• At a glance: Oklahoma City metro area cool zones

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., Oklahoma City Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen, 300 SW 4, Oklahoma City Wright Library, 2101 Exchange Ave., Oklahoma City Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave., Oklahoma City Jeltz Senior Center, 1225 N Kate Ave., Oklahoma City Salvation Army Warr Acres Senior Center, 4301 N Ann Arbor Ave., Warr Acres North Side Branch YMCA, 10000 N Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23, Oklahoma City Spencer Nutrition Center, 8306 NE 36, Oklahoma City McGuire Nutrition Center, 1316 NE 12, Oklahoma City LMT Nutrition Center, 2001 M.L. King Ave.,

  • Gene Autry museum closes amid controversy over management

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    GENE AUTRY — In the heart of this tiny, southern Oklahoma town, a museum honoring the famous singing cowboy for whom it is named, closed without explanation in May. Now, folks in this Carter County town are raising questions about the management of the once-bustling attraction. When it closed, the museum’s liability insurance had lapsed, some memorabilia had been reported stolen and the longtime museum director, Elvin Sweeten, appeared to be preparing to clear out and sell what items were left, Mayor Kyle Lawson said.

  • Moving in deep waters of faith

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — As boats sped by and children floated around them, almost a dozen people waded into the waters of Lake Thunderbird on a recent sweltering Sunday evening. Cliff Woodring and his son, Kaden, 9, broke away from the crowd and walked slowly toward the Rev. Dave Evans. The father gently immersed the boy into the lake. Just like that, young Kaden moved into deep waters — the deep waters of faith. Dave Evans, senior pastor of Highland Baptist Church, led the Woodrings and the rest of his Moore congregation in an old-fashioned outdoor water baptism. Evans said his church has been doing outdoor baptisms at their annual picnic at the lake for the past several years as a public witness for Jesus Christ.

  • Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits. The city ticketed the club’s owner, Roger F. Fowler Jr., twice after an undercover code inspector reported observing “adult entertainment activity being performed at the location” in April. The city also ticketed the club’s landlord twice. Amanda’s Place has operated as a strip club for years at 3304 SW 29, just west of Interstate 44, even though it is near neighborhoods and a city park, records show.

  • Fallin presides over deal for water-starved residents near Lexington

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    LEXINGTON — Gov. Mary Fallin has brokered a first-of-its-kind deal to bring clean water to about 90 Lexington-area homes. Under the proposal, water below state Corrections Department land near the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center will be provided to homes with contaminated water wells. Alex Weintz, the governor’s spokesman, said Fallin arranged a meeting with General Counsel Steve Mullins, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Corrections Department and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1 to discuss the ongoing issues with access to clean drinking water for residents near Lexington. “The meeting was constructive and

  • Lawsuit against Moore church settled for $260K

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — A lawsuit blaming a Moore church for alleged sexual misconduct by a teacher there has been settled for $260,000. The former Moore Christian Schools teacher, Gregory Alan Saul Sr., is accused in a 2012 rape case of having a sexual relationship with a student that began when she was 13 and he was 64. He faces 18 felony counts in Cleveland County District Court. Police reported some of the sexual misconduct took place at the schools in 2011 during school hours. Police reported Saul gave the girl a promise ring at one point and “asked if she would marry him and move to Mexico with him since her age was legal in part of that country.

  • Medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Free grief support groups set If you have experienced the death of a loved one, grief is the normal and the natural response to loss. Integris Hospice provides ongoing grief support. Conducted by Shari Ostroff, a family studies and gerontology expert, the free six-week programs provide a step-by-step approach for those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond their grief toward a richer quality of life. One six-week program runs from July 21 to Aug. 25, meeting Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Integris Cancer Institute conference rooms near the southwest entrance at 5911 W Memorial Road. The other six-week program runs July 21 to Aug. 25 on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Moore Public Library, Room

  • Ethics Commission to crack down on late campaign filers

    By CURTIS KILLMAN Tulsa World curtis.killman@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The free ride for state campaign finance scofflaws is over. After going two years without enforcing campaign finance paperwork deadlines, the state Ethics Commission has approved a series of new and increased fees designed to help the agency go after late filers. The new fees, coupled with a boost in state funding, should provide enough revenue to permit the agency to hire two new staff members dedicated to compliance, Ethics Commission Executive Director Lee Slater said. The new staff will assist with the collection of late filing fees assessed to candidate committees, political action committees and other entities charged with disclosing campaign finance activities.

  • Texas funeral home gives caskets for poor veterans

    BY JULIE GARCIA Corpus Christi Caller-Times | Updated: 16 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sabrina Thompson’s uncle, a Vietnam War veteran named Benjamin Harold Fitts, died May 6. She remembers him taking care of her when she was a girl and called herself “the closest thing he had to a child.” When faced with his funeral and burial, Thompson felt like she had nowhere to turn. “My uncle didn’t have insurance; the county was going to bury him in a box,” Thompson said. “We didn’t want that, but we couldn’t come up with the money.” The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported a local commercial advertising free caskets for U.S. veterans helped Thompson overcome the unexpected plight. “I saw the commercial from Trevino Funeral Home and how they respect our

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    APPOINTMENT New district judge takes bench Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Leah Jo Edwards as the district judge for Garvin and McClain counties. Edwards, of Lindsay, succeeds Judge Greg Dixon, who resigned. Edwards has served as the first assistant district attorney in Grady County since 2013. She previously served as a Grady County assistant district attorney. “Leah Edwards will serve residents of Garvin and McClain counties well,” Fallin said. “She is a proven and effective litigator in both public and private matters. She has a wealth of courtroom experience that she brings with her, which will serve her well in her new role.

  • Tuning in

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. Omaha at OKC KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KRXO-FM 107.7 6:30 p.m. All-Star Selection Show ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m. S. Francisco at Washington ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 6 p.m. NASCAR KFOR-4 (Cox  4) GOLF 6:30 a.m. Open de France GOLF (Cox 60) Noon Greenbrier Classic GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m. Greenbrier Classic KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m. Nova Scotia Open GOLF (Cox 60) NBA SUMMER LEAGUE Noon L.A. Clippers vs. Detroit NBATV (Cox 256) 2 p.m.

  • NBA Notebook

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Lakers close to making trade for Pacers center Roy Hibbert The Lakers are finalizing details to acquire Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a middle-tier option after the team struck out on a slew of big-name free agents this week. Hibbert gives them a post player with legitimate NBA experience but he is coming off a poor season. The Lakers will give up at least one future second-round pick and perhaps some players no longer on their roster who are playing overseas. They might also include cash to Indiana in the deal. Hibbert, 28, is a good shot blocker but erratic scorer and below-average rebounder.

  • Jankovic upsets defending champion in fourth round

    By the Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LONDON — About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy. “I cannot stop smiling. ... I was very brave at the end. You know, here I am,” she said through a giggle. “Unbelievable.” Jankovic kept using that word — “unbelievable” — as if trying to convince herself it were true that, despite never having much success on grass courts, she had put together a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory Saturday over the No. 2-seeded Kvitova, who claimed the 2011 and 2014 titles at the All England Club. “I was a little bit better at the end,” the 28th-seeded Jankovic said. “I was a little

  • Semaj Christon hits game-winner, lifts Thunder over Charlotte in Orlando Pro Summer League play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Semaj Christon scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup with 20.4 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to a 76-74 win over Charlotte on the opening day of the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday. Christon, a member of the Oklahoma City Blue last season whose draft rights are owned by the Thunder, finished with 14 points and a game-high 10 assists. Mitch McGary added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Dakari Johnson, who was selected 48th overall by the Thunder in this year’s draft, scored seven points with 11 rebounds. Charlotte got 19 points and a team-high 12 rebounds from rookie forward Frank Kaminsky, the National Player of the Year from Wisconsin who the Hornets selected ninth

  • San Antonio wins LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LaMarcus Aldridge got the answers he needed from the San Antonio Spurs. And the Spurs apparently got the answer they wanted. Ending a frantic few days of courtship — and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title — Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts. "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!" Aldridge, a Dallas native, posted to his verified Twitter account. "I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.

  • Eisenhower’s Bussey is heart of rebuild

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LAWTON — It was late in the spring of 2014 that Dan Edelman first saw Rico Bussey and quickly realized his value to Lawton Eisenhower. Edelman was just named the Eagles’ coach and was charged with rebuilding the program that had gone 10-21 with one playoff appearance the previous three years. Bussey immediately stood out with his talent and leadership. “When I saw Rico, naturally, he was long and definitely had the speed factor that went with it and then could catch the ball anywhere around him,” Edelman said. “That fit every category I needed to have and knew that he would be in that receiver play.

  • Energy FC looks to snap skid in Los Angeles

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Energy hasn’t won on the road in United Soccer League play since April 4 (0-3-2) against Colorado Springs. They take on L.A. Galaxy II at 7 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., hoping to change that.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Monday with No. 21 on the list. Here are the players we’ve written about so far:   30. Darran Williams, RB, Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 165 29. Dreyvon Christon, DB, Putnam City, 5-11, 185 28. Drew Dan, WR, Checotah, 6-2, 180 27. Tiller Bucktrot, OL, Stroud, 6-6, 350 26. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-1, 220 25. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 24. Alex Criddle, OL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 22.

  • Wimbledon Roundup

    AP | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Murray wants shorter timeouts Andy Murray wants to see injury timeouts shortened after his Wimbledon opponent took a lengthy break that the Briton said affected his play. Murray lost six straight games after Andreas Seppi took a timeout to get treatment on his right leg. Murray said he cooled down during that break and his shoulder then started hurting when he was serving. “It was like a 10-15 minute break. I obviously feel like that’s too long,” Murray said. “Obviously when you do take a break, it does stiffen up. And my serve was pretty bad after that happened.” Murray recovered to win 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.

  • OU football: Sooners making a strong recruiting push in the Sooner State

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler.