• High school baseball: Dale eliminates defending Class A champion Silo

    By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Dale (24-9) advanced to play No. 2 Roff (28-6) on Friday, doing so despite managing only three hits against Silo (26-7), which also won the Class 2A spring title in addition to last year’s Class A fall championship.

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  • California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste

    Updated: 25 min ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife. The tiny plastic beads found in soap, toothpaste and body washes are so small that they are showing up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating. Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said his bill, AB888, seeks to drastically restrict all use of the non-biodegradable beads, which can contain various toxins. "AB888 was carefully crafted to avoid any loopholes that would allow for use of potentially harmful substi

  • Liability shift could be costly for businesses without chip system

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Lysbeth L. George, an associate at Crowe & Dunlevy and member of the firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions practice group, talks about the new chip system credit cards being introduced and the impact the changeover may have on businesses.

  • Governor signs bills in aftermath of Santa Barbara oil spill

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills Thursday aimed at preventing oil spills, minimizing the damage they cause and speeding cleanups in the wake of a pipeline rupture that poured more than 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May. The bills introduced by Santa Barbara County Democrats include requirements that the state fire marshal inspect pipelines annually and that pipeline operators install the best spill-control technology, such as automatic shut-off valves. Those bills address criticisms that arose after a badly corroded section of the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured underground and spilled oil onto Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean.

  • OU fans are expected to break the Cotton Bowl's 'Great Divide'

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The crimson-and-orange divide at the Cotton Bowl, one of the things that makes the Red River Showdown special, is bound to be skewed Saturday. 50-50? Sounds like 60-40 is more like it.

  • Energy briefs for Oct. 8, 2015

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Energy briefs for Oct. 8, 2015

  • High school softball state tournament notebook: Dale's Taylor Powell delivers shutout against Konawa

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Powell allowed 11 hits and struck out just one, escaping multiple jams throughout the game to help the two-time defending champions advance to Friday’s noon semifinal against Drumright, which beat Frederick 4-3 in extra innings.

  • NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum hourly wage is spurring similar efforts in other states even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's effort to enact a $15 wage for all workers faces vocal opposition at home. In a campaign modeled after the successful push by fast-food workers in New York, groups in 18 states are creating citizen wage boards to pressure elected officials to raise the minimum wage. While the boards have no legal or governmental power to raise wages, they reflect the increasingly potent political muscle of low-wage workers. "New York has done yeoman's work. It's one of the states that is leading the way," said Michigan state Sen. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park. "It's a g

  • High school softball: Chandler's Neleigh Herring masterful in Class 3A state tournament debut

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    The junior looked in perfect sync as she delivered a masterful performance in her state softball tournament debut to lift No. 5 Chandler past No. 4 Kansas 4-1 in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed in brawl

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl. Stone, 23, was knifed three times in the upper body but was expected to survive after about two hours of surgery, said Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center. "This incident is not related to terrorism in any way," Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said. "We know it's not related to what occurred in France months ago.

  • Oklahoma Innocence Project's new executive director once fought for her son's freedom

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Vicki Behenna, who worked for five years to gain her soldier son's release from prison, has been selected the new executive director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University School of Law. A former assistant U.S. attorney, she will lead the fight for people wrongly convicted in Oklahoma.

  • Thunder notebook: Steven Adams nearing return to OKC lineup

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Adams (back soreness) didn’t play in the Thunder’s 122-99 win against Minnesota on Wednesday, as Enes Kanter started in his place. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said that he was hopeful Adams would be ready for Fenerbahce Ulker.

  • Oklahoma County public records for Oct. 9, 2015

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for Oct. 9, 2015

  • OSU football: What's in a name?

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Since the Cowboys first started using J.W. Walsh in certain situations two years ago, fans and the media have tried applying tags to the package. We're consumed with naming things. Anyway, some have been good. Some have been clever. Some… not so much. A sampling: Power Walsh. The current favorite, it plays to Walsh's running skills. When Walsh enters on third down, it often involves a power running look, either with a Cowboy back in play or even the diamond backfield. The Walsh-ing Machine. This name played prominently in 2013, when Walsh did his thing to complement Clint Chelf. 4 Wheeler. Look out, because this new entry has a chance. Walsh wears No. 4 and is typically on the move. Dub

  • Oklahoma notebook: Zack Sanchez hopes to pester Jay Norvell again — in a different way

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Sanchez, then a redshirting freshman cornerback, was playing on the OU scout team against the Sooners’ first-team offense. Norvell was the Sooners’ receivers coach. “I was probably a little pest back then,” Sanchez said

  • Officials: Gas facility explosion leaves 3 workers dead

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GIBSON, La. (AP) — An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said. The explosion happened about 11 a.m. at a facility owned by the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of major natural gas supplier Williams Partners, authorities said. The facility is located on a small highway near the oil and gas city of Houma. The workers killed and injured were contractors doing maintenance work when the explosion occurred, Williams Partners said in a statement. The names of the victims and the company or companies they worked for were not released immediately. Williams Partners said its 13 workers at the facility were unharmed.

  • OSU football: By any description, Cowboys backup QB a touchdown maker

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In posting a 5-0 start, Oklahoma State has scored 22 offensive touchdowns. J.W. Walsh has thrown or run for six, despite limited exposure.

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan on alert for Fenerbahce 3-point shooting

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    If you’re looking for a main threat from Fenerbahce on Friday night, look deep, says Thunder coach Billy Donovan. “I think we’re gonna really, really be challenged and stretched from the 3-point line,” Donovan said. “I think that they are a team that’s gonna run a lot of good action, a lot of good pick-and-rolls. "They’re gonna space the floor, they’re gonna really test our defense from behind the line, and then, obviously, open the floor up and drive it as well.” The Thunder not only shot the 3-pointer well against the Timberwolves (11-of-22), but held Minnesota to just 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. Fenerbahce made 11-of-21 (52.

  • Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected. The news comes as state leaders debate whether the federal government can be trusted to help pay for expansion of a health insurance program for the working poor. WINHealth President and CEO Stephen Goldstone said the company was expecting about $5 million in federal reimbursements for medical care, but it was told Oct. 1 that it could expect only $638,000 through the federal Affordable Care Act.