• Oregon shooter rants in writings about having no girlfriend

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college before taking his own life ranted in writings he left behind about not having a girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy, a law enforcement official said Monday. The official also said the mother of 26-year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer has told investigators he was struggling with some mental health issues. The official is familiar with the investigation but wasn't authorized to speak publically because it is ongoing. Harper-Mercer complained in the writings about not having a girlfriend, and he seemed to feel like he was very rational while others around him were not, the official said. He wrote something to the effe

  • Top court rejects state cases

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com   | Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the legal struggle over Jim Thorpe's remains, dealing a blow to the athlete's sons and Oklahoma tribe that sought to relocate them to the state. In the first day of its new term, the court also rejected review of an Indian gaming case originally filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to block a casino in Broken Arrow. And Chesapeake Energy Corp. won the final round against an institutional investor that claimed the company should have disclosed more information in public statements about some financial transactions. The high court typically rejects dozens of cases on the first day of the new term without comment.

  • Bible monument's exodus from state Capitol begins

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Workmen using a heavy-duty crane and cutting tools Monday night were removing a Ten Commandments monument from outside the Oklahoma Capitol as required under a court order. John Estus, a spokesman for the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said the 6-foot granite statue will be installed outside the offices of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, 1401 N Lincoln Blvd.  The agency hired Wilbert Memorials to do the work out of concern that state workers could not safely remove the 4,800-pound monument without damaging or destroying it. Wilbert Memorials is the same company that installed it. It was expected to cost nearly $5,000 to remove the monument, which is locked in place with rebar and epoxy.

  • ConnectEd

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Arthur Elementary School in the Oklahoma City district officially became a ConnectEd Community on Monday morning, thanks to a technology grant from Apple. Students — all 715 of them — now have the iPads to prove it. “It feels great to have iPads,” fifth-grader Joselyn Garcia said after a ceremony to celebrate the rollout. “I think, or maybe we are, the first school in the whole universe to have iPads.” Not exactly. Arthur was awarded the coveted grant in September 2014, one of only 114 schools in the U.S. and the only school from Oklahoma selected. Since then, Apple has worked with the district to update infrastructure and prepare for

  • big 12 notebook

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Snyder ‘Wasn't aware' of officiating mistake Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he “wasn't aware” of the officiating mistake that gave Oklahoma State a first down late in the second quarter of Saturday's 36-34 Cowboys victory. On a third-and-23 play, Oklahoma State needed to reach the Kansas State 35-yard line for a first down. Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph completed a 19-yard pass to Marcell Ateman and officials incorrectly awarded OSU with a first down. Five plays later, Rudolph hit Ateman for an 11-yard touchdown pass. “When the situation took place, it didn't seem as though they had made enough yardage to make the first down,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. “I

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurs: Oklahoma needs to develop better investment environment

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Scott Meacham: When you are in the business of increasing the number of new, sustainable advanced technology businesses, as we are at i2E, there are two top-line measures by which to assess our progress. Dollars and deals.

  • Downtown Oklahoma City land sales show area is set to grow

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Bernard McElhone, co-founder of New York City-based Midway Investors, has spent the past three years acquiring properties between Classen Boulevard, Western Avenue, NW 9 and NW 12.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian to speak at OSU, OU

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Eric Foner will discuss newly discovered, detailed records of slave escapes through the Underground Railroad at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the library at Oklahoma State University and “Lincoln and Slavery” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sam Noble Museum as part of the University of Oklahoma's President’s Lecture Series.

  • ConocoPhillips begins process of laying off 170 in Bartlesville

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    ConocoPhillips is in the process of laying off 170 employees at its Bartlesville headquarters. It is part of the company's plan to cut 10 percent of its global workforce, the company said.


    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    LIVESTOCK Monday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 6,800; Last Monday: 6,222; Year ago: 8,428 Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers again lightly tested. Limited numbers of feeder steers sold $4-$6 lower. Feeder heifers were $2-$5 lower. Demand moderate to good for feeder cattle. Steer and heifer calves $10-$15 lower, instance $20 lower. Demand moderate for calves with limited demand on short weaned or un-weaned calves. Today's run very typical of the fall with bulk supply calves. Quality average to attractive. After a very wet spring and early summer, many areas in Oklahoma are dry once again. Moisture from the gulf is expected to move this way later in the week giving us a

  • Same-sex couple prepare to say 'I do' a second time in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Staff Writer  chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Kari and Sarah Larsen married Feb. 14, but plan to renew their vows later this year.

  • The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll remains open (No need to export this)

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Fans can still vote in the Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll, which is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's Oklahoman. Here are the candidates: Josh Berney, McGuinness Zach Bryant, Stillwater Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Chr.

  • Feel-good proposals don't help advance debate over gun policy

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    EACH time there's a shooting like the one that took place in Oregon on Thursday, a choir of politicians and pundits rises up to pretend they have known all along how to stop such incidents from happening. If only people had listened to them in advance! What they wanted to tell everyone all along was that one or another gun control proposal would have solved the problem. They are not only wrong, but they are also fueling the dumbest kind of policy discussion possible: the demand that lawmakers do something, anything, even if all of the solutions under discussion are proven failures. As we have noted previously, the proposed gun control remedies for this very serious problem are utterly unserious.

  • The Oklahoman's high school football rankings

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 4-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 3-2 (2) 3. Mustang, 5-0 (3) 4. Broken Arrow, 4-1 (4) 5. Southmoore, 5-0 (5) 6. Owasso, 2-2 (6) 7. Norman North, 3-2 (8) 8. Westmoore, 3-2 (9) 9. Edmond S.F., 3-2 (7) 10. Edmond Mem., 2-3 (10) Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. T. Washington, 4-0 (1) 2. Bartlesville, 5-0 (4) 3. Lawton, 3-1 (5) 4. Bixby, 3-2 (2) 5. Sand Springs, 1-3* (7) 6. Stillwater, 2-3 (8) 7. Midwest City, 3-2 (3) 8. P.C. West, 2-3 (NR) 9. Choctaw, 3-2 (6) 10. Muskogee, 2-3 (10) Dropped out: Claremore, 2-3 (9) Class 5A 1. L. MacArthur, 5-0 (1) 2. McAlester, 5-0 (3) 3.

  • Flooding the country with rhetoric

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another “force of nature” flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up. Before barely any facts were known, there was President Obama making a 12-minute address — a relatively short time for him — about the school shootings in Roseburg, Ore. The president referred to himself 28 times, according to Grabien.com, again proving that whatever happens in this country, or the world, it really is all about him. He talked about the need for “common sense” gun laws, and yet in the case of the Oregon shootings, as in so many other similar tragedies, he never mentions the responsibility and moral guilt of the

  • Kevin Durant’s ‘dream’ comes true with North Highland court

    By Erik Horne Staff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Dressed in a gray hoodie that matched the court with his name on it, the Thunder star spoke appreciatively to the crowd of wide-eyed youngsters, who were holding handmade signs which read “KD’s got the juice,” “KD Rocks,” and “Bring home a championship.”

  • Becky Hinch made big move to help A.J.’s baseball career

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    It's been 22 years since she made the move to be near her son. He was a baseball standout. A product of Midwest City High. A soon-to-be sophomore at Stanford. But he was also a 19-year-old who'd just lost his dad.


    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $42.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $30.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Sept. 21: COMPLETION Carter: Spring Operating Co.; Lizzie Bradford No. 1-6 Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4 of 06-03S-02W; 26 barrels oil per day, 77,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 8,197. Payne: American Energy - Woodford LLC; Black-Whitman 2-18N-1W No. 1WH Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (BHL) of 02-18N-01W; 75 barrels oil per day, 74,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,019. American Energy - Woodford LLC; Black-Whitman 35-19N-1W No. 2WH Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 35-19N-01W; 171 barrels oil per

  • NBA notebook

    Compiled by Reina Kempt | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely with torn labrum Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out. On Sunday, the team announced he had a separated shoulder, but an MRI upon returning to Charlotte confirmed additional a torn labrum too. The Hornets say Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook on Tuesday to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday's preseason game at Orlando in the second

  • Suspect in Midwest City burglary is in critical condition after being shot

    By Robert Medley and Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writers | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A man has been shot by a police officer in Midwest City Monday morning. The shooting happened in the 1800 block of Hudiburg Drive on the campus of Rose State College.