Entertainment News

Church's Giant Baby Jesus Statue Looks Like Phil Collins

Insert Genesis joke here. Continue reading…

2019 Classic Rock Documentaries: The Year in Review

In addition to the rock-themed movies that flooded box offices, many nonfiction films about musicians were released. Continue reading…

Drive-By Truckers Announce 'The Unraveling,' Release a New Song

This is their first album in more than three years, the longest gap in band history. Continue reading…

Tony Iommi, Chris Cornell, Tool Nominated for 2020 Grammys

'Fear Inoculum' and Soundgarden singer's box set are among those that received nods for awards. Continue reading…

5 Reasons the Doobie Brothers Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

They've had huge hits and health issues, breakups and hiccups, and seemingly countless comings and goings, then reunion and triumph. Continue reading…

Local News

Pollard Theatre to present 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'

By Brandy McDonnellFeatures writerbmcdonnell@oklahoman.comGUTHRIE — He may not be Jimmy Stewart, but for the second straight year, Joshua McGowen will play one of the most iconic movie characters in cinema history, but in a radio play that is actually a theatrical production."It's a great honor.

MAPS 4 puts focus on neighborhoods

By William CrumStaff writerwcrum@oklahoman.com"You cannot be a suburb of nothing," then-Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett told Edmond Rotarians six years ago, touting the benefits of MAPS investments downtown."A strong neighborhood makes a strong city," Parks Director Doug Kupper said Wednesday in remarks on MAPS 4 for business leaders from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.Nothing captures better the pivot represented by MAPS 4 and its proposals for investments citywide to enhance everyday quality of life.Kupper and two other city executives reviewed proposals for parks, transit, sprucing up major traffic corridors, and for new sidewalks, trails, bicycle lanes and streetlights."The elements that are going to improve our neighborhoods will take us to the next level," Kupper said.MAPS 4 is expected to raise $978 million over eight years for 16 projects, including NBA arena renovations and expansion, a building for the domestic abuse-fighting Palomar Family Justice Center, and housing to help low-income residents avoid homelessness.Voters will decide Dec.

Health care costs rise faster than wages

By Randy KrehbielTulsa WorldWork-based health insurance is taking a bigger bite than ever out of Oklahoma workers' paychecks, according to a national study released Wednesday.Using data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Commonwealth Fund determined that employee-paid premiums and deductibles grew 27% faster than the state's median household income between 2008 and 2018.That means premiums and deductibles now equal 12.3% of median income, compared to 9.7% a decade ago.

Oklahoma business briefcase for Nov. 21, 2019

Devon employee receives honorary American FFA degreeChristina Rehkop, director of community relations at Devon Energy Corp., received an honorary American FFA degree at the 92nd National FFA Organization Convention & Expo.The award is given to people who enhance the lives of youth and advance FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

Q&A with Randy S. Schreier: 2020 brings employers new opps for health reimbursement arrangements

What new benefit options are available to businesses starting next year?New rules issued by the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services in June created two new Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) that may be used to reimburse medical expenses and individual health insurance premiums for businesses of all sizes.

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