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  • Authorities issue arrest warrant in Oklahoma City shooting death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Demarcus Jackson in connection with the shooting death of Terran Wilson

  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. If convicted, they could face decades in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber said during opening statements that McDonnell and his wife betrayed the public's trust by lining their pockets with "

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole discusses details of House immigration plan

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says a House plan for addressing the influx of immigrant children at the southern border would put restrictions on the federal government’s use of military facilities like Fort Sill for temporary shelters. A member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Cole released a statement Tuesday outlining some of the details of a House proposal. In response to President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion, Cole said the House plan calls for $659 million. The Republican lawmaker says it also would require the Department of Defense to provide advance notice about housing unaccompanied minors at military facilities and prohibit their use for more than 120 days.

  • Man facing charges for urinating on Modell's grave

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities plan to prosecute a man for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, will be charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery. He could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served. Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens. Modell and his wife, Patricia, are buried i

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington among OU athletes leading weekly prayer circles on South Oval

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — When OU athletes are wrapping up their annual mission trip to Haiti, they always challenge themselves to find ways to bring what they’ve learned back to Norman. Gymnast Becca Clark suggested a regular prayer circle on the South Oval. Quarterback Trevor Knight excitedly jumped on board, and the spiritual group of athletes have […]

  • Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, were walking along Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. In a statement, the family thanked the emergency responders and beachgoers who helped them, and expressed gratitude for prayers and support from around the world. "There are no words to describe the suffering we are experiencing," the statement said. "Their loss is devastat

  • Nashville's 'bro country' culture called out in 'Girl in a Country Song' music video

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Get ready for a role reversal, country music. Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” pokes fun at other country music videos that portray women as “pretty little things” in string bikinis and have no other purpose than to look good for a man and his friends on the weekend.  It already has more […]

  • Attorney: Oklahoma drilling tax unconstitutional

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills. Fent says the law was approved in the final days of this year's legislative session and was not approved by at least three-fourths of the House and Senate. Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick says the measure does not meet the definition of a revenue bill because it cuts tax rates. It taxes oil and gas wells at 2 percent for the first three years of production. The rate then jumps to 7 percent. Referee Daniel Karim will submit a report on the cas

  • Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel told reporters that House Speaker John Boehner's announcement of a lawsuit against Obama opened the door to the fundraising drive. Since Boehner announced in June he planned to sue the president, Democrats' House campaign arm has raised $7.6 million. "I understand the strategy is intended to gin up its base," Israel told reporters at a breakfast organized by The Christian Science Monitor. "Every time they talk about suing the president, that just ignites our base.

  • How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

      One of the best parts of my job, no, the best part of my job is the people I meet. Colleagues. Readers. Fans. Heck, even a few of the subjects I write about. And some of the people I meet are rather sharp. Sharp enough to take over my platform from time to time. Whether it’s […]

  • 4 workers injured in Kansas oil refinery fire

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Four workers at an oil refinery in southeast Kansas were burned Tuesday in an early morning fire, the Texas company said. CVR Refining said in a news release that the fire at its Coffeyville refinery was reported at 12:30 a.m. and extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The refinery was shut down and initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community. The company isn't naming the workers who were hurt and taken to an area hospital, but said all other employees were accounted for at this time. "CVR Refining personnel express their deepest concern for and are currently providing assistance to the injured employees and their families," the company said.

  • Oklahoma State football no longer faces APR restrictions

    kyle fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The NCAA confirmed today that the Oklahoma State football program's Academic Progress Rate (APR) has been amended to a 930 and the school no longer faces any APR restrictions for the 2014-15 academic year. From Kevin Fite, Oklahoma State's senior associate athletic director for compliance: "Throughout this process the NCAA has been committed to having complete and accurate data," said Kevin Fite, OSU's senior associate athletic director for compliance. "We were provided a great deal of assistance in ensuring the information we were evaluated on accurately reflected our football team's academic performance, based on APR standards. When the additional point was discovered earlier this summer, the NCAA staff promptly re-evaluated our situation and added the point, which took us out of the penalty range."

  • Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday that "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour" by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it. Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman eventually shot himself to death after gunning down his mother, six teachers and 20 children.

  • OU football: Police release 911 call in alleged Joe Mixon assault investigation

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In a three-minute call to 911, a Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe employee describes the early Friday incident that has Oklahoma freshman football player Joe Mixon under investigation for alleged assault. “Some girl just got clocked in the face,” the caller said after giving the location and address. The unidentified caller repeatedly mentioned the presence of a […]

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Upstage Theatre performs 'Children of Eden' at Edmond park

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Upstage Theatre will perform “Children of Eden” Thursday through Saturday at the J.L. Mitch Park Amphitheater in Edmond.

  • REVIEW: Amazon Fire Phone fizzles

    BY RICHARD HALL, Web Editor | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The Amazon Fire Phone is full of gimmicks, ho-hum performance and little else.

  • Gas prices continue downward slide in Oklahoma

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gas prices continue to drop in the state as demand nationwide drops below 9 million barrels per day. On Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.30 in Oklahoma. That's down 22 cents over the past month. The agency says only four states have a lower statewide average than Oklahoma, led by South Carolina's average of $3.26 per gallon. AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's gas prices are the lowest average the state has seen since February. Bartlesville had the lowest average price among the state's cities, coming in at $3.20 per gallon. In Oklahoma City, the average price is $3.27 per gallon, while Tulsa reported an average of $3.22 per gallon.

  • Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday. Classmates found the body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta in the middle of a mat propped upright against the wall of their high school gym Jan. 11, 2013. Sheriff's investigators concluded that the teenager died in a freak accident, having become stuck upside down in the center of the mat while trying to retrieve a gym shoe. But his parents have long insisted somebody killed him. The lawsuit filed Monday in Lowndes County Superior Court seeks to hold the county school board, school superintendent and the principal of Lowndes High Sc

  • Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November's mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote. Some Republicans have said Obama would open the door to impeachment if he takes steps to end deportations of large numbers of immigrants here illegally, as the White House is contemplating. Other Republicans, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, already are calling for Obama to be impeached. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer say the White House is taking impeachment talk seriously.