2017 Saw $6 billion in New Business Investments in Oklahoma

A new report from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce says the state had more than $6 billion in new investment by companies in 2017. More than 3,500 jobs are eventually expected from the announcements.  At least 22 companies were new to the state. The largest investment was Invenergy’s $4.5 billion wind farm in the Oklahoma …

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Governor Makes Assurances Over False Alarms of Missile Attacks

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is trying to assure Oklahomans that a false warning about any missile attack on the U.S., whether it is from North Korea or not, is not likely. In a statement this week, the governor said “Procedures are in place to prevent a false warning being sent by the Oklahoma Department of …

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Senate Commerce Committee Votes Thursday on Bridenstine’s Nomination to Run NASA

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee votes Thursday on the re-nomination of Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine to be the next Administrator of NASA. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. Oklahoma time as the committee plans an executive session to discuss Bridenstine’s nomination as well as others. He previously earned committee confirmation by one vote as …

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Oil and Gas Industry Groups Support Step Up Oklahoma

Two of Oklahoma’s largest oil and gas industry groups have come out in support of Step Up Oklahoma, the newly-formed group of business and civic leaders seeking reforms in state government and an end to the state budget crisis. Both the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association announced they are …

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OSBI Probes Tracking Device Found on Legislator’s Truck

A longtime critic of the wind industry in the state, Rep. Mark McBride (R-Moore) was targeted by someone using a remote tracking device found under the legislator’s pickup truck. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened a probe into the discovery, according to the political website, NonDoc. McBride indicated he found the tracking device …

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New Leadership at Noble Corporation

A woman is now chairman, president and CEO of Noble Corporation PLC, the company that got its start in Oklahoma. with U.S. offices in Houston but headquartered in London. David Williams retired last week and the company appointed Julie Robertson as his successor in all three positions. Williams will stay with the company through February …

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Enable to Release 4 Q Earnings in February

After reporting a third quarter drop in earnings, Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners LP will release its fourth quarter and year-end 2017 financial results next month. The company, with 13,000 miles of gathering pipelines plans a release before market hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20. It will hold a conference call later in the day at …

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Austin Firm Makes $2 billion Purchase of Energy Transfer Subsidiary

Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company that left Tulsa’s Williams Cos. waiting at the merger altar 18 months ago has just completed a nearly $2 billion sale of its subsidiaries to  USA Compression Partners, LP. of Austin, Texas. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. announced Tuesday the $1.8 billion sale of its …

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Supreme Court Decision on Internet Sales Tax Will Affect Oklahoma

The subject of a sales tax on internet shopping sales is a thorny issue for most states including Oklahoma. But soon, perhaps, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states can require retailers to collect sales tax for online purchases. It’s a subject that certainly had the attention of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in 2017. …

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Rep. Bridenstine Also Has His Supporters to Be Next NASA Administrator

After being re-nominated by President Trump to become the next NASA administrator, Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine still faces a bumpy road in a confirmation process. When the U.S. Senate failed to take up Bridenstine’s nomination before the end of 2017, the White House had to nominated him again to be considered in 2018. On …

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