Oklahoma Roads and Bridges Still in Bad Shape Despite Claims of State Leaders

While Governor Mary Fallin and State Transportation Department leaders have pointed to what they consider to be major improvements in highways and bridges, a new national report shows Oklahoma’s roads and bridges remain in need of major improvements. TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group is out with a report Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities …

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Car Dealers Cry Foul Over New Tax Law

Another lawsuit has been filed in a constitutional challenge to one of the new tax laws created in the recent legislative session in Oklahoma. It was filed by the Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association along with Battison Honda in Oklahoma City and a Ponca City woman who contend the new 1.25 percent sales tax on Oklahoma …

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Former Power Plant Operator Gets Prison Time

For embezzling $1.5 million from the South Texas power plant he led, former CEO John David Upchurch has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. He was a CEO of Chase Power Development and pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy and wire fraud. He has repaid the┬ástolen money. Prosecutors say he submitted fake …

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Wyoming Tracks Bad Energy Operators

In Wyoming, the state has decided it wants to monitor failed oil and company operators who try to restart business with a new firm or shrug their legal responsibilities. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it wants to keep track on those connected to what it labels as bad operations. A spokeswoman for …

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DEQ Public Meeting Tuesday on Mercury Levels in Fish

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s public meeting on mercury levels in fish taken from 14 lakes will be held Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The agency’s added the lakes since its last advisory was issued in 2016 regarding elevated levels of mercury found in some of the fish. The advisories came as a result of …

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Economic Group Scores Oklahoma Legislators and Their Votes

At least 23 members of the Oklahoma legislature got a perfect score from the Research Institute for Economic Development for their votes on economic development and business issues. RIED is a non-partisan organization founded in 1997 and issues an annual report in which legislators are graded on their votes. Eleven members of the state senate …

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Wind Tax Credit Rollback to Take Effect July 1

Oklahoma is within days of officially rolling back a 10-year tax credit for electricity generated by wind. Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2298 into law after a movement was started in 2016 by anti-wind groups, largely the oil and gas industry, in which complaints were made of the millions of dollars in unneeded credits …

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Diamond Pipeline Construction Upsets Muskogee Landowner

Construction of a 440-mile pipeline that goes through eastern Oklahoma not only has been opposed by environmentalists but also has left at least one family near Muskogee upset. They’re not happy with the way the workers have left things as they build the Diamond Pipeline, a joint venture of Houston-based Plains all American Pipeline and …

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Classified Ads to Help Energy Firms

With a resurgence in oil and gas exploration in Oklahoma underway, some companies are challenged with finding employees. Some have gone begging and others have taken to placing want ads. Now OK Energy Today is offering classified ads to help oil and gas firms in their search for qualified employees. “It’s not just oil and …

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Oklahoma Ranked 17 Best Economic State by Magazine

Oklahoma comes in ranked 17 in a new survey of Best and Worst States for Business Ranking by Chief Executive magazine. Gov. Mary Fallin observed the new ranking comes despite the recent economic downturn in the state and was an improvement of one from 2016. The governor said Oklahoma received above-average scores for taxation and …

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