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 By Shoshana Walter    Regional    July 8, 2020 

Review finds many who work during rehab aren't being paid

By Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting undefined Across the country, drug and alcohol recovery programs claiming to help the poor and the desperate are instead conscripting them into forms of indentured servitude,...

 

Musk visits Tulsa as site for new Tesla plant is considered

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a visit to Tulsa, which is being considered as a site for the automaker's new U.S. assembly plant. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said on social media Saturday morning that he'd had a "great" visit with M...

 

LSU AgCenter's free beginning farmer program starts Oct. 1

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is taking applications for a free 16-week training program for about 20 beginning farmers. The Grow Louisiana program accepts both people who want to farm and those who have been farming for less than 10...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 5, 2020

Businesses tied to Oklahoma congressmen enjoy federal loans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Family businesses of two Oklahoma congressmen received at least $1.8 million from a federal rescue program meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the U.S....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020

Kansas governor orders masks to be worn in public, at work

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Thursday directing Kansas residents to wear masks in public places and their workplaces, likely provoking a backlash from the Republican-controlled Legislature even though enforcement...

 

Oklahoma governor signs gaming compacts with two more tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New gaming compacts have been signed with two additional Indian tribes, according to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Though Stitt on Thursday described the compacts with the Kialegee Tribal Town and Keetoowah Band of Cherokee...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    July 3, 2020

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice...

 

A Texas-based oil and gas company files for bankruptcy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Texas oil and gas company Sable Permian Resources has recently filed for bankruptcy. Sable Permian Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in federal bankruptcy court in Houston, according to a news...

 

Kansas residents face jobless aid issues amid virus outbreak

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Andrew Knight's unemployment benefits landed in his bank account on a recent Monday instead of Thursday as usual, he thought the payment was merely early. He swiftly spent it paying rent and other bills. But Knight and an...

 

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday that it was a necessary decision...

 

Continental Resources Founder and Executive Chairman Harold Hamm Purchases 4,736,264 Shares of Company Stock; Adopts 10b5-1 Purchase Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) ("Continental" or the "Company") today announced that its Founder and Executive Chairman, Harold Hamm, purchased 4,736,264 shares of Continental common stock on the...

 

PANHANDLE OIL AND GAS INC. Announces Amendment To Credit Facility

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PANHANDLE OIL AND GAS INC., "Panhandle" or the "Company," (NYSE: PHX), today announced it has entered into an agreement with Bank of Oklahoma ("BOK") during its scheduled borrowing base redetermination to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 26, 2020

Kansas governor, GOP scrap again over COVID-19 budget plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor is locked in a new partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic with short-term...

 

Stocks sink as virus cases jump, forcing states to backtrack

Stocks on Wall Street fell sharply Friday as confirmed new coronavirus infections in the U.S. hit an all-time high, prompting Texas and Florida to reverse course on the reopening of businesses. The combination injected new jitters into a market...

 

RWE Renewables Selects PCI's Enterprise Cloud Platform to Meet its Power Marketing and Trading Requirements in Six U.S Energy Markets

NORMAN, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 23, 2020-- RWE Renewables, one of the world's largest owners of renewable energy projects and the newest subsidiary of Germany's RWE Group, has selected PCI's Enterprise Platform for its marketing and trading...

 

Owner of Eskimo Pie to change its 'derogatory' name

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Eskimo Pie is changing its name and marketing of the nearly century-old chocolate-covered ice cream bar, the latest brand to reckon with racially charged logos and marketing. "We are committed to being a part of the...

 
 By Vida Volkert    Regional    June 21, 2020

Cowboys see ranching challenges in Zuni Mountains amid virus

MCGAFFEY, N.M. (AP) — Two cowboys rode their horses on a pasture below the McKenzie Ridge in the Zuni Mountains a recent afternoon checking out the cows. They rode gently to avoid scaring the herd that was grazing at the center of a 320-acre...

 

T-Mobile lays off more than 200 Sprint employees in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — More than 200 employees at the former Sprint headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, have been laid off just two months after the company merged with T-Mobile. A June 17 notification to regulators shows T-Mobile cut 241 po...

 

Continental Resources Announces Update On Voluntary Production Curtailments

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) ("Continental" or the "Company") today announced an update on its voluntary production curtailments. Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/9541...

 

$68 million tax breaks may go to put Tesla plant to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin-area school district is considering offering more than $60 million in tax incentives to attract a proposed Tesla "gigafactory" to Central Texas, Tesla revealed Thursday. The Del Valle Independent School District...

 

Kansans in need can receive extended unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans struggling to find work amid the coronavirus pandemic can receive unemployment for 13 more weeks. The Kansas Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state has qualified for a program that provides federal...

 

Chesapeake, struggling to survive, skips $13.5M in payments

Chesapeake Energy, which has warned that it's unsure if it can survive much longer, failed to make $13.5 million in interest payments that came due this week, according to a federal filing. The pioneering energy company grew to become one of the...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    June 19, 2020

Multiple Texas cities and counties adopting mask orders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Multiple Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and workers to wear face masks as the state sees a continued rise in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Republican Gov....

 
 By TERRY TANG    Regional    June 19, 2020

Phoenix mandates wearing masks amid surge of virus cases

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix on Friday approved a measure requiring people to use face masks in public to ward off the spread of coronavirus Friday as Arizona hit an all-time high with new cases. In an emergency meeting called by Mayor Kate...

 

New Mexico delegates, officials press for plugging oil wells

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico's oil and gas industry struggles with lower prices and slowing production brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, some members of Congress and state officials are urging the U.S. Interior Department to allow...

 

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