Erin Brockovich Returns to Oklahoma for Meetings in Pawnee, Cushing and Stillwater

The communities of Pawnee, Cushing and Stillwater will host earthquake forums on January 12-13 featuring environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Her life was the subject of a Hollywood motion picture in 2000 featuring Oscar winner, Julia Roberts. Brockovich continues to advocate on matters involving environmental issues. She appeared at an earthquake town hall meeting at UCO …

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Conservative Groups Lobby for Confirmation of Pruitt as EPA Director

  Two conservative-based groups are working the political arena to get Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed as the new director of the EPA. America Rising Squared came out Wednesday with a memo showing the regulatory overreach of the EPA in West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Those happen to be where …

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Quality Jobs Program Adds 566 New Jobs in State

  Oklahoma’s Quality Jobs Program is creating nearly 570 new jobs at four companies enrolled in the program run through the State Department of Commerce. Tulsa-based Summit ESP, LLC, a leading manufacturer of oil and gas field machinery equipment plans to add 148 workers with benefits totaling $3.1 million. D and M Employee Leading, LLC …

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Gasoline Prices Increase to $2.16 average in Oklahoma

Higher gasoline prices are reported this week in Oklahoma with a new statewide average of $2.16 a gallon, according to a weekly release from AAA Oklahoma. Around the state, none of the cities checked by AAA Oklahoma have an average under $2 a gallon. Lawton is lowest with an average of $2.08 a gallon. Tulsa …

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Bankruptcy Problems Possible for Dallas Energy Company

Problems in the Chapter 11 plan sought by Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings Corp. The company told senior secured noteholders this week it is pivoting from a proposed settlement in favor of a deal with unsecured noteholders. It could prompt the senior lenders to reject the Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Delaware court. It was last …

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Oil Futures Trader Gets Prison Time for Ponzi Scheme

  A New York oil futures trader gets ten years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme which bilked investors out of more than $1.4 million. A Texas federal judge sentenced Christopher Donrick Daley this week after Daley was convicted last September following a two-day jury trial on wire and mail fraud charges. The judge …

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Clean Air Moms Target Pruitt’s EPA Nomination

The latest group to target Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and his nomination by Donald Trump to head the Environmental Protection Agency is spending six figures in an online and TV ad campaign against him. Clean Air Moms Action is urging senators to vote against Pruitt’s confirmation and is running ads in Florida, Maine, Nevada, …

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Transportation Commission to Consider RR Improvements

  Millions of dollars in railroad safety projects are expected to be approved Wednesday when the Oklahoma Transportation Commission holds its first meeting of 2017. Eleven railroad signal projects are on the agenda, each ranging in cost from a low of $244,000 up to $488,000. The projects are in Adair, Wagoner, Sequoyah, LeFlore, Oklahoma, Grady, …

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More Earthquakes Rattle Pawnee

Not one but three strong earthquakes hit the Pawnee area Monday morning and afternoon. Each measured 3 point 2 magnitude or more.  The strongest was 3 point 7 magnitude. The US Geological Survey also says they occurred in the same area where a 5 point 8 magnitude quake rocked Pawnee last fall.

Monthly Index Suggests Slow Improvement of Economy in Oklahoma and 8 Midwestern States

  Maybe rising oil prices have contributed to a slowly-improving economy in Oklahoma.  It’s a possible indication from the monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Tuesday by Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. He says the monthly survey of business supply managers suggest economic conditions are improving in nine Midwest and Plains states, including Oklahoma. …

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