• Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoma Corrections Department revised protocol after the bungled execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April. The new protocol puts more training and contingency plans in place for execution staff. It also allows the same drugs and method used to kill Lockett and reduces the number of media witness by more than half.

  • Oklahoma City man accused of plotting to kill pregnant girlfriend with ricin is headed to trial

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Preston Harrison Rhoads, 31, is headed to trial in Oklahoma County District Court on two counts of solicitation of murder and two counts of attempting to kill another.

  • Washita County accident claims Sentinel woman

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A Sentinel woman died this week as the result of a traffic accident in Washita County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Lawsuit challenges law limiting use of abortion drugs in Oklahoma

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    House Bill 2684 requires that these drugs be administered only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a similar bill, approved in 2011, was unconstitutional and that it effectively banned all drug-induced abortions. Backers of this year’s bill, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, rewrote the legislation to overcome that objection.

  • Chickasha businessman to help university complete fundraising

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has chosen Cary DeHart to lead a final push for the Ready, Set, NOW Campaign. The USAO fundraising campaign is expected to reach its $4.85 million goal in the spring.

  • Authorities investigate more suspicious fires in Bethany, OK

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    “I want to be very clear, the media wants to start using the term arson and other things and we’re not using those terms. We like to stick with a fire (being) either determined or it’s undetermined,” Bethany, Oklahoma, Fire Chief S.R. Hunter said. “We know the origin of these fires, the cause is still under investigation and at this point is undetermined.”

  • WADA will not appeal NRL doping bans

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency will not appeal sanctions imposed on Cronulla players for breaches of the National Rugby League's anti-doping rules, but has raised concerns about the handling of the matter. WADA released a statement Wednesday saying it had reviewed the cases and would not challenge the leniency of sentences imposed on Cronulla captain Paul Gallen and 11 current or former Sharks teammates, despite raising concerns about being "not entirely satisfied with the outcome of this case.

  • Oklahoma City native Cornell University president

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    University of Oklahoma graduate and Oklahoma City native Elizabeth Garrett has been selected as the next president of Cornell University. The 1981 Putnam City North High School grad will be the first woman president in the Ivy League university’s history.

  • Argentina slams US judge after contempt decision

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president on Tuesday said a U.S. judge's decision a day earlier to hold the South American country in contempt for attempting illegal moves to service its debt is pure "silliness." "All of this is not casual, and it comes from a senile judge," President Cristina Fernandez said during an event at the government house. "There are some players in the economy who want to bring down the government and they want to do it with help from abroad." Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday in defiance of U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa.

  • Oklahoma transportation officials say load limit will remain for Purcell-Lexington bridge

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Fixing the Purcell-Lexington bridge sufficiently to allow a 36-ton load restriction to be lifted would cost an additional $21.3 million and require the bridge to be closed for about 250 days, says Casey Shell, chief engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Transportation officials believe that’s unacceptable. Instead, they plan to proceed with their previously announced decision to expedite construction of a new bridge, while continuing the load restriction.

  • Rousseff takes lead in Brazil election poll

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff climbed in two election polls released Tuesday — opening a solid runoff vote lead in one but remaining in a technical tie with her chief rival in another. A survey carried out by the Datafolha polling group and published on the website of the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper showed Rousseff winning 49 percent support from those polled, while Silva held 41 percent in a possible second-round vote. A month ago Silva led Rousseff 50-to-40 in a Datafolha poll. A separate poll conducted by the Ibope Institute and published on the website of the Estado de S.

  • Cleveland County sheriff warns of man impersonating deputy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department warned that a man claiming to be a deputy attempted to scam an Oklahoma woman by claiming they had a warrant for their arrest.

  • Mexico says 14 of 57 missing students found

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Fourteen of the 57 students reported missing after weekend shootings that killed six people in the southern state of Guerrero have been located, officials said Tuesday. Some were found in their homes or at school, and a search was continuing for the 43 teachers college students still unaccounted for, state Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said. Earlier, the head of the state human rights commission, Ramon Navarrete, said some of the students had fled the shooting in the municipality of Iguala, and some were detained and then released. He added that there were high hopes of finding the rest. Student activists linked to the Ayotzinapa normal school are known for their radical protests.

  • Employers can allow workers to carry over some unused flex dollars

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    McAfee’s Brandon Long discusses rules changes regarding flexible spending accounts.

  • Oklahoma man — shot by girl, 11 — faces charges in stabbing

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Leo Henry, 25, was charged Friday with assault and battery with intent to kill, burglary and maiming in the Sept. 24 stabbing of Brandy Moreno in Oklahoma City.

  • Woman swerves to miss dog, ends up in Oklahoma City creek

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A woman swerved to miss a dog Tuesday morning and ended up driving her car into a creek in south Oklahoma City, police said.

  • Sheriffs criticize Oklahoma senator's call to take back military surplus equipment

    BY JULIANA KEEPING, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma sheriffs are pushing back against legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, that seeks to stop the flow of wartime military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

  • Shares of companies testing Ebola vaccines rise

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of some companies that are studying potential vaccines for Ebola climbed after federal officials announced that the first case of the disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control said a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa, and more than 3,000 people have died. The World Health Organization has worked to speed up the use of some experimental vaccines and companies are ramping up testing. Earlier this month NewLink Genetics said it would start safety testing of a vaccine within a few weeks, while Inovio Pharmaceuticals said it would start human trials of a D

  • Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors. But a new problem sprung up: Elk are helping themselves to water at the stations by lifting spring-loaded levers with their noses. Now, officials plan to elk-proof the stations to outsmart the animals, conserve water and protect visitors from aggressive behavior by the animals. They are experimenting with a cage around the spouts at one water station and will change the way it's turned on. "They got a little aggressive about it," chief resource manager Martha Hahn said. "They were pretty protective of that water and wanting to get it first.

  • FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can get your money back. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that two companies have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased "shapewear" that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it's infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things. The FTC says there's no scientific evidence to back up those claims. In a settlement, Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon, and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey agree not to make claims that their products cause weight loss or a reduction of body size.

  • Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million. The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts. The plan outlines what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste from federal installations around the country have been on hold since early February.