• Gas prices head toward $3 per gallon average in ND

    Updated: 32 min ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An industry expert says gas prices in North Dakota may drop below an average of $3 a gallon before the end of the year. AAA North Dakota spokesman Gene LaDoucer says Tuesday's average of $3.22 per gallon is down 23 cents since Labor Day and the lowest average since February. The national average is $3.10, down 34 cents since Labor Day and the lowest price since Jan. 12, 2011. The average price in Fargo was $2.98. Other averages are $3.06 in Grand Forks, $3.29 in Minot, $3.32 in Bismarck, $3.33 in Dickinson, and $3.42 in Williston. LaDoucer says the last time the state or national average fell below $3 a gallon was in December 2010.

  • Official: Gas utilities appear prepared for winter

    Updated: 56 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A state regulator says Arizona natural gas customers can rest assured that utilities will be able to meet the winter demand for heating. Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump says a warmer-than-normal winter is forecast and that utilities appear prepared to meet energy demands during the state's colder months. Gas utilities and pipeline companies on Tuesday presented the commission with the companies' plans to meet heating demands in the upcoming winter. Southwest Gas, UNS Gas, Alliant Gas, Questar, Transwestern Pipeline, and El Paso Natural Gas made presentations. The companies also outlined their emergency plans to deal with any potential service outages.

  • New Mexico rule changing fracking water reuse eyed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are considering a proposed rule that would allow the reuse of produced water in oilfield drilling operations. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin told Hobbs News-Sun (http://goo.gl/6dyY6f) this week that the department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new rule that could help cut fresh water consumption by industry. The draft of that rule is expected sometime this month. Martin says the changes New Mexico is looking to adopt are similar to those used in Texas, where produced water is already being reused in drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations.

  • Drone operation course to be offered at GA school

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Clarke County school is planning to offer courses to teach students how to operate drones, track down cybercriminals and more. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/125BJOq ) Clarke County Career Academy will offer several career-oriented courses next year in an effort to increase students' interest in dual high school-college enrollment. The courses are expected to be available in fall of 2015. Athens Technical College Vice President Dan Smith says the courses are tailored to fit careers in industries that are expected to expand in the future. Aside from drone operations and mobile cybersecurity, Smith says the career academy plans to offer courses in video game design, robotics and mor

  • Germany's Lufthansa to sell IT division to IBM

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest airline, Lufthansa, says it plans to sell its information technology infrastructure division to IBM as part of a deal aimed at reducing the company's IT costs. Lufthansa said Wednesday that it expects to cut costs by about 70 million euros ($89 million) per year under the proposed deal, which will see the airline outsource all its IT infrastructure services to IBM. It said negotiations have still to be completed. Lufthansa says it will take one-time charges this year of 240 million euros due to restructuring and other costs resulting from the deal. It didn't give the value of the sale, which it expects to take effect in March. The division has some 1,400 employees. Lufthansa shares rose

  • Government to announce Social Security COLA

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits are about to find out how much their monthly payments will increase next year. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent. That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary. The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday morning, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices. By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year. More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual in

  • Manchin showing Whitehouse W.Va. energy facilities

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin will take colleague Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island around West Virginia to learn about its coal and energy resources. Wednesday's tour will include stops at Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County, Mount Storm Power Station, wind turbines and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown. The two Democratic U.S. senators are looking for common ground on energy and climate change issues. On Oct. 10, Whitehouse brought Manchin to Rhode Island to learn about the effects of climate change. They visited coastal locations, including a summer community forced to retreat from shore due to beach erosion, and businesses in danger of washing out to sea.

  • 4 candidates for NY governor to debate

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A debate between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and two third-party candidates is likely to be the only opportunity voters have to see the candidates for New York governor interact before Election Day. The hour-long exchange begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast statewide on public television. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott will participate alongside the major party candidates. Viewers can expect to see the contenders grapple with education policy, taxes, gun control, upstate economic development, Albany corruption and whether New York should authorize hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

  • Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88. Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said. Hunt was among the world's wealthiest men. His father was legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, who left behind a multibillion-dollar fortune and Placid Oil Co., once one of the biggest independent oil companies. Nelson Bunker Hunt built on his father's oil and gas holdings, finding a rich Libyan oil field only to have it nationalized later by Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Daines, Curtis clash on government role in energy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis clashed over energy and the government's proper role in the industry during the first U.S. Senate debate in Montana's oil patch on Tuesday in Sidney. It was only the second meeting of the candidates since Curtis entered the race in late August following the withdrawal of Sen. John Walsh. It's likely to be their last face-to-face meeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Daines hammered on a theme of Washington, D.C. bureaucratic over-reach and singled out the Environmental Protection Agency for hindering coal, oil and gas production.

  • Oklahoma drilling reports, livestock, Oct. 22

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Oklahoma drilling reports, livestock, Oct. 22

  • Oklahoma News Briefs for Oct. 29

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Oklahoma News Briefs for Oct. 29, 2014

  • Oklahoma County sets jury in road rage murder trial, alternate juror to be selected

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A jury of nine women and three men were selected in the trial of David Edward Bloebaum, 59, in Oklahoma County District Court. He faces one count of first-degree murder and two counts of carrying a firearm.

  • Indian clinic camp is popular with Oklahoma City youths

    By Sarah Lobban, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s TURTLE camp was offered during fall break and included soccer and yoga.

  • New fall festival is scheduled Saturday in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    An old-fashioned festival is replacing Trick or Treat on the Street in Edmond. The new, free event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond.

  • Stillwater woman is inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

    By Kristin Knight, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Patricia McNally is a new member of the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

  • Oklahoma county government self-insurer can't be sued for bad faith

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A self-insurance group for Oklahoma county governments can’t be sued for bad faith because it is entitled to sovereign immunity, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Delaware County had sued the insurer trying to get it to pay for a $13.5 million settlement with 15 female former county jail inmates who said the were sexually abused.

  • Foundation gives awards to students

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Madinah’s Educational Foundation and Scholarship Program honored high school and college students

  • Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a large LCD screen. But as I tested out Apple's new iPad Air 2, I see why people like to shoot pictures with a tablet. Images look great on the large screen, and there's less guesswork about whether or not small details, such as lettering on a sign, will be in focus. And what you see — and get — with the iPad Air 2 is a better camera. The rear one now matches the iPhone's 8 megapixels, up from 5 megapixels, and incorporates fe

  • Oklahoma City arts projects are popping up around downtown area

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Efforts by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. are underway to add even more displays with murals set to be added to the railway viaduct that runs along the western boundary of Bricktown and interactive displays throughout the Central Business District.