• Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season. Citing declining attendance and rising financial concerns, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. announced Wednesday this would be the last season of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future.

  • Should Land Run re-enactments be discontinued in Oklahoma school districts?

    Tim Willert | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    We're working on a story about how some schools have decided to discontinue Land Run re-enactments because some American Indian parents find them culturally insensitive and hurtful. A lot of districts still do them and don’t have plans to stop.  Reporter Tim Willert would like to hear from American Indian parents on this, especially those whose children attend school in the Oklahoma City district. Students, too; even non-natives. If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, you can call him at 405-475-3524 or send an email to twillert@opubco.com.

  • Ex-Oklahoma police officer charged with killing daughter's boyfriend in court Thursday

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    TULSA — A former Tulsa police officer charged with killing his daughter’s boyfriend is due back in court. Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tulsa County District Court for 54-year-old Shannon Kepler. Kepler is charged with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Kepler has pleaded not guilty. Kepler was off-duty when police say he shot Lake while Lake was walking with Kepler’s daughter. An autopsy report says Lake was shot once in the neck and once in the chest.

  • Cloudy Thursday in central Oklahoma with a high near 46

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the 40s again Thursday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be cloudy.

  • Casady School students do well in music contests

    From staff reports | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Three Casady musicians were selected for the all-state orchestra

  • Children treated to Christmas party at J.D. McCarty Center in Norman

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association sponsored its annual Christmas party Tuesday at the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities.

  • Oklahoma Seniors Cabaret will hold auditions in January

    By Sarah Lobban, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma Seniors Cabaret will hold auditions Jan. 4 and Jan. 11

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Community briefs

  • Regional Food Bank has holiday offerings in Oklahoma City metro area

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Regional Food Bank will have a number of locations in the Oklahoma City area where those in need can get food.

  • Exchange program seeks representatives to work with families in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The International Student Exchange Program is looking for volunteers to host exchange students and employees to work with students and hosts in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police opens new lodge

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The police union’s new 14,000-square-foot building replaces the outdated union hall near the Stockyards.

  • France awards two Oklahomans with the French Legion of Honor

    By John Greiner, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Wednesday, Oklahomans Preston Johnson and Earl J. Gonzales sat on the front row in a room in the 45th Division Museum where they were awarded The Medal of Chevalier (Knight) of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor for helping liberate France during World War II.

  • Busy night leads Norman police on pursuits

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Two Norman police chases that occurred simultaneously resulted in one arrest and injuries to a police officer. A third chase occurred about two hours later following an armed robbery.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 18

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Dec. 18, 2014

  • Edmond neighbors speak up against 366 new homes

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    A proposed development with houses costing $300,000 to $350,000 on small lots didn’t get an approval recommendation from the Edmond Planning Commission this week. Neighbors opposed the new development.

  • Oklahoma County public records, Dec. 18

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma County public records, Dec. 18, 2014

  • Doctor says inmate suffered during execution

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Two medical experts were called to testify in a lawsuit seeking to bar Oklahoma from executing inmates using controversial drugs and procedures. A forensic pathologist said Clayton Lockett suffered intense pain during his April lethal injection, which went awry and made international headlines.

  • Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council on Monday approved the planned unit development for Springstone Behavioral Hospital.

  • Man charged in connection with Oklahoma City emergency room attack

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Keith Bain, 58, of Valliant, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with five felonies, including two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery upon an emergency medical care provider and malicious injury and destruction of property.

  • Tax cut gets green light for 2016

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Revenue projections are sufficient to trigger a cut in Oklahoma’s top state income tax bracket beginning in 2016, state Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger announced Wednesday.