Adam Brooks

Adam Brooks is Managing Editor of the Journal Record, a weekday newspaper and online publisher of business, political and legal news for Oklahoma. He regularly reports for the Business Intelligence Report, heard each week on KGOU.

Adam's work as a journalist includes more than 10 years at Internet Broadcasting System, which produced KOCO.com, along with other news websites.

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Two women pass by the shuttered Pita Pit on Campus Corner in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

If you graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and haven’t been back for a couple of years, you might not recognize Campus Corner. Over the past decade it’s been a revolving door of burrito restaurants (Moe’s Southwest Grill, Freebird’s, Chipotle, Chimy’s…) and many longtime staples (Cookies ‘n’ Cards, Pita Pit) no longer occupy the space along Asp Avenue north of Boyd Street.

This fall, former University of Oklahoma head football coach Barry Switzer will become a regular presence just north of campus as his “Coach’s Cabana” color commentary program moves to the parking lot of Hideaway Pizza along Buchanan Ave. As The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming reports, it’s part of a growing trend of activity in the restaurant and entertainment district:

Curtis Davis loads a cardboard baler at St. Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

False Medical Claims Investigations in Oklahoma

About seven years ago, the U.S. Attorney General’s office began working with district court prosecutors to crack down on false medical claims. They are investigated all the time, and settlements have become more common in Oklahoma. Many of the investigations are settled before a complaint is filed.

Adam Brooks, the managing editor of The Journal Record newspaper, said most false claims involve overcharging Medicaid.

Tate Publishing & Enterprises at 127 Trade Center Terr. in Mustang.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Tate Publishing, a Christian book and music publisher based in Mustang, Oklahoma, is facing a lawsuit from Xerox. The printing company alleges Tate owes over $1.7 million.

 

Xerox and Tate have been working together since about 2003, and Xerox helped Tate increase their printing operation.

 

Kids play at Harrah Church and Early Learning Center in Harrah.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Recent state budget cuts could affect whether some families can afford childcare. Parents who apply for childcare subsidies through the state Department of Human Services face an institutional freeze that took effect Wednesday.

DHS communications manager Debra Martin told The Journal Record’s Christie Tapp the money from the program simply ran out:

Bottles of wine are displayed on shelves at Market Beverage Co., 204 S. Littler Ave. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It’s been a week since the end of one of the most contentious legislative sessions in recent memory, and attention is now starting to turn to elections this summer and fall in Oklahoma.

Dr. Wendy Pitt examines a patient at Variety Care Inasmuch Foundation Pediatric and Wellness Center at 500 SW 44th St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma leads the nation in price increases on the federal health insurance exchange, according to a national analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Prices for silver health plans on the federal exchange rose 42 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo:

Workers install a stone façade outside one of four Senior Wellness Centers being built as part of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 program.
Samuel Perry / The Journal Record

Several Oklahoma City civic leaders gathered Tuesday evening for a town hall meeting to discuss the city’s 10-year general obligation bond issue, which voters won’t decide until next year.

The Zoo Amphitheatre at 2101 NE 50th St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Two months ago Oklahoma City opened The Criterion, a new 3,500-seat theater in Bricktown. The venue has has already seen concerts by My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter, and most recently, Sturgill Simpson this past Wednesday evening. Later this year the Tower Theatre will open in Uptown, and there’s going to be an outdoor patio for concerts west of downtown.

But these are all indoor venues. Oklahoma City only has two large outdoor amphitheaters – The Zoo Amp, and Frontier City – both in the northeast part of the city.

A man shops for a tractor at Great Plains Kubota in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting farm incomes nationwide will drop this year to the lowest levels since 2002. Farm equipment dealers aren’t surprised.

Frank Serrano, the manager of the Great Plains Kubota in Edmond, told The Journal Record’s Brian Brus that construction equipment and mowers are selling well, but farmers aren’t buying tractors.

An artist’s conception of the new convention center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Populous and GSB Inc.

During Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council meeting, Ward 5’s David Greenwell said it’s hard to get excited about things like the proposed MAPS 3 convention center until you see some of the architectural renderings.

Those were presented this week, and one of the issues with this new convention center seems to be parking.

Ward 2 councilman Ed Shadid, who’s pretty vocal about his concerns when it comes to using public money for large-scale projects, raised the point during the architects’ presentation.

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