• Popular Esther Women series in Oklahoma City begins new season Wednesday

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Esther Women is a nondenominational Christian program in Oklahoma City, tailored for women of faith and led by former Miss America and TV news anchor Jane Jayroe.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Aug.29

    Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Aug.29, 2015

  • Oklahoma City ministry changes lives one bicycle at a time

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Larry Batten, coordinator of Chain Reaction Ministries at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, said the outreach is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for repaired bicycles.

  • Prayer power: Faith-themed film 'War Room' focuses on prayer as a powerful weapon

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    "War Room" chronicles the story of Elizabeth and Tony Jordan, a fictional couple who seemingly have a wonderful life with their daughter Danielle. The couple experience a crisis that brings the film's plot to a head — and sends Elizabeth to the "war room."

  • Passion fuels top teacher

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Updated: 13 hr ago

    SHAWN Sheehan does more than teach math to his special education students at Norman High School. He also tries to instill some life lessons. “For a lot of my children of color, they tend to think that they can either be entertainers or athletes and those are the only two options,” Sheehan said. “I'm glad to stand in front of them and say, ‘Guys that's not the only option, there's so many more professions and if you want to have a real impact on people's lives, become a teacher.' ” Sheehan, 29, was named 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Tuesday at State Fair Park. The award traditionally is announced during the Oklahoma State Fair in September but was moved up due to construction. Sheehan

  • Impossible things that might occur

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    “One can't believe impossible things,” Alice objected. “I daresay you haven't had much practice,” the Red Queen replied. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” You may be reading this sometime after breakfast, and six is a pretty large number of impossible things. But looking at developments in the 2016 campaign, I can see two impossible things — impossible in the sense that almost every pundit (including me) ruled them out — that might happen in the weeks and months ahead. The first impossible thing is that Hillary Clinton might stop being the undisputed front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

  • Oklahoma health officials report second West Nile death of 2015

    BY K.S. McNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The Stephens County Health Department confirmed Friday a county resident died of the West Nile virus, the second Oklahoman to die of the virus this summer.

  • Nation world briefs

    By SAM HANANEL Associated Press | Updated: 13 hr ago

    UNITED STATES D.C. | WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled in favor Friday of continuing the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that it likely violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The ruling means the government can continue collecting the data, although the program is set to expire at the end of November. KENTUCKY | FRANKFORT — Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Michael W. Smith talks Oklahoma City, hymns and God's sovereignty

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith discussed his visits to Oklahoma City and his music in a brief interview before taking the stage recently at the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Videos, photo exhibit at Oklahoma City library share stories of homeless

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A photography exhibit and the newest Share Your Story video, which describes the impact of libraries on the homeless community, will be on view starting Monday at the Downtown Library in Oklahoma City.

  • Norman adopt a pet

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Black Diamond is an adoptable kitty at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman.

  • Oklahoma City-area Adopt a Pet

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options.

  • Fishing lures anglers to Lake Thunderbird in Norman

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A couple are shown getting ready to fish at Lake Thunderbird in Norman.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • Bicycle event will streak through Edmond Sept. 13

    By Scott Amundson For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bicycle Society will hold its 41st annual OBS Streak on Sept. 13 in Edmond.

  • Choctaw marks 25 years of Oktoberfest

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Beginning Friday, polka music, smoked bratwurst and pork chops and plenty of German beer will be among the offerings as Choctaw celebrates 25 years of Oktoberfest.

  • Court documents hint rival bidder seeks ownership of downtown OKC's First National Center

    BY BRIANNA BAILEYAND STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writers bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Court documents filed this week in a case concerning ownership of the financially troubled First National Center say there may be a second bidder for the property.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in Public Service Co. of Oklahoma case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is seeking approval to charge customers a one-time fee of $183 and $28 per month to opt-out of using its smart meters. After that, the utility's one-time fee for opting out would rise to $261.

  • Weak crude prices starting to give local builders jitters

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A decent rebound in crude oil prices this week didn't cast off the pall gathering at the edges of metro-area housing. Builders and others in the business are watching the price for West Texas Intermediate crude as closely as they watch the cost of labor, lumber and drywall. The benchmark oil price hit the mid-$40s per barrel Friday after starting the week in the upper $30s. Weak oil came up in conversation Tuesday night at the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association membership meeting at Will Rogers Theatre. One loan specialist privately expressed worry that a wave of short sales by laid-off energy company employees would rock the market and drive average prices down.

  • About space

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    OSU will host GardenFest STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University will present the 14th Annual GardenFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Botanic Garden at OSU, west of Stillwater on State Highway 51. The event will include gardening education, live music, demonstrations and vendors. Specialists will share their expertise on cooking, backyard chickens, beekeeping, soil structures, vermiculture and rose alternatives. Also on the agenda is the Mesonet Training Center dedication, children's activities, food trucks and live music. The address of the site is 3300 W Sixth Ave. Events are free but donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.botanicgarden.okstate.edu.