• Q&A with Carolyn Stager

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Town hall meetings stress cities’ need for diversified revenues, highlighting how Oklahoma cities and towns are overreliant on sales tax to fund services compared with the rest of the nation.

  • Sooners look good in New York Times way of ranking

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The New York Times’ way of ranking teams weekly for the College Football Playoff remains interesting. And more compact. The Times doesn’t rank specific teams. It ranks what it calls “buckets.” Designations for teams that can achieve a certain status. The rankings don’t gauge where a team is now. It gauges what a certain distinction could mean for the rankings. I’ve been mimicking the Times method for a few weeks. Here’s the way to look at the rankings this week: One-loss SEC champ: If Alabama finishes 12-1, it’s hard to imagine the Crimson Tide not being No. 1, even if Clemson or Iowa win out and go 13-0. Bama’s strength of schedule would be much greater

  • New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A new spat emerged between the Israeli government and Washington over Jewish settlements on Tuesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year. As Kerry set aside his goal of a long-sought peace accord to make way for more modest hopes of an end to two months of deadly violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some existing settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions with the Palestinians. In Washington, the State Department quickly rejected any suggestion the U.S. would alter its longstanding opposition to settlements or recognize them as legitimate outside of a peace agreement.

  • Oklahoma football: Five thoughts on the Sooners' 2016 Big 12 schedule

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 4 hr ago

    NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference released its 2016 football schedule Tuesday afternoon. Here’s how Oklahoma’s now-completed 2016 schedule shakes out. Sept. 3: vs. Houston (at NRG Stadium) Sept. 10: vs. Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 17: vs. Ohio State Sept. 24: Off Oct. 1: at TCU* Oct. 8: vs. Texas (at Dallas)* Oct. 15: vs. Kansas State* Oct. 22: at Texas Tech* Oct. 29: vs. Kansas* Nov. 3: at Iowa State (Thursday)* Nov. 12: vs. Baylor* Nov. 19: at West Virginia* Nov. 26: Off Dec. 3: vs.

  • University of Arkansas delivers banner showing support after OSU parade crash

    Silas Allen | Updated: 4 hr ago

    After last month's deadly crash at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade, the University of Arkansas was one of several universities around the country to express its condolences. A week after the crash, Arkansas Razorbacks fans signed a banner showing support for the OSU family. The banner appeared at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium during the Razorbacks' homecoming game against the University of Tennessee - Martin Skyhawks, and was then delivered to OSU Earlier this week, OSU President Burns Hargis, alongside University of Arkansas representatives, unveiled the banner at the OSU Student Union. Take a look at a video OSU released Tuesday on OState.

  • $250,000 bond set for man accused of sending email threatening mass shooting at Copan school

    BY LAURA SUMMERS, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — A $250,000 bond was set Tuesday for a 23-year-old Washington County man who is charged with planning a mass shooting at Copan High School. Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw set the bond on a felony charge of planning, conspiring or endeavoring to perform an act of violence filed against Kyle James Benefiel, who appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. Vaclaw forbid Benefiel to be within 1,000 feet of any Copan school and ordered him to avoid possession of firearms.

  • Johnny Manziel benched by Browns for off-field antics

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — From starter to third-stringer. Johnny Manziel partied his way out of the lineup during Cleveland's bye week. Browns coach Mike Pettine benched the polarizing quarterback on Monday for his off-field behavior, a move that could signal Manziel's days with the team are numbered. Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Manziel, who was recently handed the starting job but couldn't keep it while the team had a week off. Manziel's benching comes in the wake of a video surfacing of him partying last weekend in Texas. He had promised not to bring any embarrassment to the team during its week off, but Pettine said he was both disappointed and frustrated by Manzie

  • Oklahoma soldier killed in fight against IS remembered as dedicated, good man

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler helped rescue about 70 hostages, including more than 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces, and inserted himself into a firefight to defend Kurdish soldiers. As a baby and toddler, Wheeler and his brother Zach grinned while showing off his birthday cakes for the camera. When he became an established member of the military, his family said he finally found a place he belonged — and video footage shows him laughing along with his fellow soldiers while pointing to his patch and adjusting a pin on his uniform. More recent photos of him in the slideshow portray a happy father who loved each of his four sons, including a boy less than 1 year old. The family man there appeared to be a different person from the serious-faced, highly decorated Delta Force commando shown in the slideshow's final photo, which the Army Special Forces released Oct. 22, the day he became the first American soldier to die in active combat against the Islamic State group.

  • Oklahoma volunteers: Meet Bruce Rinehart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    'Tis the season for giving back and helping others. And to highlight some of the causes Oklahomans are getting involved with, we'll feature an Oklahoma volunteer each day this week, leading up to Thanksgiving.

  • Johnny Manziel benched by Browns for off-field antics

    By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have benched quarterback Johnny Manziel because of his off-field behavior. Coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Manziel, who was recently given the starting job but has now been demoted to third string. Manziel's benching comes in the wake of a video surfacing of him partying last weekend in Texas. He had promised not to bring any embarrassment to the team during its bye week, but Pettine said he was both disappointed and frustrated by Manziel's actions. Pettine said owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer support his decision.

  • US stocks recover from early slump; price of oil spikes

    By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving higher Tuesday afternoon after domestic and international concerns led to an early slump. The price of oil jumped as traders worried that Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane could lead to worsening tensions in the Middle East. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average added 63 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,855 as of 3:18 p.m. Eastern time. The index was down more than 100 points earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose seven points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,093. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite added five points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,108. INSTABILITY: Turkey said a Russian warplane it shot down had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied the plane

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary (ankle) questionable against Nets

    Erik Horne | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Mitch McGary was in fewer than 3 minutes against the Utah Jazz before the injury bug jumped up and bit him again. Per the Thunder, McGary is listed as questionable against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s win against the Jazz. McGary was running back on defense in transition and in his leaping attempt to block a pass, the 6-foot-10 forward came down awkwardly in the paint on his left ankle. Thunder says Mitch McGary questionable for Wednesday vs. @BrooklynNets with left ankle sprain pic.twitter.

  • 2 charged in pastor's wife killing say little in court

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two young men charged in the shooting death of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife gave brief answers to a judge's questions Tuesday during their first court appearance since their arrest. Marion County Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins entered not guilty pleas for 18-year-old Larry Taylor Jr. and 21-year-old Jalen Watson and appointed attorneys for the Indianapolis men during their initial hearing on murder, burglary, theft and several other charges. The judge also set a Jan. 8 pretrial conference for both men. Taylor, who authorities allege fatally shot 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn earlier this month, appeared distracted, swiveling back and forth in his chair.

  • WVU to open 2016 Big 12 schedule against Kansas State

    Associated Press | Updated: 6 hr ago

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will open the 2016 Big 12 football schedule at home against Kansas State on Oct. 1. The Big 12 released the league portion of the schedule Tuesday. The Mountaineers will alternate home and away games in conference play. Other home opponents are TCU on Oct. 22, Kansas on Nov. 5, Oklahoma on Nov. 19 and Baylor on Dec. 3. Conference road opponents include Texas Tech on Oct. 15, Oklahoma State on Oct. 29, Texas on Nov. 12 and Iowa State on Nov. 26. WVU also has home nonconference games against Missouri on Sept. 3 and FCS Youngstown State on Sept. 10. West Virginia will meet BYU in Landover, Maryland, on Sept. 24. WVU will have bye weekends on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8.

  • Big 12 announces 2016 football schedule

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Big 12  released its 2016 football schedule Tuesday, and for the sixth consecutive season the schedule again features a 10-team, nine-game, round-robin format. Dates are subject to change to accommodate television requests. Televisions selections for the first three weeks of the season and special dates are due to the conference by June 1. A couple of noteworthy things here. The Bedlam game has been pushed back a week and will be played on Dec. 3. Oklahoma' coach Bob Stoops earlier this week advocated pushing Bedlam back to the first weekend in December to give his team a presence on the day when most other conferences play their championship games.

  • Louisiana Spotlight: With weeks remaining in term, Bobby Jindal shows up at home, expecting praise

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    With only weeks remaining in office, Gov. Bobby Jindal has returned home to try to shore up his Louisiana legacy after his presidential campaign ended unsurprisingly with him headed to a new home in Baton Rouge, rather than the White House.

  • Chicago cop charged with first-degree murder in teen shooting

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke entered the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Tuesday morning where he will face a first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

  • Residents' power cut off amid Oklahoma town's financial scandal

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Many residents in the town of Ryan are fighting with City Hall over their utility bills as a result of an embezzlement scandal involving the town's former treasurer.

  • OU football: Baker Mayfield a finalist for Burlsworth Trophy

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    NORMAN—Baker Mayfield is a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to college football's best player who began his career as a walk-on. The award winner will be announced Dec. 7 in Springdale, Ark. The other finalists for the award are Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk. Mayfield has thrown for 3,209 yards, 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season after walking on for the Sooners before the 2014 season. That was Mayfield's second stint as a walk on. He walked on to Texas Tech out of high school and became the first true freshman walk-on quarterback to start his team's season opener at a Power Five school.

  • Oklahoma City airport expects busy holiday week

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    While the numbers of people flying in and out of Oklahoma City may be down this year compared to last, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport said Monday the operation still expects to be busy this week as the holiday travel season shifts into gear.