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  • Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission ratifies firing of six employees

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission voted Thursday to ratify the firing of six employees as it took a number of actions designed to fix problems created by previous Open Meeting Act violations.

  • Entertaining moments on NewsOK welcomed in a week of serious news

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 12 hr ago

    It’s been a serious couple of weeks. NewsOK.com has had updates every day — many times per day — on the unrest in Ferguson. And the site has had the gruesome updates of journalist James Foley killed by Islamic State extremists. And it has had local stories on teacher shortages, high teen birth rates and […]

  • 3 blacks among 12 grand jurors in Ferguson case

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case. Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. The grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. Nine votes are needed to indict. The ages and hometowns of the jurors weren't released. A judge is expected to consider Monday whether to make that information public.

  • Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about OSU reaching the upper echelons of college football, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. The Cowboys on Thursday talked a lot about the concept of rebuilding. Mike Gundy: “Each year we find out where we’re at. This is the most difficult year we’ve had […]

  • Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants. Speaking on NBC's "Today," John and Diane Foley from Rochester, New Hampshire, said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in December. John Foley said he was excited to see the latest email, even though the kidnappers threatened to kill his son, because he hoped they would be willing to negotiate. "I underestimated that point," John Foley said of the threat. "I did not realize how brutal they were." Foley, 40, was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. His Islamic State captors had demanded $132.

  • Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign's progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history. Thousands of people, including celebrities like Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey, have posted videos of themselves getting buckets of ice water dumped over their heads and challenging others to do the same — or donate money to The ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease research and assistance.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Expect to hear more housing, retail announced for Midtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

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

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Aug. 22, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 13 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.

  • COOP to debut lineup of 3.2 cans, enter grocery market

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Hot news for you today beer fans — let’s get right to it: COOP Ale Works plans to introduce a lineup of three 3.2-strength beers to be sold in four packs of 16 oz. cans at grocery and convenience stores in Oklahoma. Let that sink in for a minute. If you’ve frequented the monthly H&8th […]

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Norman Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN - A tractor-trailer has overturned along northbound Interstate 35 at State Highway 77 Friday, authorities report. Traffic is backing up in the area. Check NewsOK.com for updates.

  • Police release pictures of woman in connection with an Oklahoma City car theft

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Police are looking for a woman in connection with stealing a car in northwest Oklahoma City. The woman was caught on a surveillance camera.

  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing. Two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who is locked in one of the most competitive races in the country, says in an ad this week that he voted for a law that prevents insurers from canceling policies if someone gets sick, as he did 18 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. That prohibition on terminating policies in this fashion is one of the more popular elements of the 4-year-old law that Pryor never mentions by its official name — the Affordable Care Act.

  • Country's energy diversification could benefit Oklahoma

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Natural gas use for power generation will grow throughout the country over the next 25 years, but for different reasons across different regions, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said this week.

  • Tulsa dentist accused of unsanitary practices surrenders license to state board

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A Tulsa oral surgeon found to have possibly exposed up to 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may be permanently barred from practicing as of Friday.

  • 10 books that you were forced to read in junior high, but would change your life now as an adult

    Katelyn Carmen, KSL | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    You might be pleasantly surprised to find that the books that you didn't enjoy as a kid are actually fantastic as an adult.

  • More About the Billboard and the Maywood Apartments

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Live tweeting at public meetings has its drawbacks. Such was the case at the Downtown Design Review meeting on Thursday. I tweeted out what was said by Mark Tolson, architect on the second phase of the Maywood apartment development. He told the committee that Lamar advertising had refused to consider any changes to a billboard […]

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball history — going back to […]

  • Oklahoma Capitol repair bonds authorization begins

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state’s nearly century-old Capitol. Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol. The 452,000-square-foot Capitol was constructed between 1914 and 1917 for $1.5 million. Now, the building’s facade is crumbling and barricades have cordoned off the south side of the structure since 2011 to prevent visitors from climbing the steps of the south portico

  • Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    TULSA — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond. Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk. Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn’t one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it’s improper for attorneys to try

  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country's five-decade history. Many people in offices in the nation of 30 million observed a minute's silence as the hearses were driven from the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to private funerals.