• WATCH LIVE: Workforce Skills Gap Forum at 8 a.m. Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 min ago

    The Oklahoman, community educators, business leaders and policymakers will be hosting a forum at 8 a.m. Wednesday to discuss how to close the gap between a shortage of qualified, skilled workers and available jobs in the state.

  • Police say they shot Mississippi man in exchange of gunfire

    Updated: 10 min ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officers pumped tear gas into an apartment, then shot and killed a Brookhaven man who emerged firing at them at the end of an hours-long standoff, authorities said Tuesday. Rudolph "Toby" Smith, 31, died Monday after he shot through his door at an officer who responded to reports that he was threatening other tenants while displaying a gun at the Brookhaven Apartments, according to police. "When the officer walked up to the door, he (Smith) just started firing," said Bobby Bell, police chief in Brookhaven, a town of 12,000 people about 50 miles south of Jackson. Smith then barricaded himself in the apartment, shooting out a window and hitting cars and other buildings, Bell said.

  • You're going to like this photo

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 23 min ago

    When 4-year-old Noah Williams was lifted up to shake hands with Oklahoma state trooper Phillip Ellyson, The Oklahoman's photographer snapped this heart-warming photo. Ellyson and little Noah were attending the "Back the Blue" rally Monday at the state Capitol. Noah, dressed in a blue police uniform with shiny brass buttons, police patches and a black tie, was at the rally with his dad, Barry Williams.  The Oklahoman's photographer Steve Gooch was at the event taking photos of law enforcement and those attending in support of the officers.  This image seemed to capture the message of law enforcement appreciation.

  • World’s biggest beer makers agree to join forces

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Anheuser Busch InBev clinches a deal to take over its nearest rival, SABMiller, to stave off two threats to big-name beer brands: craft brews and wine.

  • Indigenous Peoples Day resolution fails

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 28 min ago

    Read updates below from today's Oklahoma City Council discussion on Indigenous Peoples Day.

  • Life.Church releases new storybook Bible based on popular app

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 28 min ago

    A print component of the the YouVersion Bible App for Kids was released today, Oct. 13, on Amazon.com and BibleAppForKids.com. "The Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible" came about through a partnership between YouVersion and OneHope. The free YouVersion Bible App and YouVersion Bible App for Kids were created by Edmond-based Life.Church. Extending the successful Bible App for Kids app experience, the illustrated storybook Bible transfers stories from the app into an engaging book format that will help bring the Bible to life for children of all ages, stated a news release about the new storybook.

  • Michigan woman charged in shots fired at shoplifters

    Updated: 28 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit woman is facing firearms charges after authorities say she shot at an SUV's tire to stop two shoplifters fleeing a Home Depot parking lot. Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez of Clarkston was charged Tuesday with one count of reckless use, handling or discharge of a firearm, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said. The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a 90-day jail sentence upon conviction. The shooting occurred Oct. 6 in Auburn Hills, northwest of Detroit. The shoplifters got away, but two men were arrested a few days later and charged with retail fraud. Authorities have said the woman who fired the shot had a concealed weapons permit, but wasn't being threatened by the shoplifters

  • Ex-head of Chicago schools pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    Updated: 28 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The former head of Chicago Public Schools pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who ran the nation's 3rd largest school district for nearly three years, had faced 20 fraud counts, each with a maximum 20-year prison term. However, she pleaded guilty to one fraud count in federal court in Chicago. In exchange, prosecutors will dismiss all the other counts. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang will sentence the 66-year-old at a later date. Appearing tense and her voice subdued, Byrd-Bennett stood unmoving before the judge, answering questions with, "Yes, your honor

  • Trial begins in Iowa against 2 ex-aides to Ron Paul

    Updated: 44 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal trial has begun in Iowa for two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement. Twelve jurors and two alternates were selected Tuesday in Des Moines in the trial of Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari. Opening statements were expected later this afternoon. Benton faces one count of making false statements. Kesari faces five charges, including conspiracy and obstruction. Both have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say the men concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson after he jumped from the Michele Bachmann campaign to the Paul campaign before the January 2012 Iowa caucuses.

  • Q&A with Dr.Tom Friedemann

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 1 hr ago

    CareerTech's latest focus on curriculum stresses the necessity of of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to keep Oklahoma’s economy growing.

  • Absent legislation, NYC to improve nuts and bolts of bail

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the absence of statewide bail reform laws, New York City officials are looking for practical fixes they can put in place now to help the 50,000 people sent to jail every year because they can't afford bail money. Among the changes to be announced Tuesday: streamlining the current 65-page form authorizing credit card bail and better coordinating the bus schedule from courthouses to Rikers Island jail so defendants have more time to post bail. "We can't wait for the legislative change," said Elizabeth Glazer, Mayor Bill de Blasio's criminal justice coordinator. "We have a system that we sort of have to fix. But to fix it, we need to understand what makes the system tick.

  • Small plane lands on Idaho interstate during rush hour

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small plane with a single engine that stopped working made a belly landing on Interstate 84 in Boise, Idaho, right at the start of rush hour traffic Tuesday morning. The small craft skidded onto the eastbound lanes at about 7 a.m., authorities said. No vehicles were struck and no injuries were reported. Andy Patrick, owner of Boise-based SP Aircraft, said the only person aboard was the pilot who forgot to use a second fuel tank, leading the engine to quit. "He had plenty of fuel in the aircraft," Patrick said. "He just made a mistake and forgot to switch fuel tanks. The pilot made an error and wasn't able to make the runway." He said the pilot was flying freight from Spokane, Washington, to

  • Florida woman Periscopes while drunk driving

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Lakeland Police Department began receiving 911 calls from viewers of Periscope about a possible drunk driver using the social media APP Periscope to broadcast herself.

  • Prisoner who escaped had shackle key, used nurse as obstacle

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A prisoner shackled to a hospital bed and guarded by a deputy somehow obtained a key to his handcuffs and used a nurse as an obstacle as he hopped off a gurney and escaped, the county's chief deputy sheriff said Tuesday. Allegheny County Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said investigators were still trying to determine exactly how Alexander Erb, 26, of Glassport, escaped from UPMC McKeesport hospital and eluded authorities for more than 16 hours Monday. Glassport police first arrested Erb after a domestic dispute, then took him to the hospital about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh for treatment. Erb escaped at about 1 a.m. Monday and wasn't rearrested until about 5:30 p.m.

  • Attorney says Oklahoma abortion law is unconstitutional

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an abortion rights group says a new law scheduled to take effect Nov. 1 contains multiple subjects in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution and should be voided by the state's highest court. Ilene Jaroslaw with the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights argued against the law Tuesday during a hearing before an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee. The center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns of Norman, who performs nearly half of Oklahoma's abortions and has been in practice for more than four decades. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Greenwalt maintains the four separate provisions of the law all deal with enforcement of abortion-related laws.

  • Twitter purging up to 336 workers as new CEO slashes costs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is laying off up to 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money. The cutbacks announced Tuesday could equate to about 8 percent of Twitter's workforce of 4,100 people. The purge comes two weeks after Twitter brought back one of its co-founders as permanent CEO in hopes that Dorsey would be able to resolve problems that have slowed user growth at the messaging service and compounded an uninterrupted cycle of financial losses. Cutting costs can boost profits but at Twitter, it has also raises uncertainty about the future, the company's pursuit of faster growth and its ability to attract a bigger audience.

  • 2 firefighters die after 2 rescued from Kansas City blaze

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two firefighters involved in rescuing two residents from a burning Kansas City building died after a wall collapsed on them, authorities said. Fire Chief Paul Berardi said two other firefighters were injured Monday night as the massive fire engulfed the building comprising businesses and apartments on the city's northeast side. "They did not die in vain," he told KSHB-TV Monday night. "They saved two civilians, carried them out of the second floor on ladders, before the wall collapsed.

  • Earthquakes, low oil prices continue to shake Oklahoma energy industry

    by PAUL Monies and Adam Wilmoth | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • Steve Spurrier is retiring immediately as South Carolina’s football coach

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Steve Spurrier has resigned as coach at South Carolina. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been named interim coach. Spurrier, 70, has a 228-89-2 career record at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. He is the Gamecocks’ all-time winningest coach with 86 victories. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article38886768.html#storylink=c

  • Julianne Moore rallies fellow actors to fight gun violence

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Julianne Moore is rallying the entertainment industry to help end gun violence. Moore has announced the formation of the Everytown Creative Council. She says it's an effort to organize the creative community to amplify the message of the movement to end gun violence. The 80 entertainers who have signed on include Alec Baldwin, Mindy Kaling, Yoko Ono, Jennifer Lawrence and Spike Lee. Moore said Tuesday that she and her colleagues are saddened by "the daily increase of gun violence in our beautiful country." The Everytown Creative Council is affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety. That organization was founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.