• QuikTrip again lands on Forbes' list of the biggest private businesses

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    QuikTrip again earned a high spot on Forbes' yearly ranking of the  country's largest private companies . The Tulsa-based convenience store chain generated yearly revenues of $10.96 billion, good enough to place the company at No. 28 on the rankings. That performance marked a slight decline from its No. 27 spot last year with a yearly revenue of $11.45 billion. The report also noted QuikTrip now has 19,800 employees.

  • New Yorkers are no longer required to disclose criminal history on job apps

    Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    New Yorkers applying for jobs will no longer be required to disclose a criminal history, thanks to new legislation. The Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends New York City Civil Rights Law, thus prohibiting most employers from inquiring about criminal history until after a conditional offer for employment has been extended.  Activists say the legislation passed on Tuesday is the most progressive law of its type in the country, and the most far-reaching because New York is the largest city where a policy like this has been enacted.

  • Judge OKs PSO plans for smart meter opt-out program

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Some Oklahomans who don’t want digital smart meters to measure electricity usage at their homes and communicate that data with the power provider using cellular technology could be allowed to opt out of the program — if they are willing to pay to make that choice. A proposal by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to allow for that option cleared a hurdle this week when an administrative law judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission recommended its approval. Next, the judge’s recommendation will be reviewed by the commission’s elected three-person board.

  • Activists allege widespread cruelty at Tyson's chicken factory

    Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    An anti-animal cruelty group says it has secretly recorded Tyson Foods workers punching, throwing and pulling the heads off of live broiler chickens at one of the mega meat producer's plants in Mississippi where up to 2.5 million chickens are slaughtered each week. Vandhana Bala, a lawyer for the group Mercy for Animals, which showed video of the alleged animal cruelty to USA TODAY, said the group filed affidavits in Leake County, Miss. Justice Court on Tuesday alleging misdemeanor animal cruelty by the Springdale, Ark.-headquartered Tyson and six slaughterhouse workers.

  • 39% of L.A. millennials 'chronically stressed' about money, survey finds

    Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Most Los Angeles millennials are confident about their ability to manage their finances, but that doesn't mean they're not stressing about money. A new survey by Bank of America and USA Today found that L.A. millennials ages 18 to 34 say they have a clear understanding of their financial situation and 44% are prepared for a rainy day, with three months of living expenses saved up. But 75% say they worry about their finances "often" or at least "sometimes," with 39% saying they are "chronically stressed" about money.

  • "Star Wars," zombies hot for Halloween

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    As a highly anticipated “Star Wars” movie sequel draws closer, The Force seems to be growing strong in Halloween fans. Costumes featuring characters from the early movies — especially Darth Vader and Yoda — are selling briskly for adults, children and even dogs and cats. On the candy side, there’s also a broad selection of Star Wars-themed munchies to be acquired if you have sufficient galactic credits.

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance to Buy Rite Aid for $17.2 Billion

    Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. agreed to acquire Rite Aid Corp. for $9.42 billion in cash in a transaction to further expand the company’s role in the distribution of medications in the U.S. The transaction would combine the second- and third-largest drugstore chains in the U.S., with a total of about 12,800 locations, helping Walgreens vault past market leader CVS Health Corp. The acquisition will add to Walgreens’ earnings beginning a full year after completion and will produce more than $1 billion in savings from cost overlaps, the companies said Tuesday in a statement. Including debt, the deal is valued at $17.2 billion, they said.

  • Aquafina to say it comes from same source as tap water

    Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The label on Aquafina water bottles will soon be changed to spell out that the drink comes from the same source as tap water, the brand's owner PepsiCo said Friday.   A group called Corporate Accountability International has been pressuring bottled water sellers to curb what it calls misleading marketing practices.   Aquafina is the single biggest bottled water brand, and its bottles are now labeled "P.W.S." The new labels will spell out "public water source."

  • Opponents of PSO smart meters want program halted

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    As they wait for an administrative law judge to rule on opt-out fees for new smart meters, opponents continue to push for PSO to halt its meter installation program and to suspend using the technology. A conservative, grass-roots organization, Tulsa 9.12 Project, recently called for Oklahoma’s attorney general to bar further installations of smart meters while a variety of issues are evaluated. Those include whether the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has the authority to allow smart meter installations.

  • REI closing on Black Friday for 1st time in push to #OptOutside

    Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Outdoor gear and sporting goods retailer REI is canceling Black Friday this year. No promotions, no hourly sales, no doorbusters, no waiting in line.   In an unprecedented move for the modern-day holiday shopping season, REI's 143 stores will be closed the day after Thanksgiving. The co-op business plans to launch a campaign Tuesday encouraging people to forgo shopping to spend time outside instead. With the hashtag #OptOutside, REI will ask people to share what they're doing on Black Friday on social media.

  • The Median Rent for an SF Two-Bedroom Hits $5,000/Month

    Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    It's that time of month again when rental website Zumper puts out their monthly rent report and dashes San Franciscans' dreams of ever being able to move again. The new median rental price for a one-bedroom in the city is $3,620, up $90 in just one month. That price is also up 13 percent over last year's mark. As Zumper points out, the even bigger increase has been in two-bedroom rents, which hit a $5,000 median for the first time this month and are up 19 percent in a year. San Francisco remains, of course, the most expensive city in the country for rents.

  • The $70,000 minimum wage is paying off for that Seattle company

    Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Gravity Payments, that Seattle credit-card-payments processing company that said all its employees would earn at least $70,000 in three years, is defying the doomsayers.   Revenue is growing at twice the rate it was before Chief Executive Dan Price made his announcement this spring, according to a report on Inc.com. Profits have doubled. Customer retention is up, despite some who left because they disagreed with the decision or feared service would suffer. (Price said he’d make up the extra cost by cutting his own $1.1 million pay.)   Barely any employees have left — although some outsiders, including some commenting on a MarketWatch article about the decision earlier this year, warned that employees could start putting in less effort because everyone is being paid the same regardless.

  • Oklahoma gasoline prices could fall even more

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    The common price of regular unleaded gasoline dipped below $2 a gallon in Tulsa on Thursday afternoon, about a month after rising above that mark. Many convenience stores were posting $1.99 in the city, down from $2.02 the day before. “I wouldn’t say we’re in a free fall, but it’s definitely a nosedive,” said Chuck Mai, a spokesman for travel club AAA-Oklahoma.

  • Study: Quakes linked to injection well activity dating back to 1920s

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Oct 21, 2015

    A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey links injection well activity to most of the strong earthquakes in Oklahoma occurring not only in recent years, but throughout the 20th century. The study, released Tuesday, found that strong statistical evidence points to wastewater injection well activity as the cause of most Oklahoma earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.5 and greater. The evidence indicates there is a less than 1 percent chance that the correspondence between earthquakes 3.5 magnitude and greater occurring in the same area as injection well activity were random events, said Susan Hough, a USGS seismologist who was a co-author of the study along with colleague Morgan Page.

  • Former executive of Oklahoma company sentenced to nearly three years in prison

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    A former executive who helped prosecutors convict former Arrow Trucking Co. CEO James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker was sentenced to serve 35 months in prison Friday. U.S. District Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell ordered Jonathan Leland Moore to serve the time after prosecutors requested a lighter sentence be imposed than what was given to his boss last week. Moore was the chief financial officer at Arrow Trucking when it abruptly closed in December 2009, triggering a criminal investigation into the financial collapse of the family owned business.

  • Netflix Execs Say They Plan To Offer News And Are Negotiating For 'Star Wars'

    Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Netflix isn’t interested in presenting sports matches, but news is a different story, executives said in a wide-ranging conference call with Wall Street that seemed to allay some investor concerns about today’s weaker-than-expected Q3 report. The stock price, which initially fell more than 7% in post-market trading, recovered to -1.2% after the call. The likelihood that Netflix will offer news programming to rival Vice — more on the features side than breaking news — is “probably high,” Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, when prodded by CEO Reed Hastings.

  • Women in their 20s earn more than men of same age, study finds

    Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Women in their 20s have reversed the gender pay gap, but their earning power is still overtaken by men later in life. Figures compiled by the Press Association have shown that between the ages of 22 and 29, a woman will typically earn £1,111 more per annum than her male counterparts. Using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), PA analysed the comparative earnings of men and women between 2006 and 2013. Statistics for 2014 have yet to be verified and were excluded.

  • Study: Most Americans unhappy at work

    Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the vast majority of U.S. workers -- 70 percent -- are not reaching their full potential, a Gallup study concluded.   The 2013 State of the American Workplace Report estimates that widespread disinterest and unhappiness in the office is not only affecting company performance, but is costing the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion a year.  Through thousands of questionnaires sent to employees, Gallup determined whether America's 100 million full-time workers were "engaged," "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at their jobs.

  • McDonald's franchisees say all-day breakfast is a nightmare

    Published: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    McDonald's franchisees say the company's all-day breakfast launch has been a nightmare, Business Insider reports. The new menu is slowing down service, reducing average ticket costs, and causing chaos in the kitchens, franchisees told Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski in a new survey. 

  • The Tesla Model S Now Has an Autopilot Mode

    Published: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    ​In a monumental step toward self-driving cars, Tesla Motors has just released an autopilot software upgrade for its line of Model S sedans—both new ones and already purchased. With the new software, the Model S electric vehicles will be the first commercial cars on the road with autonomous driving capabilities. "We think of it sort of as a public beta," said CEO Elon Musk at today's press conference, "I think it is going to be quite a profound experience for people when they use it."