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  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Two small-town Oklahoma soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 33 min ago

    President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor next month to two U.S. Army soldiers who hailed from small Oklahoma towns and showed “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War. A White House press release issued Tuesday noted the home town of Army Spc. 4 Donald P.  Sloat, who was from the Wagoner County town […]

  • Joe Mixon case: Former state legislator says DA did not follow the law

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The opinions never seem to stop coming in the Joe Mixon case. The latest: former Oklahoma state legislator Mike Fair. Mixon, of course, is the OU tailback who was charged with a misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury after an altercation with an OU coed. Most people know the general details. Fair emailed me […]

  • Westmoore to use running back by committee

    Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a multitude of players at the position in 2014. Coach Adam Gaylor expects to have Terrel Skinner and Mike Hotchkins take over most of the carries, and says standout receivers Stephan Robinson and DeShawn Lookout will also appear in the backfield. […]

  • Austin beer brewer sells epic 99-pack for $99

    Matt Carney | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Anybody want to drive down I-35 with me? Austin Beerworks in Austin, Tex. launched a new brew called the Peacemaker this week with probably the coolest promotion I’ve ever heard. They’re selling 99-packs of the new beer for $99 in various locations around Austin, according to the brewers’ website. Might have to double-check my math […]

  • Hefner Canal goats have a guardian

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Hefner Canal goats have a new guardian. A guard dog named Otto, a Great Pyrenees with a summer haircut, is now watching over the herd. The city hopes the goats will be the solution to keeping weeds and brush in check along the canal in northwest Oklahoma City. They’ve been on the scene nearly […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks about Julian Wilson's move to cornerback

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said senior Julian Wilson’s move to cornerback “went as good as I could have ever hoped for.” So what took so long? Wilson, who was recruited as a cornerback out of Southmoore in 2010, started all 13 of Oklahoma’s games at nickelback last season. Stoops said Wilson was rushing […]

  • OSU Football Hires Nutritionist

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy has always believed in taking care of his players, even employing chefs at the training table. Now the Cowboys have a nutritionist, too. OSU has announced the hiring of a full-time nutritionist, Charles Hewitt, a former Texas A&M football walk-on. Hewitt spent last year completing a dietetic internship and finishing his certification at […]

  • Going to OSU-Florida State? Here's your map and parking information

    John Helsley | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Got tickets for Saturday’s Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium? Better have your parking pass, too. Officials in charge of parking are urging fans to purchase tickets in advance, saving $5 on the price and likely saving much hassle, while guaranteeing a spot in the stadium parking lot. You can buy parking passes here. Getting into […]

  • Oklahoma football: Junior center Ty Darlington ready to finally play more snaps

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior center Ty Darlington started one game as a true freshman in place of Gabe Ikard, but has spent most of the last two seasons on the sideline waiting his turn. With Ikard graduated, Darlington has taken over the starting center spot full-time. “It really has been a long time since I […]

  • Oklahoma football: Keith Ford a little surprised he didn't redshirt in 2013

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore running back Keith Ford expected to redshirt last season, especially with three seniors — Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams — ahead of him on the depth chart. “I had some doubt in my mind my freshman year because I knew there were three seniors in front of me, but […]

  • Barry Switzer & Pat Jones back for Coaches Cabana

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Barry Switzer and Pat Jones are back for their Coaches Cabana shows this college football season, and Switzer always is fired up about it. Switzer watches the OU game each week from his cabana behind his house and interacts with fans who also are watching. Jones watches the OSU game and five other schools have […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Louisiana Tech radio analyst Teddy Allen talks about this weekend's game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s new OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download […]

  • Oklahoma City Council votes to accept construction bid for MAPS 3 whitewater park

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council voted 5-4 to accept a $33.5 million construction bid for a MAPS 3 whitewater park. The bid is $13.5 million over the city's estimate. Accepting MAPS 3 whitewater park construction bid preserves restaurant, shop expected to help make the park financially self-sustaining. — WILLIAM CRUM (@WILLIAMCRUM) August 26, 2014 Accepting whitewater park construction bid also means architecture will be consistent with existing Oklahoma River boathouses, buildings. — WILLIAM CRUM (@WILLIAMCRUM) August 26, 2014 Mayor Mick Cornett acknowledges risk with whitewater park decision but says moving forward is preferable to delay.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • OSU up, Michigan down in recent conference standings

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    For my Friday column, I wrote about OSU having arrived as a college football heavyweight, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. Part of my data was the conference record of each major school over the last six years. OSU ranks ninth in the nation in conference record during that span. Here […]

  • Cowboys Praise FSU, Embrace Matchup

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy called Florida State “as good a team as we’ve ever played.” During Gundy’s tenure, the list of opponents has included some hefty foes, including 2005 national champion Texas. FSU, of course, won the BCS title a year ago and is ranked No. 1 as the strong favorite to repeat, with 15 starters returning, […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Florida State is OSU's best opponent since when?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy quarterbacked against the likes of the 1986 and 1987 Sooners, and he was an assistant coach against the likes of the 1994 and 1995 Cornhuskers, and he was head coach against the likes of the 2008 and 2009 Longhorns, and he’s seen plenty of Andrew Luck and Stanford, and Eli Manning and Ole […]

  • Edmond Memorial classmates rally around J.R. Cunningham

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Matt McReynolds grew up in Edmond playing basketball with J.R. Cunningham. He was a teammate of Cunningham’s at Edmond Memorial on the 1993 Class 5A state championship team. They graduated together in 1994. And when McReynolds read my Saturday column about Cunningham, which you can read here, McReynolds was moved to do something. Cunningham’s health […]

  • Joe Castiglione goes through Oklahoma drill, takes 'Ice Bucket Challenge' with Toby Keith, Barry Switzer

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    At last Thursday’s practice that was open to students and media, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops challenged Castiglione, Barry Switzer and Toby Keith to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise money and awareness for ALS. At practice Monday, all three were on hand to get soaked. Castiglione added an extra bit of fun to his visit […]