• ACLU review finds Oklahoma law enforcers seized $6.1 million in properties along I-40

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The review, released Thursday, found 319 seizure cases from 2009 to 2014. Criminal charges were filed in 205 cases, and no charges were found in the remaining 114.

  • Oklahoma's Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announces new journalism grants

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is distributing $2.47 million in grants to 21 journalism organizations across the nation, it announced this week.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility's one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.

  • Oil prices rebound for second straight day

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Despite news that the country's drilling activity has slowed, those in Oklahoma's energy industry had to be heartened as prices rose 16 percent Thursday and Friday.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 29

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 29, 2015

  • Oklahoma real estate briefs for Aug. 29

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma real estate briefs for Aug. 29, 2015

  • Education soars with Edmond students' balloon launch

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbadlwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Blue and red balloons were launched Friday morning by students at Edmond's Ida Freeman Elementary as a part of a learning activity.

  • Homeschool choir gives Oklahoma City-area students more than a song

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs provide choral music education in a Christian environment for families whose children are homeschooled.

  • Stillwater homes don't stay on market long, data shows

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Statistics provided by SmartAsset in New York purport to show how easy it is to sell a home in any given Oklahoma city or town. It bases its 'Ease of Sale Index' on the average number of days for-sale homes are on the market in a given community.

  • Oklahoma school administrators combat teacher shortages

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Administrators at school districts across Oklahoma say they are offering incentives to get teachers to take and keep jobs at their schools. Some add, however, the perks are just stop-gap solutions.

  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm dismisses libel suit

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Harold Hamm has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Oklahoma City oilman Mickey Thompson. Hamm filed the lawsuit in June after Thompson wrote a post on his personal Facebook page that was critical of Hamm.


    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Supreme Court denies inmates' final appeal of execution method A final appeal to stop the state from using its current three-drug cocktail method for executions was denied Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  In July, the court ruled against a group of inmates who challenged Oklahoma's lethal injection process as unconstitutional, citing the state's use of the controversial drug midazolam. While the decision was split and generated some heated debate among the justices, the court concluded there was not substantial evidence to bar the state from using the sedative.


    By BILL DRAPER Associated Press | Updated: 15 hr ago

    White supremacist tells jurors  why he killed 3 at Jewish sites KANSAS | OLATHE — A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City — among them a former Marlow resident — spent more than two hours Friday telling jurors how he planned the attacks and is sorry he didn't kill more people. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting as his own attorney, called himself to the witness stand and spoke of his military history and of how he started a group in North Carolina called the White Patriot Party. Miller also told jurors the prosecutor had a “slam dunk” and he knew they would put him on death row. If convicted, Miller could be sentenced to death.

  • Judge rejects bid to halt execution of man lawyers say is insane

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Updated: 15 hr ago

    McALESTER — A judge ruled against an Oklahoma death row inmate on Friday after his attorneys argued he is insane and sought to halt his upcoming execution for the 2002 killing of his 9-month-old daughter. District Judge James Bland denied the request from Benjamin Cole's attorneys following a hearing in which Cole testified from a wheelchair. His lawyers wanted Bland to order the prison warden to find that Cole is insane. They say the warden is violating a state law that requires her to notify the local district attorney when an inmate has become insane. They are expected to appeal the judge's ruling to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Cole sat motionless throughout the hearing that lasted more than five hours.

  • Oklahoma DHS shelter director retires rather than fight termination over handcuffing of children

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Rebecca L. Price resigned by letter Tuesday. She had worked for DHS since 1984 and been director of the Pauline E. Mayer Shelter since May 2010. DHS officials suspended Price with pay on April 17 and replaced two off-duty, armed law enforcement officers who had handcuffed children.

  • Deaths

    Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    ANADARKO Imbrock, Bernice, 88, gift store clerk, died Aug. 26. Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Memory Lane Cemetery (Smith, Anadarko). BARNSDALL Barkley, Vernon Ray, 72, died Aug. 27. Services pending (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Cook, George Joseph, 87, died Aug. 25. Services were Friday (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BARTLESVILLE Hicks, Richard E., 41, cook, died Aug. 22. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Greater First Baptist Church (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville). Stanford, Richard Lee Jr., 58, died Aug. 25. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Greater First Baptist Church (Walker-Brown, Bartlesville). Virden, Kenneth Earl, 79, retired carpenter, died Aug. 27. Services pending (Stumpff,

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Rodkey House is leased City council members signed a lease with the Edmond Historical Society this week for use of the Rodkey House, one of the oldest houses in Edmond. The house has sat vacant since it was donated to the city and moved in 2007 to Stephenson Park, off Littler Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. Plans are to used the house for small weddings and educational classes. The Edmond Historical Society received a $100,000 anonymous gift to renovate the house that was built in the early 1900s by Isaac Rodkey, owner of the Rodkey Mill. The society also has received a $25,000 grant for furnishing the house. City officials also voted to give the society $50,000 to cover expenses for

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 15 hr ago

    YALE Patrol names man shot in chase A man shot during a pursuit by law officers on Thursday has been identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Brandon James Wooten, 40, was driving a pickup that had been reported stolen when he led law officers on a pursuit about 8 p.m. Thursday on a county road, the patrol reported. Wooten was driving north on a county road near Red Rock at State Highway 15 in Noble County when shots were fired at him by a trooper. Wooten was hit by gunfire. The pursuit ended and Wooten was taken to a Tulsa hospital. No law officers were hurt. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, said Capt. Paul Timmons.

  • Florida braces for storm as death toll rises in its wake

    By EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ and CARLISLE JNO BAPTISTE Associated Press | Updated: 15 hr ago

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | SANTO DOMINGO — Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday, but it left behind a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Friday that the island has been set back 20 years in the damage inflicted by the storm. "This is a period of national tragedy," he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed. "We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica." Tropical Storm Erika dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island before it cut Friday into Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it topped trees and power lines. The U.S. National

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Aug.29

    Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Aug.29, 2015