• Groups protest utility's proposed new solar tariffs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several environmental and pro-solar energy groups on Tuesday protested a proposal by the state's largest electric utility to impose new charges on customers who generate their own electricity by using solar power. About three dozen people demonstrated outside the Jim Thorpe Building in Oklahoma City during a break in testimony before an Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge about the new "distributive tariffs" that Oklahoma Gas & Electric wants to impose on customers who install solar panels. Currently, only about 217 of OG&E's roughly 740,000 customers have installed solar panels, and those customers, mostly residential, pay for electricity at night or on cloudy days when the panels don't produce enoug

  • AP Interview: UAW exploring new strategies at Volkswagen

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Frustrated in past attempts to organize its first foreign automaker in the South, the United Auto Workers union is taking a new approach at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee. Instead of seeking another vote to represent the entire blue collar workforce at the German automaker's lone U.S. factory in Chattanooga, the UAW is bidding to organize just a 165-member unit of skilled-trades workers. A two-day vote by that smaller group of workers who repair and maintain machinery at the plant opens Thursday. "It's just part of an overall strategy to get us to the bargaining table with the company," Gary Casteel, the UAW's secretary-treasurer, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "Because all t

  • Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in US

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the U.S. to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. It's illegal to export wildlife from the U.S. without a permit from the government. Xu "regularly deals in turtle shipments worth $30,000, $80,000 or $125,000," Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said in a court filing.

  • Cordell death ruled homicide

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The body of Michael Beach, 59, was found Monday in his Cordell home by police responding to a welfare check.

  • Midwest City police, volunteers still searching for Arkansas man

    By Tricia Pemberton, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Brenner Wolfe, 19, from Bentonville, has been missing since Thursday.

  • Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video's release, the Chicago mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras. But Emanuel's effort to keep the video secret and his long wait to take action at the police department has stirred deep skepticism among those protesting the teen's death. Many activists are especially incensed by the fact that the video first surfaced during a re-election campaign, when the mayor was seeking African-American votes.

  • OKC Thunder: How Anthony Morrow shot his way back into the rotation

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    After Monday’s loss, the Thunder stayed overnight in Atlanta and practiced on Georgia Tech's campus Tuesday morning. Morrow, a solid contributor for the Yellow Jackets from 2004-08, beamed the entire time, making sure everyone glanced at his commemorative jersey planted above the practice court.

  • The Latest: Illinois attorney general asks for federal probe

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and an online threat against the University of Chicago (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the Chicago Police Department's practices violate federal and constitutional law. Madigan said Tuesday that the "shocking death" of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by white police officer in 2014, raises serious questions about the use of lawful and excessive force. She says trust in the police department is "broken." In a letter to U.S.

  • So your tree is covered in ice, now what?

    David Morris | Updated: 4 hr ago

    We had a debate in The Oklahoman's video studio this week. If your tree is covered in ice, is it better to let it thaw, take a chainsaw to it or attack it with a hammer?  We have a bi-weekly segment with the Myriad Gardens to talk about their various events, so we requested an arborist or someone who could answer our question. Leslie Spears joined Matt Janda in studio, although she remained off camera to make fun of our poinsettia. And here's the answer.

  • Remnants of Oklahoma City's Sandtown neighborhood remain

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Sandtown was Oklahoma's Oklahoma's first black settlement, and some of its last remnants are still visible on SW 5, just east of May Avenue. When I visited the area on a recent, chilly late fall afternoon, I was struck how still the neighborhood felt, although it is only about a block south of Interstate 40. Most of the houses that remain on this block of SW 5 have been boarded up for a long time.      I have heard that the area was called Sandtown because its inhabitants were so poor their houses had sand floors. However, the name could also refer to the settlement's location on the banks of the Canadian River.  The area was first settled by

  • Updates: Daniel Holtzclaw trial - Day 16

    By Kyle Schwab | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Read updates below from the trial of Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab will be providing updates from the courtroom.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesay, December 2

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL; 6 p.m.; Butler at Cincinnati; CBSS (Cox 249) 6:15 p.m.; Penn State at Boston College; ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:15 p.m.; Wisconsin at Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:15 p.m.; Louisville at Michigan State; ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m.; Tulsa at Oklahoma State; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KXXY-FM 96.1/99.5 FM 7 p.m.; Texas Southern at Mississippi State; SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m.; Arizona State at Creighton; CBSS (Cox 249) 8:15 p.m.; Florida State at Iowa; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:15 p.m.; Indiana at Duke; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:15 p.m.; Notre Dame at Illinois; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m.; Gonzaga at Washington State; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL; 6:30

  • Ratings watch: Ice storms knocks out TV rating for Bedlam game

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    The weekend ice storm cost KOCO-5 a huge rating for ABC's Bedlam football telecast. With many homes without electricity, The Nielsen Company failed to get its minimum of 350 households reporting and did not issue Oklahoma City TV ratings for Saturday or Sunday. Thus, ratings also were not reported for the four NFL games Sunday or any of the college football games Saturday. Tulsa's KTUL-8 earned a 35.7 rating and 42 share for OU's 58-23 victory over OSU in the Bedlam game. Last year's Bedlam game managed only a 23.5 in Oklahoma City on FS1, but the 2013 game had a 45.5 on KOCO-5.  Sports events Nov. 24-30 1. Carolina at Dallas, Thursday, KWTV-9, 14.6. 2. Philadelphia at Detroit, Thursday, KOKH-25, 13.0. 3. Baylor

  • OU's résumé matches favorably with other contenders

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday night, and the drama has shifted. No longer do we wonder who will make the four-team bracket. We wonder where they will be ranked. OU and the Big Ten champion, the winner of the Michigan State-Iowa game, will get two of the four slots. Alabama and Clemson get the other two if they win their conference title games, and both are big favorites — Alabama vs. Florida in the SEC, Clemson vs. North Carolina in the ACC. To give you a better grasp on the situation, here are the résumés of all the teams with fewer than three losses, with the exception of Toledo. Included are record, conference record, record vs. top-25 teams, record vs.

  • College football: Your guide to the 2015-16 bowl season

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

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  • Lisa Leslie to be guest analyst Thursday on TNT doubleheader featuring Thunder

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Lisa Leslie, a 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Olympic Gold medal winner, will join TNT's "Inside the NBA" cast of host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith for its Thursday NBA doubleheader. Leslie will be filling in for Shaquille O'Neal. In the opener, the Oklahoma City Thunder plays at Miami at 6 p.m. (Marv Albert, Chris Webber and reporter Rachel Nichols), followed by San Antonio at Memphis at 8:30 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager). The Thunder-Heat game also will air on FSOK (Brian Davis, Michael Cage and reporter Lesley McCaslin). Short takes • ESPN's "College GameDay" will make its second appearance from Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis for

  • Kelli O'Hara came home and had them cheering

    David Morris | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Kelli O'Hara is no stranger to stages. The Tony Award-winning actress began her collegiate stage career at Oklahoma City University and graduated in 1998. Somewhere between then and now she graduated into a role model for aspiring performers worldwide. On Monday, OCU honored the Elk City native with its highest honor, an honorary doctorate. OCU produced a thoughtful ceremony, with video that included comments from her cast of "The King and I" and letters written by the likes of Julie Andrews and Harry Connick Jr.  Below is a mix of the ceremony and the backstage interview with O'Hara by The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell.

  • College students discuss mental illness, friendships and support

    Bradon Long | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Support from friends, family and significant others plays a major role in helping someone who is dealing with a mental health crisis, students say.  The students featured in Sunday's edition of the Oklahoman all find solace in one shared element--friendship. For Tyler Hall, Derek Lehman and Emily Farris, friendship, coupled with counseling, serves as a common theme of what keeps them going. While struggling with what keeps them down, there are still beacons of light that lift them up. They still function. They still perform to the best of their abilities during one of the most stressful times in a young adult's life. Having another person there with them has had a major impact on their lives. "My

  • Standoff suspect arrested after reportedly taking hostage, lighting evidence on fire

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    A felon with multiple outstanding warrants allegedly took a hostage at gunpoint and nearly burned down a north Tulsa home while trying to destroy evidence after being surrounded by police Monday night. Travis Ray Scott, 36, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of kidnapping, first-degree arson, knowingly concealing stolen property, possessing a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and three counts of possessing a firearm after former conviction of a felony in addition to two state warrants. Officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant arrived at Scott's residence in the 1600 block of North Oxford Avenue sometime before 9:30 p.m. Police found a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the driveway and also believed Scott was in possession of several other stolen items, according to an arrest report.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Reviewing Bedlam and talking College Football Playoff

    Kyle Fredrickson,Ryan Aber,Jenni Carlson | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers."  The Non-Fiction Writers is presented by Edward Jones. You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 12/01/2015: Ryan Aber, Kyle Fredrickson and Jenni Carlson take a look back at Bedlam and a look ahead at how the College Football Playoff rankings might play out.