• Records

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    MARRIAGES Stefanie Lynn Leehan and Joseph David Harrell Nechelle Frances Stevens and Nicholas Clark Zoller Alena A. Miroshnichenko and Michael Wade Lawler Kyndal Ann Hawkins and Cogan Mac Higgins Britney Nicole Gadsden and Tre Darrell Williams Adrill Joy Hayes and Patrick C.

  • #MyOklahoma

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    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 53,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Second fatal officer-involved shooting since Saturday reported in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A man was shot and killed by a police officer in southwest Oklahoma City Monday. It was the second fatal officer-involved shooting since Saturday in south Oklahoma City.

  • Alex woman dies in crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ALEX — An Alex woman died and a teenager was injured Monday in a single-vehicle wreck in Grady County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. About 7:40 a.m., Catrina Bertelson, 35, was driving north on a county road about 6 miles south of Alex. The vehicle hit a bad spot in the road and overturned, troopers said. A 15-year-old passenger, also from Alex, was flown to a hospital.

  • Body of boy, 5, who drowned was recovered from Cimarron River Sunday night, authorities report

    BY MATT DINGER Staff Writermdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    A 5-year-old boy who drowned in the Cimarron River was recovered Sunday night, according to TV reports. The boy went missing on July 4 near U.S. 81, authorities report.

  • Top quake scientist in state to leave post

    By Paul Monies Business Writerpmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Oklahoma state seismologist has confirmed plans to leave the job for a position with the United States Geological Survey in New Mexico. Austin Holland said he accepted a tentative offer with the USGS as a supervisory geophysicist at the Albuquerque Seismic Lab. He said the main reason for the move was to change his family dynamics. “I have averaged about 80 hours each week for the 5 1/2 years I’ve been here,” Holland said Monday in an emailed statement. “I want to change my work-life balance, and this opportunity is a good way to do that.” Since Holland came to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the state has seen a rapid increase in earthquakes, some of which have been linked to disposal wells used for

  • Oklahoma Briefs

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SandRidge declares dividend Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. has declared a $4.25 per share semi-annual dividend on its shares of 8.5 percent Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock that will be paid in shares of company common stock on Aug. 15 to holders of record on Aug. 1. For the purpose of the dividend payment, one share of common stock will be valued at 95 percent of the average of the per-share volume-weighted average prices for the 15 consecutive trading day period ending July 29. The company has 2,650,000 shares of 8.5 percent Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding. i2E leads $1.8M investment in firm i2E Inc. recently led a $1.825 million investment in Oklahoma

  • Q&A with Blaine M. Peterson

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    Some firms' health reimbursement arrangements now face penalties  Q: As of July 1, the Internal Revenue Service will impose penalties on small businesses who maintain “stand-alone” Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for their employees. What is a stand-alone HRA and why is it subject to the penalty? A: As an alternative to providing an employer-sponsored group health plan, many small businesses have used Health Reimbursement Arrangements (also referred to as Health Reimbursement Accounts) to reimburse employees for the costs of maintaining an individual health insurance policy. These are referred to as “stand-alone” HRAs because they aren’t connected to a group health plan sponsored by the

  • 2 Texas men sought in Del City slaying

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER and KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writers | Updated: 4 hr ago

    DEL CITY — Police are looking for two Texas men they think were involved in a fatal shooting outside a local strip club.  Jose Daniel Katz, 24, and Angel Luis Lopez, 31, are wanted on a murder complaints related to convicted robber found shot to death Saturday, authorities said. Christopher Rhodes, 24, was found dead about 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Fantasy Island, 3220 Tinker Diagonal. Del City police Maj. Jody Suit said Rhodes suffered multiple gunshot wounds. According to court documents, police were approached at the scene by a man named Marcus Smith, who told them he had received a call from Lopez that evening. Smith said Lopez asked Smith to pick him up.

  • Deaths

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    ADA Lyon, Anita Ruth, 74, Chickasaw Nation Childcare teacher's assistant, died July 4. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sasakwa High School Auditorium, Sasakwa (Criswell, Ada). Tate, Billy Herbert "Popeye," 89, Navy veteran, oil-field pumper, died July 3. Private services (Swearingen, Seminole). ALEX Armstrong, Cleo Katherine, 99, died July 6. Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Alex United Methodist Church (Sevier Chickasha, Chickasha). ANADARKO Ahkeahbo, Cecil Lee Chaino, 52, caregiver, died July 5. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Smith, Anadarko). ATOKA Murray, Lonnie William, 65, truck driver, died July 5. No services (Atoka, Atoka).

  • At farmers markets, choice to accept funds was a SNAP

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Toscamala Ferris stood near a table covered in plump, fresh blackberries. She paid the seller with a handful of wooden tokens and carried the container of berries as she continued to shop at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market.  The wooden tokens in Ferris' hand each represent $1 of money from her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program account, sometimes referred to as "food stamps."  Although many residents use the program to buy food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a growing number have started using SNAP to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

  • More rain, flooding possible across state

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahomans might want to keep their umbrellas and rain boots handy and brace for the possibility of more flooding in some parts of the state. A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday night for much of Oklahoma, and part of central Oklahoma could have rainfall totals of four to six inches Monday afternoon through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported. Additional rainfall could cause problems because the soil is saturated and reservoirs, streams and rivers are full from rainfall during the past few months. U.S. 281 south of Waynoka and State Highway 14 north of the Woods County city were closed Monday night for about 90 minutes due to torrential rainfall. Several streets of downtown Waynoka

  • State Briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

     Statewide Three recovery centers to close Three disaster recovery centers set up to help people affected by the storms of May 5 through June 4 are scheduled to close this week, and two mobile centers have re-opened. The center in Grady County will close at 7 p.m. Friday. The center is at Bridge Creek Elementary, 2209 E Sooner Road in Blanchard, and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The center in Cleveland County will close at 7 p.m. Saturday. It is at Noble High School, 4601 E Etowah Road, and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center in Pittsburg County will close at 7 p.m. Saturday. It is located at the Pittsburgh County Firefighters Association and Training Center, 1505

  • Trout Fishing in America to headline free music festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writernpoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    School will be in session but that doesn’t mean children can’t still have fun. The Grammy-nominated Arkansas folk duo Trout Fishing in America will headline the third rendition of Wiggle Out Loud, Oklahoma City’s only free, outdoor music festival.  This year’s festival will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive. Sugar Free Allstars frontman and Wiggle Out Loud founder Chris Wiser helped attract 7,000 people to the festival last year. “Our goal is to help continue building on the diversity of entertainment options for families in downtown Oklahoma City, and get people dancing and moving in a way that only music can,” Wiser said in a news release.

  • Capitol's Memorial Plaza engraves OK legislator, wife's legacy

    By Amy Dillon For The Oklahoman | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Kingfisher Rep. Mike Sanders and his wife, Nellie, are supporters of Friends of the Capitol who recently had their names engraved at the Memorial Plaza at the state Capitol. The couple are donors to the tax-exempt organization, which provides private funds to maintain and improve the beauty of the Capitol building and its works of art. The Memorial Plaza allows every Oklahoman to have their own personal place at the Capitol and memorialize their contributions to Oklahoma. The Sanderses have included their personalized biography and photograph at the Capitol. They met in Washington while Mike was working for President George W. Bush's administration. It was during this time that Nellie shared her family story of her

  • State Supreme Court decision seen as a win for quake victims

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL Tulsa World | Updated: 5 hr ago

    An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on a case stemming from the 2011 Prague earthquake is important not so much for what the justices concluded as what they didn't, observers say. In essence, the court said claims alleging damages from high-pressure disposal wells — and, by extension, other oil- and gas-related activity — must be decided by the court system, not the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Letting the Corporation Commission rule on such cases, some believe, would essentially give oil and gas companies a home-field advantage in a process that already figures to be an uphill climb for the plaintiffs. Instead, the June 30 ruling — which reversed a lower-court decision — permits a pair of lawsuits to go

  • Anniversaries

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoman will publish free anniversary announcements for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. To contribute information: Send an email to kburk@oklahoman.com with “Anniversary” in the subject line. Send mail to The Oklahoman, Attn.: Kimberly Burk, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. To contribute a photo, email a JPEG image or mail a good-quality photo — no larger than 5 by 7 inches and no smaller than 2 by 3 inches — with your anniversary information two weeks before the anniversary.

  • Woman in Stillwater checks last item off her bucket list

    By Christy Gandara For The Oklahoman | Updated: 5 hr ago

    STILLWATER — An 83-year-old Stillwater woman has checked the last item off her bucket list, with the help of Oklahoma State University’s Outdoor Adventure.  Nancy Luce, a resident of Primrose Retirement Community, ziplined June 30 at OSU’s Camp Redlands. Other items completed on her bucket list include tandem skydiving and riding a motorcycle. “I’ve got a really good blessing as far as my health is concerned, so I might as well do what I can do,” Luce said. The OSU Outdoor Adventure staff was in charge of the event. Nathan Diekelman, coordinator, was there to guide Luce through the process. “We’re just here to support the community,” Diekelman said.

  • At least 10 die in crashes over holiday weekend, officials say

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Ten people died as a result of traffic crashes in Oklahoma during the 2015 Independence Day holiday period, the Oklahoma highway safety office reported Monday. The period counted was from 6 p.m. Thursday through 5:59 a.m. Monday. The fatalities included four drivers, two motorcyclists, one motorcycle passenger and three pedestrians, officials reported. It is too early to determine what role alcohol or drugs played in crashes during the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period, according to a news release from the Oklahoma highway safety office.

  • NASA spacecraft to study Pluto’s moons

    BY WAYNE HARRIS-WYRICK For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Astronomy news of interest to Oklahomans.