• ‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning’ to be filmed in state, officials say

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Film producers for the big screen adaptation of “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” revealed initial casting on Monday. Based on Nancy Pickard’s book, the film stars Maika Monroe, best known from her role in the horror sleeper hit “It Follows,” and soon to be seen in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Also joining the cast are Maggie Grace (“Taken,” “Lost”) and Brad Carter (“True Detective”) of the forthcoming “Black Mass,” the Johnny Depp gangster vehicle about Whitey Bulger. Grace also serves as a producer on the film. Filming for “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” begins in Oklahoma in the fall. The budget is estimated in the $3 million range.

  • Blue Moon might be shy in the sky tonight

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 13 hr ago

    With partly cloudy skies forecast for tonight, you might not have the best view of the blue moon. But don't let that deter you from looking toward the sky in search of the white celestial sphere. What is a blue moon?  A blue moon doesn't mean the moon will turn blue, although that would be pretty interesting to see. A blue moon is the second full moon that occurs within one month. Tonight, the blue moon will rise at 8:43 p.m. from the northeast. But, if the clouds don't cooperate, here are photos of other blue moons:   And, if you just enjoy breathtaking views of a "regular" full moon, continue on.

  • Playing it safe: Gyms, safe rooms going up across Oklahoma City school district

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Gyms and other areas at some Oklahoma City schools are being reinforced to serve as safe rooms that would protect students during dangerous weather.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: More for-sale housing coming along fringe of downtown Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Riverfront Development Authority faces first deficit

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    For the first time, the agency that handles the development along the Oklahoma River is facing a deficit.

  • Norman Notes

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Norman Notes for July 31, 2015

  • Four major problems confronting Oklahoma City Schools

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 18 hr ago

    As another school year approaches, here are four big issues facing the Oklahoma City Public School District. [pagebreak] Student Discipline The Oklahoma City School District suspends minorities at a much higher rate than white students, inconsistently punishes students for similar offenses and suffers from missing paperwork and rampant record-keeping discrepancies, according to a district audit. The U.S. Education Department is investigating Oklahoma City Public Schools for possible civil rights violations relating to how it disciplines minority students.

  • See where China is spying in Oklahoma (map)

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: 19 hr ago

    NBC News is reporting this morning that it has obtained a secret National Security Agency map identifying more than 600 cyber assaults launched by the Chinese government against U.S. targets, including Google, the government, the military and major defense contractors.

  • Friday brings last blue moon until 2018

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    If there's something you only get around to doing once in a blue moon, today might be the day. Friday night brings the first blue moon residents of Earth have seen since 2012, and the last one we'll see until January 31, 2018. The term has nothing to do with the moon's color. It refers to the second full moon that falls in a calendar single month. The first full moon of the month was on July 2. Conditions for seeing the moon in Oklahoma might not be ideal. Forecasters are predicting mostly cloudy skies Friday night with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • KFOR: Silver Alert: 54-year-old El Reno woman is missing

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    EL RENO, Okla. — Police are searching for 54-year-old Melissa Miller. Police say she was last seen in the 2400 block of Sunset Dr. in El Reno at 8 a.m. Thursday. She is described as a white female. Reports say she is wearing a green shirt, a navy long sleeve jacket, blue jean capri pants, and tan Crocs with gray socks.

  • Rain chances slight in central Oklahoma, but Friday a bit cooler

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    There is a 20 percent chance for rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The temperature will be cooler than in recent days.

  • The Listing of the Week: 705 NW 153, Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The 3,362-square-foot home at 705 NW 153 has four bedrooms, three baths, two living rooms, a formal dining room, large storm shelter and a three-car attached garage. The family room has a fireplace and cathedral ceiling.

  • Oklahoma state briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma state briefs for July 31, 2015

  • History registers with Miller neighborhood

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The Oklahoma City neighborhood, bounded by Villa Avenue to the east, May Avenue to the west, NW 16 on the north and NW 10 on the south, comprises 600 properties, all of which had to be photographed, cataloged and ultimately digitized for it to be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • High school students cover diversity in journalism at OU camp

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    In Norman, 20 high school students are experiencing life as journalists at the 13th annual Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism workshop at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City-area home supply shrinks

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Homebuyers in the Oklahoma City area had nearly 1,000 fewer houses to pick from at midyear, Realtors say, so prices have increased.


    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Workers dismantle the iconic sign Thursday at the Union Bus Station downtown. The building is being demolished to make room for a parking garage for the future 499 West Sheridan tower. Developers pledged to refurbish the sign and put it back on display in a glass beacon on the parking garage at the corner of Sheridan and Walker avenues. Also, blue glass tiles that adorn the bus station will be re-used in the parking garage facade. Records obtained by The Oklahoman indicate that demolition on the taller structures, such as the former Hotel Black and the Auto Hotel, could begin next month.

  • Bicyclist’s cross-country humanitarian trip ends with deadly accident

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A New York teacher was killed Thursday in western Oklahoma on a cross-country bicycle trip with a nonprofit organization that raises money to build affordable housing.

  • 9 films Disney plans to adapt to live-action

    Megan Marsden Christensen, KSL | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Disney recently announced the live-action remake of "The Sword in the Stone" and plans to adapt eight other films to live-action.

  • BOTTLED CHARM: Prairie Gothic moves into milk bottle building in OKC

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Guthrie-based Prairie Gothic, a boutique that specializes in unusual gifts and home furnishings, opened its second location in the triangular milk bottle building near NW 23 and Classen last week.