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  • HERE COMES THE SUN: Gov. Mary Fallin, OG&E flip switch on solar power project at Mustang plant

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 min ago

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin praised a 2.5 megawatt solar farm at Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s Mustang plant in far western Oklahoma City at opening ceremony.

  • Enid man dies after motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    An Enid motorcyclist, Steven C. Siegfried, 58, died from injuries suffered in a Saturday morning crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Monday. He died about 10:05 a.m. Saturday.

  • Oklahoma football: Could less of Samaje Perine mean more?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Perine has lost some weight and could be paired in the same backfield with Joe Mixon.

  • Of Character: Making a positive out of a negative

    By Heather Warlick Staff Writer hwarlick@oklahoman.com | Updated: 36 min ago

    Melinda Lauffenburger is the founder and CEO of Autism Oklahoma.

  • Gunfire wounds Biltmore Hotel employee during robbery

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: 40 min ago

    Oklahoma City Police report that about 2:50 p.m. Monday, a robbery was reported at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S Meridian, and officers found a wounded hotel employee.

  • SandRidge is warned its stock could be removed from NYSE

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Stock price has been below $1 since June 26, and must improve, New York Stock Exchange says.

  • Police say man found dead in southwest Oklahoma City was homicide victim

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police are investigating the death of a man found in a car in southwest Oklahoma City as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives, police said.

  • All-State golf: Shawnee’s McDaniel, Ricks pair up for one more win

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    McDaniel recorded a hole-in-one on the fourth hole Monday at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, as he and Ricks shot the low round of the day, a 64, one shot ahead of three other pairings.

  • Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox for stretch run

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than $3.8 million from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for infielder Josh Rutledge. The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He has spent the past three years in Boston, batting .245 in just 33 games this season with two stints on the disabled list. Overall, Victorino has hit .276 with 108 home runs, 486 RBIs and 229 stolen bases in 12 major league seasons, including stints with San Diego, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Red Sox.

  • True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule's daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure. "My mom died peacefully last night," Leslie Rule wrote. "She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren." Ann Rule's first book, "The Stranger Beside Me," profiled Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.

  • Opposing sides face off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project. TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and witness testimony began before the Public Utilities Commission in the hearing process that is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada's project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years. The commission is now considering the firm's guarantee that it can complete the project whil

  • TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience

    BY SCOTT MUNN | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:  Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill LeRoy, 75, of Oklahoma City. He was a Kansas native who played football for the KU Jayhawks. Also played football and boxed while in the Marines. Worked in the oil business. Tommie Holder, 81, of Snyder was a dirt car racer at old I-35 Speedway. He was a top 10

  • High school basketball: Londaryl Perry named Millwood girls basketball coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Millwood athletic director Shannon Hayes told The Oklahoman on Monday that Perry was officially named his replacement atop the Falcons’ girls basketball program, completing a turnaround from an incident that could have soured Perry's career.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest suspect in rape

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    An Oklahoma City man was arrested Sunday in a rape case.

  • Immigration 'surge' continues, 30,000 expected, U.N. demands 'empathy' over 'enforcement'

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    This year's surge of illegal immigrant children and teens is continuing at last year's historic pace, with about 30,000 expected to reach the United States, according to humanitarian groups. Different this year: Many more are being stopped in Mexico as they flee Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, cutting the number making the dangerous trek through Mexico to the U.S. border in half. The numbers are surging, said Linda Hartke, president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service [LIRS], one of the country's premier humanitarian-immigration groups that helps with the legal and housing of immigrants, especially children. An immigrant child in Customs and Border Patrol custody. AP Photo

  • Keith Richards Trades Stadiums for Studios in New 'Trouble' Video

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Track will appear on Rolling Stones guitarist's upcoming solo LP 'Crosseyed Heart.'

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive verbal commitment from 2016 running back La'Darren Brown

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys.  Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27, 2015 // Brown missed the majority of his junior season last year with a dislocated elbow, but has gained plenty of recruiting traction throughout summer with impressive combine performances. Brown clocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at an Alabama football camp,

  • Texas prosecutor names committee to review Sandra Bland case

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A committee of outside attorneys will assist the Texas district attorney investigating the death of Sandra Bland, the black woman who authorities say hanged herself in her jail cell three days after a traffic stop by a white state trooper. Authorities also released an initial toxicology report for Bland on Monday, a report that two experts who reviewed it for The Associated Press said raises the possibility that Bland may have used marijuana while in custody. Bland died in the county jail after the traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes.

  • Comic Collection Monday #11: Avengers 271

    Matthew Price | Updated: 3 hr ago

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at "Avengers" #271, with a cover date of September 1986. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue - what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.  The issue:  This issue is an early part of one of my favorite Avengers storylines, "Avengers Under Siege."  Roger Stern, writer, is working with John Buscema, providing breakdowns, and Tom Palmer, providing finished art.

  • Wiretaps rarely granted but critically important in Oklahoma

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    While not utilized as often as it is in other states, the use of wiretapping by some Oklahoma law enforcement agencies has become critically important as smartphones and other devices continue to be the preferred method of communication for criminal organizations. The use of wiretaps is monitored and tracked on the U.S. Courts official website, which includes a detailed analysis of the investigative tool dating back to 1997. The public records provide details about what kinds of crimes are investigated through the use of wiretaps, how much they cost and how many convictions were secured through the eavesdropping. Like the rest of the U.S., illicit drug cases in Oklahoma most often lead authorities to seek a judge’s