• With state prisons over capacity, some are calling for reversal of harsh sentencing law

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Oklahoma prisons are well above capacity, yet more than 50 people are serving a sentence of life without parole for drugs, the result of a harsh, three-strikes law enacted in the 1980s. Now, some are saying it’s time for change.

  • Queen of the Prairie festival rocks music lovers in Guthrie

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The two-day music celebration in Guthrie, Oklahoma, took place in the middle of Cottonwood Flats. The concert aimed to build on the momentum of 2013’s Gentlemen of the Road stopover and a series of Make Guthrie Weird street festivals.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, May 3, 2015

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies’ high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stock.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 3, 2015

  • New device locates hidden bodies, helps OSBI solve crimes

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is using a new device to find hidden graves. The tool located a woman’s body in Pottawatomie County in March.

  • Tax experts, others dispel myths, share economic growth at McGladrey summit

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    McGladrey national experts and local development execs share podium at Thursday tax and economics summit.

  • Oklahoma state senator stands pat against bond for Indian museum

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, sent a letter April 24 that included a document from the state bond adviser showing current bond debt on the half-finished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City at $59.7 million, which will not be paid off until 2027.

  • Principal works with others for others — students

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Donna Boles, principal at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, has been named the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals. In part, she received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond for her students, staff and overall school family.

  • Exiting Oklahoma lawmakers, officials sometimes leave thousands in donations to charities

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    State legislators and elected officials exiting the Capitol for the last time often give leftover campaign contributions to such charities, their reports show.

  • OSU baseball: Bryan Case leads Oklahoma State to 8-1 victory against Oklahoma

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Bryan Case, known more for his skills behind the plate, was a load indeed, but this time at the plate, igniting three OSU rallies in an 8-1 Game 2 Bedlam win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Bedlam baseball notebook: Freeman keeps hitters guessing in Bedlam win

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Oklahoma State starter Michael Freeman didn’t allow Oklahoma much of a chance to drive the ball Saturday night in Bedlam at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Freeman struck out seven and only three of his outs came in the outfield during a complete-game performance in an 8-1 Cowboys win. “His ball has very late action,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “Having tried to catch him before, the ball has a late unpredictability about it — some will sink, some will dart, every now and then some will cut. “When you’re not even sure how to get your hand around the ball, then you know the hitter’s not quite sure how to get his barrel square on the ball.

  • OKC Dodgers run winning streak to four games

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Oklahoma City Dodgers improved their winning streak to four games on Saturday night with a 4-1 win over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the ninth as they improved to 18-5 on the season in front of a crowd of 5,411. Oklahoma City’s Darnell Sweeney reached on an error to lead off the game and later scored on a RBI single by Kyle Jensen. Corey Seager added a RBI groundout in the first. With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Matt Carson hit a RBI single and Scott Schebler followed with a bases loaded walk to make it 4-1. Oklahoma City’s Steve Smith (2-0) earned the win on the mound and David Aardsma collected his

  • Oklahoma appeals court rejects Bureau of Indian Affairs child placement guidelines

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Disregarding new Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that a judge can deviate from child placement preferences contained in the Indian Child Welfare Act when such action is in the best interest of a child.

  • A big thumbs-down: Thumb arthritis common, especially among baby boomer women

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting the hand, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ghazi Rayan, an orthopedic surgeon at Integris Baptist Medical Center, answered a few questions about the disease.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan has a track record of success dealing with personalities like Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Billy Donovan will be coaching a New Zealander, a Turkish player and a Congo native who knows five different languages. But above all, everyone is interested in how he’ll handle the delicate task of managing the emotionally charged Russell Westbrook, something his predecessor (Scott Brooks) did remarkably well.

  • High school sports: Mustang's Fuller twins share a competitive bond

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    There aren’t many things Kyra and Skyler don’t do together. The sports they play obviously end up being on that list. Skyler is a talented center fielder for the Mustang baseball team and Kyra is a cross country and track standout for the Broncos.

  • Billy Donovan: Why this is different than other college-to-NBA jobs

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    The Thunder hired Donovan on Thursday to coach a loaded roster that has had repeated playoff success and seems poised for a run at the 2016 NBA championship, provided superstar Kevin Durant returns healthy from a foot injury.

  • Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson

    By Jason Kersey, Staff writer | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game

  • OU football: Former quarterback/tight end Blake Bell taken by San Francisco in fourth round

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Blake Bell, the former OU quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma musician Kyle Dillingham gets 'sweet sounds' from broken violins

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Classically trained violinist Kyle Dillingham, an Oklahoma native, used broken violins for is latest compilation called “Broken Beyond Repair.”