• April factory orders dip; fall 8th time in 9 months

    By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON — U.S. factory orders fell in April, a sign manufacturers are struggling amid a stronger dollar and cheaper oil. Orders fell 0.4 percent in April, marking the eighth decline in nine months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The key category that tracks business investment plans — nonmilitary capital goods excluding aircraft — slipped 0.3 percent. Orders for electronic products fell 4 percent as demand in the volatile aircraft category dove sharply. The stronger dollar has increased the cost of U.S.-made goods overseas, cutting into sales in Europe and Asia. At the same time, cheaper oil prices have cut demand from energy firms for pipelines

  • Blue Bell, FDA had listeria warning signs at Alabama plant years ago

    By Claudia Grisales
    Austin American-Statesman |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of reaching a deal with Alabama state health officials to boost testing and other safety measures, federal reports show Blue Bell Creameries was also warned of leaks and hygiene issues at its facilities in that state as far back as 2011. Over the course of at least a half dozen visits by Alabama state health department inspectors dating back to 2010, reports show that the Blue Bell facility in Sylacauga, Ala., saw issues also seen at its plants in Broken Arrow and Brenham, Texas, where the company is based. The reports were obtained by the American-Statesman as part of an open records request. The U.S.

  • Pinterest to start 'buyable' feature for pinning down shopping options

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK — Users of Pinterest will soon be able to buy items directly through the company's app using a new type of pin. Pinterest and Canadian e-commerce company Shopify said Tuesday that the “buyable pins” will debut in the next few weeks. Pinterest says buyable items will have a blue pin displaying their price. Users will be able to search for similar items based on color and price. The company says items from brands including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Cole Haan, Michaels and thousands of Shopify stores will have the pins. Fabric and craft retailer Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Inc. says it will also participate in the program.

  • Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey shows Oklahomans optimistic for 2015

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma consumers also showed an increase in confidence as it relates to business conditions over the next five years.

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority keeps it simple

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Recently while driving in the Houston area, I found out that unless you have the correct windshield sticker, you can’t use the toll road. In the Houston area, one must have, at least, one of three different electronic toll charge devices stuck to your windshield. Only an EZ-TAG will work on a couple of roads. Thank you Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for keeping it simple for all of Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma County public records for June 3

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for June 3, 2015

  • Oklahoma City's Western Avenue to host new music and street festival

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    West Fest will close a portion of Western Avenue in Oklahoma City to make way for food trucks and free concerts Sept. 19.

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for June 3

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $57.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $45.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 18: COMPLETION Grady: Vitruvian II Woodford LLC; Castle No. 1-35H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 35-04N-06W; 8,146,000 cu-ft gas per day 125 barrels oil per day; TD 19,399. Vitruvian II Woodford LLC; Johnson Rogers No. 2-17X8H Well; SE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (BHL) of 08-04N-05W; 261 barrels oil per day 3,746,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 22,289. Vitruvian II Woodford LLC; Parks No. 2-14X23H Well; SE1/4 NW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 14-04N-06W; 428 barrels oil per day 6,315,000 cu-ft gas per

  • U.S. travel group calls for changes in aviation taxes

    By Gregory Karp
    Chicago Tribune |
    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    A travel organization on Tuesday called for major changes to the nation's aviation system, including how to pay for it and eliminating a tax loophole that it says encourages airlines to charge extra fees for services like checked bags. U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said the group's plan is “realistically achievable in the current political climate” and “stops the incessant kicking the can down the road with no real improvement.” The centerpiece of the plan is to eliminate five passenger aviation taxes. The net effect on a domestic airline ticket would be a reduction of between $9.50 and $25.50, based on a base average round-trip airfare of $340, according to U.S.

  • Farm humor

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    “No DROUGHT about it” (News, May 29) quotes Charlie Swanson, a farmer near Roosevelt, as saying, “We’ve gone from one extreme to another.” That reminded me of a cartoon in the Lubbock, Texas, newspaper in 1940. I lived on a farm at the time. In the cartoon, one farmer visiting with another said, “It is either too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold, too windy or too still. Dadgumit, if it weren’t for the security in farming I’d just quit.

  • Clarence Page: Now showing on Red State reality TV ...

    By Clarence Page | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    After watching the fuss Republican presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee made about Beyonce Knowles early this year, it has been amusing to watch him try to wriggle and squirm his way out of the Duggar family’s scandal. In his latest book, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist pastor got all judgy about the president and first lady allowing their teen daughters to be crazy in love with Grammy-award winning Beyonce and her rap star husband, Jay Z. He even went so far as to accuse Jay Z of “crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object.

  • It's time to treat immigration reform as a human issue

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Regarding “GOP shouldn’t embrace harsh immigration stance” (Our Views, May 28): Immigration isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue. It’s a human issue. After the citizenry and Congress realized that civil rights wasn’t a “black issue” and a women’s right to vote wasn’t a “women’s issue,” changes were made in our laws.

  • 'Oklahoma Standard' shown in car rescuers

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    On the evening of May 23, during a torrential downpour, my wife and I attempted to drive three blocks from our home to join friends for dinner. Our car died just after we turned north onto Western Avenue off NW 63. I began pushing the car toward a parking lot when a young man suddenly appeared out of the rain and helped me, but he disappeared before I could properly thank him. The rain was still pouring down as I tried to push our car into a parking slot when another young man dashed across Western and helped me, but he also left before I could properly thank him. These were perfect examples of the “Oklahoma Standard” of helping others in need. I hope these two young men read this so I can say “Thank You.

  • Oklahoma business brief for June 3

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma business brief for June 3, 2015

  • Michael Gerson: South Sudan swirls toward chaos

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    UAJOK, South Sudan — “I wish,” a South Sudanese female aid worker said to me, “they had waited five or 10 years before resuming the war.” This is what passes for hope in South Sudan. It was only 21/2 years after independence in 2011 that war resumed. “They” are President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, whose political rivalry has turned into an armed conflict with an ugly ethnic subtext. Kiir is a Dinka; Machar a Nuer. Recent bloodshed has deepened old resentments between the tribes. The result is a tragic betrayal of promise. The government prints money to cover spending as oil revenues fall.

  • Clarence Page: Now showing on Red State reality TV ...

    By Clarence Page | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    After watching the fuss Republican presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee made about Beyonce Knowles early this year, it has been amusing to watch him try to wriggle and squirm his way out of the Duggar family's scandal. In his latest book, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist pastor got all judgy about the president and first lady allowing their teen daughters to be crazy in love with Grammy-award winning Beyonce and her rap star husband, Jay Z. He even went so far as to accuse Jay Z of “crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers: Flood-control investments must be a priority

    BY STATE REP. LESLIE OSBORN | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    For more than 60 years, Oklahomans have realized the benefits of our investment in flood-control infrastructure. Our 2,107 flood-control dams, built by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since the 1950s, are an important investment in building resilience to extreme weather events that are all too familiar to Oklahomans. While up to 22 inches of rain fell in some parts of the state this May, flood-control dams prevented an estimated $96 million in damage to land and property statewide. Before this system of upstream dams was in place, walls of water would rage down streams, washing away farmland and destroying communities large and small. The water still came this

  • New Year's Eve never again will be the same

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    New Year’s Eve never will be the same. Oh, that’s not true. It will be the same in 2017, when the college football spotlight again returns to New Year’s Day. But for the next two seasons, Dec. 31 will be the biggest date of the college football season. The college equivalent of the NFL’s Championship […]

  • Your Views

    | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    A human issue Regarding “GOP shouldn't embrace harsh immigration stance” (Our Views, May 28): Immigration isn't a Democrat or Republican issue. It's a human issue. After the citizenry and Congress realized that civil rights wasn't a “black issue” and a women's right to vote wasn't a “women's issue,” changes were made in our laws.

  • EPA and its 'arbitrary grab'

    | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has conducted five hearings on EPA's WOTUS rule. In a February hearing, both EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary for the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy admitted the proposed WOTUS rule was flawed, inconsistent, and ambiguous and promised to fix it. Some fix. Many of those promises were simply abandoned. For example, Administrator McCarthy told the National Farmers' Union that irrigation ditches were of no interest to the agency. But, because irrigation water is not “ephemeral” or “intermittent” — just about the only terms limiting the new scope of federal water regulation over ditches — it is now vulnerable




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