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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

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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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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Top Business Stories: Earthquake Insurance, Energy, Hogs And Yukon

United States Geological Survey Oklahoma Seismicity Map - 1970 to June 17, 2014
Credit USGS / www.earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes

Strong Earthquakes In Central Oklahoma Have Some Looking For Insurance That May Be Difficult To Get.

About 100 companies offer quake insurance in Oklahoma, the state insurance commissioner says. But most of them won’t start a policy until we have gone without a quake for 30 days.

Since November, there have been more than 265 events between magnitude 1 and 4.3 in Central Oklahoma.

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Business Intelligence Report
9:31 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Top Business Stories: Hotel Investors, Pigeons & Busses

A Cabela's near Fort Worth, Texas.
Credit Matt Howry / Flickr Creative Commons

Two weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Council agreed to consider giving incentives to Cabela’s, an outdoor retailer.

Then, the company announced that it will build an 80,000-square-foot store in the new Chisholm Creek development. That project is coming together near the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and Western Avenue.

The city admitted that it was negotiating with the store before the announcement.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Could Goats Be The Solution To Oklahoma’s Red Cedar Problems?

Credit Mike Baird / Flickr Creative Commons

Eastern Red Cedar trees are a menace to Oklahoma.

As StateImpact has reported, “the volatile oils they contain can cause the trees to explode during wildfires… They also crowd out other plants, force wildlife off their habitats, and hoard rainfall.”

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Keystone XL Pipeline
3:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Protesters Have A Hard Time Making Case Against The Keystone XL Pipeline

Activists in Oklahoma protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline on Sept. 21, 2013.
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A Sept. 21 protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline attracted 74 people who walked a portion of the pipeline’s proposed route, The Journal Record reports.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

How Hugo Lake Lost Its State Park Status

Fishing near Hugo Lake park, which lost its state park status in June 2013.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Tourism Commission on June 26 voted to strip Hugo Lake of its state park status, citing low attendance.

The commission acted “quietly,” but State Sen. Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) responded loudly, The Journal Record’s M. Scott Carter reports:

On Aug. 2, Ellis sent a letter to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin asking that the Tourism Commission reconsider the status of the park using factual information.

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