Oklahoma's Biggest News Stories

The Ongoing Coverage Library compiles all of the pages created by NewsOK editors to follow stories and events that have broken the mold of normal news activity and become complex topics that span months or even years, requiring special, ongoing coverage.
Mark Costello slaying

Ongoing coverage of the stabbing death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

Oklahoma beheading

Complete coverage of the beheading that happened at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla.

OSU Sports Illustrated investigation

Coverage of the infamous 2013 investigation into OSU's football program.

Oklahoma thrill killing

Read the story about Christopher Lane and how he became a victim of a thrill killing in 2013.

May 20, 2013, tornado

Complete coverage of the May 20, 2013, tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla.

Serenity Deal

Complete coverage of Serenity Deal's death.

Paroled in secret?

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has accused the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board of operating a secret parole docket and expediting the release of some inmates.

Kurt Budke & Miranda Serna

Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, former state Sen. Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula, were killed in a plane crash in Central Arkansas.

Keith Bryan shooting

Keith Bryan was shot once in the head the night of Sept. 20, 2011, in the Bryans' home in Mustang. Rebecca Bryan told police he was shot by an intruder. She has since been arrested in connection with the death.

Oklahoma water crisis

It's expected to cost $87 billion for improvements to meet the state's drinking water needs over the next 50 years.

Maurice Martinez

Complete coverage of Maurice Martinez, the former Oklahoma City police sergeant accused of molesting three adopted sons.

Women in prison

Oklahoma sends more women to prison than any other state on a per capita basis and has for 14 of the past 15 years. It begs the question "Why?"

Political corruption investigation

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater's political corruption investigation focuses on whether Rep. Randy Terrill, Rep. Mike Christian, Sen. Debbe Leftwich and possibly other politicians conspired to create an $80,000-a-year job with the medical examiner's office for Leftwich so Christian could run for her Senate seat.

May 10, 2010, tornadoes

On May 10, 2010, multiple tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma leaving several dead, many injured and countless amounts of damage in their wake.

Oklahoma DHS

Ongoing coverage of Oklahoma's Department of Human Services.


Metropolitan Area Projects was a pitch by city leaders for a variety of public projects to boost economic development and quality of life in Oklahoma City.

Anardako church killing

The Rev. Carol Daniels, 61, was found dead in an Anadarko church, Sunday, Aug. 23. Daniels, a pastor from Oklahoma City, traveled to Anadarko every other Sunday to preach. The district attorney involved in the case called it "horrific."

Oklahoma trooper/EMT scuffle

A state trooper was caught on video choking an EMT during a May 24, 2009, traffic stop in Okfuskee County.

Lone Grove tornadoes

On February 10, 2009 three tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma. One touched down in Lone Grove, claiming eight lives.

El Reno slayings

Complete coverage of the family murders in El Reno.

Kelsey Smith Briggs

Complete coverage of the death of Kelsey Smith Briggs.

Duncan triple homicide

Complete coverage of the triple homicide of the Hruby family in Duncan, Okla.

Oklahoma City quadruple homicide

Complete coverage of the quadruple homicide in Oklahoma City in 2013.

May 31, 2013, storm

Just days after the May 20, 2013, tornado that ripped through Moore, central Oklahoma faced a night of harsh storms.

Workers' compensation

An in-depth look at the workers' compensation cases in Oklahoma.

The Teddy Mitchell case

Authorities are investigating the death of an Oklahoma City woman and accusations that her husband was running an illegal gambling operation out of their home.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections prison escapees

Profiling the most wanted and at-large fugitives from the Oklahoma Department Of Corrections.

Carina Saunders

Nineteen-year oldCarina Saunders was reported missing on September 28, 2011. On Oct. 13th, 2011 Saunders' body was found dismembered in a duffel bag behind a Homeland Store on NW 23 and Rockwell.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol sex scandal

Patrick Venable, 27, who has been charged with second-degree rape, resigned June 29 from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Venable is accused of taking a woman into custody and transporting her to a residence in Guthrie to have sexual intercourse.

May 24, 2011, tornadoes

On May 24, 2011, multiple tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma leaving several dead, many injured and countless amounts of damage in their wake.

U.S. Census

The U.S. Census Bureau surveys American households, business, schools and other areas of life to provide a statistical picture of the United States. This page will house all of the census stories written by The Oklahoman staff as well as data pieces and important links.

Juvenile center controversy

Complete coverage of the juvenile detention center controversy.

Oklahoma immigration

Ongoing coverage regarding immigration litigation in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma health care reforum

Complete coverage of health care reform in Oklahoma.

Nichols Hills slaying

Early in the morning on November 16, Nichols Hills police responded to a 911 call to find 9 year old Tommy Wolf dead. Later that day his father, Stephen P. Wolf, a Nichols Hills doctor, was arrested under suspicion of murder.

Weleetka slayings

On June 8, 2008 Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were shot a total of 13 times on a dirt road between Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties.

Oklahoma City pharmacy shootings

Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 19, 2009 shooting death of a would-be robber, 16-year-old Antwun Parker, while Parker was incapacitated and lying on his back. Ersland is serving a life sentence in prison.

Going green

Complete coverage of Oklahoma going green.

Black History Month

Complete coverage of Black History Month in Oklahoma.

Tar Creek

Complete coverage of the Tar Creek Superfund site.

Jamie Rose Bolin

Complete coverage of the death of Jamie Rose Bolin.