• Oklahoma City Police's Citizens Advisory Board treads line between accountability, secrecy

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The police department started the Oklahoma following the 2002 beating of a black man by officers that was caught on tape, the 11-member volunteer board was created to “facilitate interaction” between the department and representatives of various ethnic and cultural groups, according to the city’s website. The board reviews departmental investigations of citizen complaints, use of force and police brutality complaints and any other incident the board deems to be of public concern.

  • The Oklahoma City Police Citizens Advisory Board

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Eleven Oklahomans serve as watchdogs over the Oklahoma City Police Department in cases involving possible police misconduct. Read more about them.

  • Your Views

    | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Missing out Regarding “Voters should have say in debate over liquor laws” (Our Views, March 23): The wine my wife likes to drink costs less than $8 in Texas, Missouri and about every other state. In Oklahoma, $16 is a good buy. As a result, I buy beer in this state and buy several hundred dollars' worth of wine and other liquor when I'm in other states. Those fortunate enough to live in the northeastern part of Oklahoma just drive to Joplin, Mo., where Sam's Club sells wine and hard liquor at half the price of Oklahoma. Costco will not come into Oklahoma in a big way because of our liquor laws.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Before a 'conversation on race' we need education on race

    By Leonard Pitts Jr. | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers' cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut. On Twitter, the campaign was dubbed “patronizing,” “absurd” and “a load of crap.” On “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” Rosie Perez said, “I don't want to be forced to have a conversation. Especially early in the (expletive) morning.

  • Oklahoma education rally expects to draw thousands to state Capitol

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Parents and teachers will target legislators Monday at the state Capitol for a lobbying push to bring more resources to public education in Oklahoma.

  • Cardboard cutout used in carpool lane scam

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 12 hr ago

    FIFE, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol trooper says it's by far the best carpool scam he's seen, but it didn't work. As KOMO-TV put it, “Troopers don't always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer 'dos' passengers.” A motorcycle trooper parked along Interstate 5 near Tacoma on Monday afternoon spotted a driver and a rather unusual “passenger” pass by him in the carpool lane. When the trooper stopped the car, he discovered the “passenger” was a cardboard cutout of the actor who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in Dos Equis beer ads. The

  • 'Pollinator protection' bill causes buzz

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    There's a different buzz at the Capitol this session. Faint and low, it hums through the great halls and bounces lightly from Senate to House. It is the bee bill. Bees — and other “pollinators” such as butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles and even lizards — are important because many plants, including fruit and nut trees, cannot produce without them. And they're dying. The U.S. Agriculture Department says bee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate — about 30 percent a year since 2006. Because of a bee shortage in California, hives are trucked in from all over the country, including Oklahoma, just to pollinate the

  • Midwest City-Sapulpa rail service opening pushed back

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAPULPA — The line for the first passenger rail trip to Oklahoma City from Tulsa starts behind Rick Westcott, the former Tulsa city councilman and rail proponent said. “I think people in this part of the state waited a long time for passenger rail,” Westcott said. “The closer it gets, the more excited we are.” But he and others are going to have to wait just a bit longer, after the company offering the rail service said they moved their late-April deadline back several weeks. Matt Abbey, Eastern Flyer project manager, said the leadership of Watco Cos.

  • H&8th kicks off new season

    | Updated: 9 hr ago

  • Oklahoma education notes for March 29, 2015

    | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma education notes for March 29, 2015

  • Oklahoma schools superintendent: Bold leadership sought to tackle teacher shortage

    BY JOY HOFMEISTER | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma is in the midst of a historic teacher shortage that has reached crisis proportions. Experienced educators are leaving our classrooms in droves for other states or other professions altogether. At last count, more than 1,000 teacher positions remain vacant statewide in spite of the best efforts of school districts. The exodus of teachers is alarming and unprecedented, yet not surprising. Given how our teachers endure low compensation, poor morale and burdensome mandates, perhaps the bigger surprise is that so many of them choose to stay in Oklahoma classrooms. They do so because teaching is a calling they don't want to abandon. But even the most selfless teachers need to know Oklahomans

  • BioSummit showcases funding sources for Oklahoma researchers

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Through the efforts of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, national experts with venture capital firms, the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are coming to Oklahoma City.

  • Governor's panel supports changes to disability services

    By Rick M. Green
    Capitol Bureau |
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    A governor’s panel issued a report Friday including a series of recommendations for improvements in services to people with disabilities.

  • Oklahoma utility OG&E faces multiple challenges in approval of $1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Testimony in a hearing on OG&E’s $1 billion plan at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is on a break until April 7. The utility has faced numerous questions from 13 intervening parties in the case about how it came up with its plan and how ratepayers will be affected.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 12 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 41,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photo grapher. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Astros put Springer in No. 2 spot in lineup

    The Associated Press |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Houston Astros are looking for a link between the leadoff excellence of Jose Altuve and the business of scoring enough runs to win. George Springer, the free-spirited, free-swinging outfielder who hit 20 home runs in 78 games as a rookie, welcomes the assignment. “First of all, you're hitting behind the batting champ, and he's always on base,” Springer said. “If he's on base he's a threat to run, and that puts me in a better position to hit.” Batting second is an important assignment on the Astros, who wasted Altuve's phenomenal 2014 season by often failing to drive

  • Oklahoma basketball: Scouting ahead for the 2015-16 season

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma loses just two scholarship players — starting forward TaShawn Thomas and reserve forward D.J. Bennett. The level of expectation entering next season figures to be based largely upon the decision of junior guard Buddy Hield on his future.

  • Badgers head to Final Four after win over Wildcats

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again. “Frank the Tank” scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added 27 and the West Regional's top seed beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time. The Badgers (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed. Wisconsin and 67-year-old coach Bo Ryan head to Indianapolis next week hoping for another shot at undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky, which beat the Badgers by one point in the

  • Top-seed Kentucky holds off Notre Dame

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. The Wildcats (38-0) advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet Wisconsin. It took everything Kentucky had to hold off the Fighting Irish (32-6), who came within seconds of shocking the tournament's overwhelming favorite.

  • Top-seeded Maryland downs ACC rival Duke

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Brenda Frese sat down at the dais and immediately gave a little jab at Maryland's former foes from its days in the ACC. “I don't know what it is, but I think we just love being able to beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament,” Maryland's head coach said. Duke may have controlled its rivalry with the Terrapins before Maryland departed for the Big Ten. But the Terps are now 2-0 against Duke in the NCAA Tournament and about to play for another trip to the Final Four. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory