• Colorado Springs defense contractor Imprimis announces agreement to result in 25-35 hires

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Colorado Springs defense contractor Imprimis Inc. has received a research contract from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago to adapt Department of Defense cybersecurity standards for and expand their use by manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors nationwide. Imprimis and subcontractors Spire Manufacturing Solutions and Western Cyber Exchange, which both also are based in the Springs, plan to hire between 25 and 35 employees locally and in Chicago to complete the one-year project, said Mike Semmens, cofounder and principal of Imprimis. He declined to disclose the size of the contract, but said the value was less than $1 million.

  • Posting on LinkedIn accelerates connections, new business leads

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Building a complete LinkedIn profile not only allows others to easily find you, but also allows them to shorten the cycle of getting to know you, like you and even trust you.

  • Tesla

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The new Tesla gallery will open in Fort Worth Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Test dives will be available by appointment only. Customers custom-order their electric vehicle online, with exactly the features they want.

  • Tesla Gallery opens Friday to show electric cars in Fort Worth

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Fort Worth motorists in the market for a luxury electric vehicle no longer have to drive all the way to Dallas for a peek at a Tesla. Instead, they now have a Tesla Gallery of their own. The tradition-busting car manufacturer on Friday is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of its newest gallery at . The store, which opens at 10 a.m., is in the University Park Village shopping center, just northeast of Colonial Country Club. Prospective customers can learn about the $70,000-plus, cutting-edge vehicles by talking with Tesla associates on-site, or by viewing the many educational displays. Test drives are by appointment only, but no sales are allowed because the direct-sale company does not have dealerships.

  • Now even Pandora is struggling with its future

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Music streaming service Pandora had a bizarre day Thursday just before announcing its latest earnings report, Mashable reports. Its stock moved up and down so wildly — suddenly jumping from $8.35 a share to $11.20 a share  —  that the New York Stock Exchange forced trading in Pandora stock to come to a sudden halt. 

  • S-C teacher Michael Wright resigns for position at SFCC

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The Sedalia School District 200 accepted the resignation of one of its outstanding educators in closed session Monday night. Although the Sedalia district is losing Michael Wright, an instructional technology teacher at Smith-Cotton High School, he plans to continue working with the educational system in Pettis County. Wright is slated to become the Executive Director of the State Fair Career and Technology Center, pending approval from the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees at the Feb. 23 meeting. “There are so many things that have meant so much to me in my time at Sedalia 200,” Wright said. “I think more than anything I will miss building the relationships and connections I have with both the students and

  • Twitter is losing customers and its stock is falling

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    It's hard for the small core of Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just isn't popular enough to be successful. In fact, Twitter is losing customers. The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading. Twitter had 305 million active users by the end of 2015. By contrast, Facebook (FB, Tech30) has 1.6 billion. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) has eight products with over 1 billion users each. Even Instagram surpassed Twitter in September, growing to 400 million users.

  • Oklahoma governor warns against putting tax breaks on hold

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma lost out on two significant business projects because the Legislature is considering trimming tax breaks, Gov. Mary Fallin said in urging lawmakers to tread lightly as they consider altering economic development incentives. Also, backers of millions of dollars in historic preservation efforts, including the First National Center in Oklahoma City, are warning their financing could fall through if favorable tax treatment is lost. The governor issued a statement Tuesday evening saying lawmakers need to be careful “not to harm economic development prospects by hampering the state's ability to diversify its economy and create jobs.

  • Flood Committee aims to control flooding

    Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    The North Alamogordo Flood Control Committee (NAFCC) has recently been in talks with County and City officials as well as the Army Corps of Engineers to finally get started on a project to control flooding on the north side of Alamogordo. Studies of the area have been on the shelf for years since the 1960s and the NAFCC says it’s time to do something about it. Recently, a proposed project by the Corps of Engineers, was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962. Under the Energy and Water Appropriation Act of 2004, Congress modified the authorization to construct a flood detention basin, along with detention ponds, instead of a channel to protect the north side of Alamogordo.

  • Say goodbye to old-school paperwork; WFISD to roll out online registration

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Once the back-to-school shopping is done, the one thing parents dread at the beginning of every school year is when their children haul stacks of seemingly endless paperwork out of their backpacks for mom and dad to fill out — and turn in. By the next day or soon after. But it's a necessary evil, as parents break out their pens and fill out consent form after consent form, from medical and emergency contact forms to forms that give the district permission to allow their children to be in newspaper photos, to permission forms for Internet usage, to school trip permission forms, and on and on. But it looks like the beginning-of-the-year paperwork stack may be going away and replaced by something everyone hopes will make life

  • BRIEF: ASU's Nursing Graduate Program nationally ranked

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    For the second straight year, CollegeChoice.net has ranked Angelo State University's online Master of Science in Nursing degree programs among the Best Online Master's Programs in Nursing in the U.S. ASU is one of seven Texas schools to make the CollegeChoice.net rankings for 2016 by meeting ranking criteria including quality of faculty, technology and support, online engagement, tuition costs and average pay for graduates, according to an ASU news release. CollegeChoice.net is an independent educational resource publication. In January, ASU's online graduate nursing program was ranked No. 36 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its 2016 edition of Best Online Programs, and ASU's Nursing Department was ranked

  • Colorado Springs-based company settles trade-secret lawsuit against former employees

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Colorado Springs-based Chromatic Technologies Inc. has settled a lawsuit against four ex-employees and their company on allegations of misappropriating trade secrets. The $1.1 million settlement also includes a 10-year permanent injunction prohibiting defendants Eric Cathie, John Davis, Jake Melcher and Rob Ugianskis from serving in any sales or technical support capacity for temperature-sensitive metal decorating ink products, according to a Chromatic Technologies news release. Chromatic Technologies is best known for producing temperature-sensitive inks used to indicate when Molson Coors Brewing Co. beer is cold.

  • Oklahoma tribe agrees to pay $48 million to avoid prosecution in payday lending scheme

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Two companies controlled by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma have agreed to pay $48 million to avoid federal prosecution for their involvement in a lending scheme that charged borrowers interest rates as high as 700 percent. As part of the Miami tribe's agreement with the federal government, the tribe acknowledged that a tribal representative filed false factual declarations in multiple state court actions. Federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal indictment Wednesday charging Kansas City Race Car driver Scott Tucker and his lawyer, Timothy Muir, with racketeering charges and violating the Truth in Lending Act for their role in operating the online internet payday lending business. Tucker and Muir were arrested Wednesday in K

  • Austin software maker Q2 Holdings reports strong revenue growth

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Shares of banking software maker Q2 Holdings got a lift on Wednesday after the company reported strong revenue growth in the fourth quarter. The Austin-based company’s stock was up nearly 7 percent to $19.58 in after hours trading. The company’s earnings were released after markets closed. Q2 Holdings, which provides electronic banking services to banks and credit unions, said its revenue was $30.4 million, a 37 percent increase over the same quarter the previous year. The company reported a net loss of $8.4 million, or 22 cents a share, compared to a net loss of $4.8 million, or 14 cents, a year ago. After adjustments, the company reported a net loss of $3.6 million, or 9 cents a share, compared to a net loss

  • Hertz warns 255 Oklahoma City employees of pending layoffs

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Hertz Global Holdings on Wednesday told about 255 of its Oklahoma City employees that they are subject to being laid off. About 230 local information technology employees and 25 finance administration workers were told that their positions "may be impacted" as Hertz moves its day-to-day IT support to IBM, the company said. About 100 of the affected Hertz IT employees are eligible for retirement benefits, and all of the Hertz IT workers are eligible to apply for the 60 positions IBM will be hiring as part of the move, Hertz said. Most of the rental car company's information technology operation is based in Oklahoma City.

  • License Plate Reading Technology

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    PennDOT demonstrates a license plate reading technology Feb. 10, 2016 behind the Pa. State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. These cameras will identify license and registration of autos in real time. (Mark Pynes/PennLive.

  • GCISD leader discusses potential bond, issues for 2016

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A possible bond election, state accountability changes and innovative learning strategies are all part of the picture for 2016 for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district. A committee composed of parents, residents and GCISD employees is wrapping up its recommendations for a potential bond election later this year. “Bond elections are vitally important for districts subject to Robin Hood,” said Superintendent Robin Ryan. He noted that funds generated by bond packages are not subject to state recapture, but those dollars must be used for capital improvements. “We gain about 25 cents on the dollar when we work to fund as much as legally possible with bond funds,” he said.

  • Kansas House Republicans weigh proposal to delay pension payments before budget vote

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A proposal to allow Gov. Sam Brownback to delay payments to the state’s pension fund has been criticized by state employees and teachers, who have inundated lawmakers with e-mails opposing it. Kansas House Republicans spent a Wednesday morning caucus meeting hashing out the proposal – versions of which are in both the House and Senate budget bills – ahead of an 11 a.m. debate on the House bill. SB 161, the House bill, would enable the governor to delay a payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System at the end of the 2016 fiscal year in June and require him to pay it back the following year. An amendment that will be brought on the floor by Rep.

  • Hertz warns 255 Oklahoma City employees of pending layoffs

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Jobs will vanish as company shifts information technology services to IBM. 80 Tulsa employees also to lose jobs.

  • Kiamichi Technology Center Selects January Student of the Month

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Kiamichi Technology Center selected Shelbie Walker as the January student of the month. Shelbie is a senior at McAlester High School and is a student in the Biomedical Science Program at Kiamichi Technology Center, where she was selected outstanding student for the first semester. After graduating Shelbie plans on attending Oklahoma University and majoring in the medicine where she can pursue her dream of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Pictured from left to right are Angela Evans, campus director; and Shelbie Walker, biomedical sciences program.




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