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  • OKC Barons: Barons try to wrap up playoff berth Friday and Saturday

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Iowa is last in the Western Conference, but it will try and play the spoiler the next two days for Oklahoma City.

  • Security chief: Elementary schools in Oklahoma City district need police presence to protect students, teachers

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    District contracts with police department to provide school resource officers at middle schools, high schools but not elementary schools

  • Without funding, program for children with autism faces unsure future

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Early Foundations, a specialized program for children with autism, faces a questionable future after losing $420,000 in federal budget cuts, leaving the program that has helped more than 30 children with autism to scramble for money via private donations and residents.

  • NLRB focuses on nonunionized workplaces

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    McAfee & Taft’s Michael Lauderdale discusses the National Labor Relations Board’s interest in social media, dress codes and anti-gossiping policies.

  • DA declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORMAN - Prosecutors weeks ago declined to file sexual assault charges against Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday. The district attorney said Shannon was not charged based on the woman's wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented. He explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place." Shannon's future at the University of Oklahoma will be determined through an appeals process there over the allegation that he sexually assaulted a female student at his off-campus apartment early on the morning of Jan. 20.

  • Earmarking practice fuels artificial budget problems for Oklahoma policymakers

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    EARMARKING state funds for specific purposes before any deposit is made into the state’s general revenue fund has created serious budget challenges in Oklahoma. Due to such skimming, total state tax collections have increased but lawmakers still face a $188.5 million budget “shortfall.” Yet some lawmakers want to up the ante on earmarking. Legislators should resist the temptation. It will only exacerbate budget problems down the road, as prominent officials with years of budget experience attest. University of Oklahoma President David Boren, who served as governor from 1975 to 1979, is among those opposed to further earmarking.

  • Smoking reprieve for veterans centers gains Oklahoma House approval

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Residents of veterans centers would be allowed to smoke in ventilated smoking rooms until the end of the year and in designated outdoor smoking areas until Jan. 1, 2018, under a compromise bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • Robotics competition is fun way to learn at Oklahoma City school

    BY MATT PATTERSON, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Middle school robotics team from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Oklahoma City will be competing in St. Louis at the First Lego League World Festival.

  • Stolen pickup recovered in Purcell uncovers multicounty burglary ring

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A stolen pickup found at a Purcell home has led to the arrests of three people, and another dozen are implicated in a multicounty burglary ring, authorities said.

  • Oklahoma's governor supports open records with veto of Senate measure

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A Senate bill that would have given state higher education institutions additional exemptions to the state Open Records Act was vetoed Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Film Exchange building preservation plans collapse in Oklahoma City

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Advocates of saving the Film Exchange building and incorporating it into the MAPS 3 downtown park say their proposals are dead. Two groups had proposed working the 90-year-old building into the design of the park.

  • News briefs about Edmond, Oklahoma

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up about what is going on in Edmond.

  • Zoo Atlanta director selected for Oklahoma City Zoo post

    BY MATT PATTERSON, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Dwight Lawson, director of Zoo Atlanta, was one of 26 people who applied for the position.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder prepare for another playoff clash with Grizzlies

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OKC faces the same Memphis Grizzlies team that knocked it out of last season’s playoffs, starting with an 8:30 p.m. tip Saturday in The Peake.

  • OKC Barons can't stop Texas Stars

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Barons’ game with the Texas Stars had an underlying subplot Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center. Having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Stars showed a crowd of 3,067 why they haven’t lost a game in regulation in more than a month by beating the Barons 2-1. If the Barons make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, they will play the Stars in a best-of-five first-round series that would begin next week with Games 1 and 2 in Oklahoma City. “We talked about this,” said 29-year-old veteran Matthew Ford. “Our goal is to make the playoffs, and we knew this could be a potential matchup. We still have to get in, but we wanted to set a tempo tonight.

  • OU football: Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.

  • OKC Barons: Barons still control playoff destiny

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    If Oklahoma City secures at least three standings points (one win and one non-regulation loss) in two home games Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild, the Barons will qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

  • OKC Thunder rallies past Detroit, clinches No. 2 seed in West

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left, and after a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a jump ball in Detroit’s end with 1.8 seconds left, he won a tip over Greg Monroe. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings managed a 30-foot heave at the

  • OKC Thunder gets Dallas' first-round pick in upcoming draft

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    On a wild final night in the NBA, the Thunder won twice, once on the court and once for the future. With the Raptors and Bulls losing, giving each 24 defeats on the season, it secured Dallas as having a top-10 record in the NBA this season. As part of the James Harden trade, OKC received the Mavericks’ first-round pick, which was top-20 protected. The Thunder now holds the 21st and 29th overall picks. Fay Bailey enjoys first Thunder game On her 93rd birthday, Fay Bailey enjoyed her first live Thunder game. For Friday’s OKC-Detroit regular-season finale, Bailey’s family bought tickets as a birthday present and shuttled her up from Choctaw. A die-hard Thunder fan, Bailey never misses a game.

  • Home furnishings retailer West Elm plots Oklahoma City store

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    West Elm would be the first new national retailer to arrive at the shopping center since Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust bought the property last month from Chesapeake Energy Corp., along with the Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza shopping centers and several acres of adjacent undeveloped land, for $51.8 million.