Nation’s Largest Natural Gas Pipeline System Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The people responsible for the big decisions at Williams Cos. in Tulsa have had more than their share of problems over the past week to ten days because of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding. A big part of the company’s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line was affected and so were customers thousands of miles away who …

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Rep. Bridenstine Encounters Opposition to Head NASA

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is about to get the job he has dreamed of getting….Administrator of NASA. He openly campaigned for the job since President Trump took office in January and on Friday night, the White House nominated the Republican congressman. All he needs now is approval of the U.S. Senate. But that could …

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Boil Order Issued for Some Cleveland County Residents

Residents of the Stonetown Sunnylane Estates Public Water Supply in Cleveland County were warned over the weekend to boil their drinking water because E. coli was confirmed to be in the water. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued the boil order on Friday and said residents would be notified when the water was considered …

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Energy Continues Boosting Oklahoma’s Economy

Another sign that Oklahoma’s economy is making improvements, albeit small ones. The August report from the Creighton Economic Forecasting Group directed by economics professor Ernie Goss show more positive movement. Oklahoma is one of 9 Midwestern states where supply managers are surveyed. “After falling below growth neutral for July, Oklahoma’s overall index climbed to 56.2 …

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Number of Oklahoma Swift Water Rescue Teams Declines in Hurricane Relief

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management continues to send workers to Texas and work with FEMA following the hurricane. “A State of Emergency for Oklahoma remains in effect so that state, county, and local governments can adequately respond to the mutual aid requests and needs of the Gulf Coast states,” said Keli Cain, public information …

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Hundreds More Oklahoma National Guard Troops Sent to Texas

Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard troops were sent to Texas over the weekend to help with hurricane relief. For many, they had returned just weeks ago from a six-month mission in Ukraine where they had trained Ukrainian soldiers. Lt. Col. Adam Headrick, commander of the “Tomahawk” Task Force is with the 1st Battalion of the …

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August Rainfall Just Missed Being a New Record in Oklahoma

  The past month turned out to be the second wettest August in Oklahoma on record as rainfall totaled an average of 6.42 inches. The Oklahoma Mesonet reports the total was 3.47 inches above normal and only .06 less than the record set in August 1915. State Climatologist Gary McManus reported ten Mesonet sites recorded …

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Gasoline Prices Rise with Shortages Caused by Harvey

As the nationwide gasoline price average hit $2.45 entering the weekend, Oklahoma motorists and others can only wait to see if prices will rise even more and whether there will be any supply issues. As of Friday, some Oklahoma retailers reported they were met with supply limits on their purchases while some refiners in the …

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Court Ruling on Car Tax Prompts a Gubernatorial Candidate to Attack Another

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality o the removal of a sales tax exemption on new cars brought an obvious sigh of relief from Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders. But it also brought a broadside filed by one politician against Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb who is running for governor. Gary Richardson, …

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Anadarko Takes IRS to Court in Fight Over Capital Loss Denial

The hurricane’s damage and flooding in south Texas didn’t stop Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from suing the IRS this week in Texas federal court. The Houston-based company sued the IRS because it refused to recognize a nearly $16 million capital loss two years. The lawsuit alleges the agency also changed its rules covering the deferral of …

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