Business Intelligence Report
6:58 am
Fri February 27, 2015

South Oklahoma City Gets New Economic Label, Millennial Housing Trends Questioned

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, at Interstates 35 and 240 in Oklahoma City, has merchant tenancy above 50 percent.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Tuesday the city council of Oklahoma City voted to create two new business improvement districts, or BIDs, in south Oklahoma City.

One will be along SW 29th Street between May Ave. and Shields Blvd., and the other calls for spending $22,000 with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to improve the area around Interstate 240 that runs from I-35 to I-44.

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StoryCorps
5:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Obama To Ambitious Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

President Barack Obama participates in a "My Brother's Keeper" StoryCorps interview with Noah McQueen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 20.
Chuck Kennedy The White House

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:01 am

Noah McQueen is part of "My Brother's Keeper," a White House program aimed at young men of color.

His teen years have been rough, and include several arrests and a short period of incarceration. But last week, he was at the White House. The 18-year-old sat down for a StoryCorps interview with President Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.

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Business and Economy
8:34 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Humane Society Documents From View

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Office of the Attorney General

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the Humane Society of the United States must turn over one contested document and portions of two others to the attorney general's office, but can keep 21 others secret.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the Humane Society can withhold the documents after the organization sued state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to block their release.

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Business and Economy
5:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Exports Valued at $6.3 Billion In 2014

Credit Simon Cunningham / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Commerce says Oklahoma exported $6.3 billion in goods and merchandise last year.

The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration said in a news release Thursday that the exports include $1.7 billion in machinery; $823 million in computer and electronic products; and $798 million in fabricated metal products.

The department said exports from Oklahoma have gone to countries that include Mexico, Canada, Singapore, and Colombia.

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Oklahoma News
4:49 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Wind Energy Regulation Bill Approved By Senate Committee

A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

With wind energy production in full swing in Oklahoma, legislative leaders are looking to impose some new restrictions on the booming industry.

The Senate Energy Committee approved a bill Thursday by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman to require planning for when wind farms are decommissioned and minimum distances from places like schools or airports. The bill also requires wind developers to provide certain public notice before the giant turbines can be erected.

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Politics and Government
4:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

OK Democratic Party Hires New Communications Director

Sarah Baker, Director of Communications Oklahoma Democratic Party
Credit okdemocrats.org

The Oklahoma Democratic Party has announced that Sarah Baker has joined its staff as director of communications.

Baker will join interim executive director David Scott and finance coordinator Kimberley Bishop on the party's staff.

Baker opened a marketing and public relations business in 2010 and has served as vice president of communications for Oklahoma PTA. She most recently ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 43 in Yukon.

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Oklahoma News
3:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

McAlester Police To Wear Body Cameras

Credit cityofmcalester.com

The McAlester City Council has voted unanimously to approve new body cameras for the city's police force.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the council approved the purchase of the cameras Tuesday. The McAlester police plan to buy 39 new "compact wearable video systems," as well as a charging/docking station for a total cost of $31,000. One of the cameras will be given to the city's Criminal investigation Division, and the rest will go to patrol officers.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

At the start of a meeting to decide the issue of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Jessica Rosenworcel at the FCC headquarters Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 5:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."

The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said Thursday.

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OneSix8
1:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oscar Jacobson Retrospective, La Cage Aux Folles, And Paul Medina's 'Enchanted Circles'

A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson
FJJJMA permanent collection

This weekend, the Oscar Jacobson retrospective opens at the Fred Jr. Museum of Art, OU Musical Theater opens La Cage aux Folles and Paul Medina releases his new book Enchanted Circles. These fine Oklahoma artists will inspire and remind you of the generations of multi-talented innovators our great state has, and continues, to produce.

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Oklahoma News
12:24 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Passes Bill Outlawing Abortions That Dismember Fetuses In Womb

State Rep. Pam Peterson (R-Tulsa)
Credit okhouse.gov

The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in which doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb.

House members voted 84-2 on Thursday. The bill, being pushed in several states by a national anti-abortion group, now goes to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa sponsored the bill that would outlaw procedures in which doctors use medical devices to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.

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