• Court rejects state’s attempt to keep monument at Capitol

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol. Monday, the court turned down a request from the state to reconsider its June 30 ruling calling for removal of the 6-foot granite statue. This sets the stage for it to be taken down within a few weeks, said Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, which filed the lawsuit. “Obviously we’re pleased with the decision,” Henderson said. “The whole case is controversial, but something that is undeniable is that the court is getting this right. The court is following the law.

  • Oklahoma attorney general's office seeks injunction on EPA water rule

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking a federal judge to delay the scheduled Aug. 28 implementation date of a new federal rule that would expand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the nation’s waters. In a request for a preliminary injunction filed Friday, Pruitt asked a Tulsa federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would delay implementation of the new Clean Water Rule until Pruitt’s court challenge to the legality of the rule can be decided. Pruitt also asked the judge to reject an EPA request to postpone legal proceedings to give the EPA time to ask a judicial panel on multidistrict litigation to consolidate the lawsuit with a number of similar cases filed around

  • Downtown arts community is result of vision, commitment

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The story of the city’s original Metropolitan Area Projects and its objectives boils down to one basic premise: Oklahoma City could not thrive without a vibrant urban core. The successful objective goes pretty much without dispute 22 years after voters approved investing $237 million in their community back in 1993. And the objective of turning the Civic Center Music Hall into an upscale, 21st century performance venue and bringing the arts community downtown is also without argument. Consider the latest news that the Oklahoma City Ballet is taking its first step in transitioning to a downtown home with an expansion of its operations along Film Row. Earlier this summer, Contemporary Arts Center unveiled its designs for a

  • Plunge in Chinese shares helps send markets lower

    By KEN SWEET AP Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK — The worst drop in China's stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more than 2 percent as a number of big companies reported disappointing earnings. Faced with a drop in stock prices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., investors moved into traditional safe havens. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell to 2.22 percent from 2.26 percent on Friday. The price of gold rose 1 percent. Dividend-heavy stocks, like utilities, also gained. Investors favor high-dividend companies during times of volatility because

  • Oklahoma strong

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Ralph Terry threw the pitch that became known as the greatest homer in baseball history. It was in the 1960 World Series. Game 7. Yankees vs. Pirates. New York largely dominated the series, but somehow Pittsburgh not only pushed it to a seventh game at home, but also got to the ninth inning tied. Terry, who entered the game in the eighth inning and got the Yankees out of a jam, started the ninth facing Bill Mazeroski. He was the Pirates’ eight-hole hitter. He was known for his defense at second base. But on a 1-0 pitch, he smashed a towering shot to left that was the first walk-off homer in World Series history. “They gave me a day in New York after the ’60 World Series,” Terry said. “A day to get out of

  • ReMerge program for mothers facing prison receives grant

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County program offering female offenders an alternative to prison has received a $500,000 grant, allowing the agency to expand its services. ReMerge provides assistance to women facing prison who are also pregnant or have young children. The program was founded in 2011 to address the high rate of incarceration of nonviolent offenders who are the primary caregivers of children. The grant will allow ReMerge to expand its home-based counseling services, hire a full-time children’s health and education coordinator and implement two new programs to address substance abuse and building economic stability, said Terri Woodland, executive director of ReMerge. “This grant will really propel our

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man suspected in rape

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A man accused of raping his ex- girlfriend was booked into jail Sunday. Francisco Antonio Flores, 31, was arrested on complaints of rape, kidnapping and threatening to perform an act of violence. The victim told police she stopped by Flores’ house late Saturday to talk about getting back together with him. He held her in a bear hug, then raped her in a bedroom, according to a police report. The woman, who police said does not speak English well, said she was forced to stay the night. She called police Sunday morning and reported the incident with the help of her daughter, police said.

  • School supplies sought for military families

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree have joined forces to gather school supplies for children in military families across the country. The supplies can be purchased by customers at Dollar Tree locations in the Oklahoma City area, as well as the more than 5,000 Dollar Tree and Deals stores nationwide, and placed in collection boxes in each store. The Back-to-School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree.  This is the seventh year Dollar Tree has partnered with Operation Homefront for the program.  Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $5 million of supplies.

  • Walkers support fallen military

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Detective Ronnie Waugh and some of his friends walked from the Oklahoma City police headquarters to the Marine Recruiting Station at 1100 S Air Depot in honor of the Marines and sailor who recently died in the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting. Waugh, a former Marine, said he was recruited from that station in 1988. The walkers left downtown Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. Saturday for the eight-mile walk.

  • Young cheerleaders keep team spirit high at camp

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NORMAN — Youths between the ages of 5 and 14 learned the ins and outs of cheer and tumbling during a cheer and tumbling camp sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Shawn Yohn, who teaches cheerleading at Twist & Shout in Edmond, was the lead instructor for the camp that ended Friday. The cheer and tumbling camp was one of many sports camps offered by the city every summer. Other camps emphasize basketball, football, baseball, speed and agility, and volleyball. For more information about sports camps, go to www.youthsportsof norman.com.

  • Friends turn out for head-shaving party

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    EDMOND —An Edmond teacher recently diagnosed with breast cancer was reassured during a head shaving party that she has many people ready to shower her with love and support. About 50 people, including fellow teachers and former students, made it clear they were lending their support to Sequoyah eighth grade science teacher Nancye Lashley. It was in May, toward the end of the school term, when Lashley learned she has breast cancer. Fellow teacher Vicki Keller said the response from the Sequoyah community was immediate. “The kids had Pink Out Day where everybody wore pink to school,” Keller said. There was a “memory jar,” where students wrote their favorite memories of Lashley and stuffed them into a jar.

  • Chess players wanted for Sunday games at Myriad Gardens

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The Challengers Chess Club, in partnership with Myriad Botanical Gardens, will offer “Chess Sundays at the Gardens in August” beginning Sunday and continuing through Aug. 30. OKC’s Challengers Chess Club member Joe Dean Veal and other club members will host the  games from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays at the Meinders Garden Terrace.  Veal is also a chess mentor and coach for Rebecca Rutledge’s OKC Youth Chess League. Chess Sundays are free and open to players of all ages and skill levels.  Parents are invited to bring lawn chairs and sun umbrellas so they can be comfortable watching their children play.  A swimsuit and towel for adults and kids are also suggested by the club, as the Myriad’s splash fountains area is

  • Perry named Millwood girls basketball coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@opubco.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Former Putnam North girls basketball coach Londaryl Perry has landed on his feet with one of the state’s most established programs. Perry has been named the girls coach at Millwood. Millwood athletic director Shannon Hayes told The Oklahoman on Monday that Perry was officially named his replacement atop the Falcons’ girls basketball program, completing a turnaround from an incident that could have soured Perry's career. “It just shows you that I had a lot of people praying for me,” Perry told The Oklahoman. “It just shows you that God does work things out. Sometimes God puts you in different places to learn lessons. If you learn from it, you can move forward in life. If not, you’ll always walk around

  • Nine people are injured in church van crash headed to youth rally

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Nine people were injured Monday when a church van rolled over on Will Rogers Turnpike, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. The van, owned by the Fresh Fire Outreach Center Church in Shawnee, was traveling east on the turnpike when the driver’s side rear tire blew out near mile marker 270 east of Claremore, said patrol Lt. John Vincent. The van rolled over one complete time. Two adults and eight children, ages ranging from 5 to 15, were in the van when the crash occurred, troopers said. People were taken to hospitals in Vinita and Tulsa. Reached by telephone Monday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, co-pastor Sandra Wilkes said eight of the passengers were children, and most received minor scrapes and

  • Reactions to 4.5 earthquake recorded in Oklahoma Monday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Twitter:  Debbie Cook @daccook - You know it was a strong quake when California transplants say it feels like home Justin Sanchez @JustinSanchez - That was a pretty good shake. Freaky hearing the rumble in the distance before the quake hit. Tim S. Gourley @tsgourley - Man, the quake we just had in NW OKC nearly shook my monitor off its stand. Jessica R @cravekawasaki - Felt that quake for sure, ceiling felt like it was moving separate from the floor in our tower. I'm a little nauseous #okquake Buzz Sports Network @BuzzTulsa - That was a big quake. Studio started cracking.

  • Magnitude-4.5 quake rattles Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping Staff writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A magnitude-4.5 earthquake and several aftershocks shook the Sooner state Monday. No major injuries or damage were immediately reported from the earthquake, which hit at 1:12 p.m. and was located 11 miles northwest of Guthrie and 24 miles north-northwest of Edmond, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake, one of the larger to strike the state, registered at a depth of 3 km, or 1.86 miles. Many metro-area residents reported hearing a boom and feeling vibrations. On social media, people expressed gratitude for earthquake insurance, talked about the noise and bemoaned the increasingly frequent quakes.

  • ATF to assist in Broken Arrow homicide inquiry

    By SAMANTHA VICENT Tulsa World samantha.vicent@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    BROKEN ARROW — The regional division of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed Monday it is assisting the Broken Arrow Police Department with its investigation into the Wednesday stabbing deaths of five family members. Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said in a Monday news release that parents David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, as well as Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5, all died of “multiple sharp force injuries” and that their deaths will be classified as homicides. Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, remain in Tulsa County custody on five complaints of first-degree murder and one complaint of domestic aggravated assault and

  • Man, 22, will go to trial after crash that killed child, parents

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A 22-year-old driver accused of killing a toddler and her parents while under the influence of alcohol will go to trial. Oklahoma County Special Judge Fred Doak on Monday found sufficient evidence to order Demetrius Jerrod Price to trial after prosecutors presented evidence from the April 6 fatal car accident in Oklahoma City. Price, of Oklahoma City, was charged April 16 with three counts of first-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors allege he caused a T-bone collision about 11:20 p.m. at the intersection of W Reno and S Rockwell avenues that killed Jason Fields, 33, Shannon West, 30, and their child, Ruby Fields, 22 months. All three victims lived in Oklahoma City. Price didn't have a valid driver's license at the time

  • Krazy Daze marks 58 years of deep discounts in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    EDMOND — Bargains galore were offered during Edmond’s 58th annual Krazy Daze on Saturday. Morris “Hoot” Gibson, founder of McCall’s menswear in Edmond, came up with the idea for the first Krazy Daze sales promotion. Originally, merchants would dress up one weekend, often in zany costumes, and offer deep discounts.

  • Fiat Chrysler settlement with federal safety regulators could prove costly

    By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Buyback will cost Chrysler DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler could be required to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road in a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered Chrysler to offer to buy back certain Ram pickup trucks and Dodge and Chrysler SUVs with defective steering parts that can cause drivers to lose control. More than 579,000 vehicles were recalled in 2013, but the company would only buy back a third because many have already been repaired.