• OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Yesterday

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged improprieties including payments to players, sexual favors from the Orange Pride support group, academic misconduct and rampant drug use. OSU retained The Compliance Group to investigate the allegations. The Compliance Group, of Lenexa, Kan., is led by Chuck Smrt, who spent 18 years on the NCAA enforcement staff and has run the consultant firm since 1999.

  • Amid fears of Ebola, Oklahoma residents stay home from work, school

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Oklahoma passengers of a recent cruise are at “no risk” of contracting Ebola after sharing the ship with a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, health officials said Monday.

  • Ebola is not airborne; and other facts you should know

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Yesterday

    The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove and state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with readers Tuesday about the Ebola virus. Read an unedited transcript of the chat below. NewsOK 2:18 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 3 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 2:19 p.m. We'll be joined by state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley. Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:44 p.m. To access the state Health Department's Ebola page, visit this link: http://www.ok.gov/health/Or... Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:57 p.m. We will start the chat very soon.

  • Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    The Sports Illustrated report on OSU seemed fishy from the first. Calvin Mickens talked of getting paid hundreds of dollars from boosters in the locker room after a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M. Didn’t pass the smell test. Boosters don’t want to be in the locker room after a 39-point defeat, and boosters aren’t in […]

  • Oklahoma City woman reported missing

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Tilesha Marie Thompson, 23, has been missing since Saturday.

  • Judge grants hearing in Bishop McGuinness case against OSSAA

    jacob unruh | Yesterday

    A United States District judge has granted a hearing between Bishop McGuinness High School and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association regarding a preliminary injunction filed by the high school over a rule it contests unfairly targets private schools. The hearing will be Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., Judge Lee R. West ruled in his decision Tuesday. McGuinness is seeking the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction regarding a rule that was established in 2011 that forces private-school athletic teams to move up a class if they meet certain requirements. McGuinness is asking the OSSAA to put in a cap prohibiting teams from moving above Class 5A.

  • Transcript of Kevin Durant's first meeting with the media since his injury

    Anthony Slater | Yesterday

    For the first time since the first significant injury of his life, Kevin Durant spoke with the media on Tuesday morning. Here is the transcript: What’s your frame of mind coming out of surgery? It was good. It was different experience for me, never been injured before. Throughout this whole process, the Thunder’s been great […]

  • Career showcase Tuesday night at Choctaw Business Park in McAlester

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Prospective students are encouraged to attend and learn about the two-year manufacturing technology program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and job opportunities.

  • Have questions about Ebola? Join us for a chat Tuesday

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Yesterday

    Over the past few weeks, the fear and panic over Ebola has reached near hysteria, which some have dubbed “Fearbola.” If you have a question about Ebola, here’s your chance to ask an expert. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist, will answer questions about Ebola during an online chat on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The chat will […]

  • Almost 500 jobs coming to Lawton

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    LAWTON — A Virginia-based federal contractor plans to hire nearly 500 people in southwestern Oklahoma, according to officials from the city of Lawton and the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation. Serco Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, will bring 475 jobs to Lawton. It provides professional, technology and management services and has about 10,000 employees, a local newspaper reports. Mayor Fred Fitch said the company told him last year that Lawton was one of their best locations because of its labor force. Phil Kennedy, chairman of the Economic Development Corporation, called the jobs a great win for Lawton. Serco won a July 2013 contract from the U.S.

  • Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Don’t make any bowl reservations yet. But here’s an early tip for OU and OSU fans. The Alamo Bowl and the Liberty Bowl are good bets. The Sooners in San Antonio. The Cowboys in Memphis. Our man Jason Kersey wrote about OU’s bowl possibilities in the Tuesday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 21, 2014: See Orly Genger's completed monumental rope sculpture "Terra" at Campbell Park

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See New York artist Orly Genger’s completed monumental rope sculpture “Terra” at Campbell Park, NW 11 and Broadway Drive. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center celebrated Monday night the completion of the installation, which is adjacent to the center’s future home in historic Automobile Alley. The installation incorporates 1.4 million feet of interwoven rope […]

  • Kevin Durant signs endorsement deal with Neff

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NBA MVP Kevin Durant has added action sports accessory brand Neff to his rapidly growing list of endorsement deals. Neff founder Shaun Neff told The Associated Press that the company will launch the Thunder star’s signature underwear collection in time for next year’s back-to-school crowd. Neff, which has continued to expand beyond snow and skate headwear, does not currently have an underwear line. Neff said he had been looking to move into that market, and when he got together with Durant and his Roc Nation representatives to discuss the possibility, both sides were on the same page. Neff said the idea of a partnership started during while he was on a flight with Roc Nation co-founder Jay Brown.

  • Live Coverage: Kevin Durant Press Conference

    staff reports | Yesterday

    Kevin Durant speaks with the media at 9:30 a.m. from the Thunder practice facility. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • UPDATE: Man found shot to death in southwest Oklahoma City early Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    A man’s body was found in southwest Oklahoma City early Tuesday. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

  • Homeless man in Oklahoma gets life for rape of another homeless man

    By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    A man convicted of raping another man was sentenced Monday to life plus 10 years in prison. A Tulsa County jury last week found Jeffery Tallon guilty of first-degree rape by instrumentation and aggravated assault and battery. A 55-year-old man, described by police as homeless, was attacked on Aug. 13, 2012, along the Katy Trail east of Gilcrease Museum Road, police said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • OSU Homecoming: More than a tradition

    By Chase Carter/Director of Communications, OSU Alumni Association | Yesterday

    OSU celebration among largest in nation

  • Parties Extra! Video---David Walters and K.C. Moon discuss the John F. Kennedy Community Service Awards Banquet and the Santa Fe Family Life Center

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    [brightcove]3843030039001[/brightcove] We talk about the John F. Kennedy Community Service Awards Banquet on Parties Extra!

  • Temperatures in the low 80s in Oklahoma Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Warm weather is sticking around in central Oklahoma. Tuesday the high temperature will be near 81 degrees.

  • Four die in Oklahoma traffic accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Four people died Sunday and Monday in two accidents , the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.