Business and Economy
12:57 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Report Says Weak Growth Ahead For Oklahoma And Region

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A new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. The January figure was 54.8.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says manufacturers of nondurable goods reported that sales, production and employment have weakened over the past several months.

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2:28 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Britain's 'Greatest Complainer' Doesn't Get Mad, He Gets Even

John Cleese (R) reprises the famous Monty Python "Dead Parrot" sketch on Saturday Night Live. He is a customer trying to register a complaint: he was sold a dead parrot. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:39 pm

Has your car ever broken down the day after you bought it? Are your flights constantly delayed and overbooked? Did your barber give you the wrong haircut for your wedding day?

You might need the help of the man who’s been called “Britain’s Greatest Complainer.”

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

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Business and Economy
1:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The End Of The Lunch Hour


Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:43 pm

What ever happened to the lunch hour – actually getting out of the office for some air and a meal? Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Studies show that only one in five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks.

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1:43 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

The Beanie Baby Boom And Bust – What Happened?


Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:11 pm

At one point in the late 1990s, a $5 toy mass-produced in China became such a big craze that people – mostly adults – paid thousands of dollars to collect them. But only a few years after Beanie Babies made their creator a billionaire, the stuffed animals became virtually worthless.

Author Zac Bissonnette followed the great Beanie Baby boom and went inside the mind of the toy’s obsessed founder Ty Warner, considered by his employees to be “the Steve Jobs of plush.” But working for Ty wasn’t always warm and cuddly.

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2:04 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Stereotypes, Unconscious Biases And Minorities In The Tech Industry

A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 7:45 am

This week Apple unveiled a new set of emoji with five different skin tones, after complaints that the old emoji weren’t racially diverse. But many people think that the entire technology industry needs to become more diverse.

Erica Baker is a site reliability engineer at Google, and as an African-American woman, she’s a rarity in the company and in her field.

She spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her experiences working in tech all over the country.

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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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Business and Economy
1:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Zillow And 'The New Rules Of Real Estate'


Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:19 pm

In the latest installment of our new series of conversation with leaders, called View From The Top, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Conifer Commerce: Oklahoma's Lingering Drought Means Higher Prices, Smaller Trees

Joseph Hollowell and Drew Polk hold a Christmas tree in the tree shaker at Sorghum Mill Tree Farm in Edmond.
Credit Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The weather is turning colder, and it’s been wet and dreary all week, so Oklahoma’s long-term drought doesn’t necessarily come to mind the way it does during the summer month.

We’ve discussed the effects of Oklahoma’s drought on the cattle ranching industry, but the ongoing climate event also impacts a different kind of agricultural worker – Christmas tree farmers.

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Business and Economy
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.5 Percent

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State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state added 3,600 jobs last month. The state has added 36,600 jobs since October 2013.

Six of the state's nine reported seasonally adjusted sectors recorded job gains last month. Mining and logging added 1,600 jobs and construction 1,300.

The leisure and hospitality provided the largest decline with 2,100 jobs lost. Financial activities and government also shed jobs in October.

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Aviation Industry
8:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Boeing To Add Jobs In Oklahoma City

Credit Boeing

Boeing plans to move most of its defense and support-related services from Washington state to cities that include Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

Boeing said Monday the moves are part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.

The company says about 900 jobs could move to Oklahoma City and up to 500 to St. Louis in about three years. About 2,000 employees could be affected by the move that also include jobs being sent to Jacksonville, Florida, and Patuxent River, Maryland.

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