• Sports on TV: Tuning in for Thursday, September 3

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; 7 p.m.; Edmond Memorial at Southmoore; Cox 703/KTOK-AM 1000 7:30 p.m.; Norman vs. Norman North; KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv COLLEGE FOOTBALL; 5 p.m.; N. Carolina at S. Carolina; ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m.; FIU at Central Florida; CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m.; Oklahoma St. at C. Michigan; ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m.; Ft. Hays St. at UCO; HankFM-99.7 7 p.m.; W. Kentucky at Vanderbilt; SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m.; Michigan at Utah; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; TCU at Minnesota; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m.; Duke at Tulane; CBSS (Cox 249) 12 a.m.; Colorado at Hawaii; CBSS (Cox 249) MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; Iowa at OKC;

  • Wheeler's Meat Market kept all employees after closing for four months to rebuild after storm

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    When Darren and Paula Wheeler drove to check on their business after an EF3 tornado tore through southeast Oklahoma City on May 6, they found that the roof had been torn off Wheeler’s Meat Market. The business was rapidly flooding with storm water.

  • Fallin asks attorney general to investigate former Choctaw electric cooperative manager

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 43 min ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate a former general manager of a rural electric cooperative based in Hugo, Oklahoma. Choctaw Electric Cooperative said its board asked for assistance with the investigation into former co-op CEO and General Manager Terry Matlock.

  • Verdigris Public Schools student being treated for unconfirmed viral meningitis

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    VERDIGRIS — A Verdigris Public Schools student is being treated for an unconfirmed case of viral meningitis, school officials announced Wednesday. The school district has been working with the Rogers County Health Department to clean school buildings and take steps to protect students and staff, officials said in a statement posted on the school district's website. Viral meningitis is the most common form of meningitis and is less severe than bacterial meningitis, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Escaped Vinita inmate caught in Oklahoma City, back in custody

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The inmate who escaped from the minimum-security prison in Vinita is back in custody after he was apprehended Wednesday evening. Officials determined that Deontaye L. Frederick, 24, was gone from the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center on Sunday after he missed the 2 p.m. head count. Authorities from both the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Inspector General’s Office and local law enforcement agencies apprehended Frederick in Oklahoma City around 6:30 p.m., said Alex Gerszewski, DOC spokesman.

  • Oklahoma Appeals Court rejects triple murder's request to withdraw guilty pleas

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a Henryetta man's request to withdraw his guilty pleas in the murders of his fiancee and two Weleetka girls. Kevin Joe Sweat, 29, pleaded guilty last year to shooting Skyla Whitaker, 11, Taylor Placker, 13, in 2008 and the 2011 killing of Ashley Taylor, 23.

  • Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Jennifer Boyer, programs supervisor for DHS' Oklahoma Independent Living program, said the agency has some programs designed to ease the transition for those who age out of the state's child welfare system into independence, but "we just don't have enough."

  • High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.

  • OKC Dodgers: Marathon night resonates with fans, players

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Dodgers’ doubleheader Tuesday with Iowa featured a plethora of storylines ranging from narrowing the pennant race to a walk-off home run to a pitcher driving from Double-A Tulsa to OKC during the opener to be activated for the finale where he earned the victory at 12:47 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Police arrest man in fatal northeast Oklahoma City crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Charles Steele, 63, died Monday in a crash in the 2700 block of NE 63. Oklahoma City police arrested Marcus D. Mack, 33, on complaints of driving under the influence, causing a fatal crash, manslaughter and driving without a state driver's license.

  • U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio details his energy policy in Oklahoma City appearance

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for president, said he would end the ban on exporting domestic oil during his campaign visit to Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

  • Second-chance opportunities highlight Chris Carson’s road to become Oklahoma State’s starting running back

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Is the hype for real? Who knows? But when the college football world gets its first glimpse into the answer Thursday, his dad will be in the stands to find out.

  • Oklahoma school districts look for ways to make lunches healthy, enjoyable

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    With the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 nearing its expiration date, school districts continue to find ways to improve nutrition.

  • Business Q&A with Kitt Letcher

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahomans should be wary of anyone who requires a processing or application fee to submit financial aid application, or requires personal information that can put a person at risk of identity theft. Applying for a student loan also is generally a free process.

  • POLL: Will you leave town for Labor Day weekend?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Tell us!

  • District C-4 Preview: Everyone is chasing Fox

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Fox, which went unbeaten in the district last season and finished 11-2 overall, returns starting quarterback Seth Argo, who rushed for 1,109 yards last season and passed for 732 more.

  • OU football: Oklahoma freshman Austin Seibert supremely talented and confident, but can he handle field goals and punts?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Seibert beat out senior Nick Hodgson for the field goal job and junior Jack Steed for punting, and will become the first Sooner to do both since Tress Way in 2009. Before that, Jeff Ferguson handled both field goals and punts in 1998.

  • High school volleyball: Norman North volleyball young but ready to contend

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Despite suffering its first in-state loss on Tuesday night to No. 3 Edmond North, Norman North has made itself known as a legitimate contender in 6A this season.

  • Is This Mural Still in Storage at the OKC Public School Headquarters?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A rare, out of print book recently brought to my attention has me wondering about the fate of the above mural which was displayed for three decades at Classen High School (now Classen SAS). At first glance, and seen on a far smaller computer screen, the central portion shown of "The Spirit of Oklahoma" seems like a shame to not have out on display – if it still exists. But take a closer look and there is a story behind the story. It’s a part of our history. And it tells our history. And some of that history clearly was not, and is not, totally embraced as a positive experience. Maybe it’s not appropriate for display at Classen, though I’m curious what others have to say on this.

  • Court strips lesser prairie chicken of federal protection

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A federal court in Texas has stripped the lesser prairie chicken of Endangered Species Act protections, a victory for oil and gas companies that argued conservation efforts are working. District Judge Robert Junell ruled Tuesday in Midland that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to make a proper evaluation of the states' conservation plan when it listed the lesser prairie chicken — a species of grouse with feathered feet and striped plumage — as threatened. That was the argument made by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. Its president, Ben Shepperd, said Wednesday the ruling "serves as vindication of the unprecedented stakeholder participation across the lesser prairie chicken range.