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Ex-OU football player sentenced to 5 years for wire fraud

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma football player and fledgling recording star has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of almost $900,000. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old T.J....

 

Cleanup continues following oil spill in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cleanup continues at a southwest Oklahoma City oil well where oil leaked on to property and roadways. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Thursday crews worked around the clock to clean up Wednesday...

 

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tec...

 

Kansas couple accuses store of selling fake Persian rug

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A couple is accusing a Kansas City rug company of selling them a fake antique Persian rug. Maranatha and David Christie filed a lawsuit against Knotty Rug Co. last week, alleging that an appraiser told them the Persian rug...

 

Oklahoma agriculture board punts poultry rules to lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture wants state lawmakers to develop rules for poultry operations. The board Tuesday declined to approve or reject rules requiring large poultry operations to be at least one-quarter mile from...

 

Lawsuit: Gas company knew rig was unsafe before explosion

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — Drilling company officials ignored multiple warnings that safety equipment at an Oklahoma gas well was malfunctioning before an explosion that killed five workers and badly injured another, the family of one of the dead...

 

Report: Arkansas soybean farmers lose $77M after wet harvest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas soybean farmers have lost at least $77 million this year after heavy rainfall interrupted harvest season and damaged the quality of the crop, according to a recent report by agriculture experts. Wet conditions...

 

Gateway Mortgage Group Named Top Place to Work

JENKS, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 10, 2018--Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, was named a 2018 Top Workplace by The Oklahoman. The honor is based on employee feedback...

 

Oklahoma ag board to vote on new poultry regulations

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Agriculture Board is set to vote next week on a set of emergency poultry regulations after the state suspended dispensing new permits in October. A key guideline in the new proposal would require poultry houses,...

 

Sonic sold to Arby's parent company for $2.3 billion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shareholders have approved the sale of drive-in burger chain Sonic to the parent company of Arby's in a $2.3 billion merger. Sonic shareholders ratified the pending agreement with Inspire Brands Inc. on Thursday, The Journal...

 

McNair praised for philanthropy and bringing NFL to Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — With a stirring rendition of "I'll Fly Away" marking the conclusion of a memorial service for former Houston Texans founder and owner Bob McNair, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wiped tears from his eyes Friday afternoon. "It's...

 

Bull's eye on US' Permian Basin as oil prices rise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation's richest and most prolific oil and natural gas...

 

$8 million sale of St. Gregory's to Hobby Lobby finalized

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has completed its $8 million purchase of a bankrupt Catholic university's campus near Oklahoma City, which it has agreed to lease out to another Christian college. Documents filed in federal...

 

Colorado weighs new rules for oil, gas drilling near schools

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering a change that would enlarge the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. A proposal released Wednesday would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters)...

 

City in Oklahoma becomes popular filming location

ENID, Okla. (AP) — The people of Enid have a great pride in their city, and for a place populated with about 50,000 people, they know how to mind their manners when company comes. They know how to keep quiet and how to be respectful, even when dazz...

 

US Supreme Court seeks more details in Oklahoma case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking new questions in a case that will decide whether an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma. The court on Tuesday asked attorneys for both the U.S. and...

 

Commission OKs $105M contract for Oklahoma City highway work

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded a $105 million contract to expand the interchange between interstates 235 and 44 in Oklahoma City, which transportation officials say will help end bottlenecking on the two hig...

 

3 oil companies agree to settle in Oklahoma earthquake suit

PRAGUE, Oklahoma (AP) — Three oil companies have reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit over damaging earthquakes in central Oklahoma. The companies — Spess Oil Co., Equal Energy US Inc. and Fairfield Oil and Gas Corp....

 

Oklahoma Insurance Department Staff Shows Commitment to Professional Development

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is one of the most highly trained insurance departments in the country. Under the leadership of Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, employees have earned a total of...

 

Oklahoma wheat crop continues to shrink

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Farmers in Oklahoma are producing less wheat because of a global surplus, low prices and the weather, turning instead to cotton, soybean and corn, according to state and federal agricultural officials. Figures from the U.S. Depa...

 

Corrections board OKs hiring warden at Oklahoma penitentiary

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has approved the hiring of a new warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The board on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mike Carpenter to the post....

 

Oklahoma treasurer to resign, take post with OGE Energy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Outgoing Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller plans to resign from office early and take a position with energy giant OGE Energy Corp. The Oklahoma City-based company announced in a news release Thursday that Miller plans to join the...

 

Kansas man fined $5,000 for importing endangered leopards

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will pay a $5,000 fine for unlawfully importing endangered leopard cats. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Thursday that 34-year-old Lawrence Payne, of Olathe, was fined after pleading guilty to one...

 

Oil and gas flow to Texas coast spawns building, tensions

By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS of The Center for Public Integrity and KIAH COLLIER for The Texas Tribune, The Center for Public Integrity and The Texas Tribune PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — To the east, the Gulf of Mexico stretches out, blue-green and...

 

Oklahoma ruling could set precedent for workers comp cases

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A recent Oklahoma court ruling that permits an injured worker to receive compensation benefits with a positive drug test could set a precedent for such cases at a time when medical marijuana may soon be widely available in the...

 

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