• Options are limited for treating mental illness in teens, children

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Sometimes Dr. Timothy Newton wishes he had a “phone-a-friend” option. The 32-year-old family practice physician works out of a clinic in Cherokee, a northwest Oklahoma town of about 1,600 people. About one-fifth of the children that he sees have a mental health issue, whether it be depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety or a mixture of all three. Newton wants, at times, to pick up the phone and call a child and adolescent psychiatrist for advice on a prescription, but that’s not yet an option in Oklahoma. “The hardest thing is when I get to a point where I feel uncomfortable giving kids heavier doses of medications or changing medications multiple times,” Newton said.

  • Dollar's strength applies downward pressure to some crop prices in U.S.

    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Crops and dollars headline this edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities round-up.

  • Medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Pediatric program gets $47,000 grant  The Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s wellness initiative program has presented a $47,000 grant to the University of Oklahoma pediatrics department’s community medicine unit to offer community-based initiatives to address childhood obesity. Medical professionals will use the grant to help pay for a family-based obesity intervention pilot program among three partners: the OU Medicine Oklahoma Pediatrics Wellness Program, the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The intervention program will provide children ages 6 to 12 years and their families, weekly group lessons on age-appropriate and evidence-based nutrition and activity

  • GUSHING INTO CUSHING: Oil fills major storage hub in small Oklahoma town

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Cushing, Oklahoma, is the country’s largest commercial storage hub. It is home to 57.7 million barrels of oil, or about 12.5 percent of the country’s commercial stockpiles. The percentage is up from 4.9 percent one year ago, when oil was still selling for about $100 a barrel.

  • Enid church recalls pain, promise they experienced after 1996 arson

    BY CARLA HINTON Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    ENID — The feeling of deja vu was inevitable. The Rev. Alfred Baldwin read the news reports about a recent spate of fires at predominantly black churches in the South and was immediately whisked back in time to the balmy early morning hours of June 13, 1996. He remembered seeing flames rising higher and higher as the walls of First Missionary Baptist Church crumbled. He recalled the sight of pews smoldering in the ashes, the smell of smoke that filled the air, the sound of fire sirens blaring and people crying. When dawn broke on that fateful  morning, Baldwin and his congregation were left with only a burned-out shell where their house of worship had been.

  • On Trump, Planned Parenthood, Confederate flag and Iran deal

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. House left town on Wednesday for a summer break that will last until Sept. 8. When lawmakers return, they’ll face important budget deadlines and commence debate on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Budget negotiations with the White House were already expected to be difficult. But they may be even more so after the political uproar over secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue and aborted fetus parts. Republicans have vowed to ensure Planned Parenthood gets no federal money, while Democrats have countered that they will protect the group’s funding. The House may get briefly sidetracked from some of the pressing business by the

  • Kansas to limit ATM cash welfare recipients can get

    By Lindsay Wise McClatchy Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Kansas plans to keep a controversial $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, despite the possibility that the restriction might violate federal law. Legislation was passed earlier this year to raise the limit, or do away with it entirely, but a newly revised version of Kansas’ welfare plan does not permit withdrawals of more than $25 per transaction per day. Out-of-state purchases also will be blocked. A fee of $1 will be collected for every transaction, not including additional bank ATM fees. There is one loophole, however: Kansas’ plan — released publicly for the first time this week — places no limits on cash-back

  • Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest had been disciplined while in probationary status

    By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    DALLAS  — The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to documents released Friday. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, about 200 miles south of Dallas, on July 13, three days after her arrest. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself, a finding her family has questioned. Bland’s family and others also have criticized Trooper Brian Encinia, who stopped Bland for failing to signal a lane change.

  • Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County court

    By JIM SALTER Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS  — The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling. The investigation from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division was initiated in 2013 amid complaints about the family court, which handles about 6,000 youth cases each year. Treatment of African-Americans in the region drew increased scrutiny last year after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was

  • Eagle & Beagle

    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at the state’s high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks by Business Editor Don Mecoy.

  • How big is the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The rapid increase in domestic oil production has reduced the country’s dependence on foreign crude and made the world’s biggest emergency oil stockpile largely unnecessary.

  • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve's bison herd rebounds from disease scare

    By RHETT MORGAN Tulsa World rhett.morgran@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    PAWHUSKA — It’s mating season on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and the boys are showing off for the girls. A bull bison wallows in the dirt. Another kicks at the sod. From the rear of the herd trots more beefcake, and two more males lock horns in a dust-up that lasts several minutes. A window of his pickup rolled down, Preserve Director Bob Hamilton takes in the sights — and the come-hither roars of the males — from only a few feet away. “I just love that sound,” he said. “It’s like lions on the prairie.” Hamilton spoke as a man at peace, a far cry from his mood a year or so ago.

  • Big Ten commissioner pushing for tougher schedules

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The Big Ten’s new “1910” scheduling model is not rooted in donning leather helmets to face Carnegie Mellon. Commissioner Jim Delany wants his conference to stand out by playing the nation’s most rigorous schedules, beginning in 2016. The “1910” represents at least one nonconference game against a “Power Five” opponent, nine conference games, one conference championship game and zero games against FCS teams. The philosophy reflects two things: the College Football Playoff selection committee’s valuing of strength of schedule and the cupcake mentality many schools adopted after a 12th regular-season game was added in 2002.

  • Deaths

    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ADA Hill, Gary "Don," 62, died July 30. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Crosspointe Community Church (Criswell, Ada). Willoughby, Paul Edward, 63, died July 30. Services 1 p.m. Monday, Oil Center Pentecostal Holiness Church (Criswell, Ada). Wright, Gayle, 64, died July 31. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Central Church of Christ (Criswell, Ada). CHOCTAW Goss, Burlia D., 86, homemaker, died Aug. 1. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). CORDELL Lancaster, Sherry, 59, died July 31. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday (Ray and Martha's, Hobart). DEL CITY Abernathy, Buddy Elmer, 81, died July 30. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Ford, Midwest

  • Rivals not conceding Haskell to American Pharoah

    By Ed McNamara Newsday | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. — Dale Romans isn’t kidding himself, because he knows exactly what he’s up against. For the third time, he’ll send out Keen Ice to challenge American Pharoah, even though the first two didn’t turn out very well. His leggy, long-striding colt (12-1 morning line) will try to upset the Triple Crown champion Sunday in the $1.75 million, 11/8-mile Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Keen Ice, a 1-for-9 deep closer, was seventh after a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby and a distant third in the Belmont Stakes. “It’s sort of like being the guy in the poster who’s being dunked on,” Romans said, “but at least you’re in the game. This is the best race of the weekend with the most

  • NFL Notebook

    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Browns owner preaches patience Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he's determined to create stability in his organization, pledging not to "blow things up" if the upcoming season doesn't start well. Speaking at training camp on Saturday, Haslam says he's confident the Browns are building a strong foundation. He adds he'll stick to the plan despite some major challenges in his first two seasons of ownership. Haslam says he's pleased with the work done by coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer. He calls them "smart, quality people, saying reports of the two not getting along are "totally inaccurate.

  • Hall of Fame will allow Seau's daughter to speak

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak in an interview after his bust is unveiled next weekend. "Sydney will be given a chance to share thoughts about her father immediately following the unveiling of his bronzed bust," the Hall of Fame said Saturday night in a statement. "The unveiling, which typically features just the presenter and enshrinee, will include Sydney and Junior's three sons. Her remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers." Seau killed himself in 2012.

  • Broken Arrow residents search for answers after fatal stabbings

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — In the dim of morning, there isn’t much to see at the house on Magnolia Court. Garage door’s up. There’s a Corvette parked inside and a burgundy GMC Yukon XL parked behind it in the driveway. Police technicians walk briskly through the front door and around the side of the sprawling brick-and-shingle home. Neon-orange triangles mark evidence on the lawn. Police tape distances curious neighbors who have set up lawn chairs or walked outside in bathrobes. More technicians glance at a pile in the front yard covered with a tarp anchored by a flower pot and a brick, which at first blush looks like an unfinished gardening project. Helen Hoagland can’t stop staring at the lump on the lawn, either.

  • Kyle Busch is having memorable summer

    By Rick Bonnell The Charlotte Observer (TNS) | Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONG POND, Pa. — NASCAR is a sport of constant revision: New parts, new rules, new aerodynamic packages, plus track conditions that can shift with a passing cloud. Kyle Busch, who is dominating Sprint Cup of late, loves it that way. “I kind of like change and feel I am fastest to adapt to it,” Busch said Friday in anticipation of Sunday’s Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. “Fastest before crew chiefs and engineers have an understanding of how to make those packages better in order to get their cars better or their drivers better to keep up with me.” No one has kept up with Busch of late. Driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch has won four of the past five Sprint

  • Nation World briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ROBOT PENNSYLVANIA | PHILADELPHIA — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment say someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair Saturday, ending its brief American tour. The robot was trying to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada last year and parts of Europe. They say they don't know who destroyed it or why.  WILDFIRES CALIFORNIA | SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter evaluating a Northern California wildfire was killed by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was surveying an area to decide the best