• Up, up and away: Elementary students fly kites at Oklahoma Christian University

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Students from Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village in Oklahoma City visited Oklahoma Christian University to fly kites with university students.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • Norman officials celebrate completion of Cedar Lane improvements

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    City and state officials celebrated the completion of the Cedar Lane Road Improvement Project in Norman with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally acknowledge opening of the road between 12th Avenue SE and 36th Avenue SE.

  • KC-46A: Big airplane being delayed by a few big problems

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Both Tinker Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma will serve important roles in maintaining and operating the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.

  • Young anglers sought for Midwest City fishing clinic

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A free fishing clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 15 will be offered Saturday at Soldier Creek in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City.

  • Oklahoma City appoints new municipal courts administrator

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    LaShawn Thompson, 44, has been named the municipal courts administrator in Oklahoma City, replacing Stacey Davis.

  • Dogs join fight against cancer in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Walkers and dogs turned out in Edmond for "Bark For Life, The Night to Remember," a fundraising event and walk to honor people and the pets who support them in the battle against cancer.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 1

    From State Briefs | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 1, 2015

  • University of Central Oklahoma draws from Oklahoma City-area's musical theater roots to prepare students for their futures

    BY K.S. McNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Edmond native Greg White, director of the University of Central Oklahoma's musical theater program, tells students to pursue their dreams. His lessons reinforce the idea that those with drive, discipline and determination will succeed.

  • Science Museum Oklahoma offers a break this Labor Day

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Science Museum Oklahoma’s main exhibit space showcases physics and a range of simple machines, including one that allows visitors to use pulleys to raise incredible weights with ease, according to a news release.

  • High pollen count as Oklahomans sneezing, wheezing

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    An unusually wet spring, summer months has Oklahomans sneezing and wheezing as ragweed and other plants are making it a miserable hay fever season.

  • OKC district's changes add up to big gains on math scores

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Aurora Lora, associate superintendent of student achievement and accountability for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said rebuilding the math department keyed the turnaround.

  • Rally held to underline dangers of prescription drug abuse

    RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Gail Box has a photograph of her son that gives her strength. Austin Box had just intercepted a pass against Oklahoma State on Nov. 27, 2010, in Stillwater. Amid the jubilation, he pointed at the University of Oklahoma student section. "Whenever I see that picture today, whenever I see Austin pointing, I think, you know, it's a challenge to me," Gail Box said Monday at a state Capitol rally. "He's pointing to me and everyone else to make a change so that we do not lose any more of our citizens in Oklahoma, citizens of the nation, to a prescription drug overdose." Austin Box died on May 19, 2011. In his system were oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone with alprazolam.

  • Disgraced Oklahoma City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist dies

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Joyce Gilchrist had been testing forensic evidence for the Oklahoma City Police Department for over two decades when she was fired in 2001. An FBI investigation that year questioned the validity of her work

  • Police arrest driver involved in hit and run death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A man who police believe was involved in a deadly hit and run on Friday was arrested on Monday.

  • Susan Sarandon calls upcoming Glossip execution 'a horrible thing' on 'Dr. Phil'

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Sixteen days ahead of Richard Glossip's scheduled execution, another celebrity has joined actress Susan Sarandon and anti-death-penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean to discuss whether Glossip — a death-row inmate for nearly two decades — should get a new look at his case. Sarandon and Prejean were featured on Dr. Phil McGraw's Monday afternoon show called "Dead Man Walking," a reference to the film in which Sarandon portrayed Prejean's efforts to fight an inmate's capital punishment sentence. The one-hour broadcast was previously recorded, but the three discussed the facts surrounding Glossip's case. "I do feel passionately that you're about to do a horrible thing," Sarandon said, referencing Gov. Mary Fallin. "There is so much information that has come forward that was never presented at any of Richard's trials. ... We're just asking for (a 60-day stay) to show this information so you're not responsible for doing a horrible thing."

  • Oklahoma City chooses Indian museum consultant

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City has chosen a St. Louis firm, PGAV Planners, to evaluate the viability of commercial development associated with the partially finished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The Legislature has proposed that Oklahoma City assume responsibility for operating the museum, once it is finished, and for developing surrounding property. The development is in the southeast quadrant of the Interstate 40-Interstate 35 interchange near downtown. PGAV worked with Oklahoma City on the economic analysis of the Bricktown development anchored by the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store. PGAV Planners says its areas of expertise include downtown revitalization and economic and market studies.

  • 4 takeaways: The week in review in Oklahoma City civic news

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Top news from this week's #OKC Boxscore civic news roundup from NewsOK.com and @TheOklahoman, including drones and Myriad Gardens. Oklahoma City chooses a St. Louis firm, PGAV Planners, to evaluate the viability of commercial development associated with the partially finished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Another firm will evaluate prospects for operating the museum itself. On the money trail: Oklahoma City pays $26,216 to renew its membership in the United States Conference of Mayors. Tweet of the week: Myriad Botanical Gardens discloses new rules for flying drones in the downtown park; $50 permit required.

  • Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The woman, barely 100 pounds, is the sickest patient Dr. Leland Dennis has ever seen in more than 20 years practicing psychiatry. “Have you ever had treatment?” Dennis, the Oklahoma County jail psychiatrist, asked the female inmate. “I tried to get it, and people told me I was crazy,” she said. Nestled in the corner of the women's mental health and pregnancy unit at the Oklahoma County jail, the woman lives in cell No. 12. A pink slip on the door signifies that she recently attacked someone. Jail likely marks the first time she has been under a psychiatrist's care. For the past 16 years, she has suffered from an untreated mental illness. She has listened to the roaring sound of incessant voices in her

  • Oklahoma County jail has long history of woes

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Lack of mental health care isn't not the only problem at the Oklahoma County jail since it opened.