• Baltimore mayor, in reversal, asks for federal police probe

    Updated: 6 min ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor was emphatic last week: She did not want federal oversight of her police department. "Nobody wants the Department of Justice to come in here and take over our city," Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared as the National Guard enforced a 10 p.m. curfew. But it was hard to find any opposition Wednesday after she changed course and asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch a broad civil rights investigation that could eventually force the city to make changes under the oversight of an outside monitor. The Democratic mayor now says she'll accept outside intervention to rebuild public trust in a city torn by riots over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injur

  • Group files petition seeking probe of Tulsa sheriff’s office

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a petition in district court asking for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County sheriff’s office after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man during a sting operation. We The People Oklahoma filed the petition Wednesday, asking for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether reserve deputies who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment. Robert Bates, a friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris. A judge has four days to review the petition. If sufficient, the group has 45 days to collect 5,000 signatures from Tulsa County voters to

  • Faith Notes: National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Thursday, May 7, is National Day of Prayer and there are related activities planned throughout the metro area and the state. Here are a few of the event in the metro:  Edmond Day Spring Fellowship will offer Prayer for the Nation, 24 hours of prayer ending with a prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. […]

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law wins 2015 mayor's development award

    William Crum | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma City University School of Law won the annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Development for renovation of the former Central High School in downtown Oklahoma City. Mayor Mick Cornett presented the award to OCU President Robert Henry at Wednesday’s Mayor’s Development Roundtable at the Cox Convention Center. OCU’s law students moved into the renovated building at […]

  • Oklahoma City budget proposal reflects expectation of slower growth

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 min ago

    The likelihood of slower growth against population increases and residents’ rising expectations for Oklahoma City government are balance in Oklahoma City budget for 2015-16.

  • Boys and Girls Club honor reflects Oklahoma City student's dedication

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: 36 min ago

    Eric McGee, a senior at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, recently was named the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City’s Youth of the Year.

  • LIVE: Oklahoma severe storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 39 min ago

    Severe storms could pop up later this afternoon. Keep track of all weather -related developments in Oklahoma at NewsOK.com.

  • Slowpitch softball state tournament postponed until next week

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 46 min ago

    The slowpitch state softball tournaments for Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A scheduled for Wednesday in Shawnee have been postponed until next week due to heavy rainfall, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced on its website. The games were originally pushed back to Thursday, but OSSAA assistant director Amy Cassell said the fields […]

  • Southern Sound Concert Series returns with a vengeance 

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The first Southern Sound Concert Series go-round in January was an intimate music experiment set in the Will Rogers Theatre, a pretty underutilized concert venue. The talent was solid (Samantha Crain, Austin Lucas, Drag the River) but the crowd and venue wasn’t a completely harmonious fit. On May 15, organizers are ready for round two and […]

  • Concert alert: Big Daddy Weave coming to OKC

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Contemporary Christian recording artists Big Daddy Weave (pictured), Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Lauren Daigle will perform in concert 7 p.m. May 16 at Northwest Baptist Church, 3030 NW 23.  The House FM 88.5 Radio is bringing the  “Beautiful Offerings” concert tour to the metro. Doors open at 6  p.m. Big Daddy Weave’s most recent […]

  • OSBI agents travel to Texas to arrest homicide suspect

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Howard Shelton Mason Jr., 55, on a murder complaint in the death of Burney Bounds.

  • Germanwings co-pilot practiced descents hours before crash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have practiced sending the jetliner into a deadly descent on another flight, just two hours before he intentionally crashed it into the French Alps, investigators said Wednesday. The revelation appeared to support the theory that the Germanwings crash was not only deliberate but premeditated. It came in a 30-page interim report from the French accident investigation agency BEA. Authorities are still puzzling over why Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, locked the captain out of the cockpit on March 24 and sent the Airbus A320 hurtling into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.

  • Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, but it wasn't immediately known whether it had been treated under new state rules aimed at reducing the volatility of oil from the region. The BNSF Railway train was hauling Bakken oil loaded in the Tioga area, said Jeff Zent, spokesman for Gov. Jack Dalrymple. He did not know the history of the crude. "Those are questions that will have to be answered," Zent said.

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma City metro area included in tornado watch

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A tornado was reported Wednesday afternoon near Stecker in Caddo County. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Caddo County until 3:15 p.m. and a tornado watch for a number of Oklahoma counties until 9 p.m.

  • Eric Striker, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kentrell Brothers each first-rounders in way-too-early 2016 NFL mock draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Who doesn’t love a good mock draft? The 2015 NFL Draft isn’t even a week old and already we have 2016 mocks making the rounds. On Rob Rang’s 2016 mock draft for The Sports XChange/CBSSports.com (which you can read in its entirety here), he has Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma LB Eric Striker and […]

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill banning tobacco at schools and school events

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, TULSA WORLD | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed a measure that prohibits tobacco use at schools and school-sponsored events. House Bill 1685, by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, and Sen. James Halligan, R-Stillwater, is dubbed the “24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools Act.” “The use of a tobacco product shall be prohibited in or on an educational facility that offers an early childhood education program or in which children in grades kindergarten through twelve are educated,” according to the measure. “The use of a tobacco product shall also be prohibited in school vehicles, and at any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned event or activity.”

  • Seattle Times column: Oklahoma City is our savvier nemesis

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat's recent post talks about what Seattle could learn from OKC, especially as it relates to economic development and the recent announcement about Boeing.  "Oklahoma City may be our annoying nemesis, but it just wooed Boeing with only a $6 million subsidy. We could learn a thing or two from Oklahoma City." Some more excerpts from the column: "Why can’t they take something we’re all sick of? Like the anarchists." and "What’s really sticking in my craw about Oklahoma City is: They seem savvier than we are." Recent stories about the job incentives from NewsOK.com: April 28: Boeing seeks $6 million in job creation incentives from Oklahoma City April 29: Oklahoma City approves combined $7.2 million in job incentives for two companies

  • Downtown Employee Appreciation Week schedule, photos

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Free food, fun, music and crafts! Downtown Employee Appreciation Week is back.

  • John Hughes on Spider-Man? What if the 1980s Spider-Man movie had been made?

    Matthew Price | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Recently, Deadline reported that Sony and Marvel are looking for a “John Hughes” feel for its Spider-Man reboot.  But what if John Hughes himself had handled a Spider-Man film? In the 1980s, superhero films weren’t always the high-profile blockbusters that they are today.  In fact, the film rights to Spider-Man got tangled in the late […]

  • Rick Pitino explains why Billy Donovan's jump to the NBA is different than his with Knicks, Celtics

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Newly-hired Thunder coach Billy Donovan was coached back in the 1980s by now-Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Back then, Pitino was a young up-and-comer at Providence, and Donovan was “Billy the Kid.” Pitino went on the Jim Rome Show this week to talk about his former pupil and had plenty of praise for Donovan. Pitino also […]