• When the HeartLine phone rings in Oklahoma, someone is always ready to help

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The HeartLine call center is in a small room in an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit where specialists answer the phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help Oklahomans in need.

  • Oklahoma City school district proposes to expand aptitude tests for students

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Board of Education will be asked at its Aug. 31 meeting to approve expanding an already-existing aptitude testing program for high school underclassmen to earlier grades. If the board approves, the district will spend about $77,500 to test about 8,500 students this year.

  • Oklahoma City metro-area authorities team up to reduce DUIs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Police departments from Oklahoma City to Shawnee, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and sheriff's departments from Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties are gearing up for this weekend's Traffic Enforcement Across the Metro event.

  • Oklahoma City district to offer school engagement workshops

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Free professional development workshops will be offered by Oklahoma City Public Schools on Saturdays starting in September to get parents more involved in their kids' education.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 22

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 22, 2015

  • Metro Tech Foundation in Oklahoma City seeks sponsors for first golf tourney

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The Metro Tech Foundation is seeking sponsorships, as well as players, for a fundraising golf tournament that will be held Sept. 11 in Oklahoma City. The foundation assists students at the Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City racetrack will go to the dogs for charity event

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    For the inaugural Remington Bark event Aug. 29, Remington Park's thoroughbred horse race card will share billing with pooch-themed activities, to benefit Oklahoma dog charities.

  • Former Edmond missionary convicted of sex crimes makes new trial request

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Stephen Jones, defense attorney for Matthew Lane Durham, is seeking a new trial for his client, calling Durham's conviction of committing sex crimes on a mission trip to Africa "a miscarriage of justice."

  • Country music star Stoney LaRue faces domestic abuse charge in abuse case

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Country music performer Stoney LaRue Phillips, 38, of Oklahoma City, was charged with domestic abuse Friday for allegedly pushing his girlfriend, Amanda Winsworth, down a flight of stairs July 20.

  • Business, community groups form compact to help Oklahoma City Schools

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    The partnership, known as the Oklahoma City Schools Compact, will include the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

  • Axle falls off OKC district school bus

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A school bus carrying seven students to John Marshall Mid-High School on Friday morning lost its rear axle near the intersection of N May Avenue and NW 63, a Oklahoma City school district spokesman said. No students were injured, but the driver of the bus complained of knee pain and was taken to a hospital, spokesman Mark Myers said in a statement.  A U-Bolt on the rear axle likely failed and caused the 7:30 a.m. incident, Myers said. The bus has been a part of the fleet since December 2014 and was current on service, according to the district. It was involved in a collision in January and repairs were made by a vendor, Myers said. District staff, the bus dealership and the manufacturer are working together to

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Aug. 21, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    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 University's Stars Week events welcome class of 2019

    BY K.S. McNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Stars Week events at Oklahoma City University include fun and formal events for students and faculty before classes begin Monday.

  • Oklahoma City says inquiry shows 10 accounts on Ashley Madison infidelity website, not 21

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City says an investigation found 10 employee email accounts linked to accounts with the infidelity website Ashley Madison.

  • Episcopal saint's relative donates his journals to Oklahoma History Center

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    For Oklahomans, the journals are an important link to the past — a first-hand glimpse into the mind and faith journey of a Cheyenne warrior turned Christian missionary, said William Welge, director of the history center’s Office of American Indian Preservation and Culture.

  • What you need to know about The Dark Web

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A group hacked into the infidelity website Ashley Madison earlier this week, releasing email addresses associated with the city of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma and Tinker Air Force Base on the Dark Web. In case you're not familiar with the Dark Web, here's what you need to know:

  • 5 takeaways: This week's #OKC Boxscore

    William Crum | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Five takeaways from this week's review of Oklahoma City civic news: • Financially troubled Riverfront Redevelopment Authority reduces by $25,000 its contribution to marketing the Oklahoma River Cruises. • Downtown railroad "Quiet Zone" will advance over the next month. • Abandoned NW 10 apartment complexes concern residents; Fire Department spent $15,000 responding to calls at Lantana this summer. • Taxpayers' legal costs in bus station preservation lawsuit topped $75,000. • Oklahoma City will have role in new "shared governance model" for school district.

  • Carter County resident dies from West Nile, marking first death of year

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A Carter County resident has died from West Nile virus, the first Oklahoma resident to die as a result of the mosquito-borne illness this year.

  • Under proposal, Oklahoma City could go after property owners to prevent prostitution, drugs on premises

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A 2014 update to an Oklahoma City ordinance targeted parking lots and other areas where chronic criminal activity causes a nuisance, making violations punishable by a fine of up to $500. The new update would add prostitution and drugs to the specific activities such as violent crimes, public intoxication and discharging firearms that already constitute a nuisance outdoors.

  • Woman suffers smoke inhalation from apartment fire in Oklahoma City Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A woman suffered smoke inhalation Wednesday from an apartment fire. The fire was at the Lakewood Park Apartments.