Business Intelligence Report

Mondays at 5:06 a.m. and 7:06 a.m.

A weekly feature produced in partnership with the Journal Record, Oklahoma's weekday newspaper and website specializing in business, legislative and legal news. Managing Editor Adam Brooks and Journal Record reporters keep you up-to-date on business and economic development in the state.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Finding A Way To Finish AICCM Could Be On Hold Until After November Elections

Boosters of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum are hopeful the coming election and legislative session could bring the funds to finish the project.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Time stretches on for the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near downtown Oklahoma City. The silvery struts jut up into the sky, the grass grows on the Cahokia-style mound and the river runs past the site, just north of the intersection of Interstates 40 and 35.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Growth Is 'Goal' For Metro Soccer Programs

A member of the Rose State College Raiders women's soccer team goes in for the kick.
Kenneth Beachler Rose State College

Rose State College recently established both men’s and women’s soccer teams, hoping to kick off new interest in their college.

Called the “Raiders,” named for daring, barn-storming World War II bomber pilots; the teams compete in Division I, Region II of the National Junior College Athletic Association. But they also hope to garner interest in the college in the hearts and minds of would-be students and their parents.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

East And West, Health Care Expansion Spurs Growth

A new interchange has been proposed at Interstate 40 and Frisco Road in Yukon.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Where retail growth might have once sprung from a mall, progress now may be heralded by a health care facility, as shown in recent developments in both Yukon and Shawnee, according to the Journal Record newspaper.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Top Business Stories: Bone Museum Expansion, De-Annexing In Shawnee, And Von Maur Arrival

Anaconda skeleton at the Museum of Osteology.
Credit Skulls Unlimited

An Unusual Oklahoma City Business Expands To Another State.

The Museum of Osteology signed a 15-year lease in a new entertainment district in Orlando, Florida.

The museum, which is on Sunnylane Road, grew out of a business called Skulls Unlimited. Jay Villemarette started the company in 1986. It sells more than 100 types of animal skulls and full skeletons through catalogs.

The new museum, called “Skeletons” will be near a Ferris wheel, a wax museum and an aquarium.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Top Business Stories: OG&E Coal Cleanup, Food Trucks, And A Leaner Chesapeake Energy Corp.

The Oklahoma Gas and Electric power plant in Muskogee.
Credit Rip Stell / Journal Record

OG&E Says Cleaning Up Emissions At Its Coal-Fired Power Plants Could Cost $1 Billion.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued the company in 2009, claiming pollution from OG&E creates smog in national parks.  The courts agreed and gave OG&E until 2019 to clean it up.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Top Business Stories: Kudzu Vs. Crops, Knutson Vs. OKC, And A Departing Publisher

Karen Hickman, Oklahoma State University professor of natural resource ecology and management, displays what the leaflets of a healthy and growing kudzu plant look like.
Credit Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

An Invasive Plant Threatens Oklahoma’s Agriculture Industry.

Kudzu is a vine known for taking over huge areas of states like Alabama and Mississippi. It can cover abandoned buildings and take down utility wires. It can grow 18 inches a day, and some experts joke that it grows so fast you have to be careful falling asleep near it.

The problem is that it also can kill off native species and can carry diseases that damage crops such as soybeans, which produces up to $130 million a year in Oklahoma.

Kudzu has been found in 50 places around Oklahoma.

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Business Intelligence Report
9:32 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Top Business Stories: Tax Holiday, Urgent Care Clinics, And The Push For "Right-To-Farm" Legislation

Santi Kos, manager of Fashion Sport and Uniforms at 1300 NW 23rd St. in Oklahoma City.
Credit Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record

Parents, Cities And Counties Plan For Back-To-School Tax Holiday.

August first through third, shoppers don’t have to pay sales tax on clothing items that cost less than $100. The holiday was implemented in 2007 to discourage shoppers from crossing state lines to save.

That’s good news for family budgets, but it also means the state misses out on $4 million it might have had otherwise.

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Business Intelligence Report
9:20 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Top Business Stories: OK Defends TACOM, Hispanic Chamber To Relocate, Energy Antitrust Update

T.J. Coley, with the Choctaw Fire Department, checks the engine on a firetruck. The truck was a surplus from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
Credit Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

Oklahoma’s Rural Firefighters Can Keep Using Surplus Equipment.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently warned that it was going to prevent the Department of Defense from giving surplus equipment to the departments, saying much of the equipment fails to comply with EPA standards.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Top Business Stories: Increased Tax Revenues, HP 'Lands' In Tulsa, And OKC Okays Cabela Incentives

Moore Sales Tax Growth chart
Credit Bryan Richter, Journal Record

Despite Last Year’s Devastating Tornado, Business Is Booming In Moore.

Sales tax revenues for the first part of the year are 8.7 percent higher than in 2013. In fact, collections grew more than in other metro cities. Norman grew 5.7 percent, and Edmond and Oklahoma City each posted 2.7 percent gains.

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said the surge comes from more than just reconstruction.

He said growing retail activity made up 6 percent of the growth. Sales tax collections in June were
12.3 percent higher than a year ago.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Top Business Stories: Challenges To New Laws, Sonic Earnings, And "Smart Meter" Concerns

Two Lawsuits Are Challenging Bills That Were Signed Into Law By Governor Mary Fallin.

A group of parents, teachers and members of the state Board of Education are fighting the repeal of Common Core standards.

They say the bill violates the state Constitution by letting the Legislature take over an executive function.

The bill repeals the Common Core standards, which Fallin initially supported. It says new standards will be developed. Opponents say the language of the law gives the Legislature too much power to review the new guidelines.

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