• Inside Brian Williams Scandal at NBC News

    Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    It had been a tumultuous period for NBC’s news division, as had the entire four years since the Philadelphia cable/phone/Internet giant, Comcast, took over NBCUniversal, as the company is officially known, Vanity Fair reports. There was Ann Curry’s tearful flameout on Today; David Gregory’s long slide to his exit from Meet the Press; the strange firing after less than three months on the job of Jamie Horowitz, an ESPN executive brought in to fix Today; not to mention ratings declines at several of the division’s centerpiece shows, including Today and Meet the Press. Brian William's fabrication was just the latest ...

  • CDC recommends people not eat ice cream products from Broken Arrow Blue Bell facility

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people not eat Blue Bell products that were produced at a Broken Arrow facility after some ice cream products were found to be contaminated with listeria. Blue Bell products made at the Broken Arrow facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” located at the end of the code date printed on the bottom of the product package, according to a Blue Bell release. "We are voluntarily withdrawing these products from stores. If you have purchased any of these products, either discard or return it to the retailer for a full refund," the company states. "It is important to note that these products have not been recalled; however, some retailers have decided to remove products from their shelves." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • See which county soared above the state in household income

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    MEDFORD — Gary Aebi’s timing couldn’t have been any better when he decided three years ago to open an RV park in the Grant County town of Medford in northern Oklahoma. Business took off, thanks largely to the energy boom that sprung from new horizontal drilling and fracking techniques being employed in the area. With 21 stalls, the small RV park was pretty full by 2013, Aebi said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Center misses out on possible top 10 venue rank because of Garth Brooks' request

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The BOK Center ranked in the top 80 for arenas worldwide in the industry-tracking magazine Pollstar’s quarterly report; however, about 122,000 asterisks kept it from the top 10, BOK Center officials said. BOK Center officials said they were asked by Garth Brooks’ tour management to not report the numbers for his seven-show run at the arena in January. The roughly 17,500 tickets each night would have added 122,500 tickets to the BOK Center’s total, putting it in or near the top 10 of the worldwide rankings of arena venues. Ranked high this quarter was Cain’s Ballroom, which reached No. 17 in the first quarter, with 27,670 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2015. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • People named Burger and King are marrying in whopper of a wedding

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Joel Burger and Ashley King of Illinois are getting married, finally uniting the two warring families of the fast food kingdom and bringing peace to our land, Mashable reports. No but really, a Burger-King wedding is happening.

  • 15 high-paying dream jobs you've probably never heard of

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    If you want to make loads of money, but the idea of becoming a doctor, lawyer, or engineer sounds boring to you, you might not be cut out for any ordinary job. Luckily, there are plenty of high-paying gigs that aren't so run-of-the-mill.

  • How successful people work less and get more done

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    As cofounder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people's definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work. What's the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work — at least, in the traditional sense.

  • 17 interview questions that are designed to trick you

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Savvy hiring managers have honed their ability to ask the fewest questions yielding the greatest depth of information. One way they do this is by asking seemingly simple questions that get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal — queries that break through the traditional interview noise and clutter and get to the raw you.

  • The pizza that fed the Web's appetite for outrage

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The fight over gay rights and religious freedom exploded across the Web from an unlikely source this week: a pizza parlor in tiny Walkerton, Ind, Yahoo Tech reports. On Tuesday evening, a news report from a local ABC affiliate concerning a Walkerton pizza restaurant and the state’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act went viral and engulfed everything that came into its path, including Yelp, Twitter, a Web hosting company, a news station, and even the Indiana state Legislature. All the while it fed the Internet’s insatiable appetite for outrage.

  • 10 Cars You’d Be Foolish to Buy

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    When you’re in the market for your next car, there’s a dizzying array of factors to consider, says Yahoo Autos. Road-test performance, fuel economy, safety, reliability, and price and owner costs are chief among them. These objective measures can help winnow down a field of prospects rather quickly, identifying a select few standout models. Here, we present the castaways—those models that you should filter out due to their exceptional shortcomings. Based on our research and test drives, these are the 10 cars that you’d be a fool to buy.

  • Samson Resource makes dramatic moves; analyst predicts bankruptcy

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    One Samson Resource Co. official put it this way: The company has "somewhat of a runway" to elevate from its financial struggles, "but it's not very long." A Tulsa money manager put it more bluntly: Samson is probably headed for bankruptcy. Tulsa-based Samson not only is laying off one-third of its workforce, but also has stopped all drilling operations and has an amended deal with lenders that gives it very little financial flexibility in the short-term. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Parents offered refund for baby's $516 purchase

    Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Priceline has decided to give a refund to a Minnesota family for a $516 car rental for an "unusual situation" involving the renter, who was a 9-month-old baby, Good Morning America reports. Mandy Ellingson of Big Lake Minnesota said her son Daniel was sitting in her lap when she was shopping for car rentals for an upcoming family vacation on her laptop. Also on the phone with her in-laws who had found a better deal, Ellingson said she leaned over to delete her information on the Priceline website, but instead her baby completed the purchase.

  • Walmart emerges as unlikely voice for gay rights

    Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores has emerged as an unlikely voice for gay rights after the Arkansas state governor heeded his call on Wednesday to reject a much-criticized bill, Reuters reports. But the decision by Doug McMillon to speak out against the "religious freedom" bill reflects more than a decade of evolving policy by the retailer on the issue of gay and lesbian rights, and follows a pattern of taking stands on some social issues when it makes business sense to do so.

  • Stillwater councilors say energy lobbyists gave ultimatum on drilling-ordinance vote

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Two Stillwater city councilors say they were told by energy industry representatives that they should delay their vote on a local drilling ordinance or state legislators would pass a law that could “cost the city a lot of money.” The lobbyists and an attorney representing the Consumer Energy Alliance, an energy industry group based in Washington, D.C., told councilors that state lawmakers will approve one of two bills currently before the Legislature. If the council failed to delay its vote on the local ordinance, the lawmakers would pass the bill that is more restrictive of cities’ ability to regulate drilling, the councilors say they were told. Oklahoma-based lobbyists Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap met with council members before their March 23 meeting, during which councilors voted 3-2 to delay a vote on the ordinance. A public hearing on the ordinance had been set for April 6 but was delayed until April 20. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • ConocoPhillips estimates Bartlesville layoffs at less than 4 percent of workforce

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Houston-based oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips, which confirmed a round of layoffs beginning this week , has estimated that its reduction in Bartlesville will be less than four percent. On Wednesday, a ConocoPhillips spokesman added to the company's earlier statement, which did not include numbers. ConocoPhillips employs approximately 1,800 people at its support center in Bartlesville "Anytime you have to do these kinds of reductions, it’s always very difficult," said the spokesman with the Bartlesville office. "Our commitment to Bartlesville has not changed. We have been – and will continue to be – a strong part of the community." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Why You're Getting Bombarded With More Alcohol Ads Than Ever Before

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Beer behemoths are on an advertising bender as craft brewers slurp up drinkers, The Huffington Post reports. Spending on alcohol ads has shot up 400 percent over the last four decades, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. Yet the amount of booze Americans are buying has remained relatively the same. Brands are fighting harder to keep drinkers, but they're not convincing them to drink more. “It’s gotten harder and harder to reach consumers,” Gary B. Wilcox, the lead author of the study and a professor at the college’s advertising school, told The Huffington Post on Friday. “The size of the market isn’t expanding, so the intensity for market share has greatly increased over the last 40 years.”

  • Costco, which is known to sell the cheapest gas in the U.S., is adding pumps to its planned Tulsa location

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Work has begun on Tulsa’s first Costco, which will come complete with a gasoline station. The long-awaited members-only warehouse store took another step toward reality with a series of building permits approved by the city, as well as the start of earthwork on the site at the northwest corner of 103rd Street and Memorial Drive. The building permits, filed last week, also confirmed the store will sell gasoline at its future location. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • ConocoPhillips latest oil company to lay off employees due to oil bust

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    BARTLESVILLE — ConocoPhillips, the nation's largest independent oil and gas producer which employs more than 2,000 people at its former corporate home in Bartlesville, has begun laying employees off there due to the persistent fall in crude oil prices, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The company would not confirm how many workers are caught up in the reduction, but various estimates put it in the dozens. ConocoPhillips is laying people off companywide, including at its Houston base. "We have announced that we will have some workforce reductions, and the ones that are made will be driven by lower activity levels as well as the findings of a cost structure review," a company spokesman based in Bartlesville said Tuesday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    If pushing a cart up and down the lengthy aisles of your neighborhood supermarket — past dozens of brands of packaged cereal and crackers lit by fluorescent lights — feels overwhelming and soul-sucking, you're not alone. But there's some good news: The days of shopping this way may be numbered. Big grocery chains have realized that if they're going to win back some of the shoppers who have drifted away, they're going to have to get a lot more creative and flexible. Here are five ways ...

  • Ex-CFO who slammed Chick-fil-A now on foodstamps

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube. Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News. "I think people are scared," Smith says of potential employers. "I think people are scared that it could happen again." Back in the summer of 2012, as thousands of people were opposing Chick-fil-A's stance on gays, Smith rolled into a Chick-fil-A drive-thru for a free glass of water and slammed the female attendant: "Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation," Smith told her as he filmed the exchange. "I don't know how you live with yourself and work here. I don't understand it."