• W e e k A h e a d

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 16 min ago

    Music Multiple days Arbuckle Mountain Spring Bluegrass Jam, Tuesday through Thursday, Arbuckle Mountain Park, 37520 E County Road 1693. (Wynnewood) OKC Riversport Family Festival with Aaron Newman and the OK Caravan, Matt Stansberry and the Romance and more, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, OKC Riversport Rapids, 800 Riversport Drive, 552-4040. Friday An Evening with Harry Connick Jr., 7 p.m., Brady Theatre, 105 W M.B. Brady, (866) 977-6849. (Tulsa) Asleep at the Wheel and Red Dirt Jazz Tribe, 6:30 p.m., Cain's Ballroom, 423 N Main, (918) 584-2306. (Tulsa) Boz Scaggs, 8 p.m., Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd., (405) 964-7263. (Shawnee) David Lindley, 7:30 p.m., Tulsa Little


    By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Updated: 19 min ago

    Broken Bow man is among 58 convicts getting commutations D.C. | WASHINGTON — More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. On Thursday, relief came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders. President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their sentences as part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug convicts. Eighteen of the 58 had been given life sentences and some had already spent two decades in prison. Most are now due for release on Sept. 2. Others will be released over the next two years. Among the 58 is Christopher Dale Masters, of Broken Bow.

  • South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating

    Updated: 32 min ago

    JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) — The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms. The livestreamed "Cats Meok Bang" show is a twist on an online trend of young South Korean men and women tucking into feasts in real time, while viewers send messages and sometimes virtual cash. In a country where young adults increasingly live and dine alone, the shows have become so popular, some hosts have made small or big fortunes from the virtual cash sent from viewers.

  • Segedin leads Dodgers past New Orleans

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 51 min ago

    Oklahoma City salvaged a split in its four-game series against New Orleans on Friday, scoring eight runs in the second inning of an eventual 9-2 Pacific Coast League baseball victory before 5,644 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Rob Segedin fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle. The Dodgers' slugger hit his team-best fifth homer of the year in the second inning against Zephyrs starter Dylan Axelrod, who lasted just 12/3 innings. Segedin finished with three RBI. Zach Walters added three hits for the Dodgers (14-11), and Corey Brown and James Ramsey had two each. Zach Lee pitched a solid game for OKC. He gave up an earned run on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out seven.  Isaac

  • Heyward back following Fowler ejection

    From Wire Reports | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward returned from a wrist injury after center fielder Dexter Fowler was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Heyward was held out of the starting lineup against Washington on Thursday night for the fourth straight game, but he tested his ailing wrist during batting practice. He had planned to return on Friday, but trotted out to center after Fowler was tossed for arguing with home plate umpire Vic Carpazza after he struck out looking to end the third. Heyward went 0 for 2. The Cubs won 3-2. Heyward got hurt while working on his swing in the batting cage during Chicago's series at Arizona about a month ago. He is batting .

  • Oklahoma news briefs for May 6

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for May 6, 2016

  • Energy briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Energy Index holds Increasing crude oil prices have led to the most recent Oklahoma Energy Index holding steady after nine months of decline. Using data collected in March, the index was at 159.1, down 0.3 percent from the previous month. "The recent oil price recovery has been a welcome event," said Chris Mostek, senior vice president of energy lending for Bank SNB. "If sustained, these price increases should help relieve some of the credit migration experienced by the industry the last couple of quarters." Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, said a 24 percent surge in crude oil prices helped push stock prices of Oklahoma oil and natural gas companies higher.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo staff evaluates popular gorilla for age-related health problems

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Tatu, a 41-year-old western lowland gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo, hasn't been eating consistently and has been lethargic. Zoo staff evaluated him and think he may be suffering from a respiratory infection.

  • Legislation to address Oklahoma budget shortfall starts to emerge

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    One bill would add auditors to the Oklahoma Tax Commission

  • Energy executives in Oklahoma make plans for stronger prices

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Energy executives in Oklahoma and across the country, after about two years of grappling with low oil and natural gas prices, voiced optimism this week that the industry could be recovering.

  • Hillary not done trudging

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    As surreal as Trump's commanding performance on the Republican side has been, the Democratic nomination process has taken much longer than anyone (especially former Sen. Hillary Clinton) could have imagined. Even Bernie Sanders admits that his movement has exceeded expectations. Sanders had a surprising victory in Indiana, winning 53 percent of the vote versus Clinton's 47 percent. When President Barack Obama teased Clinton at the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday night, saying Clinton's campaign slogan was “Trudge up a hill,” he might not have realized how steep and long the hill would become. Clinton is not yet done trudging. Sanders committed Tuesday night to stay in the race and take it all the way to a

  • An effort to repair our right to arms

    By Michael O'Shea | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Because Oklahoma is considered gun friendly, it may be surprising to learn that the Oklahoma Constitution today gives virtually no protection to the right to keep and bear arms. Since our state constitution was adopted in 1907, the courts have weakened its gun rights amendment by ruling that our right to arms is not about personal defense; that it does not protect common self-defense weapons; and that the state can make it illegal to carry a handgun in your own backyard. Shockingly, an early Oklahoma court even stated that it would not violate the state constitution to ban handguns entirely. Meanwhile, the protections of the federal Second Amendment depend on narrow 5-4 rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court whose future is precarious

  • Both sides should resist effort to mainstream Trump

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's Republican primary triumph means that this cannot be a normal election. Americans who see our country as a model of tolerance, inclusion, rationality and liberty must come together across party lines to defeat him decisively. Many forces will be at work in the coming weeks to normalize Trump — and, yes, the media will play a big role in this. On both the right and the left, there will be strong temptations to go along. Refusing to fall into line behind Trump will ask more of conservatives. Beating Trump means electing Hillary Clinton, the last thing most conservatives want to do.

  • Average rate on 30-year mortgages drops to 3.61 percent

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate. The decline put long-term mortgage rates near their low levels for the year, offering an inducement to prospective homebuyers during the spring buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.61 percent from 3.66 percent last week. It's far below its level a year ago of 3.80 percent. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 2.86 percent from 2.89 percent last week. The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.6 point, unchanged from last week. The fee for a 15-year loan declined to 0.5 point from

  • Your Views

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Clear risk Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the Parental Rights Immunization Act, which would require doctors to provide clear information to parents about ingredients in vaccinations given to their children. This bill had overwhelming support in the House and Senate and with the citizens. Despite this, Fallin decided it is not wise for parents to be informed about the ingredients of vaccinations given to their children. The idea that we don't deserve to know what is in the liquid injected into the bodies of our children is absurd. There is a clear, documented risk every time an injection is given to a child, and parents have the right to know those risks and to decide what's best for their child.


    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $40.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $28.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted April 25: COMPLETION Alfalfa: Chesapeake Operating LLC; Patti 16-26-11 No. 1H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 16-26N-11W; TD 10,590. Dewey: Devon Energy Production Co. LP; Linnia 21-19N-16W No. 1H Well; S1/2 S1/2 S1/2 SE1/4 (SL) of 21-19N-16W; 193 barrels oil per day, 2,191,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 15,834. Major: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Pittman Ranch 2116 No. 1-12H Well; NW1/4 NW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 12-21N-16W; 301,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,000. Marshall:

  • Thunder, KD must shore up turnover issues

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne Staff writers Aslater@Oklahoman.com and EHorne@Oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Despite winning Game 2, the Thunder had a glaring issue: turnovers. OKC committed 18 of them, including the final one — an intercepted Dion Waiters inbound — which nearly cost the Thunder the game. But he wasn't the biggest culprit. Kevin Durant was. The Thunder star forward went an efficient 11-of-19 shooting in Game 2 but committed five turnovers, including a trio of careless, unaware giveaways. “We gotta be better controlling the ball,” Durant said. This season, the Thunder averaged 15.5 turnovers per game and only forced 12.5, the worst differential in the NBA. The Spurs, meanwhile, only committed 12.5 per game and forced 14.3, the fourth best differential in the league. VOGEL AN ASSISTANT

  • Now you know why Andre Roberson starts for the Thunder

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Andre Roberson catches the ball and hesitates. His body slows, but his mind races. You can almost see his conscience waging war. Shoot it, says the little guy on one shoulder. Don't you dare, says the other. Unless it's late in the game. Then there's no debate. Roberson would rather catch a band of scorpions than a roundball. In crunch time, Roberson plays hot potato. Treats the ball like it's 451 Fahrenheit. So when you watch Roberson pass up open shots, or worse yet clank a corner 3-point shot off the side of the backboard, you wonder. Why is this guy starting on a contending NBA team? Why is this guy starting on any NBA team? Then you watch Game 2 of the Thunder-Spurs Western Conference semifinals.

  • Should OKC order up a double?

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    For four straight mid-second-quarter possessions Monday night, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich cleared the left side of the floor and isolated LaMarcus Aldridge in the post. The first — with 5:18 before halftime — was against Steven Adams. Aldridge backed up the monster New Zealander with a power dribble to the chest, then turned back over his right shoulder and dropped in a fadeaway, despite Adams contesting the shot about as well as possible. The next time down, Serge Ibaka took his turn. Aldridge opted for power over finesse, bulldozing through Ibaka with three dribbles and dropping in a right hook from about four feet away, shedding contact.

  • Purcell’s Scarberry wins state title in colorful fashion

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    TAHLEQUAH — Purcell's ShaeBug Scarberry stood out at the Class 3A state tournament at Cherokee Springs in Tahlequah. The sophomore stood out for much more than just her game, though. The individual state champion wore long, colorful socks for her two rounds — just as she did in 2015 when she won the state title. Her right sock featured a dragon — Purcell's mascot. Her left was tie-dyed. Scarberry has a large collection of wild socks, starting her collection a few years ago while playing on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour. “At Red River one year, Morri Rose asked the girls to be creative and wear long socks with bright colors,” Scarberry said. “We wore pink and green