• Cause of sea lion death at Oklahoma City Zoo remains unknown

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writermpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Jaxon, a 2-year-old sea lion, was found by Oklahoma City Zoo staff members when they arrived for work Friday morning. Jaxon came to the zoo from The Marine Mammal Center in California, along with another sea lion, 3-year-old Hendrix.

  • White House report shows big difference between Oklahoma's worst schools, the rest

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    At the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Oklahoma, the graduation rate is 37 percent, compared with 87 percent at the rest of schools. There are also major proficiency gaps between white and black students and between white and Hispanic students, according to results compiled in the report released Monday by the White House.

  • Anniversaries

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Oklahoman will publish free anniversary announcements for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. To contribute information: Send an email to kburk@oklahoman.com with “Anniversary” in the subject line. Send mail to The Oklahoman, Attn.: Kimberly Burk, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. To contribute a photo, email a JPEG image or mail a good-quality photo — no larger than 5 by 7 inches and no smaller than 2 by 3 inches — with your anniversary information two weeks before the anniversary.

  • At farmers markets, choice to accept funds was a SNAP

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Toscamala Ferris stood near a table covered in plump, fresh blackberries. She paid the seller with a handful of wooden tokens and carried the container of berries as she continued to shop at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market.  The wooden tokens in Ferris' hand each represent $1 of money from her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program account, sometimes referred to as "food stamps."  Although many residents use the program to buy food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a growing number have started using SNAP to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

  • Oklahoma City's Capitol Hill neighborhood is beginning to see a rebound

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Capitol Hill was for decades the downtown of south Oklahoma City, but fell on hard times following the opening of Crossroads Mall and suburban sprawl in the 1970s.

  • Q&A with Blaine M. Peterson

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Q&A with Blaine M. Peterson: What is a stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement and why is it subject to the penalty?

  • Group seeks to save threatened Oklahoma City disc golf course

    BY ADAM KEMP Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Cameron Kaspereit, president of the Oklahoma City Disc Golf Association, said he was told by Oklahoma City Parks Department officials that the Will Rogers Park course would be cut in half and possibly stripped from 18 holes down to six to make way for a new trail.

  • Records

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma County records for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

  • Bringing a new drug to market in Oklahoma is not for the faint of heart

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Dr. Anne Pereira, the scientific founder of Biolytx Pharmaceuticals and Dean of the Graduate College and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), has been working nearly three decades on fighting gram-negative Pseudomonas.

  • Stillwater woman checks last item off her bucket list

    By Christy Gandara For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Nancy Luce, 83, a resident of Primrose Retirement Community, ziplined June 30 at OSU’s Camp Redlands. Other items completed on her bucket list include tandem skydiving and riding a motorcycle.

  • Blasts may cause delay near I-35 rockslide in Oklahoma's Arbuckle Mountains

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma state Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said Monday at a state Transportation Commission meeting that blasting is planned along Interstate 35 to mitigate rockslides in the Arbuckle Mountains between Ardmore and Davis, Oklahoma.

  • Producers Cooperative mill shuts down cotton operation in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Producers Cooperative previously sold the former Dayton Tire Plant in southwest Oklahoma City, where it once envisioned relocating processing operations as they previously sought to sell the site south of Bricktown near downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Noble High alumni help build up schools endowment fund

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Randy Kersey, a financial adviser and 1980 Noble High School graduate who is now president of the Noble Public Schools Foundation, challenged 50 graduating classes to contribute $1,000 apiece, mostly by appealing to their sense of community.

  • More rain, flooding possible this week across still-soaked Oklahoma

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday night for much of Oklahoma, and part of central Oklahoma could have rainfall totals from four to six inches Monday afternoon through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

  • Oklahoma state news briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

  • Capitol's Memorial Plaza engraves Oklahoma legislator, wife's legacy

    By Amy Dillon For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Kingfisher Rep. Mike Sanders and his wife, Nellie, are supporters of Friends of the Capitol who recently had their names engraved at the Memorial Plaza at the Oklahoma Capitol.

  • Transportation commissioners vote for cable barrier on I-35 where crash killed 4 softball players

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma transportation commissioners approved a contract to install a 7-mile-long cable barrier to separate northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 along a stretch of highway where four softball players died in September 2014 in a crossover accident.

  • Oklahoma business news briefs

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma business news in brief for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

  • Trout Fishing in America to headline free music festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writernpoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Grammy-nominated Arkansas folk duo Trout Fishing in America will headline the third rendition of Wiggle Out Loud, Oklahoma City's only free, outdoor family music festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive.

  • Records

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MARRIAGES Stefanie Lynn Leehan and Joseph David Harrell Nechelle Frances Stevens and Nicholas Clark Zoller Alena A. Miroshnichenko and Michael Wade Lawler Kyndal Ann Hawkins and Cogan Mac Higgins Britney Nicole Gadsden and Tre Darrell Williams Adrill Joy Hayes and Patrick C.