• DEQ issues grants for asbestos cleanup in Oklahoma buildings

    AP | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is providing grants to three rural communities to clean up asbestos in historic buildings. The Hotel Franklin in Mangum, the Old Pawnee Municipal Hospital in Pawnee and the Oaks Rehabilitation Facility in McAlester were selected as recipients of this year's grant money. The Greer County Economic Development Authority will remove asbestos from the Hotel Franklin, which was built in 1929. Plans call for renovation of the hotel for use as senior housing and apartments. The city of Pawnee will remove asbestos from the former Pawnee Municipal Hospital. The city plans to make the property

  • National Lipstick Day is Wednesday

    Linda Miller | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Swipe on your favorite lipstick and let’s celebrate that little tube of color.

  • Oklahoma City dinner club appeals cease and desist order from state Health Department

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A local dinner club is challenging a cease and desist order from the state Health Department. Nani, which operated out of a residential home on North Classen, says it hosts private event not open to the public, but the state argues members of the public attend and pay for the events, and the business should be licensed.

  • 'Wittenberg' wins on stage (and on the court)

    BY Elizabeth Hurd | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Rapid volleys of wit and wisdom light up OSP's "Wittenberg"

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight  Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike . "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry . Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

    AP | Updated: 28 min ago

    VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A day care center in northeast Oklahoma has shut its doors after a mother reported her two sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local splash pad. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Debra Martin said Tuesday the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita agreed to cease operations. Martin says the state agency and local police are investigating. Shaunna Broadway told Tulsa television station KOTV (http://bit.ly/1IqAbj ) that a day care worker let her 5- and 7-year-old sons play outside Friday without shirts or sunscreen. Photographs she took of her boys show their back and shoulders covered with giant blisters.

  • UCO plans to renovate historic Mitchell Hall

    BY QUEILA OMENA Staff Writer  qomena@oklahoman.com | Updated: 29 min ago

    The University of Central Oklahoma plans to renovate Mitchell Hall.

  • Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

    Updated: 30 min ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves." Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday that he will stand in the election and counts on their support. The former France great is the first serious contender to declare his intentions ahead of an Oct. 26 deadline to apply. The FIFA election is on Feb. 26. "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands," wrote Platini, who turned 60 last month. "I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shapi

  • Coast Guard official says search for missing boaters ongoing

    Updated: 31 min ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday the search for two teen boaters who went missing off the coast of Florida is ongoing. Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss, spokesman for the Florida Coast Guard district, said: "There is no plan to suspend the search today." Earlier, a U.S. official said the Coast Guard was suspending the search. But Doss says any reports of the search ending are inaccurate. Crews have been searching for 14-year-olds Perry Cohn and Austin Stephanos for six days. At noon Wednesday, three vehicles pulled into the driveway of Cohen's home, and representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Tequesta Police got out and

  • Let's right our restrooms for all

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: 34 min ago

    Many so-called handicapped-equipped restrooms aren’t actually usable.

  • Cattle hauler overturns on I-35 northbound near Paoli Wednesday, closing lanes for hours

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 35 min ago

    The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been shut down due to an overturned cattle hauler Wednesday. The wreck is near Paoli, and about 100 head of cattle were aboard, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Prosecutor: Body camera video in fatal shooting to be released today

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Hamilton County's prosecutor will hold a news conference on the investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting. Prosecutor Joe Deters will hold the news conference on the Samuel Dubose case at 1 p.m., a news release stated. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, UC President Santa Ono and City Manager Harry Black will hold a 2 p.m. news conference.

  • 5 things that look like Grumpy Cat and Earl the Grumpy Puppy

    The Oklahoman | Updated: 47 min ago

    In case you haven't been properly introduced, meet Earl the Grumpy Puppy: Sunday funday! A photo posted by @earlthegrumpypuppy on Jul 5, 2015 at 2:12pm PDT // No relation to Grumpy Cat, but the pint-sized pooch is making waves on the Internet thanks to his similar look. According to Earl's Facebook, he's a 5-month-old Puggle and looks like a blast to hang around. You can learn more about Earl here.

  • Shopping at Disney Offers Older Kids a TrenD Experience

    Carla Meadows | Updated: 49 min ago

    When you think of visiting Walt Disney World, going shopping might not be on your list for fun park activities. But see how this hip clothing boutique at the Downtown Disney Marketplace has become one of the most thrilling attractions for older kids.

  • Tornado shelter under construction at Putnam City elementary school

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 49 min ago

    The construction at Lake Park Elementary School is part of a series of safe rooms the Putnam City School District is building in some schools over the coming years, Putnam City schools spokesman Steve Lindley said.

  • Man says he petted zoo cougars after calling 'Here, kitty'

    Updated: 52 min ago

    DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video of it on YouTube says he jokingly called "Here, kitty" and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond. Joshua Newell of suburban Gahanna pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge and was found guilty. He was sentenced to four days in jail, with two of those suspended, and fined $200 plus other costs in Delaware Municipal Court, north of Columbus. He left court wearing a T-shirt printed with the words "Cougar Love," WBNS-TV reported. His video posted last week shows an outer fence being jumped, then two cougars being petted through another fence as someone says things such as "Kitty, k

  • Why Nebraska never will leave the Big Ten

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    I received an email this week from a Nebraska alum who is a professor at another Big Ten University. He wanted to remain anonymous if I published any of his dispatch, and I most definitely wanted to publish his dispatch, because it’s incredibly insightful into college football realignment. We talk about realignment incessantly, and we come up with all kinds of ideas and theories. But we often overlook one of the most powerful forces in a singular campus’ decision-making: academic standing. So while we debate Nebraska’s affinity for its new Big Ten home, we think about football competition and athletic tradition and fan acceptance. We don’t consider a conference’s impact on the university

  • Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to "believe and unequivocally support" the three-time Super Bowl MVP. "It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect," Kraft said. "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." Taking the podium a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's suspension, Kraft said he didn't fight the team's penalty — a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks — because he thought the league would go easy on

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Bill Hader is the hit-movie-making, Make-A-Wish-granting hero of the summer

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 1 hr ago

    It seems like it's been a pretty great summer for Tulsa native Bill Hader. The former "Saturday Night Live" player starred in two wildly different, critically acclaimed box office hits: He gave voice to twitchy Fear in Disney/Pixar's new beloved blockbuster "Inside Out," and he played his first leading man role, opposite current "it" comic Amy Schumer (with LeBron James as his character's BFF, no less) in the raunchy rom-com "Trainwreck." In addition, the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently published video of Hader granting a teenage cancer survivor's Make-A-Wish request to prank her entire high school.

  • Oil industry renews call for exports

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Change could boost economy, lower gasoline prices and create 300,000 jobs, energy industry advocate says.