Oklahoman House Members Supported Self-Driving Speedup

Oklahoma’s U.S. Representatives saw no problem recently in approving a proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls. The House unanimously voted in support of a move to put the federal government in regulation of the self-driving cars and barred states from blocking development of the vehicles. Representative Doris Matsui said the …

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House Might Consider Rep. Mullin Amendments to Cut EPA and Interior

Look for the U.S. House to consider some amendments of Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin to reject Obama era protections this week as Representatives decided on fiscal 2018 spending by the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Last Friday, the House rejected efforts to maintain some of those Obama regulations but it never got to …

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First Responders Sue Arkema Over Crosby, Texas Chemical Explosions

French chemical conglomerate, Arkema SA, was sued in Harris County District Court on Thursday by seven police, fire and emergency service workers alleging they sustained severe injuries resulting from an explosion at the company’s facility in Crosby, Texas following Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages. The plaintiffs claim that Arkema …

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Oklahoma HB 2433 Fix for Trucking Industry In the Works

Oklahoma state legislators are trying to figure out a solution to House Bill 2433, a newly minted tax bill that has undesirable financial consequences for the trucking industry. “Nobody in the House caught it. Nobody in the Senate caught it,” said Representative Bobby Cleveland. “The governor’s office didn’t catch it. Nobody caught it.” After budget negotiations were at an impasse …

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US House Work Focused on Energy Issues

  Oklahomans in the U.S. House were busy this past week dealing with numerous energy-related issues. Dozens of amendments connected to the EPA had to be dealt with before the Representatives could start their weekend, according to Politico’s Morning Energy Report. Here’s how the ME Report laid out what happened. “House lawmakers churned through about …

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Clean Energy Job Growth Seen in Midwest

A new analysis by the Clean Energy trust shows the number of people now working in clean energy industries throughout the Midwest is nearly 600,000 or a 5 percent increase since 2015. Oklahoma was not included in the 12 states considered to be the Midwest. But the job growth was seen in renewable energy generation, …

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Earth Rebirth Attempts to Expand in Oklahoma

The Norman-based environmental group, Earth Rebirth is attempting to make an impact far beyond central Oklahoma and the state. The non-profit has a goal of establishing a garden at every school in Norman and have each garden sell food to their own cafeteria supplier as a revenue source for the classroom. Its main focus is …

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Hamm and Trump at North Dakota Tax Reform Speech

” You’re the ones who carry this nation on your back, and it’s time for you to get the relief that you deserve.” President Trump on call for tax reform.   President Trump went before hundreds of energy workers in North Dakota on Wednesday to make his call for tax reform. He spoke at the Andeavor …

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Ardmore Airport Getting Improvements

Improvements are coming to the Ardmore Airport aprons, which haven’t seen upgrades since World War II. The Ardmore Development Authority voted this week to support the $325,000 project. Most of the cost is being paid for by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The Authority will have to invest only $16,250 to redesign two aprons, according to …

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Nationwide Gasoline Prices Still High Following Hurricane

Gasoline supplies might have returned to almost-normal levels in Texas but prices are much higher than a week ago. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports the nationwide average was 28 cents higher than a week ago, reaching $2.68 a gallon. Prices along the Gulf Coast and the east coast were reported to be higher too….39 …

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