• Parties Extra! Video---Angels Foster Family Network OKC

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Jennifer Abney and Jillian Hord talk about the Angels Foster Family Network OKC on Parties Extra! [brightcove]4269426908001[/brightcove]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Christian Kane gets animated in trailer, website for his cooking show 'Kane's Kitchen'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Actor/musician Christian Kane, who grew up in Norman, gets animated – literally – in the all-too-brief new trailer for his upcoming cooking show “Kane’s Kitchen,” due to launch this summer: Since he joined forces years ago with John Rogers and Dean Devlin, the masterminds behind the TNT series “Leverage” and “The Librarians,” Kane has played a […]

  • Working 9-to-5 becoming a less popular way to make a living

    Updated: 48 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you want an income, or you're an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement. For workers, it's become easier and less risky to go solo. Affordable health insurance plans, which kept many workers shackled to traditional jobs, are more accessible because of the Affordable Care Act. And companies are increasingly open to hiring freelancers and independent contractors. Many say independent workers bring fresh ideas without the long-term commitment. An industry dedicated to serving the companies that offer freelance and contract work and the people who fill those openings is growing. Gigs can be found at a number of websites, such as Upwork.com and Freelan

  • After record rainfall, Lawton officials cancel cloud seeding contract

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 59 min ago

    After Lawton, Oklahoma, saw its rainiest month on record, officials have canceled a contract with a Texas-based cloud seeding firm. The Lawton City Council voted last week to cancel the city’s contract with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research, or SOAR, a contractor based in Wichita Falls, Texas.

  • Ex-FIFA official admits execs took bribes related to South Africa's 2010 World Cup

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer admitted in 2013 to accepting bribes related to South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid, according to court filings released Wednesday. The Huffington Post reports Blazer, who's worked with the Department of Justice to single out other FIFA officials in connection to corruption charges, told the Eastern District New York Court that he and others on FIFA's executive committee agreed to take bribes from South Africa in relation to the country's World Cup bid. He additionally admitted to taking bribes in connection with France's 1998 World Cup bid and the broadcast rights to several Gold Cups.

  • Trio accused in shooting of Oologah officer await charges while jailed in Kansas

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    A Kansas judge ruled there is probable cause to hold three suspects in anticipation of charges following the shooting of an Oologah police officer and another man during a high-speed chase that crossed the Oklahoma-Kansas border last week. Alejandro Garcia, Cesar Rios and Roxanne Mendoza were in Montgomery County District Court in Independence, Kansas, on Monday and are due back on June 25 for a formal first appearance in which they will be advised of any charges against them. Garcia, 22, is being held on complaints of attempted capital murder in connection with shots fired at a Montgomery County deputy, as well as burglary, criminal damage to property and felony obstruction. His bail is set at $2 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Harvard gets biggest gift ever: $400M from Wall Street alum

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history — a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire and alumnus John Paulson, the university said Wednesday. The endowment from Paulson will support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which has led technology breakthroughs and is planning to expand, the university said. Paulson said it promises to become "the next major center of innovation." "Many people have thanked me today for this gift and for that I am appreciative. But for me, today is an opportunity to thank Harvard — for what Harvard has done for me, for what it has done for many others and for what it has done for our country, our society and for humanity," Paulson

  • Investigation of Rick Brinkley, rising star in Oklahoma Senate, catches colleagues by surprise

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Some state lawmakers were surprised Tuesday by news that a Tulsa-area state senator is being investigated on embezzlement allegations. Officials confirmed that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the financial dealings of Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, while he was chief operations officer of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Oklahoma. Brinkley is well-liked among his colleagues. Some viewed him as possibly the next leader of the Oklahoma Senate. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bob Childers Tribute show, featuring John Fullbright, Red Dirt Rangers, Michael Fracasso and more, to open Okemah's Woody Guthrie Folk Festival July 8

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    OKEMAH – We’re about six weeks away from WoodyFest 2015, and we know how this year’s festival is going to start. The 2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will open with a tribute to late Bob Childers, the Oklahoma singer-songwriter known as the godfather of red dirt music, at 8 p.m. July 8 at the Crystal […]

  • Tulsa man shot by security guard discusses paralysis, maintains he did nothing wrong

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Monroe Bird III was recently released from the hospital, nearly four months after he was shot in the neck by a security guard at a Tulsa apartment complex. The homecoming, while welcomed, is bittersweet for Bird’s family, which has to provide around-the-clock care for the 6-foot-8-inch 21-year-old, who is now paralyzed from the neck down. Bird lies in a custom hospital bed and is hooked up to a ventilator and monitors in the living room in his parents’ Boley home. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Pop-up shop: Vintage fashion frames and sunglasses

    Linda Miller | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A collection of rare, original, vintage eyeglass frames and sunglasses is available Thursday and Friday at R Meyers.

  • Mary's Story: Education and Longevity

    Sean Rose | Updated: 2 hr ago

    With 40 years as an educator, 101-year-old Centenarian Mary Barber has many fond memories of her hometown of Tahlequah.

  • US trade deficit drops sharply in April

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit declined sharply in April as exports posted a modest gain and imports fell, raising hopes that trade's drag on economic growth will ease in the current quarter. The April deficit tumbled 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion after surging to $50.6 billion in March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The March deficit, which was revised down from an initial estimate of $51.4 billion, was the highest since January 2012. The big surge in the deficit reduced overall economic growth by nearly 2 percentage points in the first quarter, sending gross domestic product into negative territory. In April, exports edged up 1 percent to $189.9 billion, led by a big rise in commercial airplane s

  • Should Adrian Peterson be considered a hero or a villain?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    5-in-5 -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel tackle LeBron James, Adrian Peterson, 11 a.m. start times in college football, National Doughnut Day, and the Big 12 brand in this edition of 5-in-5.

  • Feds produce $1 million in initial emergency road repair funds for Oklahoma

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Feds give $1 million boost to landslide repair projects in Oklahoma

  • Los Angeles closes in on approving $15 minimum wage

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, but a second vote is required for final approval because the tally was not unanimous. Nonetheless, Council President Herb Wesson stressed to the cheering crowd that the outcome was all but certain. He told his council colleagues before the vote that it may be the most important one of their political careers. "The winds in this country do blow from the west to the east, and cities throughout the United States will watch what we do and they will do the same," he said. "So the action that we're taking today will affect millions." The ordinance also has the endorsement of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

  • US officials warn of encrypted communications by extremists

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed concern Wednesday about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State, saying the technology was complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists. The officials, appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, said that even as thousands of Islamic State supporters around the world share communication in public view on Twitter, some are exploiting social media platforms that allow them to shield their messages from law enforcement. "There are 200-plus social media companies. Some of these companies build their business model around end-to-end encryption," said Michael Steinbach, head of the

  • Why the (underrated) Warriors will win the NBA Finals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    WE PICK'EM -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel make their picks for everything from the NBA Finals to the next Iowa State coach. And even figure out who's the best coach in college football.

  • Hero Initiative & Dark Horse Comics Unveil The HELLBOY 100

    Matthew Price | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Hero Initiative has announced "The Hellboy 100," a selection of Hellboy images that will be used to raise funds for creators in need, in collaboration with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics. More info about the project below, via news release: To create the HELLBOY 100, Dark Horse Comics printed 100+ blank covers of the landmark first issue of HELLBOY & THE BPRD: 1952, written by Mignola and John Arcudi and featuring the art of Alex Maleev with colors by Dave Stewart. The Hero Initiative then commissioned internationally renowned comic book artists to do an original drawing on each cover, including Gabriel Bá, John Cassaday, Fábio Moon, Eric Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz and

  • "Star Wars" comic reveals surprising mystery character

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The newly released Star Wars #6 comic book from Marvel contains a reveal that appears as if it will have interesting ramifications for a major character in the franchise. Spoilers ahead! The mysterious character who first appeared in "Star Wars" #4 has revealed her identity in the latest issue, written by Jason Aaron and drawn by artist John Cassaday (a former Oklahoma resident).   According to issue #6, the mysterious character is Sana Solo, Han Solo's wife, and she's tracked Han and Leia to an isolated planet. CBR reports: This reveal comes at the end of the issue, so there's still plenty of information left to be discovered, like the nature of their marriage or the current status of their relationship. Depending on how Aaron handles the rest of this reveal, this development could have ramifications on how Han and Leia's interactions in Episodes IV and "The Empire Strikes Back" are perceived.