By Watchdog Staff | | May 27, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth. Even [...]
By Chris Butler | | May 18, 2015 5:00 AM
Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.
By Arthur Kane | | Apr 24, 2015 5:00 AM | 10
The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.
By Arthur Kane | | Apr 20, 2015 5:00 AM
In 2012, then-Oklahoma State School Superintendent Janet Barresi vowed to look into suspicious test scores in Tulsa and three other school districts – a pattern similar to the cheating scandal in Atlanta, where last week several educators received prison terms for racketeering convictions.
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 18, 2015 5:00 AM | 31
By Arthur Kane | It’s a bill that Sharks and the Jets would love. State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, introduced legislation that is perfect for the gangs in “West Side Story” because it legalizes carrying switchblade knives. But under Senate Bill 198, daggers, Bowie knives and sword canes would still have to stay home. And a bill by [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 16, 2015 5:00 AM | 75
Oklahoma taxpayers, who have a $600 million state budget hole to fill, are funding museums to late humorist Will Rogers and a massive gun collection, a space development authority and staffing a Native American museum scheduled to open in 2017 — but only if it can get millions more in funding.
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 11, 2015 5:00 AM
By Arthur Kane | In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks. But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money. Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Jan 28, 2015 5:00 AM | 85
An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.
By Rob Nikolewski | | Jan 21, 2015 5:00 AM | 11
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it's a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.
By Arthur Kane | | Jan 15, 2015 5:00 AM | 16
By Arthur Kane | University of Oklahoma accounting professor Dipankar Ghosh took home $224,400 in pay last year and the school paid him another $88,349 for additional administrative work for a total salary of $312,749, school records show. Hong Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, took home $306,000 last year as a base salary, according to [...]