El Dorado—Former Oil Boom Town Attempts Revival of Population

A southern Arkansas city that once was an oil boom town in the 1920s is attempting to revive its commercial growth and interest. City leaders in El Dorado are hoping a $100 million arts district will spark the move to reverse a population slide that has affected the city for decades, according to the Associated …

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Desk and Derrick Club to Hold Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon in Tulsa

The approaching annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon held by the Tulsa Desk and Derrick Club will feature a discussion on Seismicity in Oklahoma: A Scientifically Informed Status Update. Dr. Kyle E. Murray of the Oklahoma Geological Survey will present the discussion at the Nov. 8 luncheon at the Summit Club in downtown Tulsa. His discussion and …

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FCC Chairman Confirmed With Support of Sen. Inhofe

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate for another five-year term on the telecommunications regulatory panel. The vote was 52-41 with Sen. Jim Inhofe supporting Pai. “As chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai has demonstrated solid leadership by promoting effective, light-touch regulations and enacting meaningful reforms to promote transparency,” …

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Local Transportation Coalition Seeks Protection of Bridge and Highway Funding

The president of Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, pressed the Oklahoma Legislature to protect highway and bridge funding during the special session. Neal McCaleb’s dedication to public service is unmatched among past state leaders. McCaleb served as a former state representative prior to …

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Survey Reveals Slow Population Growth in Oklahoma

A new report by WalletHub shows cities in Oklahoma are not among the fastest growing in the U.S. The honor of the fastest growing city in the nation goes to Frisco, Texas, a Dallas suburb. Frisco also had the nation’s highest job growth at 5.83 percent. The city is not only home to the Dallas …

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Environmental Protesters Go On Trial in North Dakota

The trial of one environmental activist who vandalized an oil pipeline last year in North Dakota was scheduled to begin this week in Bismarck. As the Associated Press reported, Michael Foster is among the first in a group of activists set to go on trial. He was allegedly part of a broader four-state effort to bring attention …

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Economic Survey Shows Continued Growth in Oklahoma and Midwest

Creighton University economist professor Ernie Goss is out with his monthly survey of business leaders suggesting improvements are still underway in the economy in Oklahoma and eight other Midwest and Plains states. His Mid-America Business conditions Index rose to 58.2 in September from 57.5 in August and 56.1 in July. The overall index for Oklahoma …

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Oklahoma City’s OK Foods Plant Hit With Criminal Pollution Charge

Criminal pollution charges have been filed by Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater against O.K. Foods in Oklahoma City following the release of wastewater and animal fat into the city’s storm drainage system in March. Prater filed one count of the “unpermitted discharge” on Sept. 27 alleging the company was in violation of state laws. …

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Senators to Study Light Rail, OCC and Transportation Department

While the Oklahoma legislature’s leaders are attempting to reach an agreement on how to fix a $215 million budget hole, the Senate will hold hearings into three studies regarding transportation and light rail. Studies will focus on light rail transport, the Corporation Commission’s Transportation Division’s Compliance with state law and on the State Transportation Department’s …

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Oil and Gas Association Leader Says Upping the Gross Production Tax Will Only “Worsen the Problem”

Oklahoma’s Oil and Gas Association is spreading the word trying to tell legislators—-leave your hands off the Gross Production Tax. And he’s not taking aim at just Democrats who recently called for hiking the tax…..but Republicans including Gov. Mary Fallin. Writing to newspapers around the state, Chad Warmington, President of the Association said legislators who …

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