• KFOR: Confession leads to arrest of Oklahoma pastor accused of sex crimes against children

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY,Okla. — A shocking confession led to the arrest of a Quail Springs Baptist Church pastor accused of sex crimes against children at his former church. Brian Burchfield was arraigned in Pottawatomie county Thursday morning, accused of sending inappropriate text messages to teenage boys. We tried to get answers from Burchfield himself. He was not at his Edmond home, but neighbors we talked to say they were surprised by his confession.

  • South African police says American woman killed in Cape Town

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 39-year-old American woman was killed in a hotel room in Cape Town this week and a murder suspect of Guatemalan origin has been arrested, South African police said Friday. South African police spokeswoman Noloyiso Rwexana said the body of the woman was found at a hotel in Camps Bay, a popular tourist destination in Cape Town. She said the suspect is 41 years old and faces murder charges. The U.S. Embassy in South Africa said the killing occurred on Wednesday. It declined to provide further details about the case.

  • Rain chances slight in central Oklahoma, but Friday a bit cooler

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    There is a 20 percent chance for rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The temperature will be cooler than in recent days.

  • Lausanne awarded 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Swiss city of Lausanne has been awarded the Winter Youth Olympics for 2020, beating Brasov, Romania, in a vote by International Olympic Committee members. Lillehammer, Norway, will host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2016. The Winter Youth Olympics, featuring seven sports from the Winter Games, is for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18.

  • MLB notebook

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Jays swing deal for Price, Tigers also trade Soria Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. “These types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become available,” Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We think we’re a good team and adding a guy like Price we think makes us that much stronger and will give us a chance to win. It’s

  • Redbirds shutout OKC Dodgers

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Memphis, Tenn. – Three Memphis Redbirds combined on a five-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday night at AutoZone Park. Memphis (57-49) scored all nine of their runs with the bases loaded and two outs across two big innings. Starting pitcher Nick Greenwood (10-3) tossed seven scoreless innings and became the Pacific Coast League’s second 10-game winner this season. He combined with relievers Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt for the shutout. Oklahoma City (62-42) was shutout for the fifth time this season while being held to five hits, all singles. The Dodgers have now lost four straight games for the second time during the current road trip and nine of their last 11 games. OKC pitcher

  • OU picks up safety commit

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee. The Sooners currently have four players from Louisiana on their roster--offensive lineman Cody Ford, defensive tackle Courtney Garnett, linebacker Arthur McGinnis and offensive tackle Joseph Paul. Sylvie is the second defensive back in the class for OU, joining former Lawton High and current NEO standout Maurice Chandler, a


    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Recent fires at the long-closed Page Woodson school east of downtown did not cause significant damage and the developer, Ron Bradshaw, is moving forward with a $25 million redevelopment into housing. The school, at NE 6 and Stonewall, closed in 1993 and was bought by Bradshaw for $950,000 last year at an auction by Oklahoma City Public Schools. Fencing is going up this week, and preconstruction will be starting this next month, Bradshaw said. The Oklahoma City Fire Department put out two fires earlier this month at the school, both of which were deemed suspicious and possibly intentionally set. “There is very little damage,” Bradshaw said, adding squatters and trespassers often have broken into the three-story


    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Homebuyers in the Oklahoma City area had nearly 1,000 fewer houses to pick from at midyear, as the average inventory continued to decline and a seller's market persisted. June ended with 6,606 homes for sale, a decrease of 12.3 percent compared with June 2014. The long-term supply at the end of the first half of the year stood at 3.77 months, according to the Metro Association of Realtors. In other words, if no more houses were listed, at the current average of 1,751 closed sales per month, it would take 3.77 months — 113 days — for the market to absorb the inventory. The estimate includes only houses sold through Realtors, new or old. Come Nov.

  • Some state agencies to aid in voter registration, Fallin says

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau  rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    The state of Oklahoma has agreed to comply with federal requirements to offer voter registration services through state agencies that offer public assistance programs. Under the federal National Voter Registration Act, the Department of Human Services, the state Health Department and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority are required to ask their clients whether they want to register to vote, offer them voter registration materials and help them complete registration forms. Voter advocacy groups, including the League of Women Voters, asserted in a letter last summer that the agencies were not providing these services.

  • Judge orders Paycom to stop using its logo

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Paycom Software Inc. must change its green corporate logo after losing a court battle with a Chicago company that uses a similar design with interlocking shapes. The company will change its logo to a new, swirling green motif after losing a federal trademark infringement lawsuit, Oklahoma City-based Paycom said Thursday in response to The Okla- homan’s questions about the litigation.  “We are refining the Paycom brand by giving our logo a fresh, new look,” Paycom said in a statement. “The new logo aligns with our ever-expanding, streamlined software solution.”  NFP Corp., an advisory and brokerage services company based in Chicago, sued Paycom in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of

  • Applications for U.S. jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON  — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market. Applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure that is a better measure of underlying trends, dropped 3,750 to 274,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and two weeks ago they plummeted to the lowest level in almost 42 years. That suggests that Americans are enjoying a nearly unprecedented level of job security. Fewer layoffs have coincided with stronger job gains. Employers have added an average of 221,000 jobs a month.

  • Pipeline company lawsuits seek to get project back on track

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    A subsidiary of Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP has filed five separate lawsuits against landowners in Cleveland County over its planned pipeline project designed to deliver oil from Cushing to Longview, Texas. Plains Pipeline LP is seeking temporary and permanent injunctions against the landowners and is asking Cleveland County District Court to enforce the company's use of eminent domain for the Red River II pipeline project. Plains spokeswoman Meredith M. Matthews said the company does not comment on pending legal matters, but she provided general information about the process the company goes through before laying a pipeline.

  • In brief

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 15 hr ago

    MIAMI, Fla. Late reporter honored in Florida Larry (Lawrence)  Thompson has been inducted posthumously into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame by the Florida Press Association. Born in 1911, Thompson grew up in Stillwater. After graduating from Oklahoma State University  where he was editor of the O' Collegian, he worked as a reporter for the Stillwater News Press, Seminole Producer and The Daily Oklahoman. Thompson also worked as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and joined the Miami Herald in 1945. He eventually began writing a daily humor column for the Herald, often about his early days in Oklahoma.

  • River authority faces deficit

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Sharp declines in earnings from oil and gas production and sand mining have the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority on track to run a deficit this year. Established in 1985, the authority oversees development of city property along the North Canadian River corridor. Its domain includes the Boathouse District with its distinctive architecture. While the authority's annual expenses are minimal — an estimated $234,000 — its influence is reflected in the composition of its board, including the mayor and three city council members. "The Riverfront Au- thority is more than anything the keeper of the riverfront vision and the expediter of opportunities along the river," said Pat Downes, the authority's

  • Demand for domestic industrial natural gas may increase soon

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    While most of the energy industry has been focused on low oil prices over much of the past year, natural gas producers are seven years into a bear market and have seen the price tumble another 28 percent over the past 12 months. Producers have some hope, however, that growing demand soon could lead to strengthening natural gas prices. Rising demand also would be beneficial for the state economy, which still is more dependent on natural gas than oil, even though oil production has ballooned over the past few years. The country’s industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009, and nearly two dozen new fertilizer and methanol plants are scheduled to open throughout the country over the next three years,


    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Remington Park thoroughbred season to begin Aug. 14 Remington Park will start a 67-race-date thoroughbred season Aug. 14. The Oklahoma Derby and a season-long tribute to jockey Cliff Berry will highlight the upcoming season, which lasts through Dec. 13. Races Wednesday through Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. Special Sunday programs are scheduled for Oklahoma Derby Day (Sept. 27) and Springboard Mile Day (Dec. 13). Those programs will start at 1:30 p.m. There will be afternoon holiday racing on Labor Day (Sept. 7) and on Black Friday (Nov. 27). Those races will begin at 1:30 p.m. A new race date is scheduled Aug. 28 — the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes. The race was recently re-named in honor of local sportscasting

  • Tuning in

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. OKC at Memphis KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m. San Francisco at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/ KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING 10 a.m. Sprint Cup Practice NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m. Truck Practice FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Practice NBCSN (Cox 251) 6 p.m. Xfinity Practice NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 8 a.m. Match Play GOLF (Cox 60) 8 a.m. LPGA: British Open ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m. 3M Championship GOLF (Cox 60) 1:30 p.m. Quicken Loans GOLF (Cox

  • Evans has Energy talking championship

    BY CHRISTOPHER BRANNICK | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts Arizona United SC at 7 p.m. Friday at Taft Stadium. The Energy hasn’t won a match since June 13 at home against Tulsa, but that hasn’t deterred midfielder Gareth Evans and the team’s goal of winning a United Soccer League championship. Evans played for the USL title three years ago with Wilmington and now, in his second year as vice-captain of Energy FC, is trying to lead OKC to the top. Evans said despite his team not winning in more than a month — it has tied the last four matches — Oklahoma City is on track to make a run as the season nears its end. There are nine games remaining for the Energy (7-5-7), currently fifth-place team in the USL’s Western Conference.

  • Media notes

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NBC to broadcast Triple Crown winner’s return on Sunday American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown winner, is set to return to the track at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on NBC. American Pharoah will begin his campaign to become horse racing’s first Grand Slam winner at the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” race on Sunday. The William Hill Haskell will award the winner an automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Sunday’s show is the fourth of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World