• Refineries returning to work; Iran deal drops Oklahoma City gas prices near $2

    BY ADAM WILMOTH Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 0 min ago

    The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline sold for $2.46 in Oklahoma City on Monday morning, according to AAA, but stations were selling as low as $2.03, according to GasBuddy's OklahomaCityGasPrices.com.

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame notebook: Johnny Bench honored again

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Johnny Bench was inducted into the Oklahoma sports Hall of Fame in 1990. But he returned Monday night to receive the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. “It’s quite overwhelming,” Bench said. “Everyone knows how proud I am to be an Oklahoman. Every time I come back to the state, I’m even more proud. I was in awe today. I’ve achieved a lot. But man, these people that were introduced are people I’ve admired and respected and followed. “You don’t know how many times I’ve pulled Oklahoma State to beat Iowa State in wrestling, how many times I’ve pulled for Oklahoma.” Bench said his cab driver Sunday night asked Bench which side of Bedlam he fell on. “Whichever one needs to win the most,” Bench

  • Oklahoma CareerTech honors Lawton teacher

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 min ago

    Cash awards totaling $20,000 were presented by Express Employment Professionals to the system's outstanding educators Monday in Tulsa.

  • Thousands return to school in OKC district

    TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 27 min ago

    Monday was the first day of school in the Oklahoma City school district.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Who should I invite to dinner?

    Updated: 28 min ago

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION:  I am going to have my first dinner party. How do I decide who to invite? Should it be family members? Work people? Old school friends? People I want to get to know better? CALLIE’S ANSWER: It sounds like you need to figure out what kind of a dinner party you want. Who do you want to cook for and have in your home? Start there. Good luck! LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: Usually you decide to host a dinner party based on the people you want to see. Just pick a group and have fun with it.

  • Oklahoma officials voice sharp criticism for Obama’s emissions rules

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 47 min ago

    Minutes after the president had laid out the plan's goals, Oklahoma's governor and attorney general issued statements objecting to the plan.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 377

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 48 min ago

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Miss Bianca: You don't understand. A boy needs our help. He's in trouble! Wilbur: Boy? You mean, little kid kinda boy? Miss Bianca: He was kidnapped! Wilbur: Kidnapped? Oh! That-that's awful! Lockin' up a little kid. Kids should be free! Free to run wild through the house on Saturday mornings, free to have cookies and milk, and get those little white mustaches, you know? Nobody's gonna take a kid's freedom away while I'm around! Nobody ain't! Hear me? - Click here to learn the source.

  • OKC district counters state’s teacher shortage trend

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 50 min ago

    Oklahoma's Education Department issued 182 emergency teaching certificates in July, compared to 71 for the same month a year ago.

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

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 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.

  • THE GREATEST EVER: Japanese import Uetake honored by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    As a kid, OSU wrestler Yoshiro Fujita amazed me. Quick. Agile. Dominant. I’d watch Cowboy matches with my dad and rave about Fujita, who went 48-1 as a Cowboy from 1970-72, losing only when he defaulted due to injury in the ’72 NCAA Championships. “He’s good,” my dad would say. “But you should have seen Uetake.” Monday night, I finally did. Yojiro Uetake Obata, OSU’s undefeated, three-time NCAA champ and Japan’s two-time Olympic gold medalist, was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. And on a night that as much as anything celebrated the Cowboys’ grand tradition on the mat, a night that included three stage appearances by the Smith brothers, the First Family of Wrestling, Uetake was the

  • Senate blocks Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood was blocked Monday after Democrats said Republicans were trying to deny critical health care to millions of women. The bill needed at least 60 votes to advance in the U.S. Senate and received 53.

  • OSU football camp ready for opening day

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State begins preseason practices Tuesday, earlier than most of the nation’s teams due to their Sept. 3 season opener at Central Michigan. Dates to know First day of practice: Tuesday Media/Fan Day: Saturday Season opener: Sept. 3 at Central Michigan Last season Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 Big 12 Bowl: beat Washington, 30-22, in the Cactus Bowl Returning starters Offense (9) QB Mason Rudolph (So.) WR James Washington (So.)

  • Crime on the decline in Tulsa Housing Authority housing complexes

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Since the height of criminal activity in Tulsa Housing Authority-run complexes in the early 1990s, crime in public housing has seen a dramatic decrease. In fact, in the last couple of years, crime in public housing has made up only about 1 percent of crime in the city of Tulsa. “People can develop stereotypes of what life is really like in public housing and it can actually be very different than what their stereotype may lead them to believe it is,” said Chea Redditt, president and CEO of the Tulsa Housing Authority.

  • Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found sleeping on a lawn five miles away Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California. Sihon Ange Ismael Kone, 15, of the Ivory Coast was found lying in the grass in front of an Inglewood house with his identification hanging by a passer-by, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. The teen was tired, but healthy and in good spirits and was reunited with a member of his delegation who stayed behind after he went missing. Airport police initially identified him as "Shion Isimel," though he competed in table tennis as Ange Kone, ac

  • OU football: Josh Heupel influence grows at Utah St.

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will have plenty of familiar faces around him this season at Utah State. At least two coaches and a player from Heupel’s time at OU have joined him in Logan, Utah. Former Sooners players and graduate assistants Joey Halzle and Jon Cooper have taken similar roles on Utah State’s staff. Heupel, who was fired at OU after last season’s struggles, is the Aggies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fullback Joe Palange, a walk-on fullback, announced last week that he would be transferring to Utah State.

  • NY Premiere of "Ricki and the Flash"

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Actress Charlotte Rae attends the premiere of "Ricki and the Flash" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in New York.

  • District 6A-I-2 preview: Coaches buzzing about Southmoore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The results of the District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll show exactly where Southmoore is predicted to finish in the district, but it doesn’t accurately reflect opposing coaches’ curiosity about the SaberCats. A team that started multiple freshmen and sophomores last season, Southmoore has generated as much buzz as any team in Class 6A early in the preseason. Sophomore Casey Thompson returns at quarterback, with another sophomore, Brey Walker, at offensive tackle. Walker, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, already has scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Arkansas. “They’re scary right now, and not just because of those young guys,” one opposing coach said of the SaberCats.

  • Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants. While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • Enid church knows pain, promise in aftermath of 1996 arson

    BY CARLA HINTON Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Recent church burnings brought back memories for Enid church.

  • Official: 2 dead, 15 injured after tent collapses during storm at New Hampshire fairgrounds

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Official: 2 dead, 15 injured after tent collapses during storm at New Hampshire fairgrounds.