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6:42 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Now Showing: Oil Downturn’s Effect On Oklahoma Employment Numbers

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Oklahoma lost about 500 mining industry jobs between December and January, data from the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission show.

Almost all in-state “mining” jobs are actually in oil and gas drilling, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports. And while the job losses haven’t yet affected the state’s unemployment rate, currently 3.9 percent, oil sector employment will likely take a big hit in the months to come, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s bulletin The Oklahoma Economist.

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Oklahoma News
8:23 am
Sun March 22, 2015

OKC National Memorial Officials To Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell

The Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Officials from the Oklahoma City National Memorial will ring the NASDAQ opening  bell Monday morning at 8:15 a.m. CDT in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Susan Winchester, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has the honor of ringing the bell. She will be accompanied by Kari Watkins, Executive Director and Trustees Mike Turpen, Traci Cook, Kim Neese, Justice Steven Taylor, Deputy Fire Chief Kellie Sawyers, and 20th Anniversary Co-Chairs OKC Police Chief Bill Citty and Polly Nichols.

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Oklahoma News
7:12 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Obama Praises Oklahoma's Response To Fraternity Video

University of Oklahoma President David Boren during Monday's press conference in Holmberg Hall addressing the racist video.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about lynching.

Two students who had participated were immediately expelled.

Obama says what happened there won't be the last time a fraternity member does something stupid but that what's different from 30 or 40 years ago is the reaction.

Back then, Obama says, there might have been more tolerance for that type of chant.

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Oklahoma News
6:45 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded Near Perry

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
6:03 am
Sat March 21, 2015

State Seeks Bids For Historic Building In Guthrie

Old Oklahoma Daily State Capitol Newspaper Building. Guthrie, Oklahoma.
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The state of Oklahoma is looking for someone to redevelop a historic building in the heart of downtown Guthrie.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services has issued a request for proposals for the purchase or lease and redevelopment of the 50,000-square-foot Oklahoma State Capital Publishing Company building.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the state closed the museum in 2012 because of a lack of funding.

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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
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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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Oklahoma News
9:14 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council Votes Against Tribal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger
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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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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

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

Feral Swine
Credit Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry / oda.state.ok.us

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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5:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Executive Urges Funds For Indian Housing

Gary Cooper
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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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Oklahoma News
5:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Begins Process Of Removing Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger
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The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has filed paperwork to formally remove the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports that the tribe's Election Board filed a petition Tuesday to remove Chief George Tiger from his position in the wake of revelations that Tiger signed a secret contract with a developer of a casino that would have competed with Creek Nation's casino in Tulsa.

Tiger says he did nothing wrong because he signed the contract before he became chief.

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