• Oklahoma audit accuses Paoli trustees of self-dealing

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Members of Paoli's board of trustees have been accused of violating Oklahoma's constitution by granting themselves exclusions from the payment of personal utility bills, the state auditor said, also noting state nepotism laws apparently were violated.

  • Ninth accuser testifies in sex crimes case against fired Oklahoma City police officer

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The ninth accuser to testify against a former OKC police officer charged with sex crimes told Oklahoma County District Court jurors that Daniel Holtzclaw made her perform a sex act after he found a crack pipe in her purse.

  • Oklahoma City Council leaders worry about teacher pay tax increase proposal’s effect on MAPS

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Council members, who worry about any threat to the MAPS tax, are concerned about a proposed 1-cent sales tax for schools that could bump the statewide rate to 5.5 percent. The 1-cent tax would be used to fund $5,000 teacher pay raises, among other things. The MAPS 3 tax expires Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Oklahoma judge lifts gag order in Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash case

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A gag order that barred victims, family members and others from discussing the deadly Oct. 24 homecoming parade crash was lifted Tuesday.

  • Oklahomans gaining optimism about personal finances

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    According to the survey conducted in September, 47 percent of Oklahoma consumers expect their personal financial situation to remain the same over the next 12 months, and another 42 percent expect it to improve over that same period.

  • Oklahoma City school raises more than $1,000 for Oklahoma State University parade crash victims

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    During an assembly on Tuesday, students from Oklahoma City's Hawthorne Elementary School student council presented a check for $1,189 to the Stillwater Medical Foundation, to aid victims of the deadly Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash on Oct. 24.

  • Two more women testify in former Oklahoma City police officer's trial

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Prosecutors on Monday introduced testimony from two more women who claim they were forced to have sex with a former Oklahoma City police officer after he stopped them while he was on duty. Daniel Holtzclaw, 28, faces accusations that he sexually abused 13 women while he was an officer.

  • Chesapeake unit to pay $1.4 million fine in Pennsylvania

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Company agrees to stabilize area of 2011 landslide.

  • Oklahoma City airport expects busy holiday week

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    While the numbers of people flying in and out of Oklahoma City may be down this year compared to last, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport said Monday the operation still expects to be busy this week as the holiday travel season shifts into gear.

  • Oklahoma City district's announcement of revised code doesn't satisfy teachers

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma City school district is seeking to reduce the number of long-term or out-of-school suspensions and expulsions in order to keep students in the classroom. Teachers who addressed the panel, however, didn't appear satisfied with the superintendent's announcement or subsequent presentations made by district and school administrators and community partners in support of the revised discipline plan.

  • T-shirts say Oklahomans care about refugees' plight

    By Adam Kemp Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Taylor McKenzie, of Oklahoma City, is printing T-shirts that say refugees are welcome in Oklahoma.

  • Key Obama administration officials seek to reassure Fallin about refugees

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wrote a letter to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin saying, "We have tremendous faith in this system's ability to detect, investigate and disrupt terrorist plotting in this country, as it has done repeatedly."

  • Lots of cooking going on for big Thanksgiving dinner in Edmond

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The menu for this year's Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner includes 150 turkeys, 350 pounds of ham, 500 pounds of white potatoes, 500 pounds of sweet potatoes, 35 tubs each of cornbread and bread stuffing and 50 gallons of gravy.

  • Suspect, 32, faces charges in slaying, dismemberment of Norman man

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Roy Lewis Workman, 32, is accused of shooting to death Corey Maxwell, who was reported missing to police Sept. 17. A Cleveland County District Court affidavit says Workman used a chainsaw to dismember Maxwell's body and try to hide it in a dump near Tribbey.

  • Missing Church's Chicken franchisee found in Farmers Branch, Texas

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Owner of Oklahoma restaurants owes more than $1 million in business debts and taxes.

  • White House continues efforts to counter fears about Syrian refugees

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The White House continues to try to counter fears about Syrian refugees coming to the United States. On Monday, it enlisted big-city mayors and a former secretary of state to talk to reporters on a call about the need to allow refugees to come to the nation.

  • Oklahoma higher education institutions cutting costs, sharing resources

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Higher education officials across Oklahoma are taking steps to cut costs as they brace for a huge state budget shortfall next fiscal year. "We are making plans today — and we have the past two months — to be prepared to deal with what will be a very significant budget deficit," higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson said Wednesday at the first of a series of meetings at campuses across the state. At each stop, the college president will invite area lawmakers to come hear why higher education is important to the state and why funding should be preserved. "Our goal is to do everything we can to ensure that the cut to higher education is minimized or that higher education is protected, but we understand what the

  • Oklahoma City will be the only North American venue for exhibit featuring masterworks by Matisse, Picasso and others

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” will bring more than 100 works of art from France to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art next summer. The exhibit includes nearly 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by celebrated artist Henri Matisse, along with masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Fernand Leger and Amadeo Modigliani.

  • Does state need a boom-and-bust fund?

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Oklahoma's Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said the state may want to consider a new budget stabilization fund to cover deficits when the energy industry isn't generating as much tax revenue.

  • Oklahoma's Love County sheriff is under investigation, FBI says

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    FBI Agent Steve West said the agency is investigating Love County Sheriff Joe Russell, 62, whose son, George "Willie" Russell, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury Nov. 3 on a count of distribution of methamphetamine.