• Oklahoma House passes bill allowing nitrogen hypoxia as alternate execution method

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma House passes bill allowing nitrogen hypoxia as alternate execution method

  • Weasel photographed flying on woodpecker's back

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    You have to see it to believe it. A photograph, taken by Martin Le-May, shows a small weasel on a woodpecker's back in the air,according to iTV News. USA TODAY reports the photo was taken in Hornchurch Country Park in the United Kingdom.

  • 30? Tinder expects you to pay more for new app

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The popular dating app Tinder recently announced its premium paid version called Tinder Plus, with features including Passport and Rewind (or undo). Also, there are unlimited likes, USA TODAY reports. And here's an interesting caveat: If you are 30 or older, you'll be paying more than younger daters. In a statement to Quartz, Tinder said, "Lots of products offer differentiated price tiers by age like Spotify does for students, for example. Tinder is no different; during our testing we've learned, not surprisingly, that younger users are just as excited about TinderPlus, but are more budget constrained, and need a lower price to pull the trigger."

  • Same-sex marriage: Why people really oppose it

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Why do you oppose same-sex marriage? Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell posed this question to hundreds of people across the nation as part of a research project, The Indianapolis Star reports. He was curious to see if what people say actually matches the legal arguments being made to justify bans on same-sex marriage. The legal arguments are rooted in public policy considerations. The public responses decidedly were not.

  • High school basketball: Class A-B state tournament qualifiers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The Class A and B boys and girls state basketball tournaments will be held Thursday-Saturday in Oklahoma City. Here are the teams that have qualified for state so far. BOYS CLASS A No. 1 Glencoe (26-3) No. 4 Okay (28-2) No. 6 Kiowa (24-5) No. 7 Pond Creek-Hunter (20-7) No. 8 Snyder (23-3) Unranked Beaver (20-7) CLASS B No. 1 Fort Cobb-Broxton (27-2) No. 2 Lookeba-Sickles (24-5) No. 3 Red Oak (23-5) No. 4 Forgan (22-6) No. 5 Cimarron (25-5) No. 17 Southwest Covenant (14-11) GIRLS CLASS A No. 2 Okarche (26-1) No. 3 Thomas (20-4) No. 5 Seiling (21-6) No. 6 Pond Creek-Hunter (22-5) No. 12 Glencoe

  • Report: Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday vs. Sixers

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook fractured his cheek bone on Friday. He could be back on the court in less than a week. The Thunder All-Star guard is likely to return on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, acccording to Yahoo Sports sources. Westbrook fractured his right cheek bone on an inadvertent knee to the face from teammate Andre Roberson against the Portland Trail Blazers last week. "Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforseen setback," Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski writes . Westbrook will reportedly wear a protective mask upon his return to the lineup. If Westbrook was to return on Wednesday, he'll have missed just one game following surgery on Saturday . The Thunder  beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 without Westbrook on Sunday.

  • Report: San Antonio, Houston among cities considering bids for College Football Playoff title games

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    At least 14 cities are considering whether to bid for the 2018, 2019 or 2020 College Football Playoff championship games, according to a report from ESPN. Of the 14, seven already have decided to bid. Atlanta; Charlotte; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami; Minneapolis and San Antonio will bid, sources told ESPN, while the Associated Press reported that Santa Clara, California, also will bid. The deadline to turn in the College Football Playoff's request for proposal for the championship games is late May. The College Football Playoff will announce which cities bid to host the games by the end of May.

  • Drought grants approved for 3 rural Oklahoma communities

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Three rural Oklahoma communities have received about $1 million in grants for water system improvements that will save about 16.7 million gallons of water a year. The grants announced Tuesday by Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will come through the state’s Water for 2060 Drought program to promote the responsible use of water. The Boise City Public Works Authority will receive $135,000 to save about 1.1 million gallons per year. The Fort Supply Public Works Authority will receive $397,700 that will save about 3.7 million gallons of water per year. The town of Shattuck will receive a $500,000 grant to save about 12.3 million gallons per year.

  • Tried and True Native Plants to use in the Garden

    Connie Scothorn | Updated: 7 hr ago

    It is always easier to learn from other people’s mistakes—especially in the garden. When planning a native landscape there are thousands of plants that you may not have experience with, so here are a few to try.

  • How to use Native Plants in the Landscape

    Connie Scothorn | Updated: 8 hr ago

    It is well known that native plants do better when used in the landscape; they are better adapted to the environment and more tolerant of soils and weather conditions. But how does one effectively incorporate native plants into the landscape?

  • Another epic collapse for OU basketball

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A lead of more than 20 points on the Big 12 road. In the second half. A classic example of over exuberance. Wilting down the stretch. Flying home with a debilitating defeat. Tell me where you’ve seen this before. OU lost 77-70 at Iowa State on Monday night in what served for the Sooners as […]

  • UPDATE: Car hits utility pole in Bethany, Oklahoma Tuesday, causes power outage, driver flees

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A small power outage was reported in Bethany. A car hit a utility pole. Two other poles also fell. The driver and another person fled on foot.

  • High school basketball: Monday's playoff scores

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Here is a look at scores from Monday's high school basketball playoff games from around the state.

  • Train with us for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Plan on running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this year? If so, training is of the utmost importance. That’s why we’re asking all of you to participate in a four-week Instagram fitness challenge with us to get ready for the race. We’ve also partnered with Red Coyote Running and Fitness to award two $150 gift cards to the top winners of our challenge. Here’s how it works:   -Week 1 (March 2-8): Post a photo of scenery, buildings or objects you see while running. Use the tag #seenonokrun and tag      us @news_ok.   -Week 2 (March 9-15): Snap a screenshot of your best time or mile on an app or map. Use the tag #mybestmile and tag us      @news_ok.

  • Track Debut: Applied Music Program's synthtastic "Shadows"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It’s usually a bad sign when my phone hits me with a notification later than midnight. But that wasn’t the case early Tuesday when I received an email with an Applied Music Program track attached to it. Opolis owner Andy Nunez sent me a mastered version of their early demo “Shadows.” Now it’s got live drum sounds and moody […]

  • Reports of Maggie Smith's 'Downton' exit may be premature

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Predictions of doom for the Dowager Countess of Grantham may be premature. "Downton Abbey" publicists say Maggie Smith was misinterpreted in remarks widely reported as suggesting she will leave the TV show after its sixth season later this year. Smith told the Sunday Times newspaper that "I can't see how ('Downton') could go on." Speaking of her character, she added: "I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now." Milk Publicity said Tuesday that Smith spoke lightheartedly, and "has always been on the record as saying she'll be with the show for as long as the show runs." Producers haven't announced whether the show will have a seventh season. Creator Julian Fel

  • Carrie Underwood announces birth of her son, Isaiah Michael Fisher, on Facebook

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood took to her official Facebook page this morning to announce that she and husband Mike Fisher, who plays for the Nashville Predators National Hockey League team,  have welcomed their first child, a son named Isaiah Michael Fisher. “Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael […]

  • Three-second, side hugs work best for business, etiquette expert says

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Etiquette expert Carey Sue Vega discusses when it’s appropriate to hug.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Can the Cowboys improve their NCAA Tournament credentials? What should you look for in OSU baseball's upcoming homestand? Ask John Helsley on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City voters to decide three races Tuesday

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma City residents were voting Tuesday in three races for seats on the city council. Candidates were on the ballot in Wards 2, 6 and 8.