• Making their pitch

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    In an open forum Thursday evening, five of seven candidates for three contested seats on Mineral Wells City Council shared with voters their positions on issues from downtown development to water conservation. Contested seats for the May 9 election include At-Large Place 2, in which incumbent Bill Terry faces challengers Brian Reagan and Heath Farmer; At-Large Place 1 with incumbent Kevin Harrison facing Clif Wright; and Ward 4 with incumbent Karium Carter facing off with Wayne Johnson. Terry was the only incumbent candidate present at the forum. Place 1 incumbent Kevin Harrison and Ward 4 incumbent Karium Carter did not attend the forum. The forum, sponsored by the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, was moderated

  • Former Tulsa Tech pre-engineering student launches NASA career

    By Joe Payne, Tulsa Tech | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A young engineer, whose desire to reach for the stars got started at Tulsa Tech, is ready to launch his career at NASA. Lucas Kinion began preparing for his successful launch back in middle school, when his eighth grade class attended a presentation about careers in engineering. He still credits this presentation for his path to a desired position with NASA.

  • Belton School District investigating bullying and hurtful emails

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Earlier this month, an email received on her school-issued iPad shocked Belton seventh-grader Kersten Laughlin. “You’re a f------ b---- nobody likes!” it said. The writer also implied that Kersten was so overweight that if she tripped and fell, she was in danger of falling through the floor. The message appeared to have come from the school district email address of a friend, but that friend denied sending it. “I called my mom and I was crying so hard, I couldn’t believe it,” said Kersten, who attends Belton Middle School/Freshman Center. Belton School District officials have launched an investigation into hurtful and bullying emails that several district students have reported receiving through their

  • Early voting begins for $59.5 million school bond

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WICHITA FALLS, Texas - It was clear in 2014 that voters did not want to close any of its high schools. It also was clear that the drought weighed heavily on voters’ minds, so much so that they did not want to take on a school bond. So when the idea was presented to merge Rider and Wichita Falls high schools into one new school and keep Hirschi as a small school, voters resoundingly said, “No.” They defeated a $125 million bond May 10 by about a 3-1 ratio. Seventy-three percent of those who went to the polls voted against the plan. A year later, with Wichita Falls ISD Superintendent John Frossard named sole finalist for the Beaumont ISD superintendent job, supporters are hoping for a different answer to a pro

  • BRIEF: Technology runs amok in new "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" trailer

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Boost jumps, mechs, robot soliders and rolling balls of destruction? All par for the course in the action packed reveal trailer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" that Activision released today, complete with musical accompaniment from The Rolling Stones. Looks like this latest Call of Duty game, to be released November 6 (which is a Friday, odd for a video game release) is taking a cue from Age of Ultron as technology seems to be getting beyond human control. The trailer is below, see for yourself. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • University of Oklahoma's Radar Innovations Lab spurs collaboration

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — After years of planning and construction, the University of Oklahoma’s Radar Innovations Lab is open and buzzing with activity. Located on OU’s Research Campus, the building was completed and dedicated in October. Now, the building is filled with students, faculty and engineers doing research and developing radar technology. “It’s busy every day,” said Bob Palmer, OU’s associate vice president for research. “Things are really reaching a steady state now.” The $15 million lab is at the center of the university’s efforts to expand its radar program. The building is designed to house 60 students and 20 faculty from the university’s Advanced Radar Research Center, giving them access to a full

  • Oklahoma companies focus on technology during oil industry slowdown

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Despite low oil and natural gas prices, companies throughout the oil patch are planning for the future and hoping prices rebound soon. Tulsa-based Linde Process Plants Inc. is trying to make the most of the industry downturn as companies have slowed drilling plans and mothballed rigs and other equipment. “Many companies have existing contracts for several years,” said Jason Stevens, Linde’s manager of proposal development. The industry slowdown also creates opportunities, Stevens said. “This is a time for some companies to do work. We’re seeing capacity increase,” he said. “The fact that this is happening is also freeing up capacity from our construction partners. They’re getting hungry and want to

  • Makerspace opens in Manitou to help entrepreneurs develop products, businesses

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    A small group of volunteers spent two years realizing their dream of a "makerspace" where entrepreneurs can develop, improve and eventually manufacture products, and they hope to eventually create several more in southern Colorado. The Pikes Peak Makerspace at the Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., began limited operations early this year but opened to the public Saturday with an open house to show off its extensive collection of equipment that includes three-dimensional printers and a two- and three-dimensional modeling work station, metal and wood shops, welding facilities and a coworking space that entrepreneurs can use as an office. An estimated 300 people attended the 10-hour open house that featured 12 exhibits.

  • SF team wins supercomputing challenge

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LOS ALAMOS – Inspired by circumstances surrounding their teacher, two young women at Santa Fe’s Mesa del Sol charter school took top honors at the 25th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge with a project on the cutting edge of science, exploring the use of nanotechnology as an alternative way to kill cancer cells. Katelynn James and Meghan Hill, both seniors, are great friends and have been science lab partners since the ninth grade. Their idea of a good time is to make a periodic table out of chocolate bars. “You have no idea how hard that was,” said Hill, her friend adding that they came across a picture of such a matrix on Facebook, and decided they had to try to duplicate it.

  • Eagle & Beagle for April, 26, 2015

    By Don Mecoy | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Bio Matters: OU researcher Dr. Courtney Houchen saw career inspiration in TV doctors

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Courtney Houchen eventually became chief of gastroenterology at the University of Oklahoma and founder of COARE Biotechnology, an Oklahoma City-based company built around a new way to approach pancreatic cancer. “I was inspired to be a doctor based on those TV shows,” Houchen said during a recent visit to his office at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

  • 'All thanks to the fish' — How tiny fish help unlock secrets of cancer


    If you didn’t know better, you might confuse the fish-tank-filled room on the fourth floor of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for an aquarium. Or a pet store. But the 10,000 or so zebrafish that occupy the hundreds of tanks in OMRF’s Oklahoma City campus are not pets. The creatures, which grow no more than a few inches in length and are named for the black stripes that run the length of their bodies, play a key role in OMRF scientists’ search for new treatments for cancer. When cancer researcher David Jones arrived at OMRF last year to lead its Immunobiology and Cancer Research Program, along with his laboratory equipment, he brought zebrafish.

  • High-tech vehicles: Not quite the Jetsons, but close

    BY VALLERY BROWN, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    While prototypes of self-flying cars pique the wildest fantasies of technology geeks, the automotive industry writ large has been churning out an abundance of futuristic features for their newest models, most of them to enhance driver safety.

  • Oklahoma companies focus on technology during oil industry slowdown

    BY ADAM WILMOTH, Energy Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Despite low oil and natural gas prices, companies throughout the oil patch are planning for the future and hoping prices rebound soon.

  • Apple MacBook introduces exciting design, features

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Apple has a history of deciding what features we need, and more important, what features we don’t need in our computers and mobile devices. With the iMac, Apple decided people really didn’t need an optical drive built into their computers. With the iPad, Apple decided people really didn’t need to be able to connect any peripherals at all. A few weeks ago, Apple introduced the new MacBook (starting at $1,299), and we learned that we really only need one port that can do almost everything, but not at the same time. My first reaction was to wonder why Apple hates us.

  • Public Payrolls 2015: Sheriff's department says without high salaries, exodus will continue

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office is losing deputies at a rate that has officials concerned about the department's future and its ability to serve the communities surrounding Las Cruces. Since 2012, the county's law enforcement agency has lost an average of 24 deputies a year, according to officials within the department. The overwhelming consensus among agency leaders is that low wages are the leading factor driving deputies to more competitive agencies. On average, patrol deputies earned about $39,181 over the past year, approximately $10,000 less than their counterparts at the Las Cruces Police Department, according to data analyzed by the Sun-News and obtained through the state Inspection of Public Recor

  • New technology at Wash U maps human genome in days; large-scale studies now possible

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The two 3-inch-by-1-inch glass chips held the unfathomable amount of genetic information contained in 16 human genomes. On Thursday, a technician placed the chips — called flow cells — in a new genetic sequencing machine at the Genome Institute at Washington University and closed the door. In just three days, the task will be complete. It’s mind-boggling given that it took scientists working all over the world more than 10 years and about $1 billion to first sequence the human genome, a feat declared officially complete in 2003. This ultra-fast sequencing machine, which hit the market last year, is only sold in groups of 10 — a system capable of sequencing 18,000 human genomes a year at just $1,000 to $1,500 per

  • Local students in state contest

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    On Wednesday two high school students who take automotive courses at High Plains Technology Center packed up their tools, loaded up in instructor Vic Terbush's truck and headed to a special automotive repair contest in Okmulgee. At noon on Wednesday, High Plains Technology Center Instructor Terbush was driving south and east with top students, Ross Meliza and Jacoby Newell. The two young auto mechanic students will participate today in the Ford and AAA sponsored Student Auto Skills Competition held at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. The pair of students won the right to compete in the hands-on competition at because they scored highly on the written test, the first phase of the competition, Terbush said.

  • BRIEF: Students earn honors

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A number of High Plains Technology Center students were honored this week for big wins after attending the annual Skills USA competition held in Tulsa, said High Plains spokeswoman Sandi Liles. Students involved in Skills USA have all won the right to compete through various tests and performance while in the classroom. Those who win are competing for thousands in scholarship money. Four students from the Services Careers Program, including Brayden Lowden, Brandon Hanson, Kiel Whisennand, Mikayla Kenny, won awards at the yearly skills competition. Lowden won 1st place in the Grounds Equipment competition and Hanson took 2nd in Grounds Equipment.

  • Graham losing Avenue

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Main Street landmark, Avenue TV is closing it’s doors after 68 years of service to Pryor. From their storefront they’ve watched the face of technology, and of Pryor, change since their 1947 opening. Avenue opened shop in 1947 but was purchased by the Lawson family in 1951. Generations of Pryor residents knew Avenue as their go-to store for purchases and repairs. Current owner Bob Larson grew up in the store, surrounded by the intricate tools and parts, watching his father bring technology into Pryor homes. For years Zenith was the premium television brand and Avenue was there to bring the sets to Mayes County homes. Business was booming for the Larsons, who had a double store front until 1969.