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 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 17, 2018 

Spark in deadly Oklahoma well explosion still unidentified

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well that killed five workers followed the removal of a pipe from the well but an ignition source still hasn't been identified, federal investigators said Thursday....

 

Oklahoma court rejects claim against Aubrey McClendon estate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has rejected a Tulsa businessman's $500,000 claim against the estate of the late natural gas magnate Aubrey McClendon. The Court of Civil Appeals ruled Thursday that an Oklahoma County district judge...

 

AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices fall 2 cents this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — The average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by 2 cents this week to settle at $2.61 for a gallon of unleaded. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that the average price at the pump statewide fell slightly from $2.63 a gallon...

 

Tulsa considers using driverless shuttles

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials are exploring the possibility of operating what they say would be the first driverless shuttle in Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that the autonomous electric shuttle would go from the Gathering Place park to...

 

US rig count remains at 1,057; Texas gains 3 rigs

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. held steady at 1,057 this week. At this time a year ago there were 946 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 869 rigs...

 

Oklahoma City says electric scooter company needs permits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council has given an electric scooter company one week to obtain permits for a scooter rental service that has led to lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders in other cities. Council members had ordered...

 

Pro-casino group raises $1M in July for Arkansas proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. Driving Arkansas Forward reported Wednesday that it spent...

 

Kansas family's insurance didn't pay for broken sculpture

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An Overland Park, Kansas, official admits he was mistaken about who paid for a $132,000 sculpture at the city's community center that was damaged by a young boy. City spokesman Sean Reilly said in July that the insurance...

 

Church is raising money _ up to $1M _ for organ restoration

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita church has started raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore a pipe organ that was installed in the 1950s. The Wichita Eagle reports that the cost of renovating the organ at the Church of the Blessed...

 

Texas oil and gas firm fined $20K for first-time violations

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has fined an oil and gas firm $20,000 for failing to follow public health regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Petro-Hunt LLC was fined on Tuesday $15,000 for not...

 

Texas shrimp farmers try new technology to prevent disease

LaCOSTE, Texas (AP) — It was a Texas-sized shrimp dream, to breed tasty crustaceans far from shore but close to transportation hubs that would speed fresh seafood to swanky restaurants as far away as New York or Las Vegas. But for 17 years and...

 

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a...

 

Texas man in 3D-printed firearms case welcomes legal battle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Wilson found his calling when, in 2013, he successfully fired the first gun made on a 3D printer. The Austin American-Statesman reports that very week, he dropped out of his second year at the University of Texas Law...

 

9 injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said. Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuri...

 

Missouri judge rules for gas tax hike on Nov. 6 ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase can go on Missouri's Nov. 6 ballot. Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer ruled Tuesday that lawmakers did not violate the state Constitution in drafting the measure....

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    August 15, 2018

Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. Nevada-based Valkyrie...

 

As drought lingers, Texas ranchers opt to reduce their herds

DALLAS (AP) — A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 45...

 

Robin Jennison hired as new manager of Kansas State Fair

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Robin Jennison, the head of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, will be the new general manager for the Kansas State Fair. The Hutchinson News reports the selection was announced Tuesday by the State Fair...

 

Arkansas energy company teams up with Tennessee solar firm

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After facing LightWave Solar LLC as a competitor, Seal Energy Solutions CEO Josh Davenport knew he wanted the Tennessee solar installation company as an ally. So the North Little Rock energy company teamed up with Lig...

 

Kansas Land Institute continues work on perennial crops

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Land Institute continues to grow slowly in Kansas. For more than 40 years, The Land Institute has been working to develop perennial crops that grow together but are harvested at different times, The Salina Journal reported...

 

Turn5 car parts distribution center coming to Lenexa

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Turn5, an online car-parts retailer, plans to open a distribution center in Lenexa and hire 100 workers in the next three years. The company announced Monday that its center will officially open Oct. 29. It will distribute...

 

Historic jeans-maker to leave Kansas City headquarters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with Lee Jeans say the company plans to move its headquarters from Merriam, Kansas, to North Carolina. The company announced Monday that the move to Greensboro, North Carolina, is part of a reorganization and...

 

Oklahoma governor places Vision Fund on election ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot a proposal to create a new oil and natural gas trust fund to help operate state government. Fallin said Thursday she signed an executive order... Full story

 

Leavenworth woman sentenced, must pay $4.3 in restitution

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Federal labor officials say a Leavenworth businesswoman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay $4.3 million in restitution for embezzling from companies she owned. Brenda Wood was sentenced...

 

AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices fall 2 cents this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — The average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by rose 2 cents per gallon this week but remain the most expensive August prices since 2014. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.63 per...

 

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