• OU football: Former Sooner Tony Jefferson warns against leaving college early

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Former standout safety Tony Jefferson left OU early, but after running a slow 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine — the result of a nagging injury — Jefferson slowly fell off draft boards and eventually went undrafted entirely.

  • OU football: Five draft-eligible underclassman

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Here’s a look at the five Sooners most likely to leave collegiate eligibility on the table and make the jump to professional football next month.

  • Consumers, retailers notice savings from gasoline price drop

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    As gasoline prices have shed $1.50 a gallon since June, consumers and retailers have noticed the savings.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners arrive in Orlando for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Many of the traveling group flew together from Oklahoma, but some players — like center Ty Darlington, who was already in the Orlando area — met the team in Florida. The team visited Universal Studios after their arrival.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo's baby elephant has an information-filled first day

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The 332-pound calf was born Monday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

  • Former Oklahoma City Energy FC coach Chris Spendlove makes court appearance

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Former Oklahoma City Energy FC assistant coach Chris Spendlove appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday morning on charges of murder and grievous bodily harm following the death of an off-duty police officer.

  • Tecumseh Middle School students think big to replace trees planted after 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A project led by Tecumseh Middle School students to replace trees planted after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has gained support from the community and architects Hans and Torrey Butzer, who designed the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man accused of threatening to kill police on social media

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Tavon Railback, 19, was arrested Tuesday on provisions of the state anti-terrorism act, accused of making a comment via Facebook which Oklahoma City police said threatened the lives of law officers.

  • Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Dec. 23, 2014

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    BASEBALL Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St.

  • Media notes: 'Brian and The Boz” to reair as part of '30 for 30' film marathon

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    “Brian and The Boz,” ESPN’s film on former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth, will reair at 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of a “30 for 30” film marathon that begins at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with “You Don’t Know Bo” on two-sport sensation Bo Jackson.

  • Ratings watch: Dallas Cowboys-Indianapolis Colts telecast gets 18.0 on Oklahoma City's KWTV-9

    COMPILED BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Thunder fans stay up late to watch team on West Coast as telecasts of Thunder-Lakers and Thunder-Golden State get strong ratings.

  • Oklahoma expert explains power of attorney for care and custody of a child

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Sarah Stewart, executive director of the Senior Law Resource Center Inc., discusses the Power of Attorney for Care and Custody of Child.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools seeks 'respectful' alternative to Land Run re-enactments

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer ∙ twillert@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City Public Schools officials said they recently discontinued Oklahoma Land Run re-enactments — which had dropped off in recent years — because they don’t tell the whole story behind the 1889 rush to acquire unassigned lands originally set aside for Indian tribes.

  • Executive Q&A: Chickasha-based health care executive's personal losses shaped company founding

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    After losing his parents to cancer, former Mercy executive Hank Ross founded his own hospice, home health and private duty nursing company.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks ahead to second, final term

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Health, prisons, education and jobs on agenda in second term.

  • Oklahoma Governor's Mansion facts

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion is less than a mile east of the Oklahoma state Capitol.

  • Children share wish lists with Santa on Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Devon Lu seemed pleased to meet Santa Claus, even if she wasn’t clear on some of the details. On Saturday morning, Devon, 3, met the man in red at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City.

  • School funding mistake produces politically induced amnesia

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    A multidecade mistake may have cost some schools millions of dollars. Yet some education officials, normally eager to assign blame, appear unable to do so now perhaps due to some politically induced amnesia. Under the funding formula for common education, state aid is slightly reduced for districts with substantial local property tax collections. This is done to provide a more equitable combined allocation. A 1992 law says such offsetting should not occur for a portion of tax collections on commercial and agricultural properties where the assessment ratio exceeds 11 percent. That hasn’t happened.

  • Ruling regarding uninsured drivers is a loss for Oklahomans

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    TRIAL lawyers sometimes stretch hyperbole to the breaking point, but it takes a special kind of chutzpah when one of them suggests that he’s doing us a favor by financially rewarding uninsured drivers. In 2011, the Legislature passed a law banning uninsured drivers from collecting so-called “pain and suffering” damages if they’re in an accident. The law did allow those drivers to recover actual damages, such as property damage, medical costs and lost income. In short, an uninsured driver who gets T-boned at an intersection will be paid to replace his car, compensated for any resulting hospital bills, and made whole for time away from his job.

  • How long before Oklahoma City abortion doctor gets sanctioned?

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    There may come a time when Naresh Patel isn’t allowed to practice medicine in Oklahoma. That time isn’t now, however, which has some officials angry. It’s easy to see why. Patel, 62, operates an abortion clinic in Warr Acres, where he was arrested earlier this month after allegedly providing abortion-inducing drugs to three undercover investigators posing as patients. None of the three was pregnant. Patel allegedly conducted ultrasounds, told the women they were expecting, gave them RU-486 pills and charged them $620 each. Last week Patel was charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, and with a felony racketeering charge.