• Tramel: Why Greg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 min ago

    I received an email this week from Wayne Baughman, the wrestling icon who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Baughman went to John Marshall High School, then was an NCAA individual champion at OU and a member of two NCAA title teams for the Sooners. Baughman is the only wrestler […]

  • Child dead after being hit by car near Shawnee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A child is dead after a hit-and-run collision Wednesday night near Shawnee, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Local insurance company opens the lines of communication in healthcare

    By Matthew Moore | Updated: 25 min ago

    By Matthew Moore   Oklahomans are increasingly noticing changes in the way they receive healthcare. Many patients have seen their physician leaving private practice and becoming employed by hospitals. Others may have noticed that they see their physician less often than before, instead being treated by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. “The changes in medicine are coming so fast that many of our clients feel they lack the ability to maintain control of the direction of their practice and care they provide their patients,” said Dr. Carl Hook, a former ENT physician who is currently CEO of PLICO, a healthcare liability insurer headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Walter Byers, first NCAA director, dies

    By Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star | Updated: 26 min ago

    Walters Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, died on Tuesday at home near Emmett, Kan., the New York Times reported. He was 93. Byers was born in Kansas City and graduated from Westport High. He worked in the Big Ten office in Chicago until 1951 when colleges decided to establish an operational office to govern sports programs. Byers was named the director and opened the office in Kansas City. The NCAA had offices on 11th Street, in the Midland Theater, and on Shawnee Mission Parkway while Byers was in charge. He oversaw remarkable growth in college sports, engineering the NCAA’s first national television rights contract in 1952 and subsequent packages that grew in the millions in rights fees.

  • This is what makes Dollywood such an epic theme park

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Just like Dolly herself, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, screams southern charm. Drawing well over 2 million visitors a year, it’s one of the most visited theme parks in the south, and we’re going to tell you what makes Dollywood so wonderful ...

  • US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low

    Updated: 43 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market. Weekly applications increased 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 5,000 to 271,500. The average had fallen to a 15-year low two weeks ago. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have remained below 300,000, a historically low number, for 12 weeks. That suggests Americans are experiencing solid job security. It also indicates that employers are confident enough in the economic outlook to hold onto their staffs.

  • Trooper: Oklahoma toddler, 3, killed in hit-and-run

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    SHAWNEE — Oklahoma authorities are searching for a driver who they say ran over and killed a 3-year-old child. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says troopers were searching for the suspect Thursday morning. Troopers say the child’s father was pushing a stroller along the side of a Shawnee road late Wednesday night when a white car struck both of them. Their identities haven’t been released. Troopers tell a local television station the father was treated for injuries and released. Authorities say they have a person of interest but haven’t released a description of the suspect.

  • Flooding concerns prompt rescheduling of Eufaula bass classic

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: 55 min ago

    OUTDOORS -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Bass Classic has been rescheduled for July 18 at Lake Eufaula.

  • Breast cancer could be 'stopped in its tracks' by new technique, say scientists

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Certain breast cancers spread to the bones using an enzyme that drills “seed holes” for planting new tumours, research has shown. The discovery could lead to treatments aimed at preventing secondary breast cancers in patients with non-hormone sensitive disease. The enzyme lysyl oxidase (Lox) is released from the primary tumour in the breast. Scientists found that it produces holes in bone that provide fertile ground for the growth of spreading, or metastatic, cancer cells.

  • Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered, many cities remain in danger, and officials have warned about the possibility of more flooding from rain-swollen rivers as the week goes on. In suburban Houston, the rains have pushed the San Jacinto River above flood stage, and its waters were expected to cover streets in subdivisions along the west fork of the river, possibly stranding people in their homes for days if they don't leave. In Wharton, about 60 miles southwest of Houston, the mayor asked residents to voluntarily evacuate about 300 homes on the west side of the city due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River.

  • Less than 3 percent of Oklahoma remains in drought

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Less than 3 percent of Oklahoma remains in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

  • 'Draw Muhammad' contest planned in Phoenix

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    An Phoenix area anti-Muslim activist is planning a "draw Muhammad" cartoon contest and rally in Phoenix on Friday, KPNX reports. The event is being dubbed a "Freedom of Speech Rally" and comes three weeks after a similar event in Garland, Texas, that prompted violence by two alleged ISIS sympathizers. The president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix where the protest is planned said he has been notified by Phoenix Police and the FBI about the event. Usama Shami said he respects the protesters' right to free speech. "Everybody has a right to be a bigot. Everybody has a right to be a racist. Everybody has a right to be an idiot," Shami said.

  • Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States. Corruption charges in the U.S. were announced Wednesday against 14 people, with at least two of them holding American citizenship, and linking them to banks in the United States. Seven of the 14 were arrested Wednesday morning in Zurich ahead of a FIFA meeting and Friday's presidential election in which Sepp Blatter is expec

  • Austin music scene rallies to help punk lifer Chepo Peña fight cancer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Chepo Peña didn’t start life in Austin, but he moved here with is family six weeks after he was born. He spent his childhood bouncing between neighborhoods, exploring different parts of the city. His father, Amado Peña, was a successful artist specializing in colorful, southwestern paintings of Native American life, and by the time Peña was in high school the family had landed on the scenic west side of town. But Peña was drawn to the grimy side of the city and shortly after graduating from Westlake High School, he was playing bass in a punk band, Four Violent People, that landed a few gigs at the Cavity on Red River. “We were too young to play the Cannibal Club, so the Cavity was this D.I.Y.

  • Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship. Coca-Cola also made it clear it is unhappy with the scandals rocking the organization, which held an emergency meeting Thursday chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The meeting comes a day after seven officials were arrested in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich and Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. Visa provided the most acute criticism of FIFA, saying it expects the organization to take "swift

  • Highway closings in Oklahoma due to flooding

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A number of highways in Oklahoma remained closed Thursday because of high water or damage from recent flooding.

  • Lawyer: Tracy Morgan happy Wal-Mart crash lawsuit behind him

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was very emotional after settling his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Appearing on NBC's "Today" show Thursday, Morgan's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said Morgan is happy to put the litigation behind him and have closure. Terms were not disclosed, but the lawyer said money was involved. Morelli says Morgan tells him he has a new lease on life. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others last June. Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs and is still recovering. Wal-Mart call

  • 80-year-old traveler becomes Internet superstar

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    In the spirit of YOLO (You only live once), one grandmother is traveling around the world at the impressive age of 80. Lena Toksanbaeva is a devoted mother and grandmother who had never left her native home of Kazakhstan. That is, until her children convinced her to take a trip to London.

  • Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips 3rd public appearance

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself. Blatter called together leaders of FIFA's regions as world soccer is rocked by an American federal racketeering case. "There was a meeting today with the president with the representatives from the confederations to discuss the current situation," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement. The North American body, known as CONCACAF, said it was not represented at the meeting. CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, a FIFA vice president, was among seven men arrested in an early morning raid at a luxury hotel Wednesday by Swiss police at the request of U.S. authoriti

  • KFOR: Oklahoma judge sends tardy defendants directly to jail

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    An Oklahoma County judge is fed up with her courtroom's lack of punctuality, reports KFOR. More than half a dozen people were sent to jail. Their crime? They all showed up late to court.