• OKC Dodgers: Zephyrs snap Dodgers winning streak

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers' five-game winning streak was snapped with a 7-3 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 4,607 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Zephyrs (50-61) took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning and led the rest of the way. The Dodgers (67-43) were looking to win all five games in a series that began last Saturday. OKC won the first four in the five-game set, including sweeping a double header on Sunday, all by three runs or less. Tuesday night's game was the first in the series in which the Dodgers took the initial lead as Jose Peraza singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andy Wilkins for a 1-0 lead.

  • MLB Notebook

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Former OSU ace named AL rookie of month Angels lefty pitcher and former All-American at Oklahoma State Andrew Heaney was named the American League Rookie of the Month for July, the league announced. The Oklahoma City native went 4-0 in July, maintaining a 1.98 ERA — he leads AL rookies with a season average of 1.97 — and an opponents' batting average of .233. Heaney, who was drafted ninth overall by Miami in 2012, is 5-1 in seven starts this season.

  • Off balance in most surreal way

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    A 13-year-old lion is enticed from a protected animal sanctuary and killed for profit. Protesters want to burn the home or business of the killer and some say to hang him, too. The organizer of the hunt is in jail facing prosecution. Babies are surgically removed from the safety and protection of the womb and their parts sold for profit. The media reports that Planned Parenthood says the tone was wrong, and Congress is going to investigate.

  • Celebrating 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

      Thursday marks an important anniversary. President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights Act into law on this day in 1965. The Voting Rights Act, barring discrimination based on race or ethnicity, was seen as so important that it was extended by Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1982, President Reagan signed a 25-year extension of the VRA. Today, the Voting Rights Act doesn’t offer the same protections that it did for so many years. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted many of its key provisions in the Shelby v. Holder decision. Unless Congress takes action, it’s possible that 2016 will be the first presidential election in 50 years to be held without the critical protections of the VRA.

  • Records

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for Aug. 5, 2015

  • Marijuana finding supporters even in halls of Congress

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    IT wasn’t all that long ago that any efforts to get pro-marijuana legislation through Congress were dead on arrival. Not anymore. This change seems to reflect a troubling shift in the American public’s views about pot. Four states in recent years have legalized recreational marijuana use, and the District of Columbia is working to do the same. Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would give recreational marijuana retailers access to the federal banking system.

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 5, 2015

  • Achievers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Professional •Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Dr. Meri Hix was awarded the St. Anthony Hospital Medical Residents’ award of appreciation. The Oklahoma City hospital honored Hix for her teaching abilities and the patient care she provides to staff, residents and patients. Hix works with family medicine residents, program faculty and teaching assistants on an inpatient rounding team, reviewing and consulting on patients. The award was given during the St. Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency graduation and awards banquet. •Dr. Lori Hansen, who specializes in facial plastics in Oklahoma City, recently traveled to Las Vegas to receive the award for “Best

  • Catholic Charities director: Offering better answers to crisis pregnancies

    BY PATRICK J. RAGLOW | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    All life is a gift from God. Therefore, the Catholic Church stands unequivocally opposed to abortion. Its evil is exposed, for all with eyes to see, in recently released undercover videos. While its gravest harm is upon the infant sacrificed to fear, hurt, avoidance or convenience, abortion harms all who come in contact with it. Even our too-numb society recoils at the casual dehumanization of life graphically portrayed in the videos. It recoils at the thought that remaining parts of the aborted fetus carry more value than does the child intact. It recoils at the trafficking of such parts. Euphemisms surrounding abortion don’t lessen its barbarity.

  • Okla City University professor: New EPA rules will benefit Oklahomans

    BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The data are compelling: 2014 was the warmest year on record for combined land and ocean global temperatures since record keeping began in 1880. This year will most likely be the new warmest year on record. These observations of climate change aren’t a conspiracy against fossil fuel companies; they’re based on analyses from the overwhelming majority of climate scientists and the work of our top global scientific agencies. Experts agree that climate disruption is real, and is primarily caused by human activity. It’s the moral responsibility of our generation to do something to mitigate this climate disruption for present and future generations. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is a crucial step to curb

  • Leonard Pitts: Recalling the act that ushered in the nuclear age

    Leonard Pitts Tribune Content Agency | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    He wanted to start a race war. That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war. No, that's not how one typically thinks of World War Two, but it takes only a cursory consideration of that war's causes and effects to make the case. Germany killed 6 million Jews and rampaged through Poland and the Soviet Union because it considered Jews and Slavs subhuman. The Japanese stormed through China and other Asian outposts in the conviction that they were a superior people and that Americans, as a decadent and

  • Shelter offers $30 adoption special

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Through August, dogs can be adopted from the Oklahoma City shelter for $30. The “Hot Dogs and Cool Cats of Summer” program coincides with the surge of adoptable dogs Oklahoma City Animal Welfare sees in the summer. The shelter, at SE 29 and Bryant Avenue, is open from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day exception holidays. The third Wednesday of every month, the shelter opens at 2 p.m. All adoptable animals are vaccinated, treated for worms and spayed or neutered. Pictures of available animals can be found at www.okc.gov/animal welfare.

  • Jail committee right to note need for new focus

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    A committee that studied the need for a new Oklahoma County jail has the right idea in saying the project needs to be about more than brick and mortar. It must, committee members say, be part of a wholesale change in the approach to criminal justice. County engineer Stacey Trumbo, who headed up the committee, put it this way: “We don’t want business as usual, in other words.” Are policymakers listening? Business as usual has helped Oklahoma become the national leader in the number of women it puts in prison, per capita. It has resulted in state prisons that are filled far beyond capacity, with nearly 30 percent of those inmates serving time for drug-related offenses and about one-third of the population showing signs of

  • Why Iran agreed to nuclear deal

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The realist's argument for the Iran nuclear agreement is that it is the least bad deal that a conflict-weary America could secure. Now, with the nuclear issue parked (at least for a decade), we can get down to the business of strengthening friends in the Middle East and pushing back against Iran's regional ambitions. A variant of this position claims that the nuclear deal would actually weaken Iran's strategic position. In this view, the regime, faced with sanction-caused economic ruin, was forced to give up the nuclear umbrella that would have acted as cover for its export of subversion. An Iran thus defanged is a fundamentally weak country, with little conventional military

  • Oklahoma offers waiver of penalties in voluntary tax compliance initiative

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The state of Oklahoma, through HB 2236, is offering taxpayers an opportunity to file delinquent tax returns and receive a waiver from penalties, interest and collections fees on eligible taxes.

  • Russell says Iran deal is not good

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    U.S. Rep. Steve Russell said Congress should scuttle the Iran nuclear accord. He spoke after an appearance before the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Aug. 5, 2015

  • Earnings

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Oklahoma business earnings report for Aug. 5, 2015


    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $42.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $30.25 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted July 21: COMPLETION Alfalfa: SandRidge Exploration & Production LLC; Hood Trust 2312 No. 1-10H Well; SE/4 SE/4 SW/4 SW/4 (SL) of 10-23N-12W; 138 barrels oil per day, 262,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 11,135. Coal: BP America Production Co.; Crow No. 1-34H Well; NW/4 SE/4 SW/4 SW/4 (SL) of 34-02N-11E; 6,338,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 16,255. Garvin: Continental Resources Inc.; Kellner No. 1-19H Well; N/2 NW/4 NE/4 NE/4 (BHL) of 19-03N-04W; 521 barrels oil per day, 7,299,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD


    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    LIVESTOCK Tuesday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 4,679 Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: (weighted average): Calves: 437 lbs. $289; 472 lbs. $275.54; 527 lbs. $249.64; 571 lbs. $245.44; 633 lbs. $224.80; 689 lbs. $223.15; Yearlings: 622 lbs. $242.73; 676 lbs. $230.65; 723 lbs. $225.30; 776 lbs. $215.58; 817 lbs. $211.81; 883 lbs. $203.26; 918 lbs. $198.56; 982 lbs. $192.47; 1,001 lbs. $184; 1,062 lbs. $184.75. Heifers: Medium and Large 1: (weighted average): Calves: 419 lbs. $257; 475 lbs. $246.75; 510 lbs. $240.35; 571 lbs. $226.30; 624 lbs. $210.84; Yearlings: 626 lbs. $219.15; 670 lbs. $210.70; 710 lbs. $204.64; 779 lbs. $200.03; 814 lbs. $195.42; 934 lbs. $189.96; 965 lbs. $184.50.