• Kitten adoption event is Saturday in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma City's Animal Welfare Department will hold a kitten shower on Saturday to help meet the needs of its kitten population.

  • OKC school district apologizes for ACT mix-up

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    An employee of Oklahoma City Public Schools failed to schedule a "backup" test, costing about 63 students a chance to take the ACT college entrance exam this past weekend. A new date for the exam has been set for Saturday at Northwest Classen High School.

  • Oklahoma angle: State Baptists also affirm anti-same-sex marriage stance

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editorchinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    At least one leader of Oklahoma's Southern Baptists said he wasn't surprised by the stance of convention President Ronnie Floyd that he would not officiate at a same-sex union.

  • Overturned semi blocking lanes of I-40

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Oklahoma City fire crews and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are working to extract the driver of a semi that overturned near Martin Luther King Boulevard on I-40, officials said.

  • Two reassigned OKC schools administrators start new jobs

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Tamie Sanders, former executive director of secondary schools in the Oklahoma school district, is one of four new high school principals announced by the district Monday. Pat Watson-Hunt, the district's former executive director of elementary schools, will oversee elementary school principals in her new role.

  • Beehives, gardens expand options at Salvation Army in Oklahoma City

    BY HENRY DOLIVE FOR THE OKLAHOMAN | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The commander of the Oklahoma City Salvation Army has introduced beekeeping as part of the Salvation Army’s food assistance efforts for needy clients. The project includes planting 20 raised beds for gardening and developing a 40-tree fruit orchard.

  • Winners named in Oklahoma Envirothon competition

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics placed first at the spring Oklahoma Envirothon.

  • Metropolitan Library System offers summer programming

    By Scott Amundson For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Metropolitan Library System offers a variety of activities for all ages designed to keep people reading this summer. The system's summer initiatives are the summer reading program, Neighborhood Arts events and activities that go along with this year's national library theme.

  • Mustang teen performs on piano at Colo. festival

    By Michelle Vargas For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Andrew Vargas, of Mustang, Oklahoma, recently traveled to Denver to participate in the Festival For Creative Pianists.

  • Oklahoma City Zoo awaits birth of sea lion pup

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writermpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Pearl, a sea lion at the Oklahoma City Zoo, is set to give birth to a pup at any time. Given her history, the pregnancy is being monitored closely by zoo staffers.

  • New Oklahoma texting and driving law: See what's legal and what isn't

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Put your phones down and get used to it. On Nov. 1, texting and most related forms of communications while driving becomes illegal. House Bill 1965 , by Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, makes it illegal to “operate a motor vehicle … while using a hand-held electronic communication device to manually compose, send or read an electronic text message while the vehicle is in motion.” The law includes exceptions for emergency communications, such as to a law enforcement agency or medical professional. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Re-using water gains ground in Oklahoma City as strategy for conservation

    By William Crum Staf‌f Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Oklahoma City has begun planning to add recycled wastewater to its portfolio of resources for fending of‌f drought and satisfying demand as the city grows.

  • Contrasting commitments to conservation

    By William Crum Staf‌f Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal says elected leaders in Midwest City and Del City acted prematurely this spring in opposing a proposal to augment the reservoir with treated wastewater.

  • Q&A with Oklahoma City's Utilities Director Marsha Slaughter

    By William Crum Staf‌f Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Oklahoma City Utilities Director Marsha Slaughter discusses Oklahoma City’s drinking water system, and challenges the city faces and will continue to face as demand for clean water grows amid the ever-present threat of drought

  • Conservation on the agenda for metro-area events

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma Water Survey and the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma are hosting events this summer focused on water conservation.

  • Crash shuts down Interstate 35 northbound in Oklahoma City

    AP | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City are shut down following a head-on crash. Authorities say a vehicle going southbound in the northbound lanes of the interstate collided with a tractor-trailer rig about 11 a.m. Monday. The conditions of the drivers have not been released and it was not immediately clear why the southbound driver was in the northbound lanes.

  • Police have made an arrest in connection to an April murder in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    An Oklahoma City man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man that took place in April on the south side, according to police reports.  Robert Curtis Nelson, 33, was arrested Friday on a murder complaint related to the city's 17th homicide of the year. He was still being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail on Monday morning.  On April 8, police responded to a homicide at an apartment complex at 31 SW 25. The officers found the body of Joe Baughman, who appeared to have been bludgeoned to death, court documents state. A rock and the lid to a toilet were both found next to the body covered in blood.  A witness told police Curtis admitted to her that he had killed Baughman using the toilet lid

  • Former OKC district administrator among new principals

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    A former key administrator with Oklahoma City Public Schools heads a list of new high school principals announced Monday by the district. Tamie Sanders, the district's former executive director of secondary schools, is the new principal at Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School. Sanders' administrative position was cut in March as part of a district reorganization plan to improve instruction. She is credited with leading the academic turnaround at U.S. Grant High School when she was principal there. Sanders replaces Michelle Pontikos, who resigned earlier this month to become principal at Chickasha High School.

  • #OKC Boxscore

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    William Crum: #OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 15, 2015. OKC Boxscore is a weekly look at Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Mental health transport crises: Back of police car may not be best solution, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Under Oklahoma law, law enforcement are the designated means of transportation for taking residents to and from mental health facilities when it's determined that those residents are a danger to themselves or others.




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