Route 66 Fight Underway in Albuquerque

Just as city leaders in Albuquerque, New Mexico anticipated work to begin this week on a new Rapid Transit system, business owners went to court and the Denver federal appeals court halted the project. Business owners cried foul over what the Albuquerque Rapid Transit or ART would do to the character of Route 66, the …

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Doerflinger Says He’s Already Impressed with Tax Credit Review Commission

As the commission tasked with reviewing some of the tax credit programs in Oklahoma meets Wednesday, Oklahoma’s Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services says the commission is already on track to do a good and effective job. Writing in this month’s Oklahoma Economic Report, issued through the state Treasurer’s office,  Preston Doerflinger …

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State Okays Highway Repairs and Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails

From trails for bicycles and pedestrians to fixing a highway plagued by landslides, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission took action in favor of several projects this week. As News on 6 reported on its website, repairs were okayed for a highway in northeastern Oklahoma. Commissioners voted in favor of fixing landslide damage on Highway 51 between Sand …

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How Oklahoma’s Economy is Impacted by What the Ayatollah Says

For those in Oklahoma who want an example of how events half-way across the globe can affect us, consider the latest news from Tehran, Iran. It applies to the lifting of the oil embargo as well as the deal that Boeing, the company with large operations at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City, recently …

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Williams Subsidiary Fined $1.6 million over Deadly Louisiana Plant Blast

A Williams Companies subsidiary is facing a $1.6 million fine over the October, 2015 blast that killed four workers at its Louisiana operation. The fine against Transcontinental Pipeline was proposed July 29 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and accused the firm of failing to include relevant facts when notifying the National Response Center …

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State’s Tax Credit Review Commission Meets Wednesday at State Capitol

The special state commission tasked with reviewing the dozens of tax credit programs including those involving wind and oil and gas energy in the state meets again this week. The Incentive Evaluation Commission chaired by Lyle Roggow will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Room 419-C of the Stat Capitol building. The agenda shows there will …

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Big Electric Purchase Made in Texas

A deal worth $18.4 billion—it’s the purchase of the financially troubled Energy Future in Texas and its take in Oncor Electricity. Power producer NextEra Energy is making the purchase in a move that will allow Energy Future to emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed in Delaware bankruptcy court. Energy Future is the largest …

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Unmanned Systems Alliance Summit to be Held in Norman

The 2016 Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma summit is set to be held August 8 in Norman. The summit and networking event will include a presentation and panel discussing and exploring the new issues of aviation law and regulations, privacy and security concerns and the federal preemption and state authority over unmanned aerial systems or …

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Survey Shows Oklahoma’s Economic Slump is Growing

The latest Mid-American Business Conditions Index released by Creighton University economist Ernie Goss shows his concern for what’s happened to the economy in Oklahoma and several other mid-western states. Figures from his survey of supply managers in Oklahoma and 8 other states dropped again, suggesting either slow or no growth in their economies. His Index …

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Some in Congress Worry about Re-Listing Efforts for Prairie Chicken

Just when some Oklahoma energy producers thought they might not have to deal with federal rules and regulations covering the lesser prairie-chicken, now there’s word the government might re-list the animal under the Endangered Species Act. Oklahoma U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin are among 14 who recently wrote U.S. Fish and …

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