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  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Reed Case, Baker Mayfield and the College Football Playoff

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 14 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops participated in a Big 12 football coaches’ media teleconference Tuesday morning, addressing several issues, not the least of which was the loss of Reed Case, who had been with the program since 2011 and was the team’s first director of player personnel.

  • Senators reject bill to lessen marijuana penalties

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Senators have refused to reduce Louisiana's criminal penalties for marijuana possession, siding with the state's district attorneys and sheriffs who opposed the proposal. A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 against the bill, likely killing it for the session. Sens. J.P. Morrell and Robert Adley sought to make simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor no matter how many times a person is convicted of the crime. Current law toughens penalties for second and later offenses, carrying felony sentences and possibly several years in jail. Supporters say the bill would put Louisiana's marijuana laws in line with most other states, including Mississippi and Texas.

  • Oklahoma City restaurant evacuated after gas leak

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    ONG has cut off a gas leak at 5860 N Classen Blvd that caused Upper Crust restaurant to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon

  • Because Stone Cold said so! WWE's Steve Austin is all for marriage equality

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    WWE personality Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t pull any punches when he spoke recently about his thoughts on marriage equality. In a very NSFW (’cause of language) section of a podcast, Stone Cold basically said: Any human being in America … who wants to be married … more power to them.

  • Felines, friends impress at cat show in Oklahoma City

    By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    People travel from across the county to show off their cats at the Oklahoma City’s Cat Club Show.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes bill to cut income taxes

    Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A House-backed plan to cut both the state’s individual and corporate income tax rates has passed the Oklahoma Senate, although a final agreement on a tax cut has yet to be reached. The bill that passed Tuesday in the Senate on a 29-19 vote would reduce the state’s top individual income from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue growth triggers are met. The measure also includes a separate trigger to drop the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent. The earliest that either cut could take effect is tax year 2015. A separate Senate tax cut bill is pending in the House. The governor and legislative leaders are expected to negotiate a final version of a proposed

  • Go ahead and laugh: Charles Barkley's golf swing

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Now that’s some funny stuff. I don’t know much about golf, but I know he’s doing something wrong. Or, the club is too short for him. Slow news day? Nah. I just got done reading a bunch of crime stories and needed a pick-me-up.

  • Edmond teacher of the year sees career as mission

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Edmond School District’s Teacher of the Year, Elanna Killackey, fought hard for her own education, rising at 4:30 a.m. to travel to a private school.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Loss came down to backup point guards

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Grizzlies beat the Thunder 111-105 in overtime Monday night. What could have become one of the great Thunder victories ever instead was a discouraging defeat. Now the Thunder has to go to Memphis and win at least once. If you don’t want to feel even worse this fine spring morning, quit reading right here.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts starts today! Here is today's performance schedule

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The 48th Annual Festival of the Arts kicks off today in downtown Oklahoma City. The celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts takes place in the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Gardens. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday, according to National Weather Service, Norman

    Bryan Painter | Updated: 17 hr ago

  • Bill Simmons: If Scott Brooks loses Round 1, he’s out of OKC

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    ESPN’s Bill Simmons was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday morning, saying that more than a couple coaches could be on the chopping block if their teams lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

  • Stigler schools on lockdown after jail inmate escapes

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, TULSA WORLD | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    STIGLER – Stigler Public Schools are on lockdown Tuesday morning after a man escaped from the Haskell County Jail, the school superintendent’s office confirmed. Edward Branch, 36, escaped from the jail around 1 a.m. Tuesday, jail officials said. The Stigler Public Schools system has about 1,300 students, the superintendent’s office said.

  • KD and Me: Tell us about your encounters with Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Do you have a story about an interaction or running into Kevin Durant in public?

  • Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is a "great victory" for voters and the state. Jennifer Gratz says the ruling Tuesday is good news for university applicants who will know they're being accepted or rejected based on merit. But a lawyer who challenged the voter-approved affirmative action ban says taking away the rights of minorities is a "shocking decision." George Washington says the Supreme Court is undoing rights gained by blacks and Latinos decades ago.

  • House Republicans are more active on Twitter than Democrats

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Are Democrats more active than Republicans, or vice versa? Who has the most followers on the Hill? I recently scraped together summary Twitter data — follower count, following count and number of tweets — for every member of Congress. Some of the more interesting findings are below. Keep in mind that simple counts are a blunt instrument for measuring activity on Twitter, and moreover that follower counts in particular should be treated with a certain amount of skepticism. A 2012 study found that nearly 40 percent of congressional Twitter-account followers were either inactive or from bots.

  • Michigan affirmative action ban upheld by Supreme Court

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences at Michigan's state-run universities in a decision that may spur similar initiatives elsewhere. The justices, voting 6-2, said Tuesday that racial preferences were a legitimate subject to be put before the state's voters. A federal appeals court had said Michigan unconstitutionally stripped racial minorities of their rights. "Democracy does not presume that some subjects are either too divisive or too profound for public debate," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court's lead opinion. The ruling has both symbolic and substantive significance.

  • Car of missing teen found in Edmond

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Anne Josette Hill was last seen April 10 in the north Oklahoma City/Edmond area.

  • Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber is seeking a delay in his trial currently scheduled to begin next month on Florida charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. The 20-year-old pop singer's lawyers filed a motion Monday saying they need more time to prepare their case. Bieber's trial is set for May 5 in Miami. The motion says prosecutors do not oppose a delay. A scheduling hearing is set for Wednesday. Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street drag race. He wasn't charged with drag racing. Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and

  • Oklahoma sheriffs upset about loss of prisoners

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sheriffs from across the state are gathering at the state Capitol to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system. Many of the sheriffs who packed the Senate gallery on Tuesday count on the $27 daily per-prisoner reimbursement from the state to help fund jail operations, like medical and food contracts. But the state’s new prison director, Robert Patton, is looking for ways to tighten the budget and believes clearing the backlog of inmates in county jails will help. Patton also is shifting more inmates into vacant beds at state work centers or privately operated halfway houses.