• Q&A

    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ and DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writers | Updated: 4 hr ago

    What you should know about long lines at airport security NEW YORK — Fliers should brace for long waits at airport security over the holiday weekend. In recent weeks, some major airports saw wait times exceeding 90 minutes at peak hours, and passengers missed flights waiting to get through security. Here's a look at what travelers should expect.   Q: Why have the waits been so long? A: More people are flying, thanks to a strong economy, more flights and lower fares. At the same time, the Transportation Security Administration needs more screeners. The TSA and Congress cut the number of screeners by 10 percent on expectations that the PreCheck expedited screening program would speed up lines, but not

  • Dodgers losing streak reaches four games

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers lost 8-1 to Fresno on Wednesday afternoon, its fourth straight loss. A six-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning was more than enough for Fresno. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the start for the Dodgers and was impressive with three strikeouts in four innings, but that was all he threw on Wednesday. Logan Bawcom came on in relief in the fifth, then allowed six runs on five hits and two walks before finally getting out of the inning. The quiet Dodgers bats didn't help the cause. Oklahoma City scattered five hits on the day. It wasn't until the seventh that Scott Van Slyke led off with a single.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes $6.78 billion budget bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $6.78 billion general appropriations bill to take effect on July 1. The budget bill, approved 30-16, now goes to the House. Negotiators from the House, Senate and the governor's office announced Tuesday that they had reached agreement on a spending plan calling for widespread cuts, but generally preserving existing funding levels for core priorities like education and health care. Some senators are concerned that the bill did not go far enough to generate new, continuing revenue to keep pace with rising costs at key state agencies. Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, said a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall this year meant that the Legislature needed to come up with an extraordinary

  • House reverses course on court fee vote

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Overturning an earlier vote, the state House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would bolster funding for Oklahoma district courts by increasing some court fees and authorizing court clerks to assess a 15 percent administrative fee on all court fees that benefit non-court entities. House members voted to 72-20 to pass House Bill 3220 just two days after they had rejected it by a vote of 44-48. It will now go to the Senate. State Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, urged his colleagues to pass the measure. "This bill fixes a problem," he said. "If we don't fund the courts, we will lose 66 special judges and that will affect everybody in this room. ... It will affect what happens with your courts.

  • House OKs $200M transportation bond issue

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Despite some passionate objections, the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve a $200 million transportation bond issue to help fill part of a $1.3 billion budget hole. House Bill 3231 passed 56-38 and will now go to the Senate for consideration. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has agreed to accept the bond money in place of $200 million in state funds that were earmarked for that agency. The maneuver is designed to free up the earmarked money so it can be used to fund other agencies struggling with the state's budget shortfall. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman called the budgeting maneuver a "trick" and questioned whether it would pass constitutional muster. State Rep.

  • Records

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MARRIAGES Marjorie Mercy Makoni and Christopher Edward Laley Michael Eric Zabala and Steve Gordon Reeves Tracey Marselina Testa and Francisco J. Franco Barbara Roxana Gomez and David Anthony Castillo Norma Aida Velandia Elizalde and John R. Luck Amy Lynn Juarez and Joshua Nelson Caldwell Dixie R.

  • Projects may affect Memorial Day travel plans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Roadways in Oklahoma will be busy during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of construction zones.

  • State briefs

    State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY OKC Pride hosts symposium OKC Pride will host a symposium June 17 at Dunlap Codding, 609 W Sheridan, focused on mental health, education and prevention. The symposium, titled “Transcending Differences,” will explore topics impacting gender diverse communities, including theories of mental distress and mental health disparity, featuring presentations by clinicians and professionals in the field. Mental health professionals and others interested in attending can visit okcpride.org. Continued education credits are available for a fee. For more information contact Kelley Blair at secretary@okcpride.org or 761-7402.

  • Central Oklahoma speller falls in third round

    Central Oklahoma speller falls in third round

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Jasmyne Le advanced to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but was eliminated when she missed the word "catastasis." "This being Jasmyne's first year at the national spelling bee, she did an incredible job," said Bailey Huntsman, Newspaper in Education programs manager for The Oklahoman. "She was at ease on stage and made the judges laugh and had a great attitude even after being eliminated. We are very proud of her." Jasmyne's trip to the bee as the winner of the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee in February was sponsored by The Oklahoman, Sonic and the University of Oklahoma. The bee was held in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C.

  • Northeast Oklahoma begins cleanup after severe storms

    By SAMANTHA VICENT Tulsa World samantha.vicent @tulsaworld.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    BRISTOW — Beth Roberts walked around her property northwest of Bristow on Wednesday morning, trying to see what — if anything — she could salvage from wreckage of the home she shared with her husband, Garry, and her 14-year-old daughter. A few pet carriers, some tagged for the Bristow Animal Shelter, lay seemingly unscathed atop piles of broken glass and lumber. An apparently undamaged blanket with the University of Oklahoma logo hung on a wooden pillar surrounded by pieces of insulation and broken furniture. A washer and dryer set appeared to have been thrown around the lot, landing next to some siding the couple had chosen for the home remodeling project they had been working on for the past year.

  • Judge orders Costello to get mental competency exam

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    A judge Wednesday ordered a mental competency examination for Christian Costello over concerns he is delusional. The judge agreed to the exam after Costello, 27, attempted to plead guilty to killing his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Christian Costello, who has been treated in the past for mental illness, told Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott he wanted to go to prison in Minnesota to be near a doctor who made him a Freemason about a decade ago. “Preferably, I'd like to be sent to a prison near the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota,” Costello said. The judge replied, “I don't have jurisdiction to send you to a Minnesota prison or any prison.

  • Home invasion ends in one suspect's death

    By KYLE HINCHEY Tulsa World kyle.hinchey@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    TULSA — A 16-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old was wounded and jailed after a confrontation during a south Tulsa home invasion led to a woman stabbing her attackers, according to police. Officers responded Monday to a reported armed robbery at the Woodland Oaks Apartments, 7142 S 92nd East Ave., about 11 p.m. and discovered an injured teen being held down by a man in the front yard. The man told police another suspect was inside the residence. Officers found that person, later identified as 16-year-old Demondray Eugene Porter, dead from a stab wound, police said. A woman and her boyfriend said they were in their apartment when two teenagers broke in and began ransacking each room. The two residents confronted

  • OKC police officer shoots, kills man

    OKC police officer shoots, kills man

    By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Police shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, officials said. The shooting took place about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Amy's Noodle House, a restaurant at North Western Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.

  • House votes to lessen job requirements of corrections director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The state House of Representatives reversed course Wednesday and voted to reduce professional requirements for becoming director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs. If the governor signs the measure, it would clear the way for the Oklahoma Board of Corrections to potentially select interim Director Joe Allbaugh as its permanent director. The House voted 56-43 to pass Senate Bill 1602, just two days after it had rejected the same measure by a vote of 44-48. The bill would remove a requirement that the director have a master's degree and five years of professional level work experience in corrections, or a bachelor's degree and six years of professional level

  • Takata taps asset management firm Lazard for recall aid

    Takata taps asset management firm Lazard for...

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    TOKYO — Money-losing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is hiring financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard to help tackle financial problems and massive recalls. Takata air bags can deploy with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Authorities in Malaysia have begun investigating two more recent deaths. Takata said Thursday that Lazard will help with restructuring in partnership with auto customers. The recalls have been growing and may reach more than 100 million inflators. Tokyo-based Takata has sunk into red ink for the last two fiscal years and faces lawsuits worldwide.

  • TSA's chief says new screeners soon will help at busiest airports

    TSA\'s chief says new screeners soon will help...

    By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other hubs, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a House committee. The TSA also has increased the use of overtime in Chicago and other major airports, converted some part-time workers to full-time status and increased the use of bomb-sniffing dogs to help with security lines, Neffenger said.

  • Funding increase for Legislature amid cuts?

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma lawmakers want to boost funding for legislative services by $4 million even as they cut appropriations for most other agencies.  Under a budget proposal making its way through the Legislature, funding for the Legislative Service Bureau, which does research and provides computer services for lawmakers, would grow to $13.89 million per year. That's a $9 million, or 184 percent increase, $5 million of which is offset by proposed cuts to Senate and House appropriations.  House Rep. Earl Sears said the increase makes sense in order to ensure salaries will continue to be funded. “We will be in the red if we don't do something,” Sears said. “We wouldn't be able to make payroll at a date in the future.

  • Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student now is set to graduate

    Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student...

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    DUNCAN — Trevor Frost has “a lot of mixed feelings” about graduating from Duncan High School. “It'll be a change,” said Trevor, 18, who plans to attend college out of state. “But it'll be good for me.” His first-grade teacher expects to cry “tears of joy” at commencement Thursday night. “It is a miracle this young man will be walking across the stage. This was a graduation that almost did not occur,” Janis Arrington said. When he was a 6-year-old, Trevor stopped breathing and collapsed into his teacher's arms at Mark Twain Elementary School. His eyes were wide open, and he had no pulse, Arrington said. She started CPR, and with every breath she

  • Elementary school principal is accused of inappropriate conduct

    Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Public Schools is investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by Parmelee Elementary School Principal Jan Parks, a district spokesman said Tuesday. Parks was placed on paid administrative leave May 18, spokesman Mark Myers said. It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether the alleged inappropriate conduct involved a child or adult. When asked, Myers said "the investigation is currently ongoing." When asked if the alleged conduct was believed to be sexual or financial in nature, Myers said "no." The investigation, he added, is "currently internal.

  • Deaths

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ARDMORE McGee, Verda B., 76, retired nursing home medication aide, died May 20. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Mount Zion Baptist Church (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). BARTLESVILLE Purser, Diana Lynn, 66, died May 22. Services pending (Stumpff, Bartlesville). CHECOTAH Davis, Arnetta “Mu Dear,” 88, retired teacher's assistant for Taft Moton Public School, died May 22. Services 11 a.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church of Checotah (Keith D. Biglow, Muskogee). CHOCTAW Cook-Klinglesmith, Peggy Ann, 84, emergency room nurse, died May 22. Private services (Cremation Society, Oklahoma City). Plunk, Joann, 77, homemaker, died May 25. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Viner,