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Fallout from Boeing 737 MAX spreads in Kansas, Oklahoma

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems spread Thursday to the airplane parts-maker's plants in Oklahoma amid the widening fallout in its home state of Kansas caused by the halt in production of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX. Spirit filed...

 

Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software being added to S&P 500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based information technology company Paycom Software Inc., is being added to the S&P 500. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday that Paycom will replace Wellcare Health Plans on Jan. 28 as Wellcare is being...

 

Supreme Court: Alcohol distribution law unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a law requiring the top 25 brands of wine and spirits to be sold to all Oklahoma alcohol wholesalers is unconstitutional. The 5-4 ruling means alcohol manufacturers can...

 

Court: Kansas "Ag-Gag" unconstitutionally bans free speech

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil mostly...

 

Kelly names Air National Guard leader new adjutant general

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An Air National Guard brigadier general has been chosen to be the new Kansas Adjutant General, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. David Weishaar, who commands the Air Guard in Kansas as assistant adjutant general, will...

 

Kansas Memorial Union restaurant tries beer and wine sales

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A restaurant at Memorial Union at the University of Kansas began selling beer and alcohol Tuesday, as a way to "test the waters" for future businesses that might want to offer alcohol on campus, the union's director said....

 

ONE Gas Increases Quarterly Dividend

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS) today increased the quarterly dividend by 4 cents per share to 54 cents per share, effective for the first quarter 2020, resulting in an annualized...

 

Kansas rising electric rate-making process favors utilities

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An independent review of Kansas' rising electricity prices shows the process used for setting rates favors utilities and could be improved. Lawmakers concerned that electricity prices were no longer competitive with...

 

Crowdfunding effort behind plan to revitalize Route 66 hotel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are plans to redevelop another dilapidated hotel along the longest urban stretch of historic Route 66, but this project on the edge downtown Albuquerque will be bankrolled in a unique way. ARRIVE Hotels &...

 

Tesla disputes claims its cars can accelerate on their own

Tesla is disputing claims by a California man that all three models of the company's cars can suddenly speed up on their own without the driver touching the accelerator pedal. Tesla said Monday it checks when drivers report that their car...

 

PetroChoice Acquires Commercial Distributing Inc. out of Oklahoma City, OK

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PetroChoice, a leading provider of lubrication solutions, is excited to announce the lubricant business acquisition of Commercial Distributing Inc. (CDi), headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. CDi...

 

Gateway First Bank Names Nick Gulick SVP of Marketing

JENKS, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 16, 2020-- Gateway First Bank announced today the appointment of Nick Gulick as Senior Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Gulick will lead the charge in evolving the brand, which has a strong 20-year...

 

Oklahoma's GOP lawmakers want more medical pot regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some GOP lawmakers are taking steps to ban billboards that advertise medical marijuana, further limit where dispensaries can be located and make Oklahoma's medical pot program more transparent. Those lawmakers filed bills...

 

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature....

 

Moody's says Kansas layoffs threaten government tax revenues

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service said Friday that layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems are "credit negative" for the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County and local communities because the workforce reduction threatens retail sales, lowering...

 

Trial begins against company in Oklahoma oil rig explosion

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The wrongful death trial against a oilfield equipment contractor in connection with a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men in southeastern Oklahoma is underway. The McAlester News-Capital reports that...

 

Payless ShoeSource emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time, with a focus on international markets. The Topeka, Kansas-based said Thursday it wants to reinvigorate Latin America, its largest business unit. It will also...

 

A Place for Mom to hire more than 600 employees in Kansas

A Place for Mom, a senior care referral service, plans to hire more than 600 people in the next five years and build a new Overland Park office, the Seattle-based company announced Tuesday. The company received about $12 million in state incentives,...

 

Moody's downgrades debt rating for largest Boeing supplier

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service announced that it is downgrading the debt rating for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. to junk-bond status after the major supplier of fuselages for Boeing's troubled 737 Max announced massive layoffs last...

 
 By Josh Boak    Regional    January 12, 2020

US employment remains strong, 145,000 jobs added in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade...

 

Gas prices jump 4 cents per gallon to $2.64 in past 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has jumped 4 cents per gallon to $2.64 over the past three weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that gas prices are unlikely to...

 

Oklahoma attorney general sues distributors of opioids

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Monday brought a lawsuit against three distributors of opioids after winning a lawsuit against one drug manufacturer and reaching pretrial settlements in other cases. Hunter filed the...

 
 By Ryan Lane    Regional    January 10, 2020

8 million student loan borrowers must do this in 2020

More than 8 million federal student loan borrowers use income-driven repayment plans. These plans can drop payments to $0 based on a borrower's income and family size. And after 20 or 25 years — 10 if you work in public service — any remaining...

 

Oklahoma to reduce business requirements to promote growth

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking steps to reduce the requirements for businesses to open in the state, echoing a federal move that implemented a similar policy. The Republican governor said Wednesday that he plans to sign...

 

Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal announced Friday that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers. Oklahoma Attorney General...

 

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