks off Friday. Nearly 100 new...

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Laredo Petroleum announces new board chairman as part of long-term transition plan

TULSA Laredo appoints chairman Laredo Petroleum, Inc. recently announced it has appointed independent board member William...

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'It depends' is the answer to many pandemic rent questions

During this COVID-19 outbreak, can landlords demand tenants keep paying regularly? It depends. The court will want to know...

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Unit Corp. files for bankruptcy as energy firms continue to battle unprecedented conditions

The energy pricing shock caused by an economic shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic is sending energy companies — both big...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 suffocates workers' ability to save for retirement

Not surprisingly, the coronavirus is suffocating many Americans’ ability to save for retirement, as millions are tapping their...

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Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an...

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State officials make case for Tesla over dinner

TULSA — Some state and local officials, including Gov. Kevin Stitt, got a chance to make their case for Tesla in Tulsa at a...

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Nonprofit snow cone stand expands into Bricktown

Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a snow cone stand managed by the Homeless Alliance that employs low-income and transition-age youth, is...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 29, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $30.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $18.25...

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Boras to clients in memo: Don't bail out baseball owners

NEW YORK (AP) — Agent Scott Boras recommends his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during...

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Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual...

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Turkey to lift travel ban, open gyms, restaurants on June 1

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A coronavirus travel ban between Turkey's worst affected cities is being lifted while restaurants, cafes...

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Friday is the first day for dine-in options

As the governor moves closer to lifting restrictions on local business caused by the COVID-19 crisis, restaurants begin to...

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Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a...

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What’s the future for Disney, Universal and other theme parks around the US?

Just about any theme park visit will prove to be a different experience for those who visit.

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COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how

The exhausting and enigmatic car-buying process at bricks-and-mortar stores will be a relic of the past in the aftermath of the...

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A New America: Coronavirus demands new approaches, products and hopes

America will rebuild. But much like shop owners removing boards off windows in the wake of a natural disaster, Americans aren't...

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Video tours? Suburbs vs cities? Buying, selling a home to look different after COVID-19

Applications to buy a home are again on the rise as states lift orders to stay inside. But the pandemic has altered how...

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TV's biggest cliffhanger: Will my show return on schedule?

No matter how much programmers plan, the coronavirus, as it has in so many walks of life, will dictate what happens. Right now,...

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Will restaurants feel like hospital cafeterias in the future? Chefs struggle to bring dining out back

For many Americans tired of baking sourdough and eating their own cooking, those restaurants reopening in the coming weeks will...

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Will we ever go to movie theaters again? And are the Oscars even happening? We have answers

When can fans expect to see their favorites in theaters again? Experts answer a few burning questions about the uncertain...

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Masks, temperature checks, empty rows: Post-coronavirus concerts could look very different

Artists are starting to test the waters of live music in a coronavirus world. But already, fallout from the pandemic is making...

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What a surge in decks and paint sales in the midst of a pandemics says about economic recovery

Stuck at home in a paralyzing health crisis, people across America finally tackled long-delayed, home-improvement projects that...

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Rebuilding America: Will grocery shopping ever be the same after the pandemic?

The grocery industry isn't talking about normal for the rest of 2020. It's talking about the "new normal" and what lies beyond.

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Rebuilding America: What will health care look like after COVID-19?

What will the future of medicine look like as the U.S. adapts to the new pandemic landscape? Expect more remote doctor visits,...

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Rebuilding America: 'Life-changing event' of COVID-19 could alter how we work, spend and retire

Many Americans are grappling with a future that may mean fewer jobs at stores and restaurants and more technology positions.

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Shopping reinvented: America's stores, malls reopen with masks, curbside pickup and closed fitting rooms

As malls across the nation get back to business, here's how the retail landscape has changed and how people will shop.

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'Rebuilding America' chronicles the reopening of the US after coronavirus pandemic closures

The reopening of America is a story of businesses adapting to a new normal, one where customers are at least 6 feet apart, and...

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Castilla, Cuban launch another collaboration

Local banker Jill Castilla has teamed up with Mark Cuban on a project to help small business owners navigate a complicated loan...

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Shelley Zumwalt tapped to lead state employment office

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has named Shelley Zumwalt as the agency's interim director. Zumwalt will lead the...

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State grains

WHEAT (BU): .04 to .05 higher. 4.13-4.42. Davis 4.13; Hooker 4.15; Hobart, Keyes, Temple 4.17; Buffalo, Lawton 4.22; Clinton...

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Insurance observers worried about the future of Insure Oklahoma

Though it’s been praised by President Donald Trump and modeled by other states, an 18-year-old public-private, state health...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 28, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $29.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $17.25...

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House poised for proxy voting in historic first

WASHINGTON — It’s a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers were voting by proxy, an...

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New law provides immunity from certain COVID-19 civil liability claims

What does Senate Bill 1946 do? Senate Bill 1946 provides immunity from civil liability for certain claims in state court...

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On executive pay questions, Devon fights back

A proxy advisor recommends Devon Energy shareholders vote against a non-binding question at this year’s annual meeting that...

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Shining Cities 2020 shows Oklahoma City solar deployment grew in 2019

Count Oklahoma City as a “solar builder.” Shining Cities 2020, an annual report released by Environment America and the...

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'Bummed out': SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit...

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Nevada casinos to reopen; America can't get enough pizza

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands.Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s...

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Tuesday Morning retailer files Chapter 11 bankruptcy, plans 230 store closings

Off-price retailer Tuesday Morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday with plans to close more than a third...

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Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists' lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of...

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Ex-NY subway boss named to head London transit system

LONDON (AP) — Former New York subway boss Andy Byford has been named London’s new transit commissioner, overseeing Transport...

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How long does it take workers to earn the equivalent of a $1,200 stimulus check?

Burned through your $1,200 stimulus check yet? There’s no doubt the aid has helped us keep our finances afloat in the wake of...

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State grains

WHEAT (BU): .02 to .03 higher. 4.08-4.37. Davis 4.08; Hooker 4.10; Hobart, Keyes 4.12; Temple 4.13; Buffalo, Lawton 4.17;...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gasoline prices push higher as demand begins to return, AAA reports

Gas prices for drivers across Oklahoma and the nation climbed over the past week. Nationally, the average cost of a gallon of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 Product Protection Act provides tort immunity for PPE providers, others

What is the COVID-19 Product Protection Act? During the COVID-19 pandemic, companies and individuals have been ramping up...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 27, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $30.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $18.75...

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Congress weighs choice: ‘Go big’ on virus aid or hit ‘pause’

WASHINGTON — Congress is at a crossroads in the coronavirus crisis, wrestling over whether to “go big,” as House Speaker Nancy...

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Massive mural to help tell OKC's 'beautiful story'

A five-story mural is set to add some color to an 1,100-space garage being built in connection with the Oklahoma City...

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Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts

Oklahoma City will try to minimize layoffs while cutting jobs in the upcoming fiscal year to make up for the COVID-19...

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Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming...

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In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump's tweets with a fact-check warning.On Tuesday, Twitter...

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States are reopening. But many still require travelers to self-quarantine. Here’s where

See which states have lifted quarantine orders and which still require or recommend them.

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Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged on Wall Street to their highest levels since the business shutdowns took hold in the U.S. over...

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Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest...

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Has your polling place changed? What to know

Some in-person voters in Oklahoma's June 30 election may discover their usual polling place has changed because of the COVID-19...

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Masks spark public judgment, ridicule among customers as businesses reopen

It’s not just the mask avoiders facing public scrutiny. People who wear masks in locales where businesses are reopening say...

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Consumer confidence up slightly but remains near 6-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence inched up this month, showing signs of stabilizing, but remained near a six-year low...

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Under-fire UK government aide Cummings has Johnson's loyalty

LONDON (AP) — Dominic Cummings helped Boris Johnson win power by pitting the people against the elite. Johnson’s Conservative...

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US new-home sales post slight gain in April

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. new home sales ticked up 0.6% in April, a surprising gain amid the coronavirus outbreak that hints at the...

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Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to...

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Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts

Larry McAtee says budget-cutting comes down to needs and wants. Prioritize needs, says the Ward 3 councilman and public safety...

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Branson's Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a...

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Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

BANGKOK (AP) — South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting...

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Former US Rep. Allen West out of hospital after Texas crash

WACO, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida was released from a Texas hospital Monday after suffering a...

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Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's federal government and state governors squared up Monday for a battle over plans to end...

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Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread...

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States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing...

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Liz Weston: Find free, solid money advice in uncertain times

If you have money questions — and who among us doesn’t right now? — there are plenty of people willing to offer advice:...

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German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020

Quote of the week "Since the south side has historically had so little representation, I was interested in recommending...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How much did state pay out in fraudulent unemployment claims?

Oklahoma may have paid out tens in millions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual, small-business relief proposed

City Manager Craig Freeman will propose Tuesday that the city council add $5 million to the small-business COVID-19 relief...

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White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff...

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What stores and restaurants are open Memorial Day? Because of COVID-19 fewer businesses than past years

This Memorial Day will bring fewer in-store sales and dining options than past years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump's pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall: Trust me.As the economy faces a...

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'People are tired of staying in': Opinions run hot in COVID-19 hot spot

GUYMON — Over the sound of pop music, under a wide-screen TV featuring sports pundits debating when games will return, and...

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Virus looms over the future of higher education

With colleges and universities in the midst of (virtual) graduation season, it might seem like an odd time to talk about...

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Analysis: Who is getting the better deal in $35.5 million SandRidge transaction?

While it’s not clear whether the ultimate sale of SandRidge Energy’s headquarters will be to a private buyer or state agencies,...

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Can Oklahoma's economy recover from the pandemic?

Oklahoma is a state that has learned how to live through boom and bust. While we are constantly working to diversify our...

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Holiday amid pandemic
Americans divided on how to respond

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S....

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Oklahoma jobless rate soars to record high

Oklahoma's unemployment rate skyrocketed more than 10 percentage points from March to April to land at 13.7%, reflecting the...

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Futures File: The coffee crash

Coffee prices dripped to a three-month low on Friday, trading under $1.03 per pound. The commodity has been extremely wild...

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Oklahoma City Flower and Garden Festival Set for May 30

The west side walkways of Myriad Botanical Gardens will be lined, at a social distance, with local vendors of plants and more...

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Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged...

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Restrictions eased while virus deaths decline in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers experiencing cabin fever after two months of coronavirus quarantine received an unexpected reprieve...

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OKC's 21c Museum Hotel is reopening

Contrary to reports Saturday on social media, downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel is not closing permanently. The hotel has been a...

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Cardinals owner finds new home base

LOS ANGELES — It may be some time before baseball returns to Los Angeles, but that's not stopping St. Louis Cardinals owner...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Housing slides through hazardous virus conditions

Homes sales didn't hit the skids in April, just a patch of black ice, but everyone managed to keep it between the ditches. Like...

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'Oklahoma Proven' top plant selections for 2020

It is not always easy to decide what plants to use in your garden and landscape, especially if you have limited space, so...

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Marni James, The age-old question: Repair or replace broken appliances?

Just when you think it’s safe to do a home improvement for the sake of, heaven forbid, your own pleasure, your house has other...

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Take steps to protect your skin while working in the yard

Do you spend summer days outdoors mowing the lawn, tending to the garden and working on the house? Here are a few steps you can...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 23, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a one-owner luxury home with a pool on a 1-acre corner lot at River Oaks Golf Club, in the Oakdale...

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The crude oil crash, not COVID-19, is making the Oklahoma City office market sick

Neither face masks nor social distancing can "flatten the curve" of rising vacancies in Oklahoma City's office market, which...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $41 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Laughlin: Simple garden fun for children

I often share this story about how I became a gardener at 5 years old. My mom gave me several colorful packages of zinnia seeds...

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Parade of Homes Spring Festival kicks off Friday in central Oklahoma

The Parade of Homes Spring Festival will go on, just a little later than originally planned because of the coronavirus...

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Symphony Show House will be June 13-28 in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Showhouse will go on, with social distancing observed because of the coronavirus pandemic, June 13-28 at 2737...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

The Oil Center: 2601 Northwest Expressway, office, remodel, $3,000,000. Lippert Bros. Inc.: 1001 NW 25, church, remodel,...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 23, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $29.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $17.75...

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Development killed by school district halting property sale

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during his weekly OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Real estate notes from The Oklahoman for May 23, 2020

BARTLESVILLE Investor buys mobile home parks A California investor new to mobile homes parks just bought two in Oklahoma in a...

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Not to be crude, but Oklahoma City and Houston, we have a problem

CoStar Group found gloom in Oklahoma City and doom in Houston when it looked at the effect of collapsed crude oil prices on the...

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State unemployment chief resigns post

Robin Roberson has resigned as executive director of the state's unemployment agency amid a statewide economic crisis and...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 25, 2020

The Listing of the Week is ready for sheltering in place in style, or entertaining others when it is deemed safe to do so. The...

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Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Car rental giant Hertz files for bankruptcy

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and...

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Alcohol delivery, curbside pickup becomes Oklahoma law

Some Oklahoma businesses will be allowed to continue delivering beer, wine and spirits under a new law. State legislators and...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 22, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $30.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $18.75...

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How Memorial Day will affect your unemployment

Monday's Memorial Day holiday will affect when Oklahomans will get their unemployment checks. The Oklahoma Employment Security...

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Thunder Launchpad's Demo Day will be virtual

Thunder Launchpad's Demo Day, which highlights the latest class of startup founders in the program, will be held virtually next...

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Contract clause may release parties from contracts during COVID-19

I understand there's a clause in many business contracts — force majeure — which may release parties from contracts in these...

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AstraZeneca secures orders for virus vaccine under testing

LONDON — Drug maker AstraZeneca said Thursday it had secured its first agreements for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine...

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Thousands of unemployment claims remain 'pending' or denied entirely

Oklahoma's unemployment agency has a backlog of more than 45,000 unfinished or unpaid claims in its system, and those are just...

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NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American...

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Meatpacking safety recs are largely unenforceable

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by...

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MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named

Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens...

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Big box stores’ ability to pivot

NEW YORK — Late last year, Best Buy began testing curbside pickup at select stores as a way to respond to customer needs. But...

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Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump's trip to Michigan on Thursday as he...

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From The Newsroom: Listen to The Oklahoman's daily podcast

Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the latest headlines, including the...

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Retailers reopening more stores, tourism expanding

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Plaza District raises more than $20,000 to support retail and restaurant employees

With more than 200 individual donations, the Plaza Support Fund surpassed its goal of $16,000.

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Devon's annual shareholder meeting will be held online

Devon Energy changed the time and format for its annual stockholder meeting this year. Because of continued concerns about the...

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Lincoln Plaza renewal continues

Crews have removed graffiti, brush, debris and broken windows at Lincoln Plaza as construction continues to convert the former...

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Feds grant $2.5 million for tribal economic development

The federal government awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for critical infrastructure improvements....

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OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve

Once proposed for cuts, the aquatics centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers parks could still open this summer but not before...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts Tuesday: 517; Last week: 571; Last year: 192 Monday's Actual:...

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Stitt: Wearing a face mask a ‘personal preference’

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday said he’s going to let Oklahomans decide whether they should wear a face mask in public during...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 21, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $30.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $18.25...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Local entrepreneur strikes a clean blow at COVID-19

After the coronavirus tragically struck the family of Joe Barnes, the local entrepreneur wasted little time striking back. "My...

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Watchdog cites persistent infection lapses in nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before COVID-19 killed thousands of nursing home residents, about 4 in 10 homes inspected were cited for...

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Ford temporarily halts work at 2 plants; Rolls cuts jobs

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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US health officials quietly release more reopening guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but...

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Virus-sapped bus lines see road to ruin without federal help

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The nation's 3,000 or so private bus lines — and the millions of people who rely on them for cheap,...

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Arcadia Farmers Market to open for season on May 30

ARCADIA — The Arcadia Farmers Market will open for the season at 8 a.m. May 30. The outdoor market at historical Route 66 and...

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Oklahoma company to build parts for space launcher

A Tulsa aerospace manufacturer has inked a deal with commercial space company Blue Origin to provide large, complex machined...

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Decision expected soon on whether Sandridge tower will become state office building

The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office are completing a financial analysis and should know in a couple of weeks whether...

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This Oklahoma City company got $10 million from the government, but gave it back

Oklahoma City-based 180 Medical was among the companies to receive CARES Act stimulus funding from the federal government....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City offices remain mostly closed to public

City government's downtown buildings, including City Hall, will remain mostly closed to the public as executives institute a...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 9,315 Feeder Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: 350-400 lbs....

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 20, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $29.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $17.25...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nigerian 'ring' being blamed for unemployment fraud

The U.S. Secret Service is blaming a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring for fake unemployment claims in Oklahoma and other...

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AT&T quits Venezuela as US sanctions force it to defy Maduro

MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela's pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV...

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Trump's use of malaria drug likely to be welcomed in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration that he was taking a malaria drug of dubious effectiveness to help fend...

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Coronavirus effect: Pier 1 Imports to close, liquidate all stores

Pier 1 Imports, which previously said it would close half of its fleet of stores, now plans to close all of its locations.

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Mnuchin and Powell push differing priorities to aid economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the gravest U.S. economic crisis in decades, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve...

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OETA receives $1 million donation from Paycom founder through Richison Family Foundation

More than 2 million viewers tune into OETA on a weekly basis.

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Google says it won't build AI tools for oil and gas drillers

Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating...

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Boy Scout councils under pressure to share sex abuse costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine sex abuse lawsuits were filed Tuesday in New York against three Boy Scout local councils, signaling an...

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$50 bonus offered on 529 college savings day

What are the details of this year’s match offer for 529 Day? Beginning Tuesday, May 26, OCSP (the Oklahoma College Savings...

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SandRidge Energy tower to sell for $35.5 million

Mark Beffort, whose property group owns several of downtown's largest office properties, is set to buy the SandRidge Energy...

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Protesters express frustrations with unemployment system

Amanda Williams likes to follow the rules. When the state required nonessential businesses to close, Williams, a hair stylist,...

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US autoworkers return, while possible vaccine shows promise

WARREN, Mich. — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 9,100; Last Monday: 10,767; Year ago: 7,611 Compared to last...

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Stocks rally on hopes for vaccine

The stock market bounced back from its worst week in nearly two months Monday as optimism about a potential vaccine for the...

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Cash held by Oklahoma City police is missing, audit finds

An Oklahoma City Police Department office that handles millions of dollars in cash lacked adequate controls to prevent theft,...

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Analysis: Launch of Oklahoma City as 'Modern Frontier' hit hard by pandemic

Armed with new attractions, a new convention center and Omni Hotel, next spring has long been envisioned as a chance to...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 19, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $28.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $16.50...

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Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two...

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COVID-19 Q&A: As businesses reopen amid coronavirus, what are workers' rights?

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 85,000 lives so far in the U.S. with no vaccine or cure in sight. Nevertheless,...

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Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A Texas salon owner who was sent to jail for opening her business during the coronavirus outbreak called...

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Is day care safe during the coronavirus pandemic? It depends. Here are some guidelines

Parents and day care providers should consider the size of the outbreak in their area and commit to health and safety measures...

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J.C. Penney says it plans to close nearly 29% of stores – or 242 locations – as part of its bankruptcy

Days after filing for bankruptcy, J.C. Penney says it plans to close more than a fourth of its stores.

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People's Choice Cannabis Cup comes to Oklahoma

The Cannabis Cup People's Choice Edition is coming to Oklahoma in June, with the public serving as judge. The High Times...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 18, 2020

'Billion-dollar stimulus' MAPS 4 generated an estimated $3.3 million in revenue in the first two weeks after the 1-cent sales...

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The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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The Latest: Harvick's 50th Cup win 'just weird' without fans

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):7:40 p.m.Kevin Harvick screamed...

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Church services disrupted by outages Zoom says were limited

WASHINGTON (AP) — Video conferencing service Zoom said Sunday that it was investigating the cause of outages that apparently...

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5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar...

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Average US gas price up 5 cents over 3 weeks to $1.97

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose a nickel over the past three weeks, to $1.97 per...

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Albanian protesters, police clash over theater demolition

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police clashed Sunday with opposition supporters who were protesting the demolition of the...

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Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov....

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Asia Today: India extends lockdown for 2 more weeks

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday extended its nearly 2-month-old lockdown by two weeks after reporting nearly 5,000 new...

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US military's mystery space plane rockets back into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. military’s mystery space plane rocketed into orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra...

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'Delusional' Martin Shkreli denied prison release by judge

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to...

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How will this COVID-19 pandemic all end?

In late March, a journalist asked Dr. Anthony Fauci how long we should expect the coronavirus to affect daily life in the U.S....

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42 teams, 168 students compete in Love's Cup

Every spring, the celebratory conclusion of the annual Love's Entrepreneur's Cup brings into sharp focus — and the limelight —...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribe to assist members with relief payments

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will provide some much-needed emergency relief to tribal members 18 and older in response to...

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US adds new sanction on Chinese tech giant Huawei

BOSTON — The U.S. government has imposed new restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s ability to use American technology,...

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Heartland to add 400 jobs to its downtown workforce

Heartland, already set to fill up its new downtown headquarters with 550 employees, is adding another 400 who will be moving...

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Mammoth Energy Services loses board member after reporting disagreement

Mammoth Energy Services announced this week that it and a board member have parted ways over a disagreement about whether the...

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Do’s and don’ts of investing

Back in 2016 Tom Phillips, president of T.S. Phillips Investments Inc. in Oklahoma City, wrote a series of articles for The...

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Nichols Hills Garden Tour called off

NICHOLS HILLS — The 2020 Nichols Hills Garden Tour scheduled for June 6 has been canceled because of the coronavirus. "Our...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 16, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $94 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Marni Jameson, The great pool debate: Liquid joy or sunk money?

The landscape design for our yard came in two versions. One with a pool, one without. Otherwise the plans were identical. Oh,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 16, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a complete remodel with a split-bedroom design in the Quail Creek area. The 3,728-square-foot home...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 16, 2020

Gothic LLC: 10309 S Santa Fe Ave., parking, install, $5,350,000. Crown Enterprises Inc.: 6801 S Air Depot Blvd.,...

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When pandemic reality hits reality real estate shows

Stuck at home? HGTV and the ever-expanding universe of renovation and real estate shows are happy to accommodate — by serving...

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North Texas home sales hammered by pandemic

DALLAS — North Texas home sales slid in April as buyers sheltered in place from the pandemic. Home purchases in the area were...

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Moesel: Gardening flourishes in central Oklahoma

Welcome, new gardeners! We have seen the biggest influx of new gardeners this spring in many years. Many folks are tackling...

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Hot Property: No purple, but lots of color

LOS ANGELES — Celebrity photographer-designer Randee St. Nicholas, who has captured music icons such as Prince, Whitney...

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Wait, you can cook? The secrets we're discovering about each other (and ourselves) while sheltering in place

All this time at home has a side effect: a chance to learn more about ourselves and the people quarantining with us. The...

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Rig counts continue to fall, Baker Hughes reports

Rig counts fall Operators continue to slash the number of drilling rigs they are using to search for oil and natural gas. Baker...

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How to deal with boredom to reduce stress

Are you climbing the walls these days, pushing hard to overcome the boredom of staying home more? Most of us feel nervous and a...

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Tulsa one of two finalists for new Tesla factory

DETROIT — Tesla has picked Tulsa and Austin, Texas, as finalists for its new U.S. assembly plant, a person briefed on the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman playgrounds, dog parks among latest openings

Playgrounds, basketball courts, dog parks, and skate parks in Norman opened to the public Friday under Mayor Breea Clark's...

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Most states still fall short of recommended testing levels

WASHINGTON — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the...

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Olympic trials will be back in OKC in 2021

Olympic competition is returning to Oklahoma City in 2021, and 2020 MAPS 3 whitewater park activities are shifting into high...

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BancFirst named to banking honor roll for eighth consecutive year

BancFirst announced this month it was named for an eighth consecutive year to the KBW Bank Honor Roll published by Keefe...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 16, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $25.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $13.75...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State cooperatives see surging delinquencies as disconnect moratorium continues

The economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic isn't just impacting urban residents, it's also is devastating...

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Check your stash: This Edmond medical marijuana product is being recalled after failing state tests for pesticides

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is issuing its first recall of medical marijuana products sold in the state. Some...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: County sale, showhouse to go on; CBRE's loss is our gain

Catching up this week after a week of furlough ... Going, going on The Oklahoma County Treasurer’s Resale — the auctioning of...

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Renovation to uncover 1906 building facade at Investors Capital Building

The Investors Capital Building, one of the city’s oldest commercial structures, is about to be restored to its original...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the...

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2 people, 14 dogs killed in crash on Idaho interstate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say two people and more than a dozen dogs died when a box truck transporting animals for...

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Infections soar as Mexico moves toward restarting economy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus...

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Retailers face reckoning as April's sales drop sets a record

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New outbreaks still crop up. And at...

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Work from home Congress? House OKs proxy votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neither Civil War nor Great Depression nor any other national crisis has pushed the House to allow lawmakers...

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Report: Austin, Tulsa finalists for Tesla gigafactory site

Austin is a finalist -- along with Tulsa, Oklahoma -- to be the site of automaker Tesla’s new U.S. assembly plant,...

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US retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as virus hit

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the...

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Tesla picks Tulsa as finalist for new factory

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla has picked Austin, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as finalists for its new U.S. assembly plant, a person...

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Stocks manage modest gains but still end lower for the week

Stocks capped another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street with modest gains Friday, though the S&P 500 still ended with its...

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Trump still confident in virus test despite false negatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump expressed no concerns Friday about a rapid coronavirus test that the White House has...

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Lawyer: Security video in Arbery case may show water breaks

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A young black man filmed by a security camera walking through a home under construction in December and in...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Energy chemicals supplier pivots operation to meet sanitizer demand

Big problems aren’t insurmountable. One Oklahoma City-based oil-field chemicals supplier on the verge of shutting its doors...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for May 15, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $23.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $11.75...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Some restaurants improvisations could be longterm solutions

Restaurateurs are neck deep in lessons learned operating — or not — for the past six weeks during the coronavirus pandemic....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Initial claims for unemployment down, but number of unresolved claims remains substantial

Far fewer Oklahomans filed initial claims for unemployment insurance compensation last week than the week before. Numbers...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Continental Resources’ Harold Hamm applauds CFTC advisory that warns oil market players to behave

Continental Resources’ executive chairman is applauding a regulatory advisory issued this week encouraging players in the...

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Opponents of cut to affordable housing tax credits warn it will cost the state millions in new housing

A bill awaiting signature by Gov. Kevin Stitt would cut the affordable housing tax credit in half and could kill construction...

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OK to return to bars, playgrounds, mayor says

Mayor David Holt has released Oklahoma City's latest COVID-19 emergency order, allowing bars to reopen and lifting the...

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COVID-19 puts business tax incentives at risk

Tax incentives are increasingly used by cities, and sometimes states, to lure businesses to the area. Most involve some sort of...

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The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Asian shares mixed as stocks meander on pandemic worries

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about...

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Virus tests hospitals in pockets of US as some states reopen

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — From a hospital on the edge of the Navajo Nation to the suburbs of the nation’s capital, front-line...

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Stopped cold: 'Frozen' musical on Broadway not to reopen

NEW YORK (AP) — The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an...

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Whistleblower: US still lacks virus plan, Americans at risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House claims, the U.S. still lacks a comprehensive battle plan against the coronavirus in...

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Swearing-in of new Israeli government delayed by infighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, on Thursday postponed the...