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Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma each enroll more than 4,000 freshman | The Oklahoman Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma each enroll more than 4,000 freshman
By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.comMore than 8,500 freshmen will begin their college careers Monday at Oklahoma's two flagship universities. Go Pokes! A record 13,000 new students applied to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and more than 4,000 of them were welcomed to the Cowboy family Friday at New Student Convocation, spokesman Gary Shutt said. A major focus will be to retai
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Former Goodwill employee admits gambling away nonprofit's money, police say | The Oklahoman Former Goodwill employee admits gambling away nonprofit's money, police say
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comA former assistant manager at a Goodwill Store in The Village has admitted she embezzled from the nonprofit and “gambled all the money away,” police reported. Kimberly Ann Teal, 41, of Oklahoma City, was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court with felony embezzlement.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Moore district teachers get unexpected bonus checks | The Oklahoman Moore district teachers get unexpected bonus checks
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comMOORE — Bryant Elementary School teacher Holly Bentley was overdrawn and didn't know how she was going to feed her young son. Teresa Humphrey, a Kelley Elementary speech teacher, couldn't afford to give her son any spending money when she dropped him off at college. Bentley and Humphrey cried tears of joy Thursday when they found out they were ge
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Comanche Nation sues over new Chickasaw casino near Texas border | The Oklahoman Comanche Nation sues over new Chickasaw casino near Texas border
By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com The Comanche Nation is suing the federal government over a rival casino the Chickasaw Nation is building two miles north of the Texas border in the Jefferson County town of Terral. Richard Grellner, an attorney for the Comanche Nation, said larger, wealthier tribes including the Chickasaw Nation are dominating Oklahoma's gaming market after rec
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Oklahoma City lands 25,000-delegate convention for 2018 | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City lands 25,000-delegate convention for 2018
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.comA last-minute opportunity to land the 2018 National Baptist Congress of Christian Education conference to Oklahoma City is set to bring 25,000 delegates and fill up every downtown hotel. Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors, credited Rev.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Edmond students return to classroom on Friday | The Oklahoman Edmond students return to classroom on Friday
From Staff ReportsEDMOND — Classes resumed this week in a number of school districts across the metro area. Students in Edmond returned to the classroom on Friday. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Edmond Exchange | The Oklahoman Edmond Exchange
By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.comGetting closer The grand opening of Edmond's $37 million Hilton Garden Inn and conference center is expected to be about the middle of December, with a soft opening about three weeks earlier. Gabby Trad, Partners in Hospitality president and operating manger, told Edmond Economic Development Authority trustees this week they expect to move into t
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options | The Oklahoman Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options
• Bethany Animal Control Shelter, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Community | The Oklahoman Community
FROM STAFF REPORTSUCO station expands options EDMOND — Classical music fans now have more options for listening, as KUCO, the classical radio station based at the University of Central Oklahoma, has introduced its presence on a variety of streaming platforms.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Edmond man among Army National Guard members home from Kuwait | The Oklahoman Edmond man among Army National Guard members home from Kuwait
From Staff ReportsEDMOND — More than 160 members of the 1345th Transportation Company, 90th Troop Command of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, recently returned home after nearly a yearlong deployment to Kuwait. The 1345th, also known as "Rolling Thunder," conducted tactical convoy operations by providing security escorts and ammunition resupply in support of Operation Spartan Shield, an operati
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
McCaleb Homes donates proceeds from building Edmond house | The Oklahoman McCaleb Homes donates proceeds from building Edmond house
By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.comEDMOND — The 2,300-square-foot modern farmhouse-style home that McCaleb Homes, of Edmond, built has been sold, sending $101,360 to the Children's Hospital Foundation through this year's Dancing for a Miracle. Nate and Tracy Wright, of Edmond, purchased the home at 3325 Clock Tower Circle, in the Town Square Housing Addition.Read more on NewsOK.
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Moore residents organize meeting about neighborhood crime | The Oklahoman Moore residents organize meeting about neighborhood crime
By Thomas Maupin For The OklahomanMOORE — Residents of the Plaza Towers area in southwest Moore have planned a meeting to discuss crime in their neighborhoods.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
OBU student performs with Lyric Theatre | The Oklahoman OBU student performs with Lyric Theatre
From Staff ReportsSHAWNEE — Oklahoma Baptist University vocal performance major Julie Welch, a junior from Bartlesville recently performed with the Lyric Theatre. “When You Wish: A Celebration of the Disney Songbook” is a musical revolving around a little girl who dreams herself into a 1940s Hollywood sound stage.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Choir for homeschooled students starts next week across OKC metro | The Oklahoman Choir for homeschooled students starts next week across OKC metro
From Staff ReportsCentral Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs is celebrating its 21st year. COHC has four choirs for students from 5 to 18 years old.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
Achievers for Aug. 19 | The Oklahoman Achievers for Aug. 19
FROM STAFF REPORTSCrowe & Dunlevy awarded Derek N. La Shot with its $1,000 B. Jo Balding Scholarship for students in the University of Oklahoma Law Center legal assistant education program. An OU Law Center student in excellent academic standing, La Shot has completed coursework in property torts, criminal law, contracts, legal analysis, law practice management, legal research and evidence.Rea
The Oklahoman | August 19, 2017
OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer | The Oklahoman OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer
Join The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer for a chat concerning downtown Oklahoma City issues. The chat begins at 9:30 a.m., but feel free to submit your questions now.  Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
What Oklahomans should know about Monday's eclipse | The Oklahoman What Oklahomans should know about Monday's eclipse
Darla Slipke On Monday, the “Great American Eclipse” will cross the United States. Here’s what Oklahomans need to know about the spectacle: [pagebreak] What is it?  An eclipse happens because of periodic alignments of the sun, moon and Earth.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
State briefs for Aug. 18 | The Oklahoman State briefs for Aug. 18
Comanche constitutional vote planned Members of the Comanche Nation are voting on a constitutional amendment.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity | Oklahoma Gazette Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity
Oklahoma City Public Schools leaders take initial steps toward educational equity.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
The Oklahoma City region held the nation’s second-largest tribal gaming revenue gains last year, which comes as no surprise to experts | Oklahoma Gazette The Oklahoma City region held the nation’s second-largest tribal gaming revenue gains last year, which comes as no surprise to experts
The Oklahoma City region held the nation’s second-largest tribal gaming revenue gains last year, which comes as no surprise to experts.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
Edmond launches a comprehensive plan rewrite to help city leaders manage how the city will grow in the next few decades | Oklahoma Gazette Edmond launches a comprehensive plan rewrite to help city leaders manage how the city will grow in the next few decades
Edmond launches a comprehensive plan rewrite to help city leaders manage how the city will grow in the next few decades.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
Gazette staff transitions build upon editorial successes | Oklahoma Gazette Gazette staff transitions build upon editorial successes
Gazette staff transitions build upon editorial successes.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
One family’s master plan for revitalization began with an automotive factory and is fueled by the legacy of Fred Jones | Oklahoma Gazette One family’s master plan for revitalization began with an automotive factory and is fueled by the legacy of Fred Jones
One family’s master plan for revitalization began with an automotive factory and is fueled by the legacy of Fred Jones.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
Cover Story: The Jones Assembly is a cornerstone for burgeoning Film Row district | Oklahoma Gazette Cover Story: The Jones Assembly is a cornerstone for burgeoning Film Row district
“We all pulled different elements of places, restaurants, bars and music venues that we’d seen around this country and international,” Colton told Oklahoma Gazette. “Never was there something with all-in-one. It was a challenge and an opportunity, with a big bet made on Oklahoma City.”
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
Muskogee officer-involved shooting ruled justified | The Oklahoman Muskogee officer-involved shooting ruled justified
From Staff ReportsMUSKOGEE — The shooting of a man armed with a knife by a Muskogee police officer has been deemed legally justified. On August 7, officer James Moore, 27, encountered Sean Ellis, 44, near S 33rd  Street and Okmulgee Avenue after being flagged down by a resident who said he had seen a man acting strangely and appeared to be armed. Ellis repeatedly refused to obey the officer
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Officer-involved shooting in Blaine County ruled justified | The Oklahoman Officer-involved shooting in Blaine County ruled justified
From Staff ReportsThe shooting of a 38-year-old man by a Blaine County law enforcement officer and Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has been ruled justified. Mark A. Yancey, United States attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, said trooper Jasmuel Ray Robertson and Blaine County Deputy Sheriff Monty Goodwin acted in self-defense when they shot Jonathon Richard Daukei on July 19, according t
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Rep. Mickey Dollens sees an opportunity to reform career and technical education | Oklahoma Gazette Rep. Mickey Dollens sees an opportunity to reform career and technical education
The representative from Oklahoma City believes apprenticeships and increased technical education will be key as automation increases.
Oklahoma Gazette | August 18, 2017
Bison license plates rolling out across Oklahoma | The Oklahoman Bison license plates rolling out across Oklahoma
Tulsa WorldThe Nature Conservancy's bison license plates began turning up on Oklahoma's streets this week.A look at Oklahoma's most popular specialty license plates Bison are on the move, landing in mailboxes and rolling along the streets and highways of Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy. The fundraiser license plate that stole the roll-out thunder of Oklahoma’s new blue s
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Cushing, Oklahoma bank robbed Thursday, FBI agents report | The Oklahoman Cushing, Oklahoma bank robbed Thursday, FBI agents report
From Staff ReportsCUSHING — FBI agents are looking for two men who were involved in a Thursday bank robbery, the FBI reports. About 3:35 p.m, a man robbed Bank of the West, 421 E Main Street in Cushing.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Thunderstorm Friday morning moving into parts of central Oklahoma | The Oklahoman Thunderstorm Friday morning moving into parts of central Oklahoma
FROM STAFF REPORTSA thunderstorm on Friday morning was moving into parts of central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. A storm with high winds and heavy rain was reported in the Okarche area in northern Canadian and southern Kingfisher counties and moving east, northeast just before 5 a.m. In western Oklahoma, a flash flood warning was issued for east, central Roger Mills and northwes
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
OKC bomb plot defendant's attorney seeks competency hearing | The Oklahoman OKC bomb plot defendant's attorney seeks competency hearing
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comThe defense attorney for attempted bombing suspect Jerry Drake Varnell asked Thursday for a hearing to determine if he is mentally competent to face trial. "Mr.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Irish Mob Gang member hopes to avoid life in prison with federal plea deal | The Oklahoman Irish Mob Gang member hopes to avoid life in prison with federal plea deal
By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com One of the alleged ringleaders of the Irish Mob gang has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges, records show. Under the proposed plea agreement, Chad “Big Homie” Nathan Hudson, 37, would serve a 29-year sentence running concurrently with several other prison sentences he pre
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Downtown charter school sees more downtown students | The Oklahoman Downtown charter school sees more downtown students
By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.comAmanda and Ryan Smith can go days without driving, an almost unheard of feat for a family of means in Oklahoma City, where commuting by car is the near universal norm. Both work at Devon Energy in downtown and live in a condo just blocks away. And with a daughter who started pre-K this month, a downtown school offered the chance to maintain their car
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Startup midstream company targets Oklahoma oil fields | The Oklahoman Startup midstream company targets Oklahoma oil fields
By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.comFor a trio of Tulsa businessmen, it's the perfect time to start a new oil and natural gas company in Oklahoma City. Brandon Webster, Chad Cagle and Zach Gray last month moved into Valiant Midstream LLC's new north Oklahoma City office and have begun looking for projects to support Oklahoma's again-active oil fields. Backed by a $150 million, 10-y
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Pioneer Library System warns eclipse viewing glasses may be dangerous | The Oklahoman Pioneer Library System warns eclipse viewing glasses may be dangerous
FROM STAFF REPORTSNORMAN — Certain eclipse viewing glasses, distributed by the Pioneer Library System in Pottawatomie County, are being recalled.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Former Oklahoma County juvenile shelter to offer services for children, parents in foster care system | The Oklahoman Former Oklahoma County juvenile shelter to offer services for children, parents in foster care system
By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.comA former shelter for abused and neglected juveniles will be transformed to provide services to families with children in foster care. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services closed the shelter at 5909 N Classen Court in November 2015 as it moved to place more children in state custody with foster families. The former Pauline E. Mayer Shelter sits
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Thunderstorms Friday morning miss central Oklahoma | The Oklahoman Thunderstorms Friday morning miss central Oklahoma
FROM STAFF REPORTSA thunderstorm on Friday morning moved north of the central Oklahoma area and then weakened, the National Weather Service reports. A storm with high winds and heavy rain was reported in the Okarche area in northern Canadian and southern Kingfisher counties and moving east, northeast just before 5 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
8 Must-Read Stories You Might Have Missed | The Oklahoman 8 Must-Read Stories You Might Have Missed
It's easy to miss the good stuff in today's nonstop news cycle. Here are eight must-read stories from The Oklahoman you might've missed.[pagebreak] Oklahoma juvenile justice facilities to be overhauled Oklahoma juvenile justice facilities are outdated and inefficient.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
OKC Central Chat transcript, August 18, 2017 | The Oklahoman OKC Central Chat transcript, August 18, 2017
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017
Northwest OKC bank robbed Friday afternoon | The Oklahoman Northwest OKC bank robbed Friday afternoon
From Staff ReportsA northwest Oklahoma City bank was robbed Friday afternoon, police said. Lt. Michelle Henderson, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said a man entered MidFirst Bank, 2225 N May Ave., about 4:25 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | August 18, 2017