• Votes in U.S. Senate may prevent some presidential hopefuls from attending Oklahoma City conference

    Washington Bureau |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz were scheduled to speak Friday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Votes on a critical trade bill may force cancellations.

  • Excerpts from Southern Republican Leadership Conference Speeches: Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry

    | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Quotes from Southern Republican Leadership Conference speakers former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

  • Body camera bill heads to governor

    Tulsa World barbara.hoberock @tulsaworld.com |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed a bill governing the public release of video from body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. House Bill 1037 passed by a vote of 44-2 and heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration. The final legislation was considered a compromise among the media, law enforcement and prosecutors. Senate sponsor David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, said law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma would not use body cameras unless various interests were balanced. “Body cameras are like a 24-hour reality show,” Holt said. “The public doesn't necessarily want to see everything in the media and on the Internet that a body camera

  • Cherokee County woman pleads guilty in scheme to murder Oklahoma judge over child custody case

    By Sheila Stogsdill
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Martina Cheyenne Williams, 20, of Park Hill, was one of four people charged with plotting the murder of an Oklahoma judge because of rulings he made in a child custody dispute. She pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot against Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins and was sentenced to seven years in prison

  • NBA notebook

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Gentry interviews with Pelicans Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has acknowledged that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job. Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night. He says Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week and he encourages all of his assistant coaches to “embrace any opportunity that comes their way.” Kerr says the interview process hasn't taken Gentry away from his current coaching duties.

  • Class 5A slowpitch softball championship: Valliant wins first slowpitch championship, beats Chandler

    By Justin Tinder
    For The Oklahoman |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Multiple delays and a suspended game could not stop the Valliant Bulldogs’ march to their first slowpitch softball state title with a 10-4 victory over the Chandler Lions on Thursday in the Class 5A championship game at Firelake Ballfields.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Russ earns All-NBA 2ND-team honors

    | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Russell Westbrook recently completed the best season of his career, finishing fourth place in MVP voting. But his statistically dominant year wasn't enough to earn him All-NBA First Team honors. For the fourth time in his career, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Stephen Curry and James Harden — the duo who finished 1-2 in MVP voting — were the First Team guards. Westbrook was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight seasons (2010-11, 11-12 and 12-13) before missing out on the honor last year because knee issues stripped him of nearly half the season. But he returned better than ever this season, averaging career-highs of 28.1

  • Oklahoma Rep. George Young sponsors highway dedication ceremony honoring Oklahoma's first black legislator

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma transportation crews will soon install signs in honor of Albert Comstock Hamlin on Interstate 35 between Waterloo Road and Charter Oak Road in Logan County. State Rep. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, is sponsoring a dedication ceremony for the new roadway designation at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Christ Experience, formerly Christ United Methodist Church, 1006 NE 17.

  • Will Rogers water park opening is delayed in Oklahoma City

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center in Oklahoma City was set to open at noon Saturday, but damaged water lines have delayed the opening.

  • Friends of man shot by deputy support inquiry

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    TULSA — Bringing in an outside prosecutor to investigate the Tulsa County sheriff's office will help restore the public's trust in an agency that's been hounded by criticism since a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man last month, according to those who knew the slain man. Since the April 2 shooting of Eric Harris, questions have arisen about the agency's reserve deputy program and whether some wealthier supporters of the sheriff's office have been able to win plush assignments or enjoy preferential treatment from administrators. The Oklahoma attorney general on Wednesday appointed Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to lead an

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 22, 2015

    | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 22, 2015

  • Body of missing Fort Sill soldier is recovered

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins, 32, was recovered Thursday afternoon after his vehicle was swept into Medicine Buff Creek earlier this week, according to a Fort Sill news release. Hawkins, 32, of Tampa, Fla., was apparently trying to cross a low water crossing early Sunday when his sedan was pulled into Medicine Bluff Creek.

  • Harden, Rockets run out of time

    AP Basketball Writer |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. — James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn't. Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp. Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson harassed him and Curry came over to trap Harden, who lost the ball as time expired. “It's great competition,” Warriors

  • Oklahoma road construction projects may hamper holiday travel

    | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Various road projects could delay holiday travel for many drivers this weekend.

  • Boone Pickens celebrates 87th birthday in OKC

    By Adam Wilmoth
    Energy Editor |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Oklahoma-born oilman will celebrate with a full day of traveling, speaking to presidential candidates and scouring over oil and natural gas production and demand figures.

  • Former Higgins fire chief pleads no contest to embezzlement

    By Nolan Clay
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The former chief of the Higgins Volunteer Fire Department pleaded no contest Thursday to embezzlement and was placed on probation for three years. Curtis Gregory Baker, 48, of Hartshorne, agreed to pay $3,250 in restitution.

  • Oklahoma Senate gives final legislative approval to Indian museum plan; House rejects Tulsa project

    By Rick M. Green and Randy Ellis
    Staff Writers |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    If Gov. Mary Fallin signs the bill, it will be up to Oklahoma City officials whether to participate in the proposal, House rejects Tulsa project.

  • Republican presidential hopefuls slam President Obama's Mideast policies at Oklahoma City conference

    Washington Bureau |
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Foreign policy lines got the most enthusiastic applause on the first day of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City, where Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum spoke.