• Name of woman found dead in Newcastle motel released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 min ago

    The name of a woman found dead in a Newcastle motel has been released. Authorities are investigating her death.

  • High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • Tulsa man pleads guilty to murder for setting house fire that killed 5-year-old

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A man accused of igniting a house fire that caused a 5-year-old’s death from smoke inhalation pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday. Tulsa County District Judge William LaFortune dismissed the potential jurors who were set to hear the trial of Steven Lewis Clement, 36, after the defendant entered a blind guilty plea to one count of first-degree murder while in the commission of the felony crime of arson and one count of endangering human life during arson. Jury selection had not been completed when Clement entered the plea.

  • Convicted former legislator released with ankle monitor

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 min ago

    Former state Rep. Randy Terrell, who was convicted of offering a bribe, was released from prison Monday. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor for the remainder of his sentence, which ends in mid-January.

  • Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill enrolls at West Alabama, will be in uniform Saturday

    By the Associated Press | Updated: 22 min ago

    The Division II school announced Tuesday that Hill, who is listed as Ty Hill on the school's website and wearing No. 11, is joining the program and will be in uniform for Saturday's opener against Stillman College.

  • Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

    Updated: 21 min ago

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described the slain officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, as a personal friend, a three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. "We lost a family member," Schmit said of the 52-year-old officer known around town as "GI Joe." ''His commitment to the people of this community has been unmatched and will be dearly missed." Authorities said Gliniewicz radioed in to tell dispatchers he was chasing three men on foot in the village of Fox Lake, 55 miles north o

  • Cabela's looks to welcome customers to first store in Oklahoma City

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Cabela's store is expected to open later this month to large crowds, company officials say.

  • Man gets life in hammer deaths of octogenarian parents

    Updated: 35 min ago

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his 87-year-old father and 85-year-old mother to death with hammers. Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen O'Brien told Jeffrey Maurer on Tuesday that his actions were "reprehensible and a shock to the community." Maurer declined to speak on his behalf. He has a history of mental illness and substance abuse. A jury found him guilty in July of first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of William and Gayle Maurer. Their bodies were found Jan. 19 in a vehicle inside the garage of their Rochester Hills home, north of Detroit. They were bludgeoned two days earlier with two hammers and a heavy tea kettle.

  • In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

    Updated: 47 min ago

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years - more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows. "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," Obama said with the iconic glacier at his back.

  • Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Invoking "God's authority," a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. "It is not a light issue for me," Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later through her lawyers. "It is a heaven or hell decision." April Miller and Karen Roberts, tailed by television cameras and rival activists, were there when the doors opened Tuesday morning, hours after the Supreme Court rejected the clerk's last-ditch request for a delay.

  • Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood, prompting heated rebuffs from conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans lack the votes to halt the payments. He also says that standing in the GOP's way is President Barack Obama, who doesn't leave office until January 2017. "The way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, the president has to sign it," McConnell said in an interview with Kentucky TV station WYMT recorded Monday. "The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Pare

  • Judge considers placing First National Center in receivership

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Unclear if air conditioning will be restored in landmark building on Wednesday

  • Oklahoma State football: After 10 years as coach, Mike Gundy enters 2015 with renewed energy

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    “I’m as energized now as I’ve ever been,” said Gundy, still a young coach at age 48.

  • California burger chain fans hope to lure one to Oklahoma on the Double-Double

    BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Carl Van Fleet, vice president of planning and development for In-N-Out, said the company won't be in Oklahoma any time soon.

  • Pot plant bird blind lands three poaching suspects in trouble

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Three suspected poachers were arrested over the weekend when authorities discovered their blind was made of marijuana plants.

  • Labor Day weekend patrols to target driving under the influence

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Law officers will patrol the Oklahoma City area over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Extra enforcement will crackdown on drivers under the influence. Lake Tenkiller will also be patrolled in northeast Oklahoma.

  • Broken Arrow Blue Bell plant resumes operation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Texas-based Blue Bell said production at the Broken Arrow plant will be on a limited basis as the company seeks to confirm that new procedures, facility enhancements, and employee training have been effective.

  • Media notes: Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is featured in Fox Sports' college football advertising campaign

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The television spots featuring Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William Perry, in which they rebuke so-called fans for their disobedience, will run on multiple Fox networks.

  • High school sports: Capitol Hill, U.S. Grant bumped up in new OSSAA ADM

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A change in the average daily membership Tuesday bumped Capitol Hill to Class 6A and also bumped U.S. Grant up a class in football for the next two years. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the official ADM after a near month-long delay due to an appeal from Claremore based on the participation of Emerson High School student-athletes at other Oklahoma City schools in the past. Now settled, Capitol Hill moves to Class 6A and U.S. Grant moves to Class 6A Division I for football while Claremore drops to Class 5A and Enid remains in Class 6A Division II in football. Football and baseball districts will not be approved until next week's board meeting.

  • Seven former local standouts named OBU football captains

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OCU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding