• Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits. The city ticketed the club’s owner, Roger F. Fowler Jr., twice after an undercover code inspector reported observing “adult entertainment activity being performed at the location” in April. The city also ticketed the club’s landlord twice. Amanda’s Place has operated as a strip club for years at 3304 SW 29, just west of Interstate 44, even though it is near neighborhoods and a city park, records show.

  • Rock slide isn't the first snag along Interstate 35 in Oklahoma

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Recent rock slides aren't the only thing that have blocked Interstate 35 through the Arbuckle Mountains through the years.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

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

  • Lawsuit against Moore church settled for $260,000

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A former Moore Christian Schools teacher, Gregory Alan Saul Sr., is accused in a 2012 rape case of having a sexual relationship with a student that began when she was 13 and he was 64. He faces 18 felony counts in Cleveland County District Court.

  • OK Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Rick M. Green: OK Capitol Boxscore is a weekly look at the happenings in the Oklahoma Capitol.

  • Oklahoma medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma medical news briefs for Sunday, July 5, 2015.

  • Social Security Q&A for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: Can I check the status of retirement benefits application?

  • Education briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Rose state plans vets job fair MIDWEST CITY — More than 50 companies with 1,500 positions to fill will be at the Rose State College Veterans Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14. Although veteran-focused, the job fair is open to anyone seeking employment. There is no fee to participate. It will be in the Rose State College Student Center just off Hudiburg Drive. Participating employers will include Boeing, Galt Foundation, Arvest Bank, Xerox, Tinker Credit Union, the state Transportation Department, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base, Mercy Hospital and Chickasaw Nation Industries. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring many resume copies. For more information, contact Pam Emmons at 733-7488

  • Some OU employees' children are now eligible for a full-tuition waiver

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The children of University of Oklahoma  employees will be eligible for a full-tuition waiver for undergraduate degrees through a new scholarship program established this summer.  The Dependent Child Tuition Waiver Program waives the cost of tuition “for full-time undergraduate students who are children of employees and who are properly enrolled as dependents in the university’s medical insurance plan,” according to the university’s website. Students still will be required to pay fees associated with their course work. “I’ve got to tell you, it was wonderful news for me,” said Karen Renfroe, executive director of the President’s Associates and Women’s Philanthropy Network at OU.

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    APPOINTMENT New district judge takes bench Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Leah Jo Edwards as the district judge for Garvin and McClain counties. Edwards, of Lindsay, succeeds Judge Greg Dixon, who resigned. Edwards has served as the first assistant district attorney in Grady County since 2013. She previously served as a Grady County assistant district attorney. “Leah Edwards will serve residents of Garvin and McClain counties well,” Fallin said. “She is a proven and effective litigator in both public and private matters. She has a wealth of courtroom experience that she brings with her, which will serve her well in her new role.

  • Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits. The city ticketed the club’s owner, Roger F. Fowler Jr., twice after an undercover code inspector reported observing “adult entertainment activity being performed at the location” in April. The city also ticketed the club’s landlord twice. Amanda’s Place has operated as a strip club for years at 3304 SW 29, just west of Interstate 44, even though it is near neighborhoods and a city park, records show.

  • Medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Free grief support groups set If you have experienced the death of a loved one, grief is the normal and the natural response to loss. Integris Hospice provides ongoing grief support. Conducted by Shari Ostroff, a family studies and gerontology expert, the free six-week programs provide a step-by-step approach for those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond their grief toward a richer quality of life. One six-week program runs from July 21 to Aug. 25, meeting Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Integris Cancer Institute conference rooms near the southwest entrance at 5911 W Memorial Road. The other six-week program runs July 21 to Aug. 25 on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Moore Public Library, Room

  • Lawsuit against Moore church settled for $260K

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN — A lawsuit blaming a Moore church for alleged sexual misconduct by a teacher there has been settled for $260,000. The former Moore Christian Schools teacher, Gregory Alan Saul Sr., is accused in a 2012 rape case of having a sexual relationship with a student that began when she was 13 and he was 64. He faces 18 felony counts in Cleveland County District Court. Police reported some of the sexual misconduct took place at the schools in 2011 during school hours. Police reported Saul gave the girl a promise ring at one point and “asked if she would marry him and move to Mexico with him since her age was legal in part of that country.

  • French discovery may help restore fragrance to roses

    By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK — Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In fact, many kinds of roses today have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that. A study of roses that do have a strong scent revealed a previously unknown chemical process in their petals. It’s key to their alluring odor. Experts said the finding might let scientists restore a pleasing scent to rose varieties that have lost it because of breeding for traits like color or longevity. French scientists identified a gene that’s far more active in a heavily scented kind of rose than in a type with little odor. This gene, which produces an enzyme, revealed the odor-producing process.

  • Fallin presides over deal for water-starved residents near Lexington

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    LEXINGTON — Gov. Mary Fallin has brokered a first-of-its-kind deal to bring clean water to about 90 Lexington-area homes. Under the proposal, water below state Corrections Department land near the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center will be provided to homes with contaminated water wells. Alex Weintz, the governor’s spokesman, said Fallin arranged a meeting with General Counsel Steve Mullins, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Corrections Department and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1 to discuss the ongoing issues with access to clean drinking water for residents near Lexington. “The meeting was constructive and

  • ‘It’s half terrifying and half exciting’

    By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women’s swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men’s team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA. “It’s half terrifying and half exciting,” said Bailar, a 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia. “I’m just kind of embracing it with open arms.” Bailar, an incoming freshman, came out as transgender this year after already being recruited for the women’s team. Initially he planned to stay on that team but had mixed feelings about it — he wanted to swim, but he also wanted to embrace his identity.

  • Pruitt talks monument, subsidies, death penalty

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Over the past 10 days, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Supreme Court have handed down major decisions on health care subsidies, execution methods, same-sex marriage and the placement of the Ten Commandments on state land. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was closely involved with three of those cases. His office represented the state in the lethal injection case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court sided with the state and allowed the continued administration of a sedative that was challenged by death row inmates. In the health care subsidies case, Pruitt was one of the original challengers to the IRS interpretation of the law that subsidies were available on both state and

  • Q&A: Defense attorneys seek to convince jury that theater shooter was insane

    By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The first week of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ defense case has provided new details about his mental state around the time he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a packed midnight movie premiere. His attorneys have called sheriff’s deputies, a jail nurse and a series of doctors who observed Holmes’ sometimes bizarre behavior in the weeks and months after he carried out the July 2012 attack. Here’s a question-and-answer look at what jurors are learning as defense attorneys try to convince them Holmes was legally insane when he carried out one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. How intelligent is James Holmes? Holmes had an IQ of

  • Texas funeral home gives caskets for poor veterans

    BY JULIE GARCIA Corpus Christi Caller-Times | Updated: 10 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sabrina Thompson’s uncle, a Vietnam War veteran named Benjamin Harold Fitts, died May 6. She remembers him taking care of her when she was a girl and called herself “the closest thing he had to a child.” When faced with his funeral and burial, Thompson felt like she had nowhere to turn. “My uncle didn’t have insurance; the county was going to bury him in a box,” Thompson said. “We didn’t want that, but we couldn’t come up with the money.” The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported a local commercial advertising free caskets for U.S. veterans helped Thompson overcome the unexpected plight. “I saw the commercial from Trevino Funeral Home and how they respect our

  • California learns to save water

    By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it’s possible to get people to change their ways. The 154,000-customer Santa Margarita Water District cut its water use 18 percent in May, compared with a pitiful 3 percent in the previous 11 months, state officials announced this week.




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