• Rare tick-borne illness confirmed in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 min ago

    A Payne County resident contracted a rare tick-borne disease caused by a recently identified virus known as the Bourbon virus, the state Health Department confirmed Wednesday. Oklahomans are encouraged to take precautions to prevent tick bites this summer.

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins in hot tub celebration with LeBron James, JR Smith after sweep of Hawks

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Hey, check out this photo. That “old” guy in the background with the towel over his shoulders. Remember him? Why, that’s no other than former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who is going back to the NBA Finals for the third time in his career after the Cavs swept the Atlanta Hawks 4-0 in the Eastern […]

  • Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about Alabama

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WCWS — The team kept the Oklahoma Sooners out of the Women’s College World Series is back for the 10th time in 19 years of existence.

  • Aubrey McClendon: Fracking's Cowboy Rides Again

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    America's wildest wildcatter, Aubrey McClendon, found new life -- and new billions -- after his spectacular plunge from the top of the oil game. Trouble has already come calling. In early 2013, during his last days as CEO of Chesapeake Energy CHK -0.4% , Aubrey McClendon was one busy guy. Chesapeake’s board gave him the boot following a litany of accusations about his rampant conflicts of interest, lavish perks, reckless bets and failure to disclose that he had personally borrowed around $1 billion, some from Chesapeake’s own lenders. But before leaving the building, McClendon allegedly gave himself a parting gift. According to a lawsuit filed by Chesapeake in February, he had his assistant print out highly sensitive maps of oil and gas prospects in Ohio’s natural-gas-rich Utica shale formations, and he e-mailed more proprietary and valuable information to his private account. McClendon set up a new operation–American Energy Partners–in offices up the street from Chesapeake’s Oklahoma City campus. He found a deep-pocketed partner in John Raymond, CEO of $15.5 billion Houston private equity outfit Energy & Minerals Group (and son of legendary Exxon CEO Lee Raymond). McClendon quickly got to work: By the time Chesapeake filed its lawsuit alleging theft of secrets, American Energy’s Utica affiliate had already bought up more than $1.5 billion of acreage.

  • Ownership of downtown Oklahoma City landmark is in dispute

    Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writers | Updated: 34 min ago

    Legal wranglings reveal a maze of transactions and claims surrounding the historic First National Center downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Tequila Rising: America's Next Go-To Drink

    Veronica Davis | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Forget what you think you know about tequila. Americans are increasingly turning to this drink of choice as purer, single source tequilas hit the market. From party cocktails to a possible Taco Bell menu item, tequila is definitely on the rise.

  • APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns

    Updated: 35 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The departure reflected the dire state of Mideast peace efforts, which have been stalled for years and show no signs of resuming following the formation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government. A top Palestinian official said he was "happy" Blair was leaving, accusing him of ineffectiveness and caving in to Israeli pressure.

  • Hearing postponed for woman accused of slashing corpse

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    TULSA — A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for an Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend during a funeral home viewing. Court records show a Tulsa judge postponed the hearing for Shaynna Sims until June 3. Sims was arrested at the dead woman’s apartment after she attended the viewing April 30. Police said Sims stole the dead woman’s shoes and was carrying a knife with the woman’s hair attached to it. Witnesses told officers they saw Sims reach into the casket during the viewing. The dead woman’s face was found slashed from her hairline to the tip of her nose, her makeup smeared and her hair on the floor, police said.

  • Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed

    Updated: 41 min ago

    ZURICH (AP) — Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption. FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday's presidential election would go ahead as planned with Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term. Blatter was not named in either investigation. FIFA also ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. The Swiss prosecutors' office said in a statement they seized "electronic data and documents" at FIFA's headquarters on Wednesday as part of their probe.

  • Latest on flooding: No longer threat of Texas dam breaking

    Updated: 51 min ago

    10:45 a.m. Police say the threat of a dam southwest of Dallas breaking has passed. Midlothian police Capt. John Spann said late Wednesday morning that water was still coming over the earthen dam at Padera Lake, near Midlothian, but that the volume had decreased. The area has experienced days of heavy rain. Emergency personnel planned to shut down Highway 287 if the dam broke, because it could have flooded with a couple feet of water. About a dozen homes in the mostly rural area were threatened as well. Midlothian is some 25 miles southwest of Dallas. ___ 9:20 a.m. CDT New thunderstorms are snarling traffic in the flood-weary Houston area but don't appear to be exacerbating the problems in parts o

  • Former Durant HS softball signs with USAO

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CHICKASHA – Former Durant High School and Murray State College softball player Mackenzi Clapp has signed with the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma. Clapp was an all-confrence player last season at Murray State.

  • Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking

    Updated: 52 min ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Shareholders are considering whether Exxon Mobil should put a climate-change expert on its board. That is one of several environmental and company-governance resolutions on the agenda at the oil giant's annual meeting Wednesday in Dallas. CEO Rex Tillerson gave a stay-the-course outlook for the company, which has seen profits decline recently with lower prices for crude oil. Tillerson has said that oil prices will remain low over the next two years because of large global supplies and weak economic growth. Exxon has completed more than a dozen major projects in the past three years and expects an equal number to begin production through 2017. The company is paring back on capital spending as those

  • More rain threatens to complicate the cleanup in Houston

    Updated: 52 min ago

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — More rain fell on Houston on Wednesday, threatening to complicate the cleanup after a long holiday weekend of storms and floods that left at least 17 dead and more than a dozen others missing in Texas and Oklahoma. The forecast was for 2 to 3 more inches of rain in the Houston area, a day after flooding triggered by nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours swamped neighborhoods and highways and stranded hundreds of motorists. Crews resumed the search for 11 people missing and presumed dead after the swollen Blanco River surged through the small tourist town of Wimberley, between San Antonio and Austin. Houston Mayor Annise Parker said two people whose boat capsized during a rescue effort were also

  • Deaths, gang activity surge as illegals flood border, 30,000 expected | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A crackdown on children attempting to illegally enter the United States by Mexico and other Latin American nations has cut this year's surge to a still-high 30,000, says the Washington Examiner, but proponents believe that has made the situation even more desperate for kids, leading to greater crime and deaths. "Those that are fleeing and trying to get out of their countries are now using even more dangerous tactics with more criminal entities and costing them even more money to get through to safety," said Kimberly Haynes, director of children's services for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service . Baltimore-based LIRS is a key player in caring for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States and advocates for joining the kids with their parents already in the United States. Haynes told Secrets that those they have interviewed this year arrive with horrible stories of how smugglers got them through Mexico and into the United States.

  • A golf outing with Anthony Kim will cost you ... but it's for a good cause

    erik horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Anthony Kim has been mostly MIA from pro golf for the past few years, but that doesn't mean he's left golf altogether. Playing in general has been in doubt for the former OU standout, but it looks like he's getting some work in for charity. The Oklahoman's Brandy McDonnell blogged last week about the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which generated a record $1.2 million. One of the live auction items? A golf outing with Kim valued at $24,500, with proceeds benefitting the Toby Keith Foundation  and its efforts to build and support the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Kim, who was photographed in April partying up in a Las Vegas nightclub , has rarely been seen in public, let alone on a professional golf course in recent years, but it's good to know he's giving back and swinging the clubs again.

  • Politico: Inside the war on coal

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters. It’s real and it’s relentless. Over the past five years, it has killed a coal-fired power plant every 10 days. It has quietly transformed the U.S. electric grid and the global climate debate. The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. The front lines are not at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Supreme Court. If you want to see how the fossil fuel that once powered most of the country is being battered by enemy forces, you have to watch state and local hearings where utility commissions and other obscure governing bodies debate individual coal plants. You probably won’t find much drama. You’ll definitely find lawyers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, the boots on the ground in the war on coal.

  • 'You’ve Got Hate Mail' at The Boom in OKC

    Anna Holloway | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The off-broadway hit by comedian Billy Van Zandt plays at the Boom

  • CBS' Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the "good old days" of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday for the last time after 24 years. He's retiring from a journalism career that began at 20 at a Fort Worth, Texas, radio station and landed him at CBS News in Washington when he walked in on someone else's interview. He's one of the last of a generation of reporters working at such a high level; he covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a story that gave him one of the biggest scoops of his career.

  • Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs. The three surviving King children — Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and the Rev. Bernice King — are the sole shareholders and directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc. In January 2014, Martin and Dexter voted 2-1 against Bernice to sell their father's peace prize medal and traveling Bible to an unnamed private buyer. Both items had long been in Bernice's possession.

  • OKC's Judy Love among nation's wealthiest self-made women

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Forbes lists Love’s net worth at $2.4 billion, just behind Oprah, but ahead of Beyonce