Business and Economy
5:45 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 500 Mining-Oil Industry Jobs

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New data released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission shows that state has lost about 500 mining industry jobs between December 2014 and January 2015.

Even though the mining sector reported a 0.8-percent decline in employment during that time, the sector grew by 4.7 percent. About 97 percent of the jobs in the industry are related to oil and gas drilling.

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Oklahoma News
5:53 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

BOK Financial COO Resigns After 12 Years With Company

BOK Financial Corp. COO Dan Ellinor
Credit / BOK Financial Corp.

The chief operating officer of BOK Financial Corp. has resigned after 12 years with the company and will move back to Texas to pursue other opportunities.

The Tulsa World reports the company announced Dan Ellinor's resignation on Friday.

Before joining BOK Financial, Ellinor had a 20-year banking career in Texas. He maintains a house in that state and says he wants to return to be near family and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2013, the bank named Ellinor its chief operating officer.

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Business and Economy
3:54 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

U.S. Rig Count Falls By 56

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Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,803 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New Mexico declined by five, North Dakota and Ohio each dropped three and Arkansas and Kansas lost two apiece.

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Oklahoma News
9:14 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council Votes Against Tribal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council has voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports the vote marks the second time this month the National Council has shown that it might have the necessary votes to remove George Tiger from office.

The council voted 12-2 on the resolution Thursday. At least 12 members would be needed to vote on an impeachment measure if it comes forward.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:38 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Ongoing Corporation Commission Hearing To Determine Potential 15-20 Percent Utility Rate Hike

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

For the past several weeks the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has heard from attorneys for Oklahoma Gas & Electric regarding the utility’s request for approval to spend $1.1 billion.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Broken Bow Man Arrested For Illegally Transporting 117 Feral Hogs From Texas

Feral Swine
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A Broken Bow man has been arrested and charged with illegally transporting 117 feral swine from Texas to Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports that 65-year-old Samuel E. Richards is accused of attempting to transport the swine to the land he owns in Broken Bow on Sunday. More than half of the animals had diseases that have been eliminated in Oklahoma's domestic livestock population.

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Science, Technology and Environment
5:21 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Could A Cross-Country Pipeline Solve The West's Water Shortage?

Floodwaters from the Mississippi River flood Clarksville, MO in 2008. One idea for solving the West's water shortage is to pump water from the flooding Mississippi to drought-stricken areas. (

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:38 pm

One answer to the West’s drought problems is building a pipeline to divert excess Mississippi River floodwater out to the West. It’s been proposed, but it’s also never been built. Cost is one objection.

Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has proposed an east-west water pipeline, but the idea hasn’t taken hold.

She joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the idea.

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Oklahoma News
5:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Executive Urges Funds For Indian Housing

Gary Cooper

A Cherokee Nation executive is urging Congress to reauthorize funding for Native American housing.

Gary Cooper, representing the National American Indian Housing Council, said Thursday the funding has given the Cherokees flexibility to restart a dormant housing program that has since built 120 homes for its citizens since 2012. The Tahlequah-based tribe also says 220 homes are under construction.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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12:43 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Record Breaking Flu Season Brings Death Toll Over 100

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A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma has brought the state's death total to more than 100.

The Oklahoma Department of Health reported Thursday that three new deaths were recorded during the past week due to flu. The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health officials say more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized in the state due to flu since the season began Sept. 28.

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