• Cooler temperatures, rain chance Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    There is a 50 percent chance of rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 89 degrees.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this year. “Inhofe is a top-ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment,” the NRDC said in a press release. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Labor Day events are planned around Oklahoma

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Rodeos, fairs and other events all over Oklahoma will provide plenty of family-friendly opportunities to celebrate the Labor Day holiday and long weekend.

  • Silver Alert issued for Oklahoma City woman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A Silver Alert has been issued for Connie Hawkins, 64. She last seen about 7 a.m. Thursday at 11120 Stratford Drive, the Oklahoma City police reported.

  • Oklahoma tornado survivor allowed back at Plaza Towers Elementary School

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    After a story in The Oklahoman, Moore schools found space for Porter Trammell and his brother. Over the summer, Moore Public Schools denied a transfer request to Porter Trammell, 10, whose family lives in a rental house outside of Plaza Towers’ boundaries because their in-boundary home hasn’t been rebuilt.

  • Oklahoma education department says it will withhold fifth-, eighth-grade writing scores from report

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, in response to online testing failures, said Thursday the state Education Department will not use fifth- and eighth-grade writing scores to help determine the overall grade for this year’s school report cards.

  • Oklahoma reports four cases of West Nile virus

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials have reported four confirmed cases of West Nile virus. There have been two people hospitalized and two people treated, but no deaths in the state this year.

  • Pride of Oklahoma marching band bringing back press booklets before each home game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma athletic band director Justin Stolarik is bringing back an old tradition this season by producing a weekly program book for home football games. The press books will contain information about the band and its formations for that week’s specific in-game performances. These books aren’t going to be available for the […]

  • Parents respond to Nicki Minaj's 'vile' music video that's breaking records

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Artist Nicki Minaj caused the latest controversy with parents and other media advisories after she released the music video and album art for her new single "Anaconda."

  • Seven injured in Oklahoma City bus crash Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A city bus crashed into a black pickup truck near SW 5 and S Robinson Avenue at about noon Thursday, said Capt. Dexter Nelson, a spokesman with the Oklahoma City police department.

  • Adrian Peterson talked to Jerry Jones about playing for Dallas Cowboys

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in December of 2013, Adrian Peterson hinted that it might be cool to play in Texas someday . Well, the Peterson-comes-home narrative has been re-ignited. In a video from ESPN.com released on Thursday, ESPN writer Don Van Natta Jr. discusses a June phone call Cowboys owner Jerry Jones received from Peterson when the Minnesota Vikings running back -- a native of Palestine, Texas -- indicated that he'd like to play for the Cowboys. Van Natta Jr. recalls being in Jones' suit at AT&T Cowboys Stadium in June for George Strait concert, when Jones got the call from AD. "Somebody handed Jerry Jones and iphone and said 'Adrian Peterson's on the phone," Van Natta Jr. says in the video. "Jones says 'I hear ya Adrian, I'm a fan of yours too. We'll see if we can make that happen. We're talking Pig Latin here, but we'll see if we can make that happen.'" Van Natta Jr. says he asked Jones later about the conversation and Jones confirmed to him that Peterson did ask about playing for the Cowboys. "It was really surreal," Van Natta Jr. said of the Jones-Peterson conversation. "He (Jones) didn't say anything about it right away. It was only afterward when I asked him, he was very open and blunt about it. He said 'Adrian Peterson said he would love to play for the Cowboys someday,' and he said 'I liked hearing that.'" Problem is, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through 2017, which brings up the issue of tampering. Van Natta Jr. said Jerry Jones insists he wasn't guilty of tampering because he didn't follow up with Peterson. But Van Natta Jr. also cited an NFL provision that says if a player contacts a general manager or owner of another team, that GM or owner is obligated to inform the player's team of the communication. Jerry Jones didn't tell the Minnesota Vikings about this communication, and Van Natta is awaiting word from Peterson and the Vikings. The Cowboys currently have one former OU running back on the roster in DeMarco Murray, who had a breakout year in 2013 with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.

  • Oklahoma City to keep spraygrounds open longer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Kids, rejoice: The spraygrounds in Oklahoma City will stay open for another month. Typically, the outdoor play areas with sprinklers close on Labor Day, but Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation officials said Thursday that they’ll remain open longer because of hot temperatures in the forecast. The city says the spraygrounds will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 28. The city offers 16 spraygrounds that are open to the public.

  • Track Debut: Mad Manhattan's tasty pop song "Shadowtalk"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mad Manhattan is a new Oklahoma City music project led by Jonathan King, who’s been rocking out with Paperscissor all summer. Here’s an exclusive first taste of Mad Manhattan’s shiny pop track “Shadowtalk.” I caught up with King and learned about how the track developed. “Shadowtalk” is among a set of new songs the band […]

  • Class 4A football: A new but familiar face takes over storied Clinton program

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    MAKING OF A CHAMPIONS: TRADITION — Mike Lee led Clinton to nine titles since 1996, and Philip Koons led Tuttle to two. Now, Koons is taking over the storied program from Lee, meshing the winning traditions in search of another gold ball.

  • Power outage reported in south Oklahoma City Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A power outage has been reported in south Oklahoma City Thursday morning. There are 1,884 electric customers affected.

  • Suspect in Wednesday death of former Tulsan killed in Dallas officer-involved shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    DALLAS — An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a former Tulsan during an early Wednesday robbery attempt was killed in a shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer shortly afterward, authorities said. Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year-veteran of the department, fatally shot Sergio Ramos after Ramos reportedly killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling during a robbery at a local Walmart Supercenter, at 13739 North Central Expressway, around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department said in a release. A 2001 Holland Hall cross country invitational list indicates Roling spent time at the preparatory school. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Woman loses appeal in high rise death case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a woman convicted of killing her husband by pushing him through a 25th-floor window in a Tulsa high-rise apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Amber Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of Joshua Hilberling. The court on Wednesday rejected her appeals — including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. Hilberling testified during her trial that she and her husband were arguing and that she feared for her safety as the dispute escalated.

  • Chance of rain Thursday, Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    There is a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday afternoon in central Oklahoma. Friday there is a 60 percent chance of rain.