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Bankers: Drought still burdening rural economy in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly report shows drought conditions continue to burden the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for the region rose slightly in August to 42.2 from July's abysmally...

 

Fallin asks SBA for disaster declaration for Tulsa County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the federal government to declare Tulsa a disaster area because of tornadoes and other severe weather seen there since Aug. 5. Fallin directed her request Friday to the U.S. Small Business...

 

Oklahoma unemployment rate edges up to 4.4 percent in July

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in July, slightly higher than the 4.3 percent of each of the previous four months. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the sharpest decline was...

 

Arkansas launches new website for technology jobs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is launching a new website to help job seekers find positions in the technology sector in the state. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the start of www.artechjobs.com as part of an effort to increase the...

 

Oklahoma City tunnels reveal vibrant life

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Underneath the streets of downtown Oklahoma City, a series of tunnels connects parking garages and office buildings. What many don't know is that the tunnels also contain a small collection of businesses and restaurants. Oklaho...

 

FedEx, Amazon eyeing Oklahoma City for new location

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amazon's sorting center and FedEx Ground's new distribution warehouse knocked on the city's door rather than being recruited. "Both of them are a result of the momentum of the marketplace," said Kurt Foreman, executive vice pre...

 

Sprint's 1Million Project to Connect 180,000 Students Nationwide During the 2017-18 School Year

Overland Park, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 14, 2017--As the new school year begins across the country, 180,000 low-income high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the...

 

After 22 water breaks, Lawrence learns of installation woes

Lawrence, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials have learned that 13 miles of pipeline was improperly installed after 22 water main breaks. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the breaks have occurred over a three-week period. Director of Utilities...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 11, 2017

Oklahoma court overturns $1.50 per pack cigarette fee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.50 per-pack fee on cigarettes, ruling that lawmakers adopted the fee in violation of constitutional rules that dictate how and when revenue-raising measures can be...

 

Kansas county hard hit by fires gets fencing funds

ASHLAND, Kan. (AP) — About five months after wildfires swept through Kansas, ranchers in the hardest-hit county have received the second installment of federal funds needed to replace thousands of miles of expensive fences destroyed in blazes....

 

Kansas county hard hit by fires gets fencing funds

ASHLAND, Kan. (AP) — About five months after wildfires swept through Kansas, ranchers in the hardest-hit county have received the second installment of federal funds needed to replace thousands of miles of expensive fences destroyed in blazes....

 

Tulsa enters rebuilding phase after tornado damage

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa has begun rebuilding after Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for four counties recently struck by tornadoes. Under Fallin's order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and...

 

Kansas small-town grocery stores fight to stay open

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — A slight echo carries your footfalls as you walk the aisles of what used to be Moon's grocery store. Some dry goods remain on the shelves, but most are bare. The coolers stand empty. No cars in the parking lot. The last...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 9, 2017

Some Oklahoma high court justices say fees may be fine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several Oklahoma Supreme Court justices suggested Tuesday that the Legislature's approval of hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue-raising measures earlier this year does pass constitutional muster. Auto dealers,...

 

The Latest: Oklahoma Supreme Court scrutinizes revenue bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on oral arguments before the Oklahoma Supreme Court on lawsuits that challenge revenue-raising measures (all times local): 1 p.m. Oklahoma Supreme Court justices have indicated state lawmakers may have acted...

 

Kansas Corrections employee out of job after email mistake

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Department of Corrections employee is no longer working for the agency after he mistakenly sent an email to a newspaper that advised downplaying the need for a special legislative session because of political...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    August 6, 2017

Gay, small-town Oklahoma clerk claims harassment in lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Randy Gamel and his husband were looking for a retirement home, a six-bedroom fixer upper in the tiny western Oklahoma town of Hitchcock caught their eye. They bought it in 2014, and Gamel moved to the quiet community...

 

More Oklahoma counties seeking liquor-by-the-drink sales

WAURIKA, Okla. (AP) — Waurika Chamber of Commerce member Jessica Coody is worried about the county's businesses. The county doesn't allow liquor-by-the-drink sales, so establishments have to sell low-point beer. At Waurika's annual Rattlesnake...

 

The Latest: Kansas has 3 companies vying for prison project

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on problems at Kansas prisons (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Three companies are seeking a contract with Kansas to build a new prison in Lansing to replace the state's oldest and largest lockup there. Corrections...

 

Oklahoma attorneys seek to overturn workers compensation cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City attorneys have filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a legislative cut in the amount of money injured workers receive while recovering. Attorneys Bob Burke and Emily Biscone and her father, Joseph Biscone II,...

 

Midwest economy: July state-by-state glance

The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 2, 2017

Kansas collects $7.6M more in taxes than expected in July

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $7.6 million more in taxes than anticipated in July, which was the first month under an income tax increase enacted by legislators by overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto. Brownback's budget director...

 

Albuquerque startup developing material for hydrogen cars

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico startup is betting on automakers to develop hydrogen cars and wants to provide material for them as nations and companies scramble to bring pollution-free vehicles to drivers. The Albuquerque-based Pajarito...

 

16 Oklahoma counties get disaster declaration after storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal disaster declaration has been approved for 16 counties affected by storms and tornadoes in mid-May. Fallin said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved...

 

Kansas employee pay raises lead to confusion, resentment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A formula that Kansas lawmakers have used to determine which state workers would get raises this year has sparked confusion and resentment among employees. State lawmakers approved a budget in June that gave some employees...

 

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