Ash Barty doing just fine with another win at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If the pressure is getting to Ash Barty at Wimbledon, she's doing a great job of hiding it.

The top-ranked Australian came into the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after winning the French Open and a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham.Read more on

Dallas investors buy big retail power center in Norman, Oklahoma

By Richard MizeReal estate editorrmize@oklahoman.comNORMAN — University Town Center in Norman is the most recent major shopping center to be sold off by national institutional owners, which are leaving the Oklahoma City area about as fast as they started arriving a decade ago.
Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group sold the 417,515-square-foot shopping center last week to Rainier Cos.Read more on

A failing road is causing a sticky mess for Tuttle residents

By Jack MoneyBusiness writerjmoney@oklahoman.comTUTTLE — A failing stretch of Cemetery Road covered with a sticky oil just off State Highway 37 here is snagging the attention of residents and that of town, county and state officials.
On Wednesday, about 40 people gathered at Tuttle’s city offices to talk about the road, what might have caused its failure and how the resulting problem will be addressed.
Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker, who handles road building and maintenance issues there, said the problem appeared about two months ago along a stretch of road that passes an active oil and gas drilling location.
Walker also said he plans to either repair or rebuild the affected area, but not until after the drilling operations have concluded.
After the meeting, Walker said he believes a diesel-based substance contaminated the oil-chipped roadway, causing it to deteriorate and push to the surface tack oil used by road builders as a binding agent.
He said the problem happened quickly, which suggests to him that something was spilled on the roadway, noting that section of road is frequently used by a contractor supporting the drilling rig.
The contractor, he explained, routinely takes bore cuttings from the rig’s mud pits to apply them in a pasture on the road’s other side.
He said a leak of fluid from that type of vehicle could be responsible, especially if the mud includes a diesel-like chemical as part of its composition, though he stressed that a specific incident where that might have happened hasn’t been identified.
“It is starting to melt the road” along that stretch, Walker said, adding that northbound motorists headed through the area are carrying the sticky oil onto SH 37, where it is being further spread.
Matt Skinner, a spokesman for Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission, said Wednesday both commission oil and gas and pollution abatement inspectors and supervisors are evaluating the situation.Read more on

Boeing to pay $100M to crash families, communities

By David KoenigAP Airlines WriterBoeing said Wednesday it will provide an "initial investment" of $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.
The Chicago-based company said some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of passengers killed in the crashes.
Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents.

‘Banjos in Space’: OKC entertainer Lucas Ross reaches for the stars with new album

By Brandy McDonnellFeatures writerbmcdonnell@oklahoman.comWhen considering the history of music, movies and television based on outer space, several sonic signifiers come to mind, from the brassy power of John Williams’ “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” saga to the eerie theremin in Bernard Herrmann’s score for 1951’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
The bright, tinny sound of a banjo isn’t often associated with the far reaches of the galaxy, which is why Lucas Ross wanted to explore such unlikely territory with his latest collection of comedic, kid-friendly tunes.
“Some of it came from all the ‘Star Wars’ things that have been going on, and especially recently, all the space stuff, with Rover and with us going to Mars,” Ross said.Read more on

Oklahoman Business cover brief for July 4, 2019

OK rig count declines
Oklahoma’s rig count fell by five this week to 97 while the number of working rigs nationally also declined, Baker Hughes reported Wednesday.
The national working rig count fell by four to 963, down 89 from the 1,052 that were drilling the same week a year ago.Read more on