• Anti-tobacco campaign aims to educate Oklahoma elementary students

    By Mercy Adhiambo Staff Writer madhiambo@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Children from 16 elementary schools gathered Tuesday at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City for a campaign to educate youths about tobacco use. More than 1,500 students attended the Be Smart-Don't Start event.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 4

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Oklahoma business briefs for May 4, 2016

  • Troubled Brazilian leader sets Olympic torch aflame

    By ERALDO PERES Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis. Rousseff presided over the flame ceremony in Brasilia, even though she faces impeachment and is unlikely to be in office when South America's first Olympics open in less than three months. “Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history,” Rousseff said in a speech to launch the torch relay, which will reach 329 Brazilian cities and end on Aug. 5 at the opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana stadium.

  • Sister, stranger went into hills; she never came back

    By FELICIA FONSECA and MARY HUDETZ Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    NAVAJO NATION — When the stranger approached Ian and Ashlynne Mike at the school bus stop, the boy was wary. But his older sister got lured into the van, and he didn't want her to go alone, so he went, too. The man took the siblings to a desolate spot on the edge of the nation's largest American Indian reservation, authorities and family members say. The man and the 11-year-old girl walked into the hills, but the stranger came back alone, the boy told authorities. Scared and in the dark, Ian ran more than 2 miles to a highway where a passing driver found the boy Monday night. Ashlynne's body was found Tuesday near a distinct rock formation that the rural town of Shiprock, N.M., is named for.

  • Crime briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Claremore Cattle thefts bring arrest Authorities have arrested a man wanted in connection with cattle thefts from a Rogers County rancher. Robert Luis Rulo Jr., 43, of Claremore, was arrested Saturday. Law officers said he stole six calves from a ranch near Tiawah Hills last year and sold them at livestock auctions in Tulsa and Collinsville. Rulo was arrested on felony complaints of larceny of livestock and was booked into the Rogers County jail. His bail was set at $10,000. FROM STAFF REPORTS Stilwell Man faces charges in shooting A man was shot to death on Monday and another man has been arrested, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reported Tuesday. Bluebird Linville,

  • McKeown lifts Putnam City in overtime

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    EDMOND — Seconds after the ball rolled into the net, Putnam City junior Gavin McKeown was lifted onto a teammate's shoulders. Goals haven't come easy for McKeown this season, but he made this one count. He scored with 7:31 remaining in overtime to lift Putnam City past Edmond Memorial 3-2 in the Class 6A playoffs Tuesday night. “I just knew I had to finish for my team,” McKeown said. “I really wanted to go to the next round of my playoffs, so I knew what I had to do. I just put it away.” Putnam City (9-7) advances to play Yukon at Putnam City Stadium on Friday in the state quarterfinals.

  • Downtown OKC church will host National Day of Prayer event

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City will host the National Day of Prayer service at noon Thursday. Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to be among the dignitaries attending.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 4

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 4, 2016

  • Off-duty OKC firefighters solve family's unique shelter situation

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    A group of Oklahoma City firefighters took it upon themselves to solve a unique problem for neighbors of the firehouse.

  • Federal appeals court rules Oklahoma man's 2007 conviction was unconstitutional

    By Robert Boczkiewicz For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Judges in a Denver-based appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Durant County prosecutor in Oklahoma withheld key evidence, thus violating the due process rights of Robert Claude McCormick in his 2007 child abuse trial. McCormick was convicted and his serving a life term in prison.

  • Groups rally against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s proposals in rate increase case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Consumer and environmental advocates as well as those backing solar power rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as a hearing began on Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $92.5 million rate increase.

  • Records

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Marriages  Christina Marie Gustas and Warren North Cunningham Katie Elizabeth Young and Matthew Warren Hackett Natalie Marie Sauble and Brandon Lee Just Monica Lynn Paschal and Justin M. Lockner Marisela Tejada Espinosa and Miguel Angel Vazquez Joanna Paschalides and Jonathan Joseph Rodgers Teresa Lynn Bright and Joe Henry Cano Angela Carvella James and Geoffery Garnett Jackson Jr. Heather Leann Thomas and Anthony Jerome Perrien Lauren Dawn Wilson and Charles Henry Brewer Jr. Hanh D. Le and Thuy Minh Dao Portia Denise Allen and Vincent D.

  • Le Flore County jury recommends life in prison for slaying

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    POTEAU — A Le Flore County jury has recommended life in prison for an Arkansas man convicted of killing an Arkansas woman in eastern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the jury on Tuesday recommended life without parole for 28-year-old Elvis Thacker for the 2010 death of 22-year-old Briana Ault. The jury also recommended Thacker serve 20 years for forcible sodomy. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The jury on Friday convicted Thacker of killing Ault by cutting her throat. Thacker's attorneys blamed his brother, Johnathen Thacker, with killing Ault.

  • Q&A with Adam Childers

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Employers should be cautious about labor laws, free speech Q: A Yelp employee recently was terminated for writing a critical blog post about low pay. What are the details? A: Recently, a disgruntled Yelp employee by the name of Talia Ben-Ora became famous, or perhaps infamous, for penning a 2,500-word scathing “open letter” on social media to Yelp's CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, complaining about her low wages as an entry-level worker at the company, and the corresponding struggles she has experienced living in San Francisco with a paltry salary. Not long after her rant went viral, Ms. Ben-Ora's employment at Yelp was terminated.

  • Edmond schools make progress on shelters

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 4 hr ago

    EDMOND — Plans have been finalized for two more permanent storm shelters, as the school district continues its quest to make sure all 24,000 students have access to protection during the most powerful twisters. Edmond School Board members on Monday approved plans for a 7,250-square-foot media center and storm shelter at Orvis Risner Elementary, 2801 S Rankin. Chief Operations Officer Christina Hoehn said the center will hold 700 people, which would include 591 students plus staff. The room would also be used as a computer lab, but have movable furniture and access to restrooms. The board expressed some concern over the use of glass in the center. Hoehn said a minimal amount of glass will be used to give the room


    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $40 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $28 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted April 21: COMPLETION No postings. INTENT TO DRILL Canadian: Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Apres Vous 24_13-14N-8W No. 1HX Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 13-14N-08W; TD 19,545. Kingfisher: Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc.; Clear Creek No. 1H-4X Well; NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 04-15N-06W; TD 17,784. Payne: American Energy-Woodford LLC; Boomer 3-10-18N-2E No. 1WH Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (BHL) of 10-18N-02E; TD 14,500. Woods: Midstates Petroleum Co. LLC;


    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LIVESTOCK Tuesday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 5,689 Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: (weighted average): Calves: 432 lbs. $183.86; 481 lbs. $180; 520 lbs. $179.13; 566 lbs. $171.27; Yearlings: 617 lbs. $166.44; 672 lbs. $160.04; 718 lbs. $147.01; 777 lbs. $141.65; 829 lbs. $137.94; 858 lbs. $135.53; 931 lbs. $128.57; 978 lbs. $123.66; 1,029 lbs. $122.99; 1,062 lbs. $121.48. Heifers: Medium and Large No. 1: (weighted average): Calves: 436 lbs. $164.93; 524 lbs. $167.46; 569 lbs. $162.17; Yearlings: 628 lbs. $146.09; 670 lbs. $140.31; 730 lbs. $135.93; 766 lbs. $132.50; 825 lbs. $126.03; 880 lbs. $122.83; 919 lbs. $122.11; 987 lbs. $118.50.


    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Wheat association leadership changes ENID — The Enid-based Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association on Sunday assumed management of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. By virtue of the agreement, Joe Neal Hampton will become its executive director. The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary organization representing the interests of the state's wheat producers.  “The staff of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association look forward to the opportunity to serve the needs of our state's wheat growers” Hampton said. “We will begin an aggressive membership campaign as well as determining and implementing the needs of the organization.“ Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association President R.J.

  • #MyOklahoma

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 85,000 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.

  • Indian tribe plans to appeal ruling in fatal bus crash

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A Texas court has ordered the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to pay $10.9 million in damages to the families of two women who died in a bus accident on the way from Dallas to a casino in Durant. “We respect the court system, but we feel there were errors,” said Waddel Hearn, a spokesperson for the Choctaw Nation. “We plan to appeal.” The accident occurred in 2013, injuring dozens of senior citizens and killing three passengers, including Alice Stanley, 83, and Paula Hahn, 69, who were awarded damages by the Dallas County Court.