• WPX Energy gaining more than $200 million cash by selling Marcellus Shale marketing contracts

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    WPX Energy, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer which is working to trim down to core assets and cut debt, announced Monday it is selling some Marcellus Shale natural gas marketing contracts and pipeline capacity in that region of the eastern U.S. An undisclosed buyer will pay WPX in excess of $200 million cash in the deal. The two parties have signed an agreement and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The sale includes long-term natural gas purchase and sales agreements, as well as 135 million British thermal units in daily capacity on the Transco pipeline's Northeast Supply Link project. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Adult entertainment club takes up residence in pastoral setting

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    CHOUTEAU — Amish and Mennonite country typically reserved for the planting of wheat and cutting of hay is now known for another endeavor. The sowing of wild oats. A seven-day-a-week gentlemen’s club opened a few months ago on U.S. 412 just east of the Roger/Mayes county line. Its presence has made some in this tranquil setting uneasy. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Leaked document: Wal-Mart tells employees of closed stores to avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Leaked handouts indicate the "plumbing issues" that closed the Admiral Place and Memorial Drive Wal-Mart, along with four others across the nation, did not pose health or safety concerns. The handouts, originally posted on the website Gawker and given to the 2,200 furloughed employees at the time of the stores' sudden closure, also is worried about its employees' health habits. The documents suggest they avoid caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Gawker said the documents were given to them by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which also operates OUR Walmart, an organization that advocates for improved treatment of Wal-Mart employees. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Texas Popeyes manager fired after robbery seeks $5.5 million

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A pregnant Texas woman fired from her job managing a Houston-area Popeyes restaurant for not returning money taken in a robbery in which she was held at gunpoint is seeking $5.5 million in compensation from her employers, her lawyer said on Thursday. Reuters reports Marissa Holcomb has given Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and franchise owner Z&H Foods Inc 30 days to respond or face a lawsuit for her suffering, according to the letter sent this week by her lawyer, Marc Bozeman. Officials from the companies did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

  • Chinese builder puts up 57-story skyscraper in 19 days

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world's fastest builder after erecting a 57-story skyscraper in 19 working days in central China, according to The Associated Press. The Broad Sustainable Building Co. put up the rectangular, glass-and-steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha using a modular method, assembling three floors per day, company vice president Xiao Changgeng said.

  • BOK Financial nets $75 million profit on the strength of record fees and commission

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Increased loan growth and a record quarter for fees and commissions drove Tulsa-based BOK Financial Corp. to $74.8 million in net income for the three months ending March 31. Overall net revenue totaled $167.7 million, down $2 million from the fourth quarter of 2014. Company CEO Steven Bradshaw also noted that the mortgage business posted its best quarter in two years and rose 31 percent above the previous three months. "The year is off to an excellent start, with continued double-digit annualized loan growth and a record quarter from our fee-generating businesses, combined with careful expense controls," Bradshaw said in the earnings report released Wednesday morning. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • The Best and Worst Fonts to Use on Your Résumé

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    A résumé, that piece of paper designed to reflect your best self, is one of the places where people still tend to use typeface to express themselves, says Bloomberg. It does not always go well, according to people who spend a lot of time looking at fonts. Bloomberg asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest, which should never, ever be seen by an employer, and whether emojis are fair game.

  • Bud Light apologizes for 'removing no' label

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    DENVER – Bud Light is backpedaling after upsetting people with a label saying the beer was perfect for temporarily removing the word "no" from the drinker's vocabulary, evoking concerns about alcohol-fueled rape culture, says USA Today. Anheuser-Busch swiftly apologized Tuesday afternoon as images of the label spread online. The full label reads: "The perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." The brewer said it intended the label to be a fun way of invoking the ongoing "Up for Whatever" advertising campaign in which young drinkers say yes to trying new things.

  • WalletHub ranks Tulsa No. 2 city nationally to start a business

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Access to capital, quarters and encouragement apparently make Tulsa an ideal location for entrepreneurs. The city ranked as the second-best place in the U.S. to start a business, according to an analysis by financial website WalletHub released Monday. The report, which ranks 150 cities on factors such as access to resources and business environment, ranked Shreveport, Louisiana, at the top of the list. In the top five behind Tulsa were Springfield, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma Geological Survey closing Leonard seismic observatory out of cost concerns

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    LEONARD — After more than a half-century recording the state's every shimmy and shake, the Leonard Geophysical Observatory will close this summer, Oklahoma Geological Survey Interim Director Rick Andrews confirmed recently. "The Leonard Geophysical laboratory is a very old facility," Andrews said by telephone. "The cost savings (from closing it) are very significant." Built in 1961 by the Jersey Production Research Co., a subsidiary of what was then Standard Oil Co., the facility in far southeast Tulsa County was once among the most advanced seismic observatories in the world. For most of the 1990s, it was even used by the Soviet Union to monitor the United States' nuclear testing. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Senate sends anti-EPA bill to governor's desk

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday sent Gov. Mary Fallin a bill touted as a means to challenge a pollution rule by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate accepted House amendments Senate Bill 676, by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, by vote of 38-7, sending it to Fallin’s desk. The measure sets up a process for the state to develop a plan to comply with a new EPA rule that requires states to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Fortune ranks Williams Cos. as No. 1 most admired U.S. energy company

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Fortune magazine has ranked Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. as the Most Admired Company among U.S. energy companies in 2015. "This award validates the strong commitment of our employees to focus on doing the right thing and propelling the company forward,” said Williams' CEO Alan Armstrong, in a written statement. “In the last four years, Williams has made great strides executing on our natural gas-focused business strategy, creating value for shareholders and building relationships in the communities where our employees live and work.” Companies considered for the Fortune lists were ranked on nine key attributes of reputation including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Conspiracy theories fly around Tulsa's suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    From crime to labor issues to an intricate military coup of the entire United States, conspiracy theories are flying around the closed Wal-Mart supercenters in Tulsa and elsewhere. The official reason for the sudden closure of the store at Admiral Place and Memorial Drive last week was two years of plumbing issues which would take six months to fix. That was the same reason given for each of the four other Wal-Mart locations, which all closed at the same time with just a few hours' notice. The other stores are in Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Midland, Texas; and Livingston, Texas. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • National report confirms that Oklahoma is at greater risk of earthquakes

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Oklahoma features prominently in a new report on the risk of manmade earthquakes, with parts of the state shaking more often than quake-prone California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists have identified 17 areas across eight sates with increased rates of "induced seismicity," or earthquakes triggered by human activity. But no area has seen the risk increase as much as central Oklahoma, according to Thursday's report. Seismic activity is 600 times greater now than before 2008. People who live in central Oklahoma didn't need a report from the federal government to tell them that the ground has been trembling more often, but this new risk assessment from the U.S Geological Survey could have a significant impact on the area. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • A Silicon Valley startup wants to make breast cancer-gene testing affordable to all Americans

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    BRCA1 and BRCA2 are arguably the best-known human genes because their mutations are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. When Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she’d tested positive for the mutation and decided to undergo a double mastectomy, she also noted that: “The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.” Now, a Silicon Valley startup which raised $15 million in funding, wants to fix the problem and have all American women get access to a test for 19 gene mutations, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2, responsible of increasing specifically ovarian and breast cancer risk, but also linked to other cancers.

  • Shifting gears: With new 77,000-square-foot facility, Melton Truck Lines is poised for growth

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Melton Truck Lines is finally all moved into its brand new 77,000-square-foot headquarters in east Tulsa. In addition to new features like a state-of-the-art gym and a restaurant packed with healthy options, the three-story facility offers the once-cramped Melton space to accommodate a planned doubling in size over the next decade. “I’d always preferred to put our money in trucks and trailers, but it was time to build for our future,” said Bob Peterson, president of the long-haul trucking company that specializes in flatbed trailers. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bixby native makes his living off the music fans hear at the ballgame

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Danny Murphy isn’t a doctor. But he once prescribed heavy doses of George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. — and it “cured” a department store. Murphy was freshly armed with a marketing degree from the University of Tulsa when he went to work for a record distributor in the 1980s. He said he handled Wal-Mart stores in this part of Oklahoma, and music sales at a rural store were “horrendously bad.” “I couldn’t figure out what was going on,” Murphy recalled during a recent interview. “Then it dawned on me that the product mix was way, way off.” Solution? Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Anthony Noto is Twitter's $73 million man

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Who was the top earner at Twitter last year? None other than Anthony Noto, the former Goldman Sachs banker turned Twitter finance chief, USA TODAY reports. He took home nearly $73 million in 2014, according to an annual proxy statement filed Monday.

  • Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems, Business Insider reports. The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports. Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday.

  • Starbucks celebrates summer with new S'mores Frappuccino

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Forget getting your hands all sticky and smoke-scented, Starbucks is rolling out a S'mores Frappuccino, Mashable reports. The short-lived Birthday Cake Frappuccino last month was an icy tease, considering it only last for a few days. But the coffee company is making up for it with a new S'mores Frappuccino.