• Raptors to visit Martin Park Nature Center

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: 7 min ago

    Visitors to the Martin Park Nature Center on Saturday can get a chance to see some of America's most majestic birds. Handlers from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Group, a raptor conservation organization in Dallas, will be bringing birds of prey to the Martin Park Nature Center for an educational program from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. The handlers will be talking about many of the raptor species in the United States and their importance to the eco-system while giving the public an opportunity to see the birds up close. “Raptors are an integral part of natural life,” said Martin Park Naturalist Emily Hiatt. “As predators, they may be an indicator of the ecological health of a prairie.

  • Outdoors notebook: Women in the Outdoors Workshop Scheduled on Lexington WMA

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: 9 min ago

    The National Wild Turkey Federation is holding a "Women in the Outdoors" workshop Oct. 17 at the Lexington Wildlife Management Area. Participants can take four workshops during the day and have a wide range of activities to choose from, including gun safety, archery, introduction to fly fishing, basket weaving, Dutch oven cooking and more. “The best part about Women in the Outdoors events is the opportunity to try new and exciting things while making new friends who are also interested in spending time in the great outdoors," said Shari Wile, president of the Eastern Oklahoma County Struttin' Hens chapter of NWTF. Saturday's workshop on the Lexington WMA is hosted by the Feathered Friends of the NWTF, a chapter based

  • High school softball state tournament notebook: Dale cruises into Class 2A title game

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Dale plays Tushka at 4 p.m. Saturday looking for a third straight championship.

  • Who loves Pope Francis after his U.S. trip? Democrats and liberals.

    Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Some Americans appear to be generating more positive vibes toward the Catholic Church after Pope Francis’s trip to the United States last month. Americans who are liberal and Democrat are more likely than other people to say Francis has given them a positive view of the Catholic Church, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey […]

  • Class 4A volleyball: Hiccup doesn't slow Christian Heritage

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    The defending 4A champion Crusaders advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll face Mount St. Mary, the team they beat in the finals a year ago at noon Saturday at Shawnee High School.

  • New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state. Civil-liberties advocates called the new law that takes effect Jan. 1 an important advance and said it highlights the need for similar protections at the national level. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. It's only the third of its kind in the U.S. While some states guarantee some of its protections, only Maine and Utah previously had comprehensive laws on the books, noted Hanni Fakhoury, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Saturday, October 10

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL; 11 a.m.; Illinois at Iowa; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m.; Texas vs. Oklahoma; KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520 11 a.m.; Coaches Cabana (Barry Switzer) Cox 1333 11 a.m.; Indiana at Penn State; ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m.; Tulane at Temple; ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m.; N. Mexico State at Mississippi; SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m.; Duke at Army; CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m.; Midd. Tennessee at W. Kentucky; FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m.; Baylor at Kansas; FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m.; Wake Forest at Boston College; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2:30 p.m.; Iowa State at Texas Tech; FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m.; Georgia at Tennessee; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m.; Minnesota at Purdue; ESPNU (Cox

  • Liability shift could be costly for businesses without chip system

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Lysbeth L. George, an associate at Crowe & Dunlevy and member of the firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions practice group, talks about the new chip system credit cards being introduced and the impact the changeover may have on businesses.

  • Outstanding Seniors: A man for movies

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: 2 hr ago

    He's funny. He's got great stories And, many of those stories would be great plots for a John Wayne movie.

  • Pictures of the Week Photo Gallery

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Government forces spray Lebanese anti-government protesters with water cannons during a demonstration against government corruption and the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Security forces used water cannons and later fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens who tried to get past barricades and reach parliament.

  • Divided House Republicans see savior in Paul Ryan

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House. The Wisconsin Republican who chairs the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee — his dream job, he's repeatedly declared — refused comment again and again as reporters chased him around the Capitol a day after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked his colleagues by withdrawing from the speaker's race moments before the vote.

  • The Latest: Prosecutor says campus shooting not self-defense

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at Northern Arizona University (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Northern Arizona University students will hold a vigil Friday in the aftermath of a campus shooting that left one student dead and three others wounded. Rabbi Dovie Shapiro says he and several students are planning a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. at Chabad of Flagstaff. Shapiro says students have expressed interest in coming together to pray for the victims. An 18-year-old NAU student is being held in connection with the shooting. ___ 2:48 p.m. An 18-year-old Northern Arizona University student accused of opening fire on four fraternity brothers, killing one, was a pledge for anoth

  • Obama says 'it's about the families' after Oregon meeting

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, "Today, it's about the families." "I've got some very strong feelings about this," Obama said, adding that these occasions always remind him that anyone could be the victim. At Umpqua Community College in Roseburg last week, a gunman killed eight students and a teacher before using the weapon to take his own life. On Friday, fatal shootings were reported at colleges in Arizona and Texas.

  • OU football notebook: Jordan Smallwood likely back for Red River Showdown

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Smallwood tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the spring. The Jenks product played in 13 games last season, with three catches for 21 yards.

  • High school state softball tournament: Washington's Bethany Hines leads way in semifinal win

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    She pitched seven strong innings and drove in two runs with two big hits as the top-ranked Warriors dominated No. 5 Chandler 9-2 in the Class 3A softball state championships at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • High school volleyball: Community Christian holds off Rejoice Christian

    By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Third-ranked Community Christian blew a two-set lead against fifth-ranked Rejoice Christian of Owasso, but bounced back in the fifth set to secure a 25-13, 25-8, 26-28, 17-25, 15-8 win at the Lyle H. Boren Activities Center.

  • Oklahoma hunting seasons kick into high gear

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    As of Thursday, bear hunters in southeastern Oklahoma had checked in 44 black bears since the opening of the archery season on Oct. 1. As usual, most of the bears were taken during the first few days of the season. Thirty-five bears were checked in the first three days. “It's been kind of one bear a day deal since the big barrage,” said Joe Hemphill, southeast region wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The biggest bear checked in this season weighed 490 pounds from Pushmataha County. Most of the bears were taken in Le Flore County, where the largest population of black bears exists in Oklahoma because of the large tracts of timber land.

  • OSU football: How OSU can fix its problem running the ball — don't

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Five games into this season — No. 6 comes Saturday at West Virginia — it is obvious these Cowboys are unable to run the ball consistently. The offensive line doesn't run block well enough, and the running backs aren't dynamic enough to make up for the offensive line's shortcomings.

  • Live Coverage: Prep Football Week 6

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    It's Week 6 in prep football, when the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders. Follow live coverage of this week's action with up-to-the-minute updates from Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and more from around the web.

  • Judge approves for $338M oil train settlement

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end. Judge Peter Cary announced his approval after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection and after a Canadian judge gave conditional approval Thursday. Barring any surprises, payments could be made to victims by the end of November or by year's end at the latest, said Robert Keach, U.S. bankruptcy trustee. About $83 million, or about $110 million in Canadian dollars, will be used to settle wrongful death claims. "We don't pretend to suggest that we made up for everything that happened.