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  • Oklahoma City Public Schools settles racial discrimination case

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma City Public Schools reached a settlement with a former district worker who alleged racial discrimination and retaliation by a top academic administrator, court documents show.

  • OSBI joins investigation into missing Oklahoma couple

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A district attorney in southern Oklahoma requested a full investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation into the disappearance and possible slayings of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe announces deal to save program for rural fire departments

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A Defense Department agency says it will continue to make surplus equipment available to rural firefighters, but Sen. Jim Inhofe says the modified arrangement will mean more red tape for Oklahoma’s fire departments.

  • Wednesday morning thunderstorms spark one house fire, strand motorists and flood streets in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning.

  • Boy, 3, dies in auto-pedestrian accident in northwest Oklahoma City parking lot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The child, whose identity has yet to be released, was hit by a vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police said.

  • University of Texas president resigning next year

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of clashes with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the group that oversees the University of Texas System, the president of its flagship Austin campus reached a resignation deal Wednesday that will keep him on the job until June 2015. University of Texas President Bill Powers' exit agreement comes after system Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa met with Powers last week and urged him to resign effective in October or risk being fired. Powers offered to quit next June, a deal that Cigarroa accepted after Powers' allies on campus and in the state Capitol rallied behind him.

  • Execution date set for Oklahoma man convicted in prison worker's death

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    John Marion Grant, 53, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 4. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of prison kitchen worker 58-year-old Gay Carter.

  • Obama to border critics: 'This is not theater'

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the border during his two-day trip to Texas, he retorted: "This is not theater. This is a problem." Among Obama's harshest critics has been Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who is mulling another run for the White House. Perry greeted Obama upon his arrival in the state Wednesday evening, then discussed the situation at the border with him privately and during a larger meeting w

  • Pryor, Oklahoma, counselor charged with Medicaid fraud

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Annie G. King, 41, a licensed professional counselor, has been charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud, accused of gambling at a local casino during times when she was billing the state for services.

  • Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior Obama administration officials testified Wednesday as they urged senators to agree to the president's emergency spending request for the crisis. But as President Barack Obama traveled to Texas, Republican opposition hardened to his $3.7 billion request, leaving any solution unclear. At the same time, the political pressures on the president appeared to grow from all sides, as Republicans denounced him on the Senate floor, and even some Democrats began to join GOP demands for him to visit the U.S.-Mexican border — calls the White House continued to reject.

  • Man arrested on DUI complaint at scene of northwest Oklahoma City homicide investigation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police said Pedro Carrasco-Soria, 34, was under the influence of alcohol when he drove around a police barricade early Sunday and into an active crime scene.

  • Justin Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism case

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program, and stay away from the victim and his family for two years. The 20-year-old Grammy-nominated singer was not present for the arraignment at Superior Court in Van Nuys. Bieber's lawyer, Shawn Holley, entered the plea on his behalf. A spokeswoman for Bieber said he's glad to have the matter resolved and behind him. She added that he will move forward and focus on his career and music.

  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "It is a milestone that when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, there will be at least one (gay marriage) petition pending," said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide.

  • Fiery crash in Bethany leads to man's arrest

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Wesley Early, 28, was arrested on a complaint of manslaughter after a fiery wreck that killed one man Tuesday afternoon in Bethany, police said.

  • Fire caused by lightning burns 9,521-square-foot mansion in north Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The home’s residents, two adults and five children, escaped safely, Oklahoma City fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.

  • Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases. About 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not having conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past five years, including 6 percent of the nation's largest public institutions. More than 20 percent of large, private schools conducted fewer investigations than the number of incidents reported to the Education Department. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a former prosecutor whose office conducted the survey, said parents and taxpayers should be concerned about the number of invest

  • John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running legal duel between the North Carolina university and California-based John Wayne Enterprises over commercial products featuring the name. The late actor used the moniker since childhood, when he adopted the name of the family dog. Lawyers for the university say allowing the Wayne estate to use the name could cause confusion and "diminish, dilute and tarnish" the value of the name, for which both parties hold trademarks. Messages seeking comment Wednesday from John Wa

  • Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order. Liberal clergy and groups advocating on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people adamantly oppose such an exemption — and have pulled their support for a non-discrimination bill they long supported to drive the point home. The upshot is a difficult balancing act for the White House, which says the executive order is still being drafted — nearly a month after Ob

  • Judge: Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban. District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions. He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal. Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.

  • Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft. Two-thirds of the way up the circular stairs is a sign that says I've reached the height of the Statue of Liberty. A few dozen more steps and I've reached the level of Niagara Falls — and the relief that despite being a little light-headed, this 50-year-old former smoker was going to make it to the top of the ride called "Verruckt" — German for "insane." ___ From a distance, the waterslide at the edge of Schlitterbahn Waterpark, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri,