• Sports on TV: Tuning in for Thursday, February 11

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    NBA 7 p.m. — New Orleans at Oklahoma City — FSOK (Cox 37)/TNT (Cox 31)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 7:30 p.m. — Dallas at Chicago — FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 6:30 a.m. — Tshwane Open — GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m. — Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — GOLF (Cox 60) 2:30 a.m. — Fri. Tshwane Open — GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 4 p.m. — St. Francis at Robert Morris — ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. — VCU at Massachusetts — ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. — Connecticut at Temple — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. — Florida State at Syracuse — ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State — CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m.

  • The Latest: Clinton to campaign with mother of Sandra Bland

    Updated: 18 min ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here's the latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republican and Democratic candidates head from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond. All times local: 5:22 p.m. Hillary Clinton will campaign next week with the mother of Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman who was discovered hanged in her jail cell three days after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop near Houston. Geneva Reed-Veal will join the Democratic presidential candidate at a Feb. 17 voter mobilization event in Chicago. Bland's death has become a symbol of the racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. Her family, black leaders and other activists have questioned her treatment by white law enforcement office

  • Latest: Source: Government to announce suit against Ferguson

    Updated: 43 min ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The latest on efforts by Ferguson to reach a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police and court practices in the St. Louis suburb (all times local): 4 p.m. The Justice Department is expected to announce that it is suing the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. The lawsuit was confirmed by a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made. Messages seeking comment from Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III were not immediately returned.

  • An early rally in stocks is mostly gone by the closing bell

    Updated: 45 min ago

    The Federal Reserve's latest signals on interest rates gave U.S. stocks a lift for much of Wednesday, but the rally didn't last. A sell-off in the final minutes of trading knocked the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index slightly into the red. The slide extended a three-day losing streak for the two indexes. Only the Nasdaq composite held its course, carving out a slight gain. Materials and energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as U.S. crude oil prices declined again. Investors were mostly focused on Fed Chair Janet Yellen's remarks on the economy and interest rates as she delivered her semiannual report to Congress.

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

    Updated: 45 min ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The talk of new ceasefire plans comes as the U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries meet in Munich to try to halt five years of civil war in the Arab country. The conflict has killed more than a quarter-million people, created Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State to carve out its own territory across parts

  • WPX Energy to close OKC office, lay off 60 employees

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    35 other WPX employees will be relocated.

  • Tulsa woman found guilty on 29 counts of fraud in case of laser treatment of cancer patients

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A Tulsa federal jury on Wednesday found a 71-year-old woman accused of criminal fraud in connection with laser treatments she performed on cancer patients guilty on 29 counts. The trial began Jan. 11, and the jury began deliberating late on Feb. 3. Antonella Carpenter, a physicist with no formal medical training, was charged with 41 counts of fraud in connection with a business she ran called Lase Med Inc.

  • Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted on Wednesday to hold the classified advertising website Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking. The Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee backed a resolution setting up a legal fight with the company. The full Senate must vote on the resolution. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sponsored the resolution after they said the company refused to comply with a subpoena last year. Holding the company in contempt would allow the committee to go to court to try to force Backpage.com to turn over documents about its screening practices.

  • Ex-Sooner Bob Harrison loved playing football

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Bob Harrison loved playing football. In all likelihood, loved it more than anyone in the history of Sooner football. Harrison died last week at age 78. He was buried Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Texas. Harrison was in Bud Wilkinson’s remarkable 1950s line of great center/linebacker combos, in that single-platoon era. Wilkinson had four all-Americans from the ‘50s who played the center/middle linebacker — Tom Catlin, Kurt Burris, Jerry Tubbs and Harrison. Harrison was a sophomore on the great 1956 OU team, then was a star in ’57 and ’58 after Tubbs’ departure. “He was a great ballplayer,” said fellow OU grad Leon Cross.

  • Eli Manning explains his joyless demeanor late in Super Bowl

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    It was the question half the internet was asking in the moments following the Broncos' game-clinching touchdown in Super Bowl 50: What's up with Eli? CBS cameras panned to the Manning suite and caught younger brother Eli in what appeared to be a joyless state as his family cheered C.J. Anderson's touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a touchdown that all but assured older brother Peyton would capture his second Super Bowl victory, which tied Eli's tally. But Eli said he was simply looking ahead and thinking strategy, according to SplashNewsOnline.com, which caught Eli Manning at the Newark Airport. "I was just focused on whether they'd go for two and the defense had to step up and make some stops," Manning said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Think you can improve the Thunder's roster?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Do you think the Thunder should make a trade before next Thursday’s trading deadline? Do you have an idea of what the Thunder should do? We want to hear from you. Send us your best trade ideas and we’ll publish them at NewsOK.com. But before you get carried away playing Thunder general manager Sam Presti, enter your trade scenarios at espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine to make sure your proposal works under NBA rules. If you create a successful trade, save it and send the link to dmayberry@oklahoman.com. You also can submit your trade proposal via Twitter.

  • Modest revenue growth expected for Oklahoma City

    William Crum | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City is planning to have $415 million to spend in fiscal 2017, down 2.7 percent from this year’s $426.5 million general fund budget. Sales tax is the single largest source of revenue for the general fund, and it has been hurting. Collections have been down from the same month the previous year in eight of the past 12 months, and February was another down month. Results this week showed sales tax revenue down 4.1 percent from February 2015. That's about 6 percent short of budget projections for 2 percent growth. It's worth noting that, despite the shortfall, February's $37.3 million check is the second-largest on record, eclipsed only by the $38.9 million received

  • New Oklahoma prisons chief says facilities crumbling, morale low

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime Republican political operative hired as the interim director of Oklahoma's prison system doesn't mince words about problems he's seen after a month on the job. Joe Allbaugh said Wednesday prison facilities are crumbling and overcrowded, guards are underpaid and understaffed, morale is low and the state is ill-prepared to handle a projected increase in the number of inmates. The 63-year-old Oklahoma native still says he's interested in taking the job full-time and working to turn things around at the beleaguered agency. Since being hired just over a month ago, Allbaugh has made unannounced visits to more than a dozen state facilities.

  • Piedmont names Muskogee's Keith Coleman new softball coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Longtime Muskogee softball coach Keith Coleman was named the new Piedmont softball coach Monday night, according to the Muskogee Phoenix. Coleman replaces Rick Scott, who resigned in the fall and was not allowed to later rescind his resignation. Scott had coached the Wildcats for 15 seasons, 10 of which ended in the state tournament. Coleman had a lot of success at Muskogee in both slowpitch and fastpitch. He took the Roughers to the state tournament a combined 11 times, winning the 2009 slowpitch state championship. “It’s not easy. I’ve always been a Rougher,” Coleman, a 1997 Muskogee graduate, told the Muskogee Phoenix. “And it wasn’t easy telling the girls today.

  • OSSAA changes Class 6A, 5A state volleyball tournament format

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors unanimously approved three changes at the recommendation of member schools, including changing the days and format of the Class 6A and Class 5A state volleyball tournaments. Under the new rule, the tournaments will be moved from a Friday-Saturday format to the following Monday and Tuesday. State quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Monday. The championships will be played Tuesday. The board also approved Class 4A fastpitch softball moving to a district format like Class 6A and Class 5A. There will be eight districts with eight teams in each. The winner of each district will host a regional tournament.

  • John Marshall's Justin Broiles adding offers

    scott wright | Updated: 2 hr ago

    It’s been a busy week on the recruiting front for John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback picked up scholarship offers from Kansas State and Nebraska this week. Tulsa and Arkansas State had previously offered the John Marshall junior. Broiles had an outstanding performance last month at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine, with 247Sports.com selecting him as one of five defensive backs on the all-combine team. Oregon and Miami were among the programs to pay him a visit in the weeks after the combine. The 2017 recruiting class in Oklahoma looks to be particularly strong at defensive back. In addition to Broiles, Tulsa Union’s Tre Brown has piled up

  • OSSAA reports increased attendance, revenue for football playoffs

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association executive director Ed Sheakley announced to the Board of Directors on Wednesday that attendance, revenue and school reimbursement were up for the football playoffs from the 2014 season. Attendance for all rounds was 171,153, up from the 2014 total and five-year low of 148,763. As a result of the increased attendance and ticket price increase by $2, the OSSAA took in a net of $644,435.39 and reimbursed $498,344 to schools, which is more than 2014’s total of $491,463.59.

  • Regulators warn of Oklahoma scam

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    "Sophisticated" scam claims utility bills are overdue.

  • Documents suggest State Dept. asked Clinton to delete classified emails

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    The letters suggest that State was concerned about Clinton's lawyers handling records labeled "secret."

  • Jury compensates Norman woman in 2011 elevator accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A Cleveland County jury awarded a 52-year-old Norman woman $3 million for damages after an elevator dropped several feet and injured her at the Norman Regional Healthplex. The elevator company issued a statement on Wednesday.