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State unemployment systems tested by surge of applicants

Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. State websites and phone lines across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants — causing sites t...

 
 By Cathy Bussewitz    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into...

 

APMEX Helps Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Match $1 Million in Donations

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 2, 2020-- During these challenging times, APMEX employees have gone above and beyond to help serve our customers. Due to their hard work and commitment, APMEX has donated $250,000 on behalf of our employees to...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 3, 2020

Oklahoma governor says state budget shortfall is $416M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Battered oil prices and the state's economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus is expected to punch a $416 million hole in this year's state budget, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. A panel led by Stitt will meet on...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2020

Kansas governor signs bill to launch new transportation plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Friday to launch a new, 10-year transportation program she and other officials see as a $10 billion stimulus to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The program...

 

Court permanently bans enforcement of Kansas 'ag-gag' law

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the permanent injunction after...

 

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest...

 

Kansas company says it's hiring 150-plus in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Kansas-based company intends to hire more than 150 new employees in West Des Moines as the state's unemployment claims continue to soar from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. SelectQuote said Thursday it's filling...

 

ONE Gas First Quarter 2020 Conference Call and Webcast Scheduled

TULSA, Okla., March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS) will release its first quarter 2020 earnings after the market closes on Monday, April 27, 2020. The ONE Gas executive management team will participate in a conference call the fol...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 1, 2020

Oklahoma panel expected to declare revenue failure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel led by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to declare a revenue failure for the current fiscal year as plummeting oil prices and dwindling tax collections batter the state budget. The Board of Equalization will meet...

 
 By Sean Pyles    Regional    March 29, 2020

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives and finances of millions. A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks. While you'll have to...

 

Nevada distilleries turning hooch into hand sanitizer

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Several alcohol distilleries in Nevada unable to make liquor under current coronavirus shutdowns are turning their attention to another product to help soothe customers. They're combining their key ingredient — ethanol, which...

 

Williams to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting of Stockholders

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 26, 2020-- Williams (NYSE: WMB) will host its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders virtually due to the public health impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to prioritize the health and well-being of meeting...

 

Kansas sees 1,250% increase in initial unemployment claims

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of jobless workers in Kansas who filed initial unemployment claims last week was 12 times as high as it was the week before as measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus took their toll on the economy. The...

 

Officials: Marijuana dispensaries can offer curbside pickup

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited from delivering during the new coronavirus pandemic, but they can offer curbside pickup with limited contact, state officials decided. Dispensaries are considered...

 

Counties disagree if Bass Pro can stay open amid pandemic

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bass Pro Shops on opposite sides of the Kansas-Missouri border are being treated differently during the coronavirus crisis, with one county allowing a location to stay open because the outdoor gear chain sells some...

 

Kansas has 12 times as many weekly claims for unemployment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of jobless workers in Kansas who filed initial unemployment claims last week was 12 times as high as it was the week before as measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus took their toll on the economy. The...

 

Oklahoma Software Companies Create Free Solution to Assist Displaced Workers

TULSA, Okla., March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While forced business closures cause hundreds of thousands of layoffs in the restaurant industry, two Oklahoma-based work tech software companies are collaborating to help workers get re-employed, in new...

 

Spirit temporarily suspends Boeing work in some facilities

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems announced Tuesday that it was temporarily halting work for Boeing that is performed in Wichita and two Oklahoma facilities amid an outbreak of the coronavirus. The move came after Boeing...

 

SelectQuote, Inc. Plans to Hire More Than 1,000 New Employees

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 24, 2020-- SelectQuote, Inc., a pioneer in providing consumers with unbiased price comparisons from some of the most trusted insurance carriers, announced today that it is opening 1,000 new insurance sales...

 

Federman & Sherwood Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against Paysign, Inc.

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 20, 2020-- Federman & Sherwood announces that on March 19, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada against Paysign, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYS). The complaint...

 

Nebraska's corrections director gets 30% raise

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The head of Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services received a 30% raise this year. Director Scott Frakes saw his salary increase to $250,000 in January from his previous $192,000 salary. Nebraska's governor defended the...

 

Grains mixed, livestock higher.

Wheat for May up 23.25 cents at 5.6250 a bushel; May. corn lost .25 cent at 3.4350 a bushel, May oats rose 6.50 cents at $2.6850 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 21.50 cents at $8.84 a bushel. Beef and and pork were higher on the Chicago...

 

Continental Resources Announces Revised 2020 Capital Budget Of $1.2 Billion And Provides Operational Update

OKLAHOMA CITY, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the significant drop in commodity prices, Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) ("Continental" or the "Company") today announced a revised 2020 capital budget of $1.2 billion,...

 

States still reporting surge in virus-related jobless claims

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some states on Friday continued to report huge spikes in new claims for unemployment benefits after a week of widespread business closures as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. The figures provided to...

 

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