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Christian Hensley pets a goat at the Oklahoma City Zoo while on a field trip with Summer Playground students.

In 1815, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated his throne for the second time. In 1870, Congress created the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1942, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the U.S. Flag Code. In 1944, President Franklin D.

Tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, and new research by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department shows that visitor spending hit a record high in 2017. An estimated 21 million visitors generated $8.94 billion in total direct travel spending for the state.

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Summer Playground student Amelia Wise plays with an oversized xylophone during a field trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Rebekah Campbell gets a different view of the world from her perch in a tree near Clinton Middle School.

Oklahoma State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture will host an all-day conference on soilless food production from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at 201 Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus.

A New Zealand accent and passion to smash steaks continues to attract more attention than Oklahoma Beef Council officials ever hoped for. The OBC message is simple, although subtitles are helpful for the linguistically challenged: “Mate, I eat beef all the time. I smash steaks, y’know?