May Didn’t Live up to Reputation for Most Severe Weather in Oklahoma

  May is typically the month with the most severe thunderstorms of the year but it didn’t work out that way this year, according to Gary McManus, State Climatologist with the Oklahoma Mesonet. But he reports that there was severe weather somewhere in the state on 16 out of the 31 days in the month. …

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Out-of-Work Coal Miners in Kentucky to be Retrained by Federal Government

With the Obama administration carrying out a war on the coal industry, now the government is granting more than $3 million to help retrain unemployed coal miners in Kentucky. The U.S. Department of Labor announced it funded the $3.4 million grant to help thousands of Kentucky coal miners. But the National Dislocated worker Grant will …

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Tulsa’s D&L Oil Tools Has Second Layoff in 2016

Following a reduction in force of 78 employees earlier in March of this year, Tulsa-based D&L Oil Tools announced on Tuesday that it is eliminating 53 additional positions effective immediately, resulting in another decrease of almost 20 percent of its remaining workforce, according to the Tulsa World. “This has been an unbelievably tough year for …

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Gasoline Prices Reach $2.13 a Gallon Average in Oklahoma

The summer driving season is officially underway and AAA Oklahoma says the state’s newest gasoline price average is up to $2.13 a gallon but is still 33 cents below the average one year ago. The national average is $2.32 a gallon and spokesman Chuck Mai says drivers are paying the lowest gas prices for this …

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Supreme Court Rules Against Corps in Wetlands Fight

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday federal courts do have the authority to review determinations from the Army Corps of Engineers concerning wetlands and whether they are subject to the Clean Water Act regulations. Many consider it a win for landowners who argued their abilities were limited in challenging the Corps decisions. It was a …

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Boeing Announces 6-month Delay in Delivery of New KC-46 Refueling Tanker

An announcement by Boeing that the delivery of its first KC-46 air refueling tanker to the Air Force will be delayed half a year also means a delay in training at Altus Air Force base in southwest Oklahoma. Boeing blamed the delay on issues related to qualification and certification of the plane’s centerline drogue and …

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ranch in Water Fight with City of Lubbock

    The Texas Supreme Court has ruled against the city of Lubbock in a fight over water and the accommodation doctrine, considered to be an integral part of oil and gas law. The justices, in their opinion, said water drillers cannot ignore land rights. It was considered a first in which the court ruled …

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Sierra Club Appeals Corporation Commission Decision on OGE Power Plant

  The Oklahoma Supreme Court now must decide if it will grant an appeal by the Sierra Club of the State Corporation Commission decision allowing Oklahoma Gas and Electric to pass along a $500 million rate hike to save an old coal-fired power plant. The Sierra Club filed an appeal late last week accusing the …

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Rain and Storms in the Forecast for the Week

Heavy rains, 75 mile an hour winds and golf-ball sized hail are in the forecast for Tuesday across many areas of the state, according to News 9 meteorologist Jed Castles. Tuesday has an 80% chance of storms throughout the day and the storms are in the forecast for the remainder of the week. The high …

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Westar Energy Being Sold in $8.6 billion Deal

Westar Energy, the utility that provides electrical power to much of Kansas is being sold in a nearly $9 billion deal to Missouri-based Great Plains Energy. Great Plains made the announcement on Tuesday saying it agreed to the nearly $8.6 billion purchase that is considered to be a major consolidation in the utilities sector. In …

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