• It's a hit: TobyMac prepares for Oklahoma City concert featuring his most popular songs

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Six-time Grammy Award winner TobyMac is bringing his "Hits Deep" concert tour to Oklahoma City on Feb. 23. The concert also will feature performances by Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Building 429, Capital Kings, Finding Favour and Hollyn.

  • Nation world briefs

    From Wire Services | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Three new monuments D.C. | WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday set aside 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert for protection, using his executive power to designate three new national monuments. Obama designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The federal government already owns the affected lands, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell noted that “valid existing” uses, including by the U.S. military, can continue. Obama is designating the new national monuments using powers accorded presidents under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The new monuments join others already created in California, including the Carrizo

  • Deaths

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    ADA  Andrison, Towanda Clauddine, 80, homemaker, died Feb. 11. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Criswell, Ada). Throne, Albert “Bud,” 86, retired from U.S. Army, died Feb. 11. Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trinity Baptist Church (Criswell, Ada). ANADARKO Ramirez, Rebecca, 48, homemaker, died Feb. 9. Services pending (Brown-Thomas, Chickasha). CALUMET Schones, Coy Franklin Jr. “Corkey,” truck driver, died Feb. 10. Memorial services 2 p.m. Tuesday, First Christian Church, Hinton (Turner, Hinton). CHANDLER Parks, Wanda LaVerne, 87, homemaker, died Feb. 11. Graveside services 2 p.m. Saturday, Oak Park Cemetery (Parks Brothers, Chandler). CHICKASHA Cox, Wilma, 90, died Feb. 11.

  • Lasting legacy

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    A dedication ceremony Friday at the Oklahoma City federal courthouse officially renamed the building after the longest sitting judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The federal appellate judge, William J. Holloway Jr., was born in Hugo and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Holloway died April 25, 2014, at the age of 90, after serving more than 45 years on the federal appellate bench.

  • Racist chant extended beyond OU, SAE says

    By Adam Kemp Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    The National Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity says five additional chapters have acknowledged that they were aware of a racist chant before members from the University of Oklahoma chapter were recorded singing it on a bus last year. The video, taken in March 2015 on a charter bus headed to an SAE founders day party, stirred outrage both from OU's student community and nationally, and led the university to revoke chapter's charter and kick its members off campus. Two chant leaders, Levi Pettit and Parker Rice, were expelled from the university. In a statement released Wednesday, SAE announced the other chapters acknowledged previously hearing the chant, but said they had not heard it since 2012 and that they

  • Fallin’s general counsel won’t receive buyout

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    In his resignation letter Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin's legal counsel Steve Mullins said he was taking “a voluntary buyout.” On Friday, the governor's office said that isn't the case. Mullins, 63, is the third person to step down from state employment after testifying before a grand jury looking into a drug mix-up during executions. Mullins will be receiving any accrued leave that is owed to him, but he won't be receiving an additional compensation package, or buyout, said Michael McNutt, a spokesman for Fallin. His annual salary is $100,000.  Voluntary buyouts are typical when private or public entities try to shed employees and usually contain some form of lump payment in addition to reimbursement for

  • Records

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    MARRIAGES Terah Mashon Edge and Tommy Joe Buckner III Madeline Ruth Danielle Thompson and Sergio Martinez Rivera Sheri Annette Estep and Susan Janiece Pritchard Jenniffer Breeann McClelland and Nolan Dean Glidewell III Candra Christine Silsby and Marlon Lawayne Keesee Alejandra Vazquez Rocha and Juan Miguel Ocampo Estrada Taryn Georgia Learned and Michael Edward Hearne Shameka Jenkins and Benjamin Oluwaseun Oguntimilehin Crystal Aileen Wells and Edward Thaddeus McGinley IV Tera Lynn Shaver and Julius Wayne Shaver Tiffany Michelle Beasley and Charles Edward Wolford Benita Marie Robinson and Iseral Gillispie Ji Qun Peng and Carter Dain Costine Amy Lynn

  • Edmond Exchange

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Skater numbers The number of skaters at Edmond outdoor ice skating rink this holiday season increased 12.7 percent over the previous year. City Manager Larry Stevens said 8,933 skaters visited the outdoor rink at J. L. Mitch Park from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, up from 7,993 in 2014. This season, 534 skating sessions were donated to charities, leaving 8,399 skaters who paid, Stevens said. During the 2013 season, 6,146 skaters visited the outdoor rink. This was the second year the rink operated at Mitch Park. “We continue to see growing participation at this new location,” Stevens said.

  • Oil price increases; more rigs are idled

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    The price of oil rose 11 percent Friday after speculation that OPEC could discuss production drops and as domestic oil companies mothballed another 30 drilling rigs. Domestic benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained $3.23, or 11 percent, Friday to close at $29.44 a barrel. The jump marked the largest daily increase since 2009, but it still closed down $1.68, or 5.4 percent, on the week.  Higher oil prices also got some credit for Friday's robust stock market rally, which ended a five-day streak of losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Index and the broader Standard & Poor's 500 each added 2 percent on Friday. The Nasdaq gained 1.7 percent. The U.S. rig count dropped Friday to 541, its lowest level since 1999,

  • Other Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapters acknowledge racist chant

    By Adam Kemp Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    The racist chant that closed the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon likely was not just practiced in Oklahoma. The fraternity says five additional chapters have acknowledged they were aware of that chant.

  • #My Oklahoma

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 74,000 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.

  • State briefs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Republican women invited to educational choice talk NORMAN — Educational choice will be the topic of the Tuesday meeting of the Cleveland County Republican Women. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. at Olive Garden, 117 Ed Noble Parkway in Norman. Brandon Dutcher, senior vice president of the Council of Public Affairs in Oklahoma City, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss, “Educational Choice in Oklahoma: What it is and Why Republicans Should Support It.” For more information contact pat@ticokc.com. USS Ranger reunion set for South Carolina The reunion of all former U.S. Navy crew members, squadrons and Marine detachments of the USS Ranger is set for Sept. 28 to Oct.

  • Senators’ proposed bill seeks VA fixes

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford introduced legislation Friday to give regional Veterans Affairs networks more authority to remove top hospital staff members. The Oklahoma Republicans filed the bill just days after the chief of staff at the VA hospital in Muskogee was removed by VA headquarters. That removal came after a review by the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Veterans Integrated Services Network. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, had asked the chapter to investigate the numerous complaints about the Muskogee hospital. Inhofe said he trusts the Rocky Mountain service network, which includes Oklahoma, and wants the regional networks to take action without needing headquarters approval.

  • Real deals

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Transactions 180 Residential Group Inc. reports these real estate transactions in the Plaza District handled by Aimee Struble:   • SUPBROTH LLC leased 2,990 square feet of space at 1630 N Blackwelder, Suite No. 1. • The Mule LLC leased an additional 930 square feet of space at 1630 N Blackwelder, Suite No. 2. • 84HG LLC leased 1,366 square feet of office space at 1630 N Blackwelder, Suite No 3. Price Edwards Price Edwards & Co. reports these transactions: • RevenueAds leased 1,813 square feet of office space in The Glass Bayden Confectionary Building, 120 E Sheridan. Derek James handled the transaction. • T-Mobile leased 1,560 square feet of retail space at 7450 E Reno Ave.

  • Edmond North’s BALTO breaks citywide record

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 10 hr ago

    EDMOND — History was made Friday as Edmond North High School concluded its fundraiser, BALTO, by announcing it had raised a grand total of $708,748. Most of the money will be donated to the nonprofit Fields & Futures, which builds athletic fields for needy campuses in the Oklahoma City school district. The group's co-founder, Tim McLaughlin, said athletic fields will be built at Roosevelt Middle School, 3233 SW 44. The total announced during Friday's final assembly is a record among the three Edmond high schools. Last year, Edmond Memorial High School raised $701,334 for the Angels Foster Family Network, eclipsing the $605,000 North had raised for Hearts for Hearing a few weeks earlier. Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond

  • Archbishop calls for education savings accounts

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley would like the state to pick up part of the tab for parents who want to switch their children from public to private school.  "The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and I personally support strong public schools; at the same time, we support parental choice in education," he said in a letter Friday to the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin. "In the present environment, we don't want our Catholic schools to become preserves for the elite or wealthy, but rather be accessible to all." Under pending legislation for "education savings accounts," or "ESAs," a portion of the money the state spends to publicly school a child would follow that child if a parent chose to enroll the child in a

  • Opportunity knocking for OSU’s Griffin

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    STILLWATER — This is all new for Tyree Griffin at Oklahoma State. The opportunity to be called starter. The opportunity for major minutes. An opportunity to impact a Cowboys team headed in the wrong direction. Opportunity, too, for greater scrutiny, in replacing point guard Jawun Evans for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of the season. So, is Griffin ready for all this? “I really am,” the sophomore said. “Playing a lot of minutes and being a leader, that's something I've always wanted to do. I've just got to step up and show people I can do it now.” The slumping Cowboys wouldn't mind Griffin showing that he can redirect a downward spiral that traces directly to Evans' injury at Texas Tech.

  • Eddie Sutton moves closer to Hall call

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    When Oklahoma State basketball was going really well, chants inside Gallagher-Iba Arena sang out in salute of the Cowboys bench. “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! ...” They continue now whenever Eddie Sutton returns to the court that carries his name. Might they echo again, louder and prouder, later this year at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? Sutton's candidacy regained steam Friday, when the former Cowboys coach joined 13 others as finalists for the Hall of Fame class of 2016. Sutton has been a finalist four times before, last in 2014, before being omitted from consideration a year ago. “Our family is excited for him,” said Sean Sutton, who played and coached

  • Mayor from Midwest City concedes general election

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    MIDWEST CITY — Just days after coming in second in the primary election, Mayor Jay Dee Collins announced Friday he will concede the recall election to retired Midwest City police officer Matt Dukes. Collins said he considered what is best for the city he's served since 2012, as a city council member and after being elected mayor in February 2015. “My biggest concern is every morning when I get up is what is best for the community, six more weeks was not going to be beneficial to the community. It's time for me to step down and let the community go forward,” he said. The recall election came about after residents circulated a petition claiming Collins' and City Manager J.

  • ACLU protests planned petition to ban abortion in Oklahoma

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK Tulsa World barbara.hoberock@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A legal challenge was filed Friday against a proposed initiative petition to outlaw abortion. The ACLU of Oklahoma filed the protest in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The challenge says the petition would criminalize abortion in all cases, without exception. “It would subject any woman who obtains or attempts to obtain an abortion, as well as any physician who provides an abortion, to criminal prosecution for homicide,” the challenge states. The proposed initiative petition violates more than four decades of U.S. Supreme Court precedent protecting the fundamental constitutional right of abortion, the protest says.