• 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.

  • Jury rules against Oklahoma City ballet dancer in arrest lawsuit

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City ballet dancer said he was exercising in park in high heels with a cane when a police officer was called by a woman who said she was alarmed for her grandchildren.

  • Scam alert: Fraudsters might be using Ebola to get your money

    Bill Gephardt, KSL | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Scammers are trying to cash in on current widespread concern over Ebola. Here are a few things to be aware of.

  • Oklahoma City school district looking to hire bilingual teachers from Puerto Rico

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Shannon Freeman, Oklahoma City Public Schools’s director of recruitment, deployment and retention, and two bilingual staff members will travel to Puerto Rico to interview about 20 bilingual teachers. The goal is to reduce the number of district teacher vacancies, which stands at 48.

  • Syphilis outbreak confirmed in Comanche County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials say they’re alarmed because syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can have significant health outcomes if undiagnosed and untreated.

  • Poll: Brazil's leader gains ground in tight race

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A poll released Monday night shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gaining ground over her rival in a tight re-election race, though the contest remains in a technical tie. The Datafolha polling group's latest survey has Rousseff with 52 percent of voters' support, compared to 48 percent for challenger, Aecio Neves. With the margin of error at 2 percentage points, that keeps the pair statistically tied. But the poll was the first to show Rousseff numerically in front of Neves — meaning she's trended upward while Neves has slipped. The previous poll by Datafolha released late last week had the race at 51-to-49 in Neves' favor.

  • Oklahoma law enforcement officials show interest in fixing DNA sampling oversight

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma police, sheriffs, district attorneys and judges are showing new interest in DNA sampling after misdemeanor convictions after reading news that thousands of samples are not being collected in Oklahoma.

  • New program aims to teach Oklahoma military families to eat healthy

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A series of events this fall will allow military families in Oklahoma the opportunity to receive a free basket of groceries and learn about healthy eating.

  • Oklahoma State University sorority member dies in weekend accident

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Savannah Marie Piatt, 18, was killed when the vehicle she was riding in ran off the road and rolled over in Noble County. Piatt, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into officer-involved shooting in Seminole

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Seminole police officer shot a man in the leg when he moved toward officers with a knife and refused commands to drop the weapon, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Monday.

  • White House opposes Nazi benefit payments

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards who left the U.S. for Europe. "Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," said spokesman Eric Shultz when asked about the situation. He said the Justice Department has said it has "aggressively pursued Nazi war criminals and brought over 100 of them to justice.

  • Restitution ordered in dinosaur footprint theft

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a priceless fossilized dinosaur footprint that's never been recovered was sentenced Monday to a year of probation and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. Jared Ehlers, 35, in February pried a piece of sandstone with an ancient three-toed dinosaur track from a trail for off-road vehicles near Moab in southeastern Utah, federal prosecutors say. Authorities believe he got nervous after being questioned in the case and dumped the print — thought to be up to 190 million years old — into the Colorado River. In court Monday, the Moab man told U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball he regretted pulling up the 150-pound piece of sandstone. "I don't have

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

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

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

  • City of Edmond says U.S. Senior Open golf championship sales tax calculations top $630,000

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    U.S. Senior Championship sales brought in more than $630,000 in extra sales tax revenue. The city is still working to get an up to $250,000 incentive from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

  • Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011, claiming it illegally refused to buy Syngenta's Viptera corn from farmers that year. Viptera is genetically modified to control pests. The case highlights the complications arising from genetically modified grain entering international markets; some foreign importers accept GMOs, while others do not. China is a significant buyer of U.S. corn but has strict rules against accepting GMO grain.

  • 5.6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia line

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:33 p.m. EDT, had a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) and was centered about 113 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Quito. It initially measured the quake at 6-magnitude, but downgraded it to 5.6 several hours later. The tremor was felt in small towns on both sides of the border. Officials in the Colombian town of Cumbal, near the quake's epicenter, said they formed an emergency committee to survey possible damage.

  • Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. He later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker.

  • KSWO: Woman arrested in Lawton claimed Jesus Christ will pay her restaurant tab

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Police say a woman in Lawton ordered food and alcoholic drinks at a restaurant in Lawton and told managers that her husband, Jesus Christ, would pay for them, KSWO reports . Kristi Rhines was booked into the Lawton City Jail on a complaint of fraud. Read the rest of this story at KSWO.com .

  • Heavy black smoke reported in northeast Oklahoma City fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The fire was reported about 5:05 p.m. at 3500 N Santa Fe Ave., Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said.

  • Authorities release name of man whose body was found Sunday near railroad tracks in north Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The man was identified as Joshua Wright Jr., 20, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner said.

  • US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries. Multiple automakers have recalled vehicles in the U.S. over the past two years to repair air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts.