• Oklahoma state Senate District 44 race is a study in contrasts

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Incumbent Sen. Ralph Shortey identifies illegal immigration as his No.1 issue, while his challenger Michael Brooks-Jimenez says education and infrastructure are the main state-level issues facing the south Oklahoma City district.

  • Professor given National Science Foundation grant

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say a professor will use a grant to develop curriculum to bring computer science to urban elementary school classrooms. Officials say associate professor in the GSU college of education Caitlin McMunn Dooley has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. University officials say Dooley is working with the International Society for Technology in Education and the Georgia Institute of Technology to improve elementary students' capacity for learning, creativity and motivation while they learn about computer science. GSU officials say Dooley hopes the project helps find ways for students from underrepresented groups to become partic

  • Planetariums offer safe view of partial eclipse

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of the upcoming partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by two Illinois planetariums. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago says the partial eclipse will begin at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday. The peak — when the moon will cover half of the sun — will occur at 5:43 p.m. The eclipse will end at sunset, or approximately 6 p.m. If the weather permits, the planetarium will offer free to the public safe viewing through telescopes with solar filters. The Illinois State University Planetarium in Normal also will hold a viewing session and free program. The event will include a presentation about eclipses under the planetarium dome.

  • Dufner returns from injury at Perth International

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Jason Dufner returns to tournament play on Thursday at the Perth International after a two-month neck injury layoff in which he "totally detached" himself from golf and didn't watch any of the Ryder Cup on television. Dufner, whose injury cost him any chance of earning a qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup, said Tuesday he arrived in Western Australia feeling "much better physically ... a little bit rested mentally." The 2013 U.S. PGA champion is among the Lake Karrinyup Country Club headliners who include fellow major winners Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy and European Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson. Dufner says during his break "I wasn't too interested in golf or what was going on in the

  • Myanmar says 2015 election won't be delayed

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it will hold a general election in late 2015 as planned, countering rumors that the vote could be postponed. Tin Aye, chairman of the Myanmar Union Election Commission, made the announcement Tuesday. He said international and local observers would be invited to witness the election, to be held in late October or early November of next year. The general election will be the second since former strongman Gen. Than Shwe handed power to a nominally civilian government, ending half a century of military rule. The 2010 election was widely seen as rigged in favor of the military-backed government's party.

  • Lessons, friendships offered by Oklahoma City dance club

    BY STEVE GUST, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Swing Club offers dance lessons every month. Styles include West Coast swing, country and western, ballroom and square dancing.

  • Walmart hiring for new Watonga store

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    New employees will begin training in November for the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Watonga. A temporary hiring kiosk is available inside the Kingfisher Walmart Supercenter, 200 Starlite Drive.

  • OU homecoming parade enlivens Norman campus

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s annual homecoming parade preceded Saturday’s football game in Norman with Kansas State University.

  • Attorney general asks Oklahoma Supreme Court to validate Capitol repair plan

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma Supreme Court may rule on validity of $120 million plan to fix crumbling Oklahoma State Capitol.

  • Director Francis Ford Coppola talks future of film at Oklahoma City Community College

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL, Features Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Director Francis Ford Coppola talks future of film at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • Oklahoma City School District will spend more than $50,000 on apitude tests for thousands of high school sophomores and juniors

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Many Oklahoma City students lack access to PSAT, a qualifier for Advanced Placement courses, National Merit Scholarships.

  • 'History Never Dies' is family festival theme at Guthrie museum

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    “History Never Dies” is planned for Saturday night at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie.

  • Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run set for Sunday in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The fifth annual Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Stars and Stripes Park in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City contractor faces charges on embezzlement

    Jay F. Marks, Staff writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City contractor allegedly embezzled more than $27,000 from customers by not completing work on their projects.

  • Friends and family vow to keep Oklahoma homeless advocate's dream alive

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Friends and family of Lisa Miller-Baldwin, founder of the Wonderfully Made Foundation and the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference, said they will work to keep her Oklahoma foundation thriving in the aftermath of her recent death in a car wreck.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 21

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 21, 2014

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 21, 2014

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Oct. 21, 2014

  • Oklahoma City area community news in brief

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City area community news in brief

  • Jury selection gets underway in Oklahoma County road-rage trial

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    David Edward Bloebaum, 59, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of carrying a firearm after a fatal shooting in northwest Oklahoma City in September 2012. Jury selection began after a motion hearing on Monday.

  • Norman news briefs

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Norman news briefs

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars ($745 million). The figures include filming and digital effects completed over several years but not the final eight months of production costs leading up to the scheduled December release of the final movie. It's not clear from the documents whether worldwide marketing and distribution costs are included. Warner Bros.