• Across-the-board pay raises sought for Oklahoma teachers as part of new education budget proposal

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The state Board of Education on Thursday approved a $2.78 billion education budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that includes minimum $2,500 pay raises for all certified personnel, including approximately 50,500 teachers. The board voted 4-0 to approve the proposed budget, which is $297 million more than what was received by the state Education Department for fiscal year 2015. “Increasing teacher pay is a key factor in recruiting and retaining the best teachers for our students,” said state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, who requested the pay raises. “Outside of a concerned parent or guardian, teachers have the most direct impact on student’s lives.

  • Dancing priests become Internet sensation

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican. Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd. At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis rec

  • Berry Tramel's NFL picks: DeMarco Murray has a long way to go

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Jamaal Charles is the Kansas City Chiefs’ career rushing leader. Charles set the KC record last Sunday. Charles has 6,113 rushing yards. That’s more than Christian Okoye or Ed Podolak or Mike Garrett gained. More than gained by Larry Johnson (6,015) or Priest Holmes (6,070), the only other Chiefs with at least 5,000 yards gained. […]

  • California orders churches, others to pay for abortion, despite federal protections

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Despite a 2004 federal law, the state of California is telling churches and other faith-based employers their health insurance programs must pay for elective surgical abortions. Two Christian groups are threatening a federal lawsuit.

  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. — DID HE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BAN? He made no explicit mention of China's ban on the social media giant, but an indirect reference to it drew laughter during the question-and-answer session Wednesday at Tsinghua University. Zuckerberg, whose company has long sought to enter China, noted Facebook already helps some Chinese companies in foreign markets, citing computer maker Lenovo's ads on Facebook in India. "Speaking of China, I have a more difficult question for Mark, which I hope

  • Continental Resources pleased with latest Grady County wells

    By Jay F. Marks, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. has announced the results of its four latest wells in its new Springer Shale play.

  • Motorcycle collides with deer, rider killed in southeast Oklahoma City Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A person on a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a deer in southeast Oklahoma City Thursday. Emergency workers said the person was dead at the scene.

  • Girls' journey renews fears of terror recruiting

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups' use of social media to recruit people inside the United States. A Colorado school official said the Denver-area girls — two sisters ages 17 and 15, and a 16-year-old friend — were victims of an online predator who encouraged them to travel overseas and eventually to Syria. Mia Bloom, a professor of security studies at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said the girls' story so far suggests how Islamic extremists have mastered social media to prey on younger and younger women with "Disney-like versions" of what it is like to live under Muslim leadership, comp

  • American Pop artist to be featured in new OSU exhibition called The New York Project

    From the OSU Museum of Art | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Pop artist to address Stillwater audience via Skype

  • Missing Oklahoma inmate recaptured in Hot Springs

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Authorities say a man who escaped a southern Oklahoma jail has been captured in Arkansas. Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden says 26-year-old Raymond Jay Stewart escaped Saturday from the county jail in Durant, which is about 150 miles south of Oklahoma City near the state’s border with Texas. Authorities say Stewart was captured Wednesday afternoon in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. A local newspaper reports that a Hot Springs detective had seen a photo of the missing inmate and recognized an Irish clover tattoo on Stewart’s face. Stewart is being held in the Garland County jail pending his extradition to Oklahoma. He had been awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge for the March beating

  • With Kevin Sweat to be sentenced Friday, TV reporter shares insight into conversations with convicted killer

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 9 hr ago

    During the three years it has taken to prosecute Kevin Sweat in Okfuskee County, the convicted killer hasn't said much in the courtroom. Set to be sentenced to prison Friday for three counts of first-degree murder, Sweat stood mute before the court in at least one hearing, and on other occasions he nodded quietly or uttered a few words to the judge when prompted. In the past year, however, Sweat has gotten decidedly chatty with an Oklahoma City television news reporter whom he frequently phones from jail. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • DOC files another motion to dismiss First Amendment suit challenging execution access

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma corrections officials have reduced the number of media witnesses allowed at executions and imposed greater restrictions on reporters’ access, but they argued in federal court filings this week that they are not seeking “to exclude media from executions.” Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma filed another motion this week to dismiss a federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that seeks to block the state from further restricting reporters’ First Amendment right to witness executions. The state’s motion argues that “the First Amendment does not grant the public a right to view executions” and that “the fact that individuals are allowed to attend executions does not make it open to the

  • Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder of friend

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A Tulsa judge sentenced a man to 20 years in prison on Monday in the shooting death of his friend on the victim’s 26th birthday. Judah Orlando Cumminsky, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, amended from first-degree murder, before District Judge Mark Barcus. Prosecutors said he fatally shot Isaac A. Wogu on March 17. Homicide investigators told the Tulsa World that Wogu was shot during an altercation at Cumminsky’s home in the 3800 block of East Xyler Street in a disagreement over the loot from a burglary Wogu, Cumminsky and others were alleged to have committed. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma State researcher awarded $3M grant

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    STILLWATER — The National Institutes of Health has awarded an Oklahoma State University professor a $3 million grant to conduct research that might offer parents more help soon after they learn their child has cancer. Larry L. Mullins, the Vaughn O. Vennerberg II Endowed Professor of Psychology and director of clinical training at OSU, was awarded the grant by the facility. The research will focus on the development of a psychosocial intervention for parents of children who are newly diagnosed with cancer, using both psychologists and nurses. The project includes Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital Center and the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, as well as OSU.

  • Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins. Most of the athletes were football players or members of the school's cherished basketball program, which won three of its five national titles during the scandal (1993, 2005, 2009). Many at the university hoped Wainstein's eight-month investigation would bring some closure.

  • Man fatally shot while backing out of Tulsa driveway

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A man was fatally shot Wednesday evening while in a sedan that appeared to have been backing out of a Tulsa driveway, police said. Investigators recovered drugs from the car, an officer at the scene said, but it was not immediately clear whether those drugs played a role in why the man was shot. The victim, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was shot multiple times and died at the scene, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Foggy first, then sunny in central Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 79 degrees in central Oklahoma Thursday. Patchy fog is possible in the morning.

  • Horse owned by Edmond woman is a surprise champion

    By Jenifer Reynolds, For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    Lacey Wright’s horse, exhibited by trainer Susan Morey, won a Morgan horse show championship in Oklahoma City.

  • AG warns Oklahomans of jury duty scams

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a warning involving possible jury duty scams, saying neither the court nor law enforcement will ever call a resident regarding jury duty.

  • Officials find gun believed to be used in Hruby family triple slaying in Duncan

    BY JULIANA KEEPING, Staff Writers | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Oklahoma investigators found the handgun in a search of a storage unit late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.