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Civil rights group sues over Oklahoma bail practices

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in central Oklahoma, alleging a county's bail system unconstitutionally discriminates against poor and disabled people. The American Civil...

 

Kansas ag department offers website for stressed farmers

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is offering stressed farmers a place to find support and resources. A new website, kansasagstress.org, comes at a time when the number of farmers' suicides is rising across the nation. The...

 

Adam Causey named Texas-based news editor

DALLAS (AP) — Adam Kealoha Causey, The Associated Press' administrative correspondent in Oklahoma, has been named news editor overseeing Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The appointment was announced Thursday by Tom Berman, the AP's news director for...

 

Walmart chooses Topeka for distribution center with 300 jobs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Walmart will build a $200 million distribution center in Topeka, bringing 300 jobs over the next five years to the Kansas capital, the company announced Wednesday. The company announced the plans at a meeting with the city's...

 

Tallgrass Energy Announces Open Season for Transportation on Pony Express Pipeline

LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 10, 2019-- Tallgrass Energy, LP (NYSE: TGE), through its affiliate Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC ("Pony Express"), today announced a binding open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil...

 

Hobby Lobby to donate St. Gregory campus to Oklahoma Baptist

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby says it plans to donate the campus of the now-defunct St. Gregory's University to nearby Oklahoma Baptist University. The Oklahoma City-based craft retailer and its founding Green family announced Friday that...

 

Average US price of gas drops 1 penny per gallon to $2.65

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dipped 1 penny per gallon (3.8 liters) to $2.65 over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that further cuts to retail...

 

Gateway First Bank Named a Winner of the Oklahoma Top Workplaces 2019 Award

JENKS, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 9, 2019-- Gateway First Bank has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Oklahoman. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energa...

 

Oklahoma treasurer reports slump in November collections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall collections to Oklahoma's state treasury in November were less than the same month last year, due in large part to declines in sales and oilfield tax payments, treasury officials said Thursday. Oklahoma Treasurer Randy...

 

Textron Aviation announces layoffs, most in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Textron Aviation says the company is laying off an undisclosed number of workers, with most of the layoffs at its headquarters in Wichita. The company announced the layoffs Thursday but did not say how many employees would be...

 

Stitt: Tribes would 'illegally' run games without new deal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt said. In the latest salvo in the stat...

 

Halliburton: Majority of laid off employees offered move

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Halliburton says a majority of the more than 800 employees being laid off at its suburban Oklahoma City office have been offered a chance to relocate to its facility in Duncan, Oklahoma. The Houston-based company said in a...

 

North Alabama faces formidable challenges in job market

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A new study finds that north Alabama could face serious challenges to find qualified workers to fill the many jobs that have flooded the region. A labor market analysis was recently commissioned by north Alabama elected...

 
 By Josh Boak    Regional    December 1, 2019

Upwork economist outlines skills sought in freelance workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — What are the skills that employers most value in freelancers? They want workers fluent in the computer programming language TypeScript and the software framework .NET Core. But they also favor softer skills, like good grammar and...

 

Halliburton lays off 800 in Oklahoma, plant closure expected

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Halliburton is laying off more than 800 employees in El Reno, Oklahoma, and says it expects to close its office in the Oklahoma City suburb. Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development spokesman David Crow says the agency was...

 

Midwest economy: November state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same...

 

Minimum wage in Denver to increase up to $16 by 2022

DENVER (AP) — City officials have announced plans to raise the minimum wage in Denver to about $16 an hour reflecting a more than $4 increase by 2022. Officials say the increase was made official when Denver Mayor Michael Hancock signed it into...

 

Fears about worker shootings prompt new business tactics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Security is not subtle at the sprawling campus of human resources technology giant Paycom in Oklahoma City. Off-duty police officers roam the grounds, bolstering the company's own force of armed guards. A basement command cente...

 

Feds sue Arkansas insurer over fired employee who had a baby

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal government is suing a Little Rock-based insurance company over the firing of a worker who had just had a baby. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Little Rock against...

 

Dad invents 'The Frog' to help tot with spina bifida crawl

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Taylor and Ally Moreland were preparing dinner one night when they glanced into their living room and realized their 1-year-old son had disappeared. "Where's Brody?" Ally asked. "I don't know," her husband replied. They looked...

 

Evacuation order lifted as huge Texas plant fire 'contained'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions two days earlier. "We are in a...

 

3 hurt at Texas chemical plant hit by 2 massive explosions

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through a Texas chemical plant Wednesday, and one left three workers injured. The blasts blew out windows and doors of nearby homes and prompted a mandatory evacuation of a 4-mile...

 

Grains, livestock mixed

Wheat for Dec. fell .75 cent at 5.3025 a bushel; Dec. corn was off 3 cents at 3.6750 a bushel, Dec. oats gained 1.25 cents at $3.16 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 8.25 cents at $8.8425 a bushel. Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago...

 

Memorial unveiled to victims of Texas Walmart mass shooting

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A memorial was unveiled Saturday honoring the 22 people who were killed in a recent mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The 30-foot tall golden obelisk, called the "Grand Candela," or "Big Candle," was revealed to th...

 

Kansas college hopes to grow wine industry within state

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A community college in Kansas hopes to promote the winery industry in the state by providing space and resources for small wineries getting started in the business. Highland Community College at Wamego opened a wine incubator...

 

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