• Community activist to run for Oklahoma City Council

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    James Cooper, a 32-year-old community activist and adjunct English professor, says he will try to unseat Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid next year. Shadid already has announced plans to seek a second term representing Ward 2’s northwest-side neighborhoods. The election is in March, with any runoffs in April. In an interview, Cooper imagined a “connected” […]

  • Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday. McCulloch released a statement criticizing leaks in the investigation that followed the death of the 18-year-old on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. A grand jury is deciding if Officer Darren Wilson will face charges. A decision is expected by mid-November. The leak was among several with alleged details of the grand jury investigation, with much of the information suggesting evidence in favor of Wilson.

  • Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. Weekly applications increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 250 to 281,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years. Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have fallen 20 percent in the past year. Faster growth has encouraged companies to hold onto their staffs and step up hiring. Employers are adding jobs at the healthiest pace in eight years. That is contributing to faster growth: The economy expanded at a solid annual rate of 3.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon reaches plea agreement with District Attorney's office

    ryan aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon reached a plea agreement, avoiding a misdemeanor trial for acts resulting in gross injury. Mixon’s trial had been scheduled for early January. Mixon entered an Alford plea, continuing to assert his innocence. Mixon was given a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released a statement shortly after the agreement became public. “Today, Joe has made the decision that entering an Alford Plea to the misdemeanor and accepting the short period of probation was the best course of action at this point in his life.

  • 8 of the most horrific Halloween crimes

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Halloween, for most, is just another day. You wake up, go to work, come home, eat some tacos and maybe catch up on some television. That also means, like any other day, you hear stories of crimes big and small. But something about them happening on Halloween makes it all a little spooky. And, frankly, […]

  • Kaiser's grand reopening set for Saturday

    Dave Cathey | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Kaiser’s American Bistro is no more, but  Kaiser’s Diner & Ice Cream Parlor is set to reopen on Saturday (Nov. 1) with a party from 6 to 9 p.m.,  showcasing a revamped menu from new owners Kristen Cory, Angie Uselton and Randy Giggers. Cory said she and her partners seeks to send customers back to […]

  • OKBio BrewFest features solid beer list

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    One of the metro-area’s faster-growing beer tasting events is coming up soon, and it features quite the solid list of beer vendors. The 2014 version of OKBio BrewFest is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The event was moved to the ballpark to allow for more space after […]

  • Prosecutor: Oklahoma officer justified in shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    SPIRO — A prosecutor in eastern Oklahoma has found an undersheriff was justified in the fatal shooting of an armed man who authorities say held a family hostage and threatened officers. LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith said Wednesday that Undersheriff Kendall Morgan wont’ be charged in the Oct. 13 shooting. Smith says Morgan’s actions were necessary to protect himself, other officers and civilians. Morgan fatally shot 36-year-old Freddie Cooper Jr. once in the chest in Spiro. Authorities say Cooper held four people hostage in a home before walking outside and pointing a handgun at officers.

  • Tickets on sale Friday to Miranda Lambert's March Oklahoma City show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Country music superstar Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, will bring her 2015 “Certified Platinum Tour” to her adopted home state for a March 6 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. The tour is supporting her smash 2014 album “Platinum” and features special guests Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney and Jukebox Mafia. Tickets go […]

  • Cirque du Soleil's "Varekai" coming to Oklahoma City and Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    “Varekai,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, will swing into Tulsa and Oklahoma City for seven performances in each city. “Varekai,” which means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies, will play Jan. 21-25 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, 200 S Denver. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will range from […]

  • Accident reported on John Kilpatrick Turnpike in north Oklahoma City Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A wreck with injury has been reported in north Oklahoma City Thursday. The wreck is on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike.

  • New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager. Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday. Bochy doesn't have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick. "Dynasty" blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. The Giants closed it out with a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, sealed by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner's five shu

  • Zambian president dies after long illness

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian President Michael Sata, dubbed "King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader in continental sub-Saharan Africa since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule. Sata, 77, had largely dropped out of public view months ago as his health deteriorated. The government did not divulge details of his condition, but some Zambian media outlets said he suffered multiple organ failure.

  • Kingfisher man killed in crash Wednesday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A Kingfisher man died in a crash Wednesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. A pickup rolled Wednesday evening, ejecting the driver.

  • Sunny and 70s Thursday, freeze watch early Saturday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Skies will be sunny Thursday in central Oklahoma. There is a freeze watch for early Saturday.

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. But backers of the legal-pot ballot measures in both states have a challenge that their predecessors in Colorado and Washington state didn't face two years ago — increasing turnout of young voters in a midterm election. Young voters, who as a generation are more likely to support recreational marijuana, usually turn out during presidential years like 2012, but stay home during midterms, when the electorate skews older and more conservative.

  • Judge in Oklahoma abortion case authored anti-abortion legislation

    By M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: 20 hr ago

    In 2001, when he was a Republican state legislator in northwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves wrote that abortion caused more carnage than Nazi Germany.

  • Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement. Kaci Hickox broke her quarantine by leaving her home with her boyfriend and speaking briefly to reporters in her driveway Wednesday evening. State and local police could only watch from across the street because a judge hadn't signed off on a court order sought by state health officials. She reiterated that she planned to fight the state's quarantine and said there was no need to stay inside because she's not ex

  • Country star Vince Gill returns to Oklahoma City alma mater for unveiling of bronze statue

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL, Features Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Country star and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill returned to the Oklahoma City school where he graduated for a ceremony to unveil a bronze sculpture.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia. Among the most celebrated poets of his time, he won the Pulitzer and National Book Award for the 1982 release "Selected Poems" and later received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. In 1989, he was named Vermont's poet laureate, and the Academy of American Poets gave him the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement.