• KOCO: Edna's gets facelift right before 26th anniversary

    Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Thousands of dollars, endless lunch boxes and countless memories: all trademarks at Edna’s, one of the most popular dive bars in Oklahoma City, says KOCO, and now, it will be easier for you to put up your dollar bill. Edna's grandson, Nathan Lucas, knew it was time to replace the old brick walls with wood paneling to make it possible for people to staple their dollar bills up ...

  • WPX Energy cuts capital spending plan by half to $725 million midpoint

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    WPX Energy Inc. is cutting its expected capital spending budget this year by 50 percent, focusing nearly all of that on its core areas of the San Juan, Piceance and Willison basins, the Tulsa-based oil and gas producer revealed this week. All three of those plays are part of WPX's long-term strategy. WPX has sold off other assets, including the Apco interests in South America and in the Marcellus Shale of the eastern U.S. This year's capital spending range has a midpoint of $725 million, compared with $1.5 billion in 2014. Many oil and gas companies have cut expenditures or laid off employees in response to the seven-month decline in crude oil prices. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Scanadu: The medical Tricorder from Star Trek is here

    Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    In 2013, an Illinois man convinced several investors to fund a revolutionary medical device, to the tune of over $25 million. He called it the "McCoy Home Health Tablet", and promised it would instantly deliver patient data to doctors.

  • Massive new apartment complex begins construction in Tulsa's East Village

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    So far, the majority of new living options in downtown Tulsa have come through the renovation of older buildings. That’s not the case with Hartford Commons. When finished approximately 14 months from now, the new building being constructed at 215 S. Greenwood Ave. will add a whopping 162 apartment units to the East Village portion of downtown. The $26 million project is a partnership between restaurateur Elliot Nelson and investor Casey Stowe, who are redeveloping several other downtown buildings as Nelson Stowe, as well as local apartment developer American Residential Group. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Real estate agent lives in Witch's House

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    It looks decrepit and disheveled. But if a witch were rich, she might feel right at home in this Beverly Hills house. Just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive sits the Spadena House, or Witch's House as it is universally called, inducing double takes from most who pass by.

  • Facebook now lets you post when you're dead

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    You can now assign a friend or family member to take over your Facebook profile when you die. The oft-requested feature allows you to choose a Facebook (FB, Tech30) friend to be a "legacy contact," who will serve as a kind of executor of your social network page. The friend can post information on your behalf (such as funeral details), respond to new friend requests and update your profile photo.

  • Survey: Women don't like talking about their money

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Women are willing to talk about a lot of things, but their financial situation isn't one of them, a new survey reveals. USA TODAY reports four out of five women (80%) say they have refrained at some point from talking about their finances with family and friends, according to the survey of 1,542 women, ages 18 and older. All the respondents were employed or retired and had a retirement plan such as 401(k), 403(b), 401(a) or 457. Among the top reasons they give for staying mum about money: They consider it too personal, they don't want those close to them to know the information, it makes them uncomfortable or they weren't raised to discuss money.

  • Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    High-profile hacks have companies on the defensive, trying to prevent becoming the next Sony Pictures or Anthem. And data shows phishing emails are more and more common as entry points for hackers - unwittingly clicking on a link in a scam email could unleash malware into a network or provide other access to cyberthieves. So a growing number of companies, including Twitter Inc., are giving their workers' a pop quiz, testing security savvy by sending spoof phishing emails to see who bites.

  • Neil Armstrong's widow finds artifacts from moonwalk in a closet

    Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Any traveler who returns with mementos from their adventures might struggle deciding what exactly to do with them. Perhaps that's why astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, left some of his personal artifacts from his journey to the moon in a closet.

  • Tulsa-based Williams Partners has restarted Geismar plant damaged in 2013 explosion

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A Geismar, Louisiana chemical plant which was nearly destroyed in a deadly June 2013 explosion and fire is rebuilt and producing ethylene for sale, Tulsa-based Williams Partners announced Tuesday. The new production comes after several delays while Williams worked at rebuilding and expanding the Geismar plant. Ethylene is used in petrochemical production for things like plastic and paint. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa-area apartments become more popular, more expensive

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Apartment-dwellers might not have to deal with property taxes and lawn care, but they got hit with a near-record increase in rent last year. Overall, rents at Tulsa-area apartments increased 6.4 percent, according to a year-end apartment survey by CB Richard Ellis. David Forrest, co-author of the report along with Brian Donahue, said the jump tied the records in recent years. “I’ve been doing this survey since 1998, and there’s only been two other years we’ve had increases in six percent," he said. "Those were 1998 and 2007." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Quake Debate: Scientists warn of potential for 'large earthquake' as injection well discussion continues

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The warning may have seemed a little dramatic at the time, but OSU geology professor Todd Halihan wanted to get lawmakers’ attention about the risk of a damaging earthquake. “We knew the dust bowl would happen scientifically, but as scientists we did not communicate it effectively to the people of the state; I don’t want to do it again with a large earthquake,” states a slide in Halihan's presentation to an interim study committee last October. “If a damaging earthquake occurs, do the right people foot the bill or do the taxpayers or the companies who are taking the proper precautions foot the bill?” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Here's how school lunch in the US stacks up against what's served in the rest of the world

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    It's estimated that 30.6 million students in the US get their lunches in the school cafeteria versus bringing it from home. And that's a problem: It's been found that students who eat school lunches are at a higher risk for being an unhealthy weight. While new standards are in place, schools have had a difficult time putting the guidelines to use.

  • How overworked Americans killed RadioShack

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    RadioShack is well on its way to oblivion. The retailer filed for bankruptcy and is closing thousands of stores. Its brand partner Sprint will overhaul many locations, meaning few RadioShack stores as we know them will exist. Many people have blamed RadioShack's demise on the popularity of the e-commerce giant Amazon. Critics of the brand say it was too outdated and slow to offer new merchandise.

  • 3 reasons America's favorite mall brands are dying

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    We’re not even two months in to 2015 and already one thing is clear: America’s favorite brands, from J.Crew to Levi’s, are battling to keep their customers happy. And while some are simply having a couple of bad months, others are closing up shop altogether, Yahoo Style reports. Nineties catalog brand Delia’s is liquidating, so is C.Wonder and Wet Seal. Kate Spade New York announced last week that it would close all Kate Spade Saturday stores, folding the little sister brand into KSNY. On the same day, Gap made news by firing its creative director, Rebekka Bay, only to eliminate her position altogether. And don’t forget about the teen retailers: while Wet Seal and Delia’s are kaput, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, and American Eagle are in the midst of an identity crisis.

  • Detroit's walking man to get $350K; his low-wage manufacturing job reflects new reality

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    James Robertson's story is emblematic of a new reality in the manufacturing business: Factory jobs no longer represent a guaranteed ladder to economic vitality, says the Detroit Free Press. Call it the Robertson economy. The 56-year-old Detroiter's story of walking 21 miles each day to an injection-molding job — first told Feb. 1 in the Free Press — captivated, inspired and horrified readers. The public spontaneously raised more than $350,000 for Robertson's cause — all while raining down contempt through social media on his employer, Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills, for paying him just $10.55 per hour.

  • Oilfield equipment maker Team Oil Tools closing Tulsa plant, laying off 95

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The modern day oil bust has claimed another employer in Tulsa. Team Oil Tools has informed the Oklahoma Department of Commerce that it will permanently close its manufacturing facility and lay off 95 workers. The facility is at 10557 East Ute St., just east of downtown Tulsa. The WARN notice that Team Oil Tools sent to the Commerce Department indicated that the closing will happen April 3. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Starbucks expands nondairy options

    Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    On Wednesday—after months of testing the waters—Starbucks confirmed that it will begin offering coconut milk on February 17, Yahoo Food reports. So, what’s the state of Starbucks’s non-dairy options? About that coconut milk: Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk, which is certified as vegan and hails from the tropical Indonesian island of Sumatra. In a press release, the company said it chose to add coconut milk because of the 84,000 people who voted for the idea at My Starbucks Idea, its crowdsourcing platform. 

  • Bleep blorp: New Japanese hotel to be staffed by robots

    Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The robot revolution may be gentler than we thought. We're not sure if the robotic staff at a planned hotel in Japan will be tucking guests into their beds at night, but they'll be performing plenty of other traditional hospitality tasks.

  • The 3 places where Facebook censors you the most

    Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    In certain countries, Facebook is faced with a draconian dilemma: censor your posts or the company gets banned. Consistently, it decides to censor. This isn't about your photos or public messages violating Facebook's own rules, like posting pornography. This is Facebook (FB, Tech30) acting as a government censor on that country's behalf. It's worst in India, Turkey and Pakistan, where thousands of pages and photos get pulled down every year for "blasphemy," criticizing the government or posting something that's religiously offensive.