Jerry Bohnen

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Unemployment up in October for Most Counties in Oklahoma

Figures from the State employment experts show unemployment rose in 68 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in October compared to a year ago and some of the blame fell on the energy industry. Unemployment rates were unchanged in four counties and lower in five others, according to an announcement from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Stephens …

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Oilman Harold Hamm Just Got $ billions Richer from OPEC Move

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm raked in $3 billion more this week when oil prices rose following OPEC’s decision to cut oil production by one percent beginning Jan. 1. As Bloomberg News pointed out, “Harold Hamm, the wealthiest energy billionaire in the U.S. became $3 billion richer Wednesday morning when shares of his Continental Resources Inc. …

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Economies Still Lagging in Oklahoma and 8 Other Midwest States

The economies in Oklahoma and 8 other Midwest and Plains states are improving but remain weak according to the latest Mid-America Business Conditions Index report. Issued by Professor Ernie Goss at Creighton University, the index indicated the overall economic index for the region rose to 46.5 in November from 43.8 in October. Goss, an economics …

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Lankford says OPEC’s Cut in Oil Production is a Sign of Dramatic Economic Struggles

While OPEC’s decision to cut oil production for the first time in 8 years won’t take effect until Jan. 1, Sen. James Lankford says it’s an indication the OPEC countries are suffering. “It signals to the world that many nations like Russia,Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are starting to feel the real pressure of these down …

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Senator Lankford to Examine Renewable Fuels Standards in Senate Hearing

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford will chair a Senate subcommittee hearing into the EPA’s latest Renewable Fuel Standards that have brought opposition from some in Congress, including U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management will holding the hearing Dec. 1 at 1:30 Oklahoma time …

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Natural Gas Service Customers in Kansas to Pay More

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a $15.5 million rate hike for Kansas Gas Service, a deal that will result in customers paying another $1.25 a month. Kansas Gas Service is a division of Tulsa-based ONE Gas, Inc., successor to ONEOK.  ONE Gas is considered to be one of the largest publicly traded and 100 …

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18 States Sue US Government in What they call a Land Grab through Endangered Species Rules

Texas and 17 other states have gone to federal court in Alabama against the federal government’s new rules regarding the Endangered Species Act. Oklahoma is not one of the 17 other states but Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado and Louisiana are. The lawsuit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service over …

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Cushing will have to do it alone

The city of Cushing, rocked by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake will have to make repairs without any federal help. City leaders were recently informed the city did not meet qualifications for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. “We did not meet the threshold to receive any FEMA funds nor any state emergency funds from …

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Economic Outlook Conference to Focus on Oklahoma’s Energy Industry

An upcoming 2017 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference to be held in Oklahoma City by Oklahoma State University will focus on Oklahoma’s energy industry. The Dec. 6 conference will be held at the Metro Technology Centers Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City by OSU’s Center for Applied Economic Research and Spears School of Business. Dan Rickman, Regents …

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Highway Patrol Reduces Hours Due to Budget Cuts

In a move that will likely affect drivers in the oil and gas industry, coal haulers and others in the transportation business, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has announced cutbacks in patrol hours on state highways due to the state budget shortfall. The move not only puts troopers on a 100-mile-a-day restriction but applies to OHP …

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