• Officials discuss agenda for Oklahoma's 2015 legislative session

    By Rick M. Green
    Capitol Bureau |
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin joins other leaders in setting out hopes for the next legislative session.

  • Banking question holds up start of Edmond conference center

    By Diana Baldwin
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Bank financing holds up the start of construction on Edmond’s new hotel and conference center near Covell Road and Interstate 35. Leaders said the issue will be solved and development will move forward.

  • Speed-painting videos highlight the NewsOK's upcoming coverage of The Oscars

    By Alan Herzberger
    Digital Managing Editor |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ONLINE Speed-painting videos highlight NewsOK's coverage of Oscars This weekend, we'll all be watching and talking about the Super Bowl. We'll talk about the food we ate, the big play and the halftime show. It's the closest thing we have to a national holiday that's not actually a national holiday. Except for Easter — I almost forgot about Easter not being a national holiday. But after Sunday, football will be over. What will we have to look forward to? The Thunder isn't helping; it looks like they might miss the playoffs. And spring football practice is still months away.

  • Strong winds spell high fire danger this week for Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Don’t play with matches this week. The National Weather Service is predicting high fire danger over the next few days due to strong winds and low humidity.

  • Former Guthrie police officer sues Oklahoma state senator, others in federal court

    By Andrew Knittle
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Mark Bruning, a former Guthrie police officer, is suing state Sen. Ann “A.J.” Griffin and several others in federal court, claiming the lawmaker abused her position and conspired with city officials to get him fired from his job.

  • FDA issues new rules to improve defibrillator safety

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under the new requirements, manufacturers will have to submit more data on reliability of their devices and components, including batteries, adapters and electrodes. Additionally, the FDA will inspect manufacturing plants before companies can begin marketing new devices. The rules take effect for new defibrillators July 2016. Accessories already on the market will have until January 2020 to meet the new requirements.

  • Could insurers be using drug costs to discriminate?

    By KELLI KENNEDY
    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Barack Obama's signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Yet hundreds of patient advocacy groups say insurance companies have found a way to discriminate against these people, who are more expensive to cover because they require life-long treatments.

  • Chances of driver dying in crash plummets, panel finds

    By JOAN LOWY
    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved vehicle designs and safety tech nology have a lot to do with the reduced risk, but a weak economy that led to reductions in driving may also have played a role, the institute said.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 20 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 34,000 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.

  • Oklahoma Capitol leaders

    By Rick M. Green
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Oklahoma Capitol leaders

  • Former Guthrie police officer sues Oklahoma state senator, others in federal court

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Mark Bruning, a former Guthrie police officer, is suing state Sen. Ann “A.J.” Griffin and several others in federal court, claiming the lawmaker abused her position and conspired with city officials to get him fired from his job.

  • Oklahoma rethinking child welfare system

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Millions of federal dollars that Oklahoma had been spending on foster care will be shifted to pay for intensive in-home services designed to keep families together under a program set to begin in July.

  • After 87 years, Coney Island Hot Dogs still dishing it up in the heart of downtown OKC

    By Steve Lackmeyer
    Business Writer |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The last remnants of downtown's old Main Street are set to soon disappear, giving way to an office tower and new parking garages. But the little three-story building at 428 W Main defies the 21st century, its owner, Bill Mihas, still serving hot “wieners” and playing chess with regulars every Saturday at Coney Island Hot Dogs. Bill Mihas, who has owned Coney Island for the past half century and the building for the past 20 years, has grown accustomed to seeing the ebb and flow of construction surrounding his business. “Good,” he says, “I'll sell more hot dogs.

  • Veteran gets trip to see Super Bowl

    By COREY JONES
    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TAHLEQUAH — The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs and, despite his team's loss, Dustin Butler couldn't have been much happier. Butler, 35, a Tahlequah resident, fielded a call after the Jan. 11 five-point controversial loss to the Green Bay Packers. On the other end of the line was a representative of Operation Enduring Respect, a national nonprofit that sends wounded military personnel to sporting events they otherwise wouldn't be able to attend. The group wanted to know if the two-tours-of-duty veteran and citizen of Cherokee Nation was interested in seeing the Super Bowl. “He said he'd call me back; he had a few other people

  • Still a big hit

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY — A Mexican party isn't complete without a pinata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club. As they practice the centuries-old tradition of pinata-making, the couple cater to a smaller market of consumers demanding higher quality “artistic” figures that pay greater attention to detail. Still, competition is tight as more run-of-the mill pinata makers sell their creations more cheaply. Three other rooftops full of the drying figures are visible on the hillside below

  • Educators distrust state's teacher evaluation plan

    BY ANDREA EGER
    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The statewide commission overseeing Oklahoma's new teacher-evaluation system received a stinging new report Thursday about educators' lack of buy-in and trust in the system. Researchers from the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, conducted focus groups with 131 educators from 58 school districts across the state in September and October. They told the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission that while new methods for rating teachers based on classroom observations are widely considered to be a significant improvement over schools' old ways of evaluating teachers, other student data-based measures of educator performance are widely misunderstood and considered invalid.

  • Soaring into history books

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The Two Eagles pilots surpassed the distance and duration records that have held since the 1970s and 1980s, and Friday were aiming for a safe landing somewhere on a beach in Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

  • Suspect in cocaine search tries for a leg up on police

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 20 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg. Dover Police say 39-year-old Marlow Holmes was arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop. They said police dogs alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the car Holmes had been riding in. During a search of the car officers said they discovered more than 28 grams of cocaine stuffed into the prosthetic leg that Holmes was wearing, and arrested him. Police say Holmes faces charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of

  • Tulsa family goes back in time with time capsule letter

    BY BILL SHERMAN
    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TULSA — A Tulsa man opened a letter Tuesday from his grand father, who was in the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run. The letter, along with assorted photos, other family mementos and a 25-cent paper bill — U.S. currency — were in a packet that spent 100 years in a time capsule in the basement of First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. The church opened the “Century Chest” in April 2013, but until last month was unable to find any descendents of “89er” John J. Wetzel, who had prepared the packet 100 years ago for his descendents to open. They finally located his grandson, John

  • Oklahoma medical news in brief

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Oklahoma medical news briefs for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.




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