Congressman Russell’s Latest WasteWatch Report Details Funding of Urine Study

It’s our money and Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell doesn’t like how our government is spending it as he detailed in his Waste Watch No. 7 released this week. It is a report filled with what he calls “wasted $74 billion in taxpayer dollars”, most of it on education programs that he contends are not …

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Founder of Rip Griffin Travel Centers and Pro Petroleum Dead at 87

  The founder of the Rip Griffin travel centers in Texas and Pro Petroleum and Griffin Transportation with truck terminals in Oklahoma and five other states has died at the age of 87. B.R. Griffin, better known as “Rip” opened his travel centers in and around Lubbock, Texas where he was a huge Red Raiders …

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Gasoline Prices Take Another Plunge in OKC and Across the State

A day after it was announced Oklahoma once again had the nation’s second lowest gasoline average of $2.05 a gallon, prices in the Oklahoma City metro plunged to $1.74 a gallon. The $2.05 average statewide was announced Monday by AAA Oklahoma but Gas Buddy reported gasoline prices on Tuesday had dropped 31 cents below the …

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Tulsa’s WPX Energy Announces $863 million Joint Venture With Howard Energy Partners

A deal worth $863 million dollars has been announced between Tulsa-based WPX Energy and San Antonio, Texas based Howard Energy Partners to expand their development in the Permian’s Delaware Basin. The joint venture is designed to support WPX’s drilling operations in the Stateline area, representing 50,000 acres or 37 percent of WPX’s nearly 135,000 net …

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Compliments Galore for Gary Ridley

As he retires following 48 years with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation,Gary Ridley is drawing compliments as long as the highways he engineered all those years. One of those with high compliments is Neal McCaleb, president of Transportation Revenues Used Districtly for Transportation or TRUST. “Gary Ridley is the consummate professional and is regarded as …

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ODOT’s Gary Ridley to Retire as Transportation Secretary

A longtime veteran of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has retired effective immediately. Gary Ridley, a 48 year ODOT employee, served as secretary of transportation for two governors during his tenure. “Gary Ridley’s name is synonymous with roads and bridges, in Oklahoma and across the country,” said Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s Governor. “He has testified to …

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Correction to Cigarette “Fee” Story

A correction to our June 9 story headlined “Oil Companies Join In Legal Challenge to Oklahoma Cigarette “Fee”. We wrongly identified Hutchinson Oil Company LLC as being headquartered in Clinton. The firm is located in Elk City and runs Hutch’s Convenience stores in Oklahoma and Kansas.      

Cushing Oilfield Firm Wins Partial Victory in Attempt to Recover Embezzled Money

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently gave a partial victory to Cushing-based Hough Oilfield Service in its attempts to recover nearly $176,000 from a former employee and her husband. Hough Oilfield, a firm started in 1980 by David Hough and later renamed HOTCO, filed suit in 2012 against Linda Newton and Randall Newton. Linda Newton had …

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Rep. Russell on Privatizing Air Traffic Control System—-Dumbest Thing

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell was blunt over the weekend when asked what he thought of the Trump administration’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. “I think it’s the dumbest thing we’ve ever thought about doing,” said Russell during the Oklahoma Associated Press Convention. “I realize I’ll be swimming upstream on this …

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Government Wants Keystone Lawsuits Dismissed

  The Trump administration has taken the latest step in the court fight over the efforts of environmentalists who stop the Keystone XL pipeline which would eventually move oil to Cushing, Oklahoma and southward to the Gulf oil refineries. It was Friday when government lawyers argued federal courts don’t have the legal standing to review …

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