• Playing it safe: Gyms, safe rooms going up across Oklahoma City school district

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Gyms and other areas at some Oklahoma City schools are being reinforced to serve as safe rooms that would protect students during dangerous weather.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: More for-sale housing coming along fringe of downtown Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Riverfront Development Authority faces first deficit

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    For the first time, the agency that handles the development along the Oklahoma River is facing a deficit.

  • Four major problems confronting Oklahoma City Schools

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 12 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.

  • See where China is spying in Oklahoma (map)

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: 14 hr ago

    NBC News is reporting this morning that it has obtained a secret National Security Agency map identifying more than 600 cyber assaults launched by the Chinese government against U.S. targets, including Google, the government, the military and major defense contractors.

  • Rain chances slight in central Oklahoma, but Friday a bit cooler

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    There is a 20 percent chance for rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The temperature will be cooler than in recent days.

  • History registers with Miller neighborhood

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The Oklahoma City neighborhood, bounded by Villa Avenue to the east, May Avenue to the west, NW 16 on the north and NW 10 on the south, comprises 600 properties, all of which had to be photographed, cataloged and ultimately digitized for it to be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • OK County hopes businesses play key role in jail tax passage

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma County Commission will ask business leaders for help in gauging public support for a sales tax increase to construct a new 2,800-bed county jail. Sheriff John Whetsel called a study committee's recommendation to build a new jail and remodel the county juvenile justice center a “holistic” approach to chronic shortcomings in the current jail.

  • Where will the new jail sales tax money go?

    Phillip OConnor,Todd Pendleton | Yesterday

    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.

  • Animals at Oklahoma City Zoo create artworks for conservation fundraiser

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

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

  • Union Bus Station sign disassembled in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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.

  • 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.

  • Campout offers fun and Bible learning

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

    Heritage Baptist Church is hosting Kanakuk Kampout.

  • Finding some shade

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

    Getting out of the sun at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

  • Life sentence is set for man guilty of robbery, murder

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A man who was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with a robbery has been sentenced to a life sentence in prison.

  • Kitchen fires highlight safety issue

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

    The Oklahoma City Fire Department has responded to more than 50 kitchen fires this year and almost all of them are preventable.

  • Cattle owner pleads no contest to neglect citations

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The city rounded up the cattle July 2 from fields in far southwest Oklahoma City. Two died within 10 days.