• School superintendent turnover, in long run, shorts students, experts say

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    From 1985 to 2000, three superintendents oversaw Oklahoma City Public Schools. But since 2000, the number of superintendents has totaled 11, which includes Aurora Lora, who was appointed last week to acting superintendent.

  • False statements earn reprimand for OKC police sergeant

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Sgt. Keith Medley, and Oklahoma City police detective, was put on disciplinary probation and transferred to a nonenforcement position after a federal judge threw out evidence saying Medley made the incorrect statements in a search warrant affidavit.

  • Naturalization ceremony held at Edmond elementary school

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Keith Pautler, principal of Ida Freeman Elementary School in Edmond, Oklahoma, said the naturalization ceremony was an opportunity for the students to get a lesson in civics.

  • OKC Energy ties Seattle on the road

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    TUKWILLA, Wash. — Oklahoma City Energy FC tied Seattle 1-1 in United Soccer League action on Sunday. Seattle struck first, scoring on a breakdown in the Energy defense in the 20th minute. The Energy (1-1-2) would need all five minutes of added time in the second half to get the draw. After playing the full 90, the referee signaled a minimum of five minutes of stoppage time. The Energy made a few late pushes but failed to convert on any chances. Danni Konig, headed a ball toward the goal in the 93rd minute but couldn't score. Moments later, he chipped a shot just over the crossbar. It looked as if the Energy, which outshot Seattle, was not going to get a result.

  • 'Pioneer' sculptor to be featured in Oklahoma City solo exhibit

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Melvin Edwards, a Houston native, has had his work displayed in Oklahoma once before, but it has been at least 25 years since that showing, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center representatives said..

  • New federal programs bring deportation relief for some undocumented Oklahoma residents

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Jair Pacheco, 20, has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program after an executive order by President Barack Obama gave undocumented residents protections if they had entered the country before turning 18, were not yet 30, and were able to pass a background check.

  • Is the prairie chicken a national security threat?

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The U.S. House Armed Services Committee this week approved an amendment by Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, that would prevent listing the bird as threatened or endangered for the next five years. The provision is now part of the annual defense bill, expected to be considered soon by the full House of Representatives.

  • Some budget bills may finally surface amid Oklahoma's record funding shortfall

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chairman Earl Sears said Gov. Mary Fallin's office along with Republican leadership in both chambers agree on some legislative approaches that will take the form of bills likely to be heard the second week in May in the Oklahoma Legislature.

  • Coburn on Trump versus Clinton: I'll just be quiet

    Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Former Sen. Tom Coburn, asked last week whether he thought Trump could make America great again — the slogan of the New York businessman — Coburn said, "I’d love for him to. I’d love for him to count to ten before he spoke.

  • Questions remain regarding proposed Medicaid reform plan in Oklahoma despite widespread support

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    DURANT — Nico Gomez stood before a small group of 25 concerned residents.  How will we save Oklahoma's Medicaid program?  That's the question at hand.  Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, has his answer: the Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020. Under Gomez's proposal, 354,000 Oklahoma men, women and children would receive private health insurance over a four-year period. "There's a lot of moving parts, it's complex, and that's why I'm coming to every community that will have me and talk through this," Gomez told the crowd at the April 22 meeting, "Because the other thing is, we can always make it better, there's always an opportunity to make it better." So far, the proposed Medicaid

  • Oklahoma-born songwriter gets surprise induction into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Songwriter and musician B.J. Thomas was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame shortly after his set Thursday at Riverwind Casino in Norman.

  • Oklahoma City residents sound off over change in tornado siren policy

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    After the storms passed Tuesday, dozens of Oklahoma City residents took to social media to ask city officials why they hadn't heard an outdoor warning siren before a tornado touched down nearby.

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has history of inflated projections

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has built nine turnpikes since 1961. Actual revenues have failed to meet projections for every one of those nine turnpikes during their first five years of operations.