The Oklahoma City Thunder is launching its sixth annual Black History Heroes Challenge.
The contest, which commemorates Black History Month, will remain open through Feb. 7.
Students throughout Oklahoma in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the contest by submitting an essay or visual arts piece portraying an outstanding individual in black history or an African-American who has impacted their life. Entrants are encouraged to employ creativity in their entries, including photography, music, video, art or writing.
During Native American Heritage Month last November, Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, to American Indians who used their native languages to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.
A rig hand on a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla. Company CEO Mike McDonald says he likely wouldn't have drilled the well with out a tax break Oklahoma's House Speaker has proposed making permanent.
Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon will author legislation to make permanent an oil and gas industry tax break for horizontal drilling.
The incentive lowers gross production taxes from 7 percent to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production, and was installed in the ’90s to encourage the then-experimental type of drilling. Now days, most oil and gas wells in Oklahoma are horizontally drilled, and critics say the incentives are unnecessary.
A series of explosive train accidents has renewed concern about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, especially the type of crude extracted from the Northern Plains.
The most recent accident was the the fiery crash that occurred on Dec. 30 in North Dakota. No one was injured, but dramatic fireballs erupted when the train with more than 100 cars collided with another train carrying grain in the small town of Casselton.
Macy's Inc. could receive up to $21 million in tax breaks and incentives for its $170 million order fulfillment center to be built in Tulsa County.
The Tulsa World reports the largest of those tax breaks would come from Tulsa County, pending approval from county commissioners.
The commissioners recently agreed to pursue the creation of a Tax Incentive Finance District that would exempt Macy's from property taxes on new construction for four years at its planned site for the center.
For over a decade, Lieutenant Brian Orr of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has responded to disasters throughout the state, including both the 1999 and 2013 Moore tornadoes. He remembers each of them clearly.
“It was very difficult to see things, and of course first arriving, hearing screams from people and just the total devastation,” Orr said.