• Four plays, all in the first quarter, were signs of trouble for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN — For the second time in three seasons, Oklahoma entered its annual matchup with Texas a huge favorite yet came away from the Cotton Bowl with a loss. The game wasn't decided until the fourth quarter, when the Sooners' offense stalled with two quick sacks and then the defense couldn't get a stop on third-and-long that would've given the offense one more chance. But there were plenty of signs of trouble early. Here's a look at four plays — all in the first quarter — that led to Saturday's stunning 24-17 loss and what they say about the state of the Sooners.   1. Baker Mayfield sacked for 5-yard loss by Texas' Poona Ford early in the first quarter.

  • What We're Talking About

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    • BIG TECH DEALS: After Dell's proposed $67 billion acquisition of data storage company EMC, a look at other tech industry notable deals, that haven't panned out as well as buyers planned. • PUERTO RICO-SCHOOL UNIFORM: Puerto Rico's education secretary says public school students can for the first time choose to wear pants or skirts as part of their uniform regardless of their gender without being punished. • DICK VAN DYKE-CHILDHOOD HOME: Actor Dick Van Dyke is taking steps to save his childhood home, which was scheduled for demolition in the central Illinois city of Danville.

  • Thinking Globally

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Louisiana Louisiana's FastStart program trains workers for jobs at companies in key industries such as manufacturing and research and development at no cost to the employer.   To qualify, a company must commit to creating at least 15 new, permanent jobs for manufacturing or distribution centers or at least 50 new, permanent jobs for digital media, headquarters, research and development or inbound call center operations. Louisiana launched FastStart in 2008, when the state's economy was still trying to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  • Disposal well operator challenges state agency over earthquake actions

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A Tulsa oil company is the first to challenge the still-evolving response by Oklahoma regulators to the links between saltwater disposal wells and the state's spate of earthquake activity. Marjo Operating Co. Inc. said the Oklahoma Corporation Commission acted arbitrarily in August when it directed the company to curtail injection at a disposal well that's part of a de-watering project in Payne County. The company outlined its objections in a Sept. 18 filing with the commission. An administrative law judge in Tulsa has set an initial hearing Tuesday in the matter. Commission staff are expected to protest the company's application. Agency spokesman Matt Skinner said he couldn't comment further on the case.

  • Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first big test

    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Now you see it, now you don't. A new type of heart stent that works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study, doctors said Monday. Abbott Vascular's dissolving Absorb stent performed as well as a conventional stent in the one-year study, but the fact it did not prove superior led some experts to be wary. Still, the results on this and other novel stents currently in testing are fueling hope for a new generation of these devices, used on about 850,000 heart disease patients each year in the United States alone. The stents available now in the U.S.

  • The University of Oklahoma to enhance American Indian studies

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Monday that OU plans to enhance American Indian studies at the university. OU held its first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday.

  • Oklahoma City is not done attracting, retaining skilled workers

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Millennials were just starting to hit the workforce when a 2003 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber gathering of civic leaders was advised at a workshop that the rules of job creation were set to change dramatically.

  • Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California’s drought

    By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warning yet that Southern California could be due for a deluge, meteorologists said in a report last week that the already strong El Nino has a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter before weakening in the spring. “This is as close as you're going to get to a sure thing,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calling this El Nino “too big to fail.

  • OU to enhance American Indian studies

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced plans to enhance the study and appreciation of American Indian cultures Monday during OU's first Indigenous Peoples' Day. The daylong celebration featured a variety of events on campus. Boren said he is recommending the Native American Studies program be elevated to a department. Pending approval from the OU Board of Regents and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the program will be granted full department status under the College of Arts and Sciences. The new department will provide additional resources and academic opportunities for students on the Norman campus, he said. Boren also announced the creation of a Native Nations Center

  • #MyOklahoma

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 58,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Park, long a trouble spot in neighborhood, to be asset

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A city park that for years made headlines more often for violence than for kids' activities is being reclaimed by the surrounding neighborhood that itself has undergone a radical transformation over the past decade. Red Andrews Park, 720 NW 8, was already scheduled for some city bond issue improvements to a gymnasium on the site. But when neighbors and the Midtown Association learned the bond project also included improvements to a parking lot that takes up much of the park, they suggested doing away with the parking altogether. Doug Kupper welcomed the neighborhood's interest, which also included suggestions of replacing the parking with greenspace, volleyball courts, picnic tables and a children's play area. “They

  • In Pryor, workforce development depends on teamwork

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 9 hr ago

    PRYOR — As one of the nation's largest industrial parks, workforce development is crucial to MidAmerica Industrial Park in mostly rural Mayes County. The 9,000-acre industrial park is home to more than 80 companies ranging from Google to toilet paper maker Orchids Paper Products Co. The industrial park's Mid-America Delivers program gives schools tours of local businesses and also has internship programs for high school students. The goal of the program is to give kids an understanding of what career options are available at the industrial park and how to get the education they need to get a job after high school, said Tonya Backward, workforce development coordinator for MidAmerica Industrial Park.

  • Berry Tramel's mailbag

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The best from Berry Tramel's mailbag with plenty of comments on OU's loss to Texas on Saturday: Lynn Brewer, Houston: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and witnessed the carnage firsthand. A few points: 1) In 33 years of watching the Sooners, I have to say this is the most infuriating loss I can remember. Of course I've seen bigger losses with more on the line to play for, but I've never been more disgusted than I was on Saturday. I've never seen an OU squad that was softer in the trenches than the one that trotted out there last Saturday. Yes that includes even the John Blake era squads. The way this game played out, it evolved into a simple game; an old-fashioned test


    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A lot of people don't believe Tom Tucker when he explains the Midtown home of Valir Hospital, 721 NW 6, was originally a Holiday Inn built in the early 1960s by developers gambling Oklahoma City was set to host the 1967 World's Fair. That dream, however, didn't work out and the fair instead went to San Antonio, where it was credited with transforming the city into the tourist mecca it is today. Tucker, CEO of Valir, meanwhile, has photos and original building plans to prove the hospital's origins — which also make the campus an attractive target for a $10 million renovation that is set to be completed in 2017. “It functioned as a Holiday Inn and then was converted into a rehab hospital by Health South,” Tucker

  • Oklahoma City Council is expected to discuss MAPS 3 convention center sites

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council could decide Tuesday on the site it prefers for the MAPS 3 convention center. The council is expected to meet privately to discuss appraisals of downtown sites that were identified in an analysis as potential sites for the convention center complex. The council could choose from among three possibilities and direct the city manager to take steps to acquire the preferred site. The council also could authorize the city attorney to seek to have property condemned and acquired through the city's power of eminent domain. The proposals are limited to acquisition of property for the convention center itself. Plans call for a complex including a hotel and parking.

  • State brief

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Motorcycle crashes in north Oklahoma City this weekend claimed the lives of Brent E. Barry, 40, and Cory A. Archer, 28.

  • 3 firefighters are hurt during blaze, blast at Owasso quarry

    By KYLE HINCHEY World Staff Writer kyle.hinchey@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    OWASSO — A fire at a rock quarry caused a fuel tank at the site to explode Monday, injuring three firefighters and sending two to the hospital. At least seven agencies responded to the Tulsa Asphalt quarry operation throughout the day, and dozens of firefighters were at the site during the tank explosion. An ambulance arrived on scene after the explosion, which resulted in minor injuries to three firefighters. They were conscious and alert, an official said, and two were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. The fire started Monday morning while employees were cleaning the tanks. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to Rogers County Emergency Management

  • Technical difficulties delay about 450 Southwest flights

    By The Associated PRess | Updated: 10 hr ago

    DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says hundreds of flights have been delayed by technical issues that are forcing it to check in some customers manually at airports and causing long lines. The Dallas-based company asked travelers to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departures as the problems that began Sunday morning continued into the evening. It is also asking customers to use airport kiosks to print boarding passes and tags for luggage. Representatives for Southwest did not say what caused the problem or how long it would take to resolve. Spokesman Brad Hawkins said there was "absolutely no indication now" that the problems were the result of a hack.

  • Teenager will be tried as adult in stabbing deaths

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    TULSA — A 16-year-old Broken Arrow boy will stand trial as an adult in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings, a judge ruled Monday, rejecting a request by defense attorneys to certify him as a juvenile delinquent or youthful offender. Michael Bever and his 18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, are charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 deaths and have pleaded not guilty. Attorney Rob Nigh said he would appeal Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter's decision to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. "He's a child," Nigh said after Monday's hearing. "The reality of the situation is we should not have children going to the state penitentiary." At a hearing Friday, Nigh suggested Michael Bever was

  • Western Heights’ Rassatt goes from unwilling QB to star

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Western Heights senior Kevin Rassatt played quarterback once before, as a freshman. “I didn't like it,” he said. “I couldn't see over the line.” Rassatt has grown a couple inches since then, though he's only 5-foot-8 now. Still, he wasn't supposed to be the Jets' starting quarterback this season. Rassatt had made a name for himself with his elusiveness playing slot receiver and a little bit of running back last season. He was getting Class 5A preseason All-State acclaim over the summer. All the while, he was working as the Jets' third-string quarterback, only to be needed in case of emergency. Then August arrived and brought an emergency with it.