• South side church prepares for final service

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    South Lee United Methodist Church prepares for its final service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 27

    Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 27, 2014

  • Oil industry group Oklahoma Energy Resources Board develops math lessons for Oklahoma middle schools

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has developed a new math curriculum for middle school students.

  • Pharmacy techs are a part of Oklahoma's prescription drug epidemic

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Pharmacy technicians divert untold quantities of hydrocodone, diazepam and other narcotics onto Oklahoma’s streets each year, though they are just one source used by casual users, addicts and dealers to feed the state’s massive appetite for prescription drugs.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City apartments in Avana Arts District will include chef's dream restaurant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    A 303-unit apartment complex at 301 N Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City was bought by Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar Real Estate Investors last year for $48.75 million.

  • Oklahoma City keeps mopping up home listings

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Low inventory and low mortgage rates keep Oklahoma City’s housing market humming.

  • Mormons say 'The Book of Mormon' musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Several local Mormons said The ‘Book of Mormon’ musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

  • Religion year in review: Faith and spirituality played a key role in some of year's big stories in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Religion played a key role in some of the biggest stories of 2014 in Oklahoma.

  • A look back at digital additions for subscribers in 2014

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The year in the digital news world here went about as planned. In 2014, our audience for NewsOK grew. That’s a record for the state’s largest news website. We had more page views and unique visitors than we’ve ever had before. That was the plan. On that site, we post a ton of stories from a […]

  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie has opened this week. On Saturday, the North's powerful National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body led by Kim, said that Obama was behind the release of "The Interview." It described the mo

  • Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner in a brazen daytime shooting a week ago. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had been criticized by the police union for his handling of protests critical of officers, briefly attended Officer Rafael Ramos' viewing at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, where Ramos was brought in a flag-draped casket and viewed in full dress uniform. "Dad, I'm forever grateful of the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jaden," Ramos' son, Justin, said during the wake, referring to his younger brother, as officers gathered in the street watche

  • Putnam City West graduate talks about learning from failure

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Putnam City West graduate, Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu spoke at Francis Tuttle Technology Center on a visit to his home state.

  • Twenty miles of underground pipe delivers heat, air conditioning in downtown Edmond

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Pipe running underground is part of the heating and cooling system for Edmond’s new public safety center. The geothermal system in the central Oklahoma city is cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

  • Enid police seek public's help to identify robber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Enid police are asking for the public’s help to identify a person accused of robbing a convenience store on Christmas.

  • La. Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Louisiana Tech's Houston Bates had a career day against his former team — his 4 1/2 sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had in three seasons at Illinois. Bates, who graduated and transferred to finish his eligibility closer to home was chosen MVP of the game after the Bulldogs beat the Illini 35-18 on Friday. "It wasn't Houston Bates vs. Illinois. It was Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois," Bates said. Kenneth Dixon scored one of his two touchdowns on an 80-yard reception and Xavier Woods scored on a 69-yard interception. The Bulldogs (9-5) also got touchdown runs of 16 yards from Jarred Craft and 28 yards from Blake Martin on a dark, overcast day at the Cotton Bowl stadium.

  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama City hospital. His wife, Joyce, said he had been in declining health in recent years. The couple lived in Panama City. DeFranco, who began his professional career as a teenager in the late 1930s, made both concert and recording appearances with many of the top singers and musicians of his era, including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

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    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

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  • Former SC Gov. James Edwards dies at age 87

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died. He was 87. His son-in-law Ken Wingate confirmed that Edwards died Friday. Edwards, an oral surgeon, helped build the modern Republican Party in South Carolina, serving as Charleston County party chairman and supporting Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in the 1960s. He later won a seat in the state Senate and then, in 1974, was elected governor. Edwards was limited to one term under state law at the time. After leaving the governor's mansion, he headed to Washington as President Ronald Reagan's energy secretary.

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. Bush has been a director since 2007. The move comes as Bush explores a presidential run and unwinds some of his business commitments. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender will leave his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays by Dec. 31. Bush's ties to Tenet, as well as other financial firms, could complicate a potential campaign.

  • Jack carries Nets past Celtics, 109-107

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Only later could Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins crack a smile. "I was holding my breath," he said. And with good reason. The Nets escaped with a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in a game that ended with Jared Sullinger's shot at the buzzer rimming out. The miss came after Jarrett Jack nailed a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 28 seconds to play and finished with 27 points. Boston had sliced it to 108-107 on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Brooklyn's Joe Johnson then went the line and sank the second of two free throws with 1.5 to go. Without a timeout, Boston's Gerald Wallace, who had just entered the game for the first time, made a terrific pass to Sullin