• Oklahoma City residents assess neighborhood safety

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    In response to a question about neighborhood safety in Oklahoma City’s 2015 community survey, 7 percent of those who responded said it was unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods during the day. Twenty-eight percent said their neighborhoods were unsafe after dark. A total of 1,370 households responded to this year’s survey. Questions included direction the city is […]

  • New boss of FBI office brings Indian Country experience to OKC

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma City's new special agent in charge has spent time in Montana and Down Under. He thinks he will be happy in Oklahoma because it will be like his time in Montana.

  • Watermelon: Time to celebrate the fruit, er vegetable

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 3 hr ago

    I have yet to find the perfect watermelon this season.  I'm looking for that deep red hue, not overripe, sweet and refreshing. Perhaps I could find the ultimate melon in Rush Springs this weekend. The annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Jeff Davis Park. In addition to a seed-spitting contest and other events, there will be lots and lots of free watermelon. To get you ready for this festival of oval proportions, here are some facts about watermelon as well as ideas on what you can do with a watermelon: 1. Today is National Watermelon Day, so you might want to start your taste-testing.

  • Edmond school district faces teacher shortage

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    As of last week, the Edmond Public Schools district was looking for nearly 50 teachers, mostly at the elementary school level.

  • Big names scheduled for new Dallas music-fest on OU-Texas weekend

    Phillip OConnor,news ,local,arts and entertainment | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Food, drinks, fireworks and Weezer will all be part of a music festival announced today that will be held on the Friday night before Oklahoma and Texas square off in the annual tussle in the Cotton Bowl. To learn more about the evening's events, which will be held on the former site of Reunion Arena, check out this story from The Dallas Morning News. http://www.guidelive.

  • Boren orders ‘full internal review’ of OU baboon program

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Citing the public’s “interest” in the University of Oklahoma’s use of animal testing to further scientific and academic research, OU President David Boren has ordered a “full internal review” of a secretive baboon breeding facility in El Reno, a scientist involved with the program told The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma City schools gear up for the first day #BackToClass

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Crayons, pencils and erasers, oh my! Students, educators and school employees returned #BackToClass today. Read tweets and view photos from the first day back below.

  • Thousands return to school in OKC district

    TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Public Schools welcomed back thousands of students Monday as the start of the 2015-16 school year kicked off across the state's largest district. At Horace Mann Elementary School in northwest Oklahoma City, Principal Mitch Ruzzoli greeted parents and children as they entered the building. Most were either excited or nervous. "Hi, how are you?" Ruzzoli said. "Welcome to school. Is that new backpack? Prekindergarten student Jaxon Wayne Howard was dressed for success, wearing a navy blue polo short, tie, shorts and a Batman belt. His hair was spiked. The boy was hesitant, however, to walk in the building. He cooperated after his father, John Wayne Howard, crouched down to explain a couple of

  • Oklahoma City Council to vote on MAPS 3 senior center construction contract

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council will vote Tuesday on a $9.2 million construction contract for the first MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center. The center will be built near NW 115 Street and Rockwell Avenue. The plan includes shifting $599,333 from contingency funds to finance upgrades intended to hold down maintenance costs and reduce energy […]

  • Four major problems confronting Oklahoma City Schools

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 11 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.

  • Oklahoma City police investigating shooting at apartment complex

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Police are investigating a fight between several men at an apartment complex near SW 59 and Lee that escalated into a shooting, injuring a bystander.

  • KOCO: Man hit by stray bullet at Southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City police said an argument broke out at the Oak Creek Apartments early Monday morning. During the argument near Southwest 59th Street and Lee, gunfire erupted. A stray bullet hit a man who was not involved in the fight.

  • KFOR: Train travel suspended in OKC's downtown after rider jumps from train

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Train service in Oklahoma City was stopped today after a man jumped off and injured himself. Officials say the man was never supposed to be on the train in the first place. He told officials that he jumped on the train at 29th and Santa Fe, riding the train to Bricktown, where he tried to jump off near the Amtrak station.

  • KFOR: Abandoned apartment complex known for catching fire sets ablaze again

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Fire crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City. The fire started blazing at N.W. 10th St. and Greenvale, near Rockwell and Council, around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived, they said there were “heavy flames,” so they immediately took a defensive approach.

  • At Farmers Grain Co. in Edmond, sisters hope to harvest success with new cafe

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The former grain elevators and longtime Edmond farm store sold in January.

  • Sex offenders' trailer park in Oklahoma City continues to struggle

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Hand Up Ministries, an Oklahoma City nonprofit agency that seeks to help sex offenders re-enter society, has faced challenges after a 2012 law added manufactured homes to the list of living quarters where two or more sex offenders could not live together.

  • #OKC Boxscore

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    News and notes about Oklahoma City government for last week.

  • OKC district counters state’s teacher shortage trend

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Oklahoma's Education Department issued 182 emergency teaching certificates in July, compared to 71 for the same month a year ago.

  • Edmond Exchange

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Edmond Exchange for Aug. 1, 2015

  • Assist leaders: Police officers reach community through basketball program

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The annual Jammin' Hoopsfest event provides a fun, safe environment for local youth on Thursday nights during the summer and allows the community to connect with Oklahoma City law enforcement officers in a positive way, organizers say.