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Programs benefit families shopping farmers markets for Oklahoma grown and made products

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 1:16pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

As summer is fading and fall is just around the corner, Oklahoma farmers markets are still open to provide goods and produce through the fall harvest.

In addition to locally grown squash, okra, peppers and more, fall markets also have year-round favorites such as meat, eggs, dairy, jams, bread and other packaged food.

Oklahoma has 40 farmers markets accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Senior Farmers Market benefits across the state.

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Cleveland County training focuses on emotions, attitudes

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 1:12pm

By Joy Hampton For The Oklahoman

The Cleveland County sheriff's office is going back to school this month as everyone from Sheriff Todd Gibson to other staff members attend RITE Academy training.

RITE, or Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement, provides skills to help deputies and staff, including detention deputies, become more aware of their emotions and the attitudes they carry with them when they engage with the public.

“This training brings a new perspective to individuals working within law enforcement that allows them to work on themselves before they have to deal with others,” Gibson said.

The course involves private self-evaluation, along with peer engagement and discussion of various scenarios and information presented through real-life videos.

“The RITE training isn't about placing blame,” Gibson said.

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OU meteorologists early Friday near eye of Hurricane Florence

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:56am

By Robert Medley

A team of University of Oklahoma meteorologists are in the direct path of Hurricane Florence early Friday as the storm heads for their radar truck near Wilmington, North Carolina.

With winds gusting near 85 mph about 5:20 a.m., OU meteorologist Mike Biggerstaff said the eye of Florence was headed straight for the SMART Radar truck location.

 Inside the truck, he watched radar of the hurricane while parked on the Interstate 144 bridge over Cape River just outside Wilmington.

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University of Oklahoma budget work uncovers millions of dollars in savings, surprise expenses

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 6:56pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

TULSA — Officials working to shore up the University of Oklahoma's budget have discovered millions of dollars in savings and millions more in expenses that were not "properly accounted for," OU President Jim Gallogly said Thursday.

"Our budgeting process is very weak and, as a result of that, there seems to be surprise after surprise," Gallogly reported to the OU Board of Regents during a meeting on the university's Tulsa campus.

Among the surprises are costs related to two upperclassmen housing projects — the OU-funded residential colleges, which opened in fall 2017, and Cross Neighborhood, a third-party project that opened this year.

"We have been told that we had no fiscal responsibility related to that (Cross) project and, of course, we're not involved in the debt," Gallogly said.

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University of Oklahoma will take a year to rebuild budget

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 5:22pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly will report on the millions of dollars in inefficiencies his administration has found to date when the OU Board of Regents meets Thursday on the university's Tulsa campus.

"We have found very, very significant opportunities to save money," Gallogly said.

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Events set Friday at The Depot in Norman

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 8:47pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The 2nd Friday at The Depot event will include a variety of activities from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Cantus in concert Thursday at the University of Oklahoma

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 3:37pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Music will present Cantus in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center at the University of Oklahoma.

The men's vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

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Pop-up shopping Friday in downtown Norman

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:09pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — STASH's pop-up shopping event will return Friday to downtown Norman.

Oklahoma makers, artists, vintage vendors and growers will sell handmade and homegrown products.

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Not even a pet detective has clues for location of a Norman woman's Yorkshire terrier

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 3:21pm

BY CHRIS JONES For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — "Still Missing!"

Colorful ribbons blow in the breeze from elaborate signs throughout Norman.

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Silver Alert issued Thursday for missing 83-year-old Noble man

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 9:00am

From Staff Reports

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday for a missing 83-year-old Noble man.

Billy Roberts has been missing since about 8 p.m.

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Man hospitalized Tuesday after neck cut in Norman

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:15pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Tuesday incident that left one man hospitalized with a gash to his neck.

Another man was taken into custody on outstanding warrants in east Norman, the sheriff's office reported.

About 8:55 a.m., deputies found a 48-year-old man had been wounded by a cut on his neck at the abandoned East Main Place, 1000 E Main St.

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New security measures in place at OU football games

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 4:26pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Visitors to the Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium went through enhanced screening Saturday as the University of Oklahoma implemented new security measures.

Those attending the OU vs.

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2018 a year worthy of Hotter'N Hell Hundred's name

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:37pm

By Chip Minty NewsOK Contributor

I rode in the Hotter'N Hell Hundred this year, and something unusual happened. The event actually lived up to its name.

I've ridden that ride four times now, and the previous three seemed pretty mild for a ride with such a foreboding name.

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Bluegrass band to play Noble senior center

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:29pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NOBLE — The bluegrass band Redeemed will play music beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Noble Senior Citizen Center, 600 E Maguire Road.

The public is invited to the performance, which will be followed with ice cream sodas to allow time to visit with band members and fellow citizens.

For more information, call 405-474-8680 or 405-872-5931.



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Schools chief wins GOP runoff election

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 9:18pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister moved a step closer to a second term Tuesday, cruising to victory over Linda Murphy in the Republican runoff election.

With all 1,951 precincts reporting, Hofmeister received 167,054 votes (56.68 percent) to 127,668 votes (43.3 percent) for Murphy, a certified teacher and the Republican nominee for schools chief in 1994 and 1998.

Hofmeister, 53, of Tulsa, advances to the Nov.

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Guides needed for kids fishing derby

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 3:21pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Fishing guides are needed for the Sept. 15 CAST for Kids Fishing Derby.

The Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse will host the 17th annual event, which takes children with disabilities fishing.

Partnering with the Edmond Elks Lodge No.

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Festival brings bluegrass to Blanchard

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 3:26pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BLANCHARD — Two days of gospel and traditional bluegrass music entertained people in Lions Park this past Friday and Saturday during Blanchard's 2018 Bluegrass Festival.

In addition to the music, food vendors were on-site to offer meals and drinks to those attending.



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Former OU researcher defends scientific freedom while facing climate change questions

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 2:08pm

By Emma Keith For The Oklahoman

WASHINGTON — Calling himself a scientist, stormchaser and educator, former University of Oklahoma Vice President Kelvin Droegemeier adamantly defended freedom of scientific inquiry from political influence while facing questions on climate change from a Senate panel.

“The ethical conduct of research with integrity, without political interference ...

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Judge orders attorneys to make opioid witness available

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 7:53pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Attorneys for Purdue and Janssen opioid manufacturing companies must comply with court orders and produce witnesses for upcoming depositions, a judge ruled Friday.

The state of Oklahoma accused the attorneys of intentionally disregarding prior orders.

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Cool splash pad designs showcased

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 3:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Teams of University of Oklahoma incoming engineering freshmen recently participated in designing and building splash pads with Haitian children in mind.

The highlight of the AT&T Summer Bridge project showcase was the demonstration of splash pad designs that might be built in a rural Haitian village for children to enjoy a break from the heat.

Editor's note: A previous story on the AT&T Summer Bridge program was published with incorrect images.



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