• Hundreds of state employees sent home after water line break at Oklahoma Capitol complex

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 3 min ago

    Workers using a backhoe broke a water line for the Sequoyah Memorial Office Building Thursday in the Oklahoma Capitol complex and about 500 employees were sent home about noon while repairs were made.

  • Stillwater police fatally shoot man wanted for questioning in slaying

    BY JONATHAN SUTTON, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 min ago

    Police fatally shot a man wanted for questioning in connection with a body found Thursday, authorities said. Stillwater police wanted to question the man and called him a “person of interest” in the investigation of a body found Thursday.

  • Senate approval of Keystone XL pipeline is short of veto-proof margin

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Both Oklahoma senators voted to approve the TransCanada project comes after three weeks of debate and a return to the Senate’s long traditions of offering and voting on amendments.

  • Man faces murder charge in southwest Oklahoma City shooting

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Travis Wayne Richards, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in Oklahoma County District Court. He is accused of fatally shooting 39-year-old Jason Beals in a southwest Oklahoma City apartment in December.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's down season a key factor in Thunder's struggles

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    When identifying the main stumbling blocks that have led to the Thunder’s disappointing 23-23 record, injuries reign as the most prominent. But among a list that delves deeper, Ibaka’s surprising decline – at the age of 25, in his sixth season – should be somewhere near the top.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Are the Thunder's current issues correctable?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 24 min ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope […]

  • 58 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 25 min ago

    Since September, 58 residents have died because of flu-related complications, 43 of whom were 65 or older, the state Health Department reported Thursday. This time last year, 25 Oklahomans had died from the flu, including two children, and in 2013 during the same time, 17 Oklahomans had died of the flu.

  • Two Oklahoma high schools praised for academic success

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized 10 high schools as academic state champions for success in the Oklahoma’s Promise tuition scholarship program. Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City is the Class 4A champion for the sixth consecutive years. Union High School in Tulsa is the Class 6A champion for the third consecutive year.

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    Updated: 32 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive. Japanese officials had no new progress to report Friday after a late night that ended with the Jordanian government saying it would only release an al-Qaida prisoner from death row if it got proof the airman was alive. "There is nothing I can tell you," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters. He reiterated Japan's "strong trust" in the Jordanians to help save the Japanese hostage, freelance journalist Kenji Goto.

  • Oklahoma City homeless advocates tally city's homeless population in annual survey

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 45 min ago

    Chasity Shipe has lived in nearly every state in the United States. But now, she lives on the streets of Oklahoma City. On Thursday morning, Shipe was one of the hundreds of homeless people surveyed during the city’s annual point-in-time homeless census.

  • Oklahoma football: Delayed football stadium renovations should not affect recruiting

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Not even OU president David Boren can command the price of oil, especially when its precipitous drop coincides with a disastrous Sooner season. So the start of the $370 million project likely will be delayed. Not 10 years, not five, but perhaps until December 2016.

  • Oklahoma-based Choc Beer Co. forms new brand for low-point beer

    By Nick Trougakos, Local Editor | Updated: 54 min ago

    Choc Beer Co. of Krebs announced this week it has formed a new brand — Born Free Beer Co. — so it can develop a series of creative “low-gravity,” or low-point, beers.

  • Oklahoma moves up to fourth place in U.S. wind capacity

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 56 min ago

    With the addition of new wind farms in 2014, Oklahoma moved into fourth place among the states for wind capacity, up from sixth place the year before. Oklahoma now has more than 3,700 megawatts of wind capacity available for electricity generation.

  • Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital; 2 dead, 73 hurt

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. A woman and child were killed and 73 people were injured in the blast that collapsed about three-fourths of the hospital, Mexico City officials said. By late in the day, rescuers determined no one was left trapped in the rubble. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said some of the injured were about to be released from area hospitals, including some mothers who suffered injuries while using their bodies to shield their children.

  • Three in Oklahoma City charged with murder in connection to alleged drug deal gone bad

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Three people have been charged with murder after a drug deal gone bad resulted in a fatal shooting. Cory Joseph Davis, 26, Zane Austin Colson, 22, and Felicia Rhea Claassen, 25, are charged with first-degree murder in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Predicting future oil prices is tricky business for Oklahoma producers

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Market conditions and industry players are sending mixed signals about oil prices, making business difficult for Oklahoma producers.

  • Norman City Council says no to high-density development

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A proposal for a high-rise, high density apartment complex within walking distance of the University of Oklahoma campus has been rejected by the Norman City Council.

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure. This bill "is an important accomplishment for the country," said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

  • Barresi tops list of political donors in Oklahoma

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While national groups like governors' associations were among the top donors for state-level elections across the country in 2014, in Oklahoma it was candidates themselves who were the top individual donors to campaigns. An analysis released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity shows the top single donor to a state-level election in Oklahoma was former Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, who gave $1.3 million to her own unsuccessful re-election campaign. A distant second on Oklahoma's list was former Republican state Sen. Cliff Branan, who spent about $350,000 on his failed bid for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Three die as result of Oklahoma crashes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Three people are dead as a result of wrecks on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.