• Son of slain Oklahoma labor commissioner charged Monday in father's fatal stabbing

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Christian Costello, 26, of Oklahoma City, was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder. He is accused in the single felony count of killing his father by repeatedly stabbing the victim with a knife the evening of Aug. 23.

  • OKC district's changes add up to big gains on math scores

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Aurora Lora, associate superintendent of student achievement and accountability for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said rebuilding the math department keyed the turnaround.

  • Rally held to underline dangers of prescription drug abuse

    RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Gail Box has a photograph of her son that gives her strength. Austin Box had just intercepted a pass against Oklahoma State on Nov. 27, 2010, in Stillwater. Amid the jubilation, he pointed at the University of Oklahoma student section. "Whenever I see that picture today, whenever I see Austin pointing, I think, you know, it's a challenge to me," Gail Box said Monday at a state Capitol rally. "He's pointing to me and everyone else to make a change so that we do not lose any more of our citizens in Oklahoma, citizens of the nation, to a prescription drug overdose." Austin Box died on May 19, 2011. In his system were oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone with alprazolam.

  • Disgraced Oklahoma City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist dies

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Joyce Gilchrist had been testing forensic evidence for the Oklahoma City Police Department for over two decades when she was fired in 2001. An FBI investigation that year questioned the validity of her work

  • Police arrest driver involved in hit and run death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A man who police believe was involved in a deadly hit and run on Friday was arrested on Monday.

  • Oklahoma, Michigan attorneys general call for Iran sanctions

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Michigan are urging leaders in every state to impose state-based sanctions against Iran in response to a nuclear accord between Iran, the U.S. and other nations. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a letter Monday encouraging sanctions to prohibit the investment of state assets in Iran. The U.S. negotiated alongside other nations for nearly two years before finalizing an accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. But the letter says the agreement is a bad deal that requires only marginal changes to Iran's nuclear program while allowing Iran to maintain

  • 2 Oklahoma fugitives arrested in Missouri

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in western Missouri have arrested two people being sought by Oklahoma authorities. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 31-year-old Richard Z. Holliday and 31-year-old Sheryl A. Stewart near Harrisonville on Sunday after receiving an anonymous tip. The sheriff's office says Holliday and Stewart are wanted on an outstanding drug charge in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Stewart's also being held on a federal bank robbery warrant. Stewart was released to the U.S. Marshal Service. Holliday was being held Monday in the Cass County Jail. The sheriff's office says two Cass County deputies suffered minor injuries when Holliday assaulted them during the arrest. The

  • Oklahoma court rejects withdrawal of guilty plea in 3 deaths

    AP | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has rejected a man's request to withdraw his guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two girls and his fiancée in eastern Oklahoma. The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Monday to 29-year-old Kevin Sweat. Sweat was sentenced to life in prison last year after pleading guilty in the shooting deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker in 2008 and the slaying of his fiancée, 23-year-old Ashley Taylor, in 2011. The girls were killed as they walked down a rural road near Weleetka. He was charged with their deaths after he was questioned about Taylor's death three years later.

  • Shawnee High School closed Monday due to bomb threats

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Police reported multiple threats.