Top Stories

  • Cherokee Nation to build new casino in east Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 9 min ago

    ROLAND — Cherokee Nation Businesses plans a groundbreaking next month on a hotel and casino to replace its current complex in Roland, near the Arkansas border. A business newspaper reports that the new facility will include a six-story, 125-room hotel and an 87,000-square-foot casino accommodating 850 games with a bar, stage and other entertainment options. The existing casino in Roland now has 600 electronic games and six table games. Officials say the new complex will also include convention space, a swimming pool and a smoke shop. CNB Chief Executive Shawn Slaton says the existing facility at Interstate 40 and State Highway 64 will be demolished once the new complex is built.

  • Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

    Updated: 17 min ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. The first instructions from the captain were for the passengers to put on life jackets and stay put, and it was not until about 30 minutes later that he ordered an evacuation, Oh Yong-seok, a 58-year-old crew member, told The Associated Press. But Oh said he wasn't sure if the captain's order, given to crew members, was actually relayed to passengers on the public address system. Several survivors also told t

  • Update: 79 percent of Oklahoma experiencing some form of drought

    Bryan Painter | Updated: 34 min ago

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: An upper level wave moving off the western high plains will enter the panhandles into western Oklahoma this morning.

  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

    Updated: 35 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. Putin expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev. He poured scorn at the West, accusing it of trying to weaken and isolate Russia and made it starkly clear that he doesn't fear further Western sanction

  • Cushing to change animal euthanasia method

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CUSHING — Cushing has received a $2,000 grant to change the method it uses to euthanize animals at the city’s animal shelter. The city now uses a gas chamber to euthanize animals, but the grant from the state chapter of the U.S. Humane Society will allow it to transition to an injection method. A local newspaper reports that the grant will cover training and other costs for employees to become qualified in the method. Legislation pending in the Oklahoma Legislature would end animal gas chambers in the state. The Humane Society says five other chambers are operating in the state.

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview of what questions they might face. “Essentially, (the cases) are not that different,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, who is representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith. “Both of them involve challenges to state marriage amendments that were passed by

  • Oklahoma jury to consider suspect’s mental state

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    DUNCAN — Closing arguments are set in a trial to determine the mental competency of a man accused of killing an Oklahoma teenager. The trial began this week in Stephens County for 23-year-old Miles Bench. Prosecutors want to seek the death penalty against Bench for the June 2012 death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry, but Bench’s attorneys say their client is mentally incompetent to stand trial. During proceedings Wednesday, prosecutors showed jurors video of Bench maneuvering his way out of a restraint last September in an escape attempt from jail. Prosecutors argue the video proves Bench’s competence. But a psychologist for the defense says the incident has no bearing on Bench’s current mental state because it

  • A 3.4 magnitude earthquake has been reported Thursday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A small earthquake has been reported in Oklahoma. The 3.4 magnitude quake was at 6:50 a.m. Thursday.

  • Chance for central Oklahoma rain Thursday 60 percent

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    There is a chance for rain in Oklahoma Thursday. The Oklahoma City area chance will increase in the afternoon.

  • Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WEST, Texas (AP) — As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion. Stores of ammonium nitrate exploded in a gigantic blast that registered as a small earthquake and sprayed debris miles away. Fifteen people were killed, including 12 volunteer firefighters and others responding to the fire, and more than 200 were injured. The blast caved in homes and schools, and destroyed water lines and roads. Residents of West, which is recovering but has a long way to go, will mark the one-year anniversary of the blast Thursday with a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the exact time of the leveling blast

  • Oklahoma Senate approves bill giving options to third-grade reading requirement

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Senate passed a measure Wednesday designed to give students who can't pass a third-grade reading test more options for promotion to the next grade. House Bill 2625, by Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, returns to the House for consideration. Stanislawski said he anticipates the House will accept Senate amendments and send the measure to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk. Third-graders this year must pass a reading test to be promoted. Read the full story at

  • Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original. Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act. "The basic commandment of the Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers," bureau administrator David Shaff said Wednesday. "And the premise behind

  • Police search for possible burglar in northwest Oklahoma City early Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A police helicopter and officers on the ground with a dog are searching for a man in northwest Oklahoma City Thursday. Police are investigating burglary complaints.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: A ballpark, a canal and dreams of a better city

    William Crum | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The city’s revival — until now a popular idea represented mostly by drawings on paper — becomes tangible as MAPS projects drive redevelopment in Bricktown.

  • OU football: Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.

  • OKC Thunder rallies past Detroit, clinches No. 2 seed in West

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left, and after a scramble for a loose ball resulted in a jump ball in Detroit’s end with 1.8 seconds left, he won a tip over Greg Monroe. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings managed a 30-foot heave at the

  • Sooner seeks business opportunities in Uganda

    By James A. Pearson, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City native Tyler Schooley launches business ventures in Uganda after extensive travel showed him the true impact poverty has on many nations.

  • Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes. Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Fast Company that she has always denied any interest in running for office. "The answer was just a visceral no," she said. "Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Besides, said Clinton, a Manhattan resident, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives.

  • Death toll in Washington mudslide hits 39

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said it was identifying the three bodies most recently discovered and notifying families. The sheriff's office said it has removed one name from the missing list, which previously stood at seven. Officials didn't say whether one of the most recently recovered bodies led to the change in the missing list. One body was found Monday and two were found Tuesday in the southeast corner of the debris field where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has erected a berm in the past week, said Koshare Eagle, a spokeswoman for the incide

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Barbara Leeds, 66, was last seen wearing black slacks, a peach colored shirt and black shoes. She was last seen around noon Wednesday at NW 39 and Tulsa Avenue, Oklahoma City police reported.