• What are the biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history?

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    On Monday, Oklahomans felt one of the biggest temblors in state history when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Crescent.  Explore the map below to see the nine biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history. For more information about seismic activity in Oklahoma, be sure to check out the NewsOK Earthquakes page. [pagebreak] No. 1 The Big One The largest earthquake ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma struck Nov. 5, 2011. The quake had a magnitude of 5.6, and its epicenter was four miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake hit at 10:53 p.m. The quake was reportedly felt as far away as Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and

  • Oklahoma City's five rainiest days of 2015

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City has seen rainfall well above average this year, including one of the single rainiest days in the city's history. Take a look at the city's five rainiest days of the year so far. Look for more coverage of the state's march toward the rainiest year on record in Sunday's Oklahoman. May 6 A round of severe thunderstorms brought tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding to much of central Oklahoma. The damage was most severe in Moore, Bridge Creek and Amber, where tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses. Oklahoma City received 7.1 inches of rain that day, making it the third wettest day on record, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. One woman drowned when flood water poured into her storm shelter

  • Where will the new jail sales tax money go?

    Phillip OConnor,Todd Pendleton | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    An advisory committee recently recommended building a new facility to replace the problem-plagued Oklahoma County jail and paying for it with a county sales tax. The committee recommended that the sales tax not exceed one penny and last not more than five years.

  • Strategic Reserve: Just how much oil is that?

    Matt Patterson, Randy Ellis, Todd Pendleton | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a six-year highway bill for building roads and bridges that would be paid for, in part, by selling oil from nation's strategic reserve. So just how big is that reserve?

  • Thieves take irreplaceable belongings, sense of security

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor adamwilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoman Energy Editor Adam Wilmoth and his family were victims of a burglary this past week. He says the event has taken his sense of security.

  • Animals at Oklahoma City Zoo create artworks for conservation fundraiser

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

    Various animals at Oklahoma City Zoo create artworks for conservation fundraiser at the zoo’s Art Gone Wild scheduled for Aug. 7-31

  • Oklahoma Outdoor Summer Movie Schedule

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Looking for a way to spend those cool summer nights? Why not take in an outdoor movie?

  • Name of motorcyclist who died in Norman wreck released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NORMAN — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man who died Wednesday in a motorcycle accident on the north end of Norman. Ronald Jason Fox, 36, of Oklahoma City, was driving a motorcycle south in the 17300 block of Sunnylane Road just after noon when his motorcycle struck the rear tires of a tractor- trailer, according to a news release. The driver of the tractor-trailer had been northbound and was turning west into Van Eaton Ready Mix.  Fox was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Authorities have not released the driver's name or medical condition or indicated if charges will be filed in the wreck.

  • Were you in Oklahoma on V-J Day?

    BY SILAS ALLEN | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Were you in Oklahoma on V-J Day? If so, contact reporter Silas Allen at sallen@oklahoman.com or (405) 475-3309 for a story.

  • Union Bus Station sign disassembled in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Union Bus Station sign was disassembled Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC dinner club owners appeal agency's cease and desist order

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

    The owners of a local dinner club presented their case before the state Health Department on Wednesday as to why they should be able to operate in Oklahoma City.

  • Broken Arrow man dies from injuries sustained in wreck

    A Broken Arrow man died at St. Francis hospital from injuries sustained in a June wreck.  | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WAGONER — A Broken Arrow man died last month of injuries sustained during a wreck in early June, the state Highway Patrol reported on Thursday. Herbert E. Donnoe, 72, was driving east on the Muskogee Turnpike and exited to go north on U.S. 69 just before 11 p.m. on June 11, an OHP report states. Donnoe failed to yield to oncoming traffic when merging and was struck by a second vehicle. Donnoe was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he died four days later.

  • Man shoots himself in front of police station

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A man walked into the Pryor police station Wednesday and told staff to secure his weapon. He then walked outside and took his own life.

  • Oklahoma seeks to be home for F-35 Lightning II

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking to make sure Oklahoma is one of the homes for the U.S. Air Force's next generation of fighter jet. Fallin is convening a task force to promote the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 138th Fighter Wing as a candidate for the fifth or sixth operational location to receive the F-35 Lightning II. If the campaign is successful, Oklahoma would receive its first F-35s by 2023. Oklahoma National Guard officials are set to announce details of the plan during a press conference Friday in Tulsa. The Tulsa-based 138th Fighter Wing has flown F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1993. The U.S. Air Force plans to remove the nearly 1,200 F-16s in service sometime between 2026 and 2030 and replace them with

  • Oklahoma City police find alligator near abandoned vehicle

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    If you needed one more thing to keep you up at night, you're in luck. While responding to a routine call Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police found an alligator in a ditch. Officers found the alligator while looking into a report of an abandoned vehicle in a drainage ditch near the corner of SE 15 and S High Avenue. When they arrived, the gator was hiding underneath the vehicle. Officers called the city's animal welfare division, and animal control officers took the alligator to the city's animal shelter. Jon Gary, a unit operations supervisor with the animal welfare division, said he isn't sure how the alligator got to Oklahoma City. Alligators live in southeastern Oklahoma, he said, but they aren't native to

  • Chances for rain Thursday, Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Cooler temperatures have arrived in Oklahoma Thursday. There is a chance for rain Thursday and Friday.

  • Aviation cadets get look at Oklahoma culture

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma wing of the Civil Air Patrol hosted cadets who learned about Oklahoma culture.

  • Campers to stage ‘In The Heights’

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Sooner Theatre's summer camp will present "In The Heights."

  • Library schedules free computer classes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Norman Public Library Central has announced its August computer classes.

  • Edmond dog park offers spot for some off-leash exercise

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Edmond's dog park now includes agility equipment.