• Movie review: 'Terminator: Genisys'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    If you’re going to have to travel back to the past, not so much because robots demand it be reset, but rather because box office receipts require it, you might as well have some fun with it while you’re there. As the fifth installment in a seemingly tapped-out series, “Terminator: Genisys” tries to remake the past by remaking it then gleefully tearing it apart. Think a less-thoughtful, more meat-headed approach to J.J. Abrams’ first “Star Trek” reboot. While the first two “Terminator” films set the bar for sci-fi action films, they placed it so high that no future installments could touch them.

  • Drone class lets students take training to the sky

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Students can train to take to the sky this fall at Hillyard Technical Center in St. Joseph. Hillyard began a program last year to teach students about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aerial systems (UASs) — commonly known as drones. The St. Joseph School District now seeks a second instructor to expand the program to more students in the upcoming school year. Rick Sharp, electronics technology instructor at Hillyard, currently teaches the class. While the course focuses on hobbyists, Mr. Sharp said numerous practical applications are emerging for drone technology. For example, farmers and ranchers use drones as tools to scout their land, while emergency responders can use drones for search-and-rescu

  • California slips back to No. 8 economy in world

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday. According to the World Bank, Brazil's gross domestic product now stands at more than $2.3 trillion, running slightly higher than California's. The state's output was pegged at $2.3 trillion by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis last month. That pulls California's unofficial economic ranking down from seventh place in June. California bottomed out at ninth in 2010 after a harsh drop in economic output following the 2008 financial crisis. It last claimed the No. 6 spot in 2002.

  • 5 Social Media Habits to Avoid

    Siali Siaosi, NewsOK Digital Desk dsiaosi@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The five worst social media behaviors and how to avoid them, according to a Millennial.

  • OPINION: Ferguson, Mo., police military-style hardware, tactics faulted in new Justice Department report

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Justice Department has determined what many people attending protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown knew all along. The heavily armed police confronting people already upset over the slaying of the unarmed black man by a white officer caused tensions to boil into unrest and violence. The confrontational stand by law enforcement also made it more difficult for authorities to get and keep public confidence and control, The New York Times reports. The draft report was put together by the Justice Department’s community policing unit.

  • Kansas City electric-vehicle startup gets its first orders

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Orange EV, a Kansas City-area startup company making heavy-duty electric vehicles, says it is filling its first orders, for manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago. The financial terms and customer identities were not disclosed, though the buyers might make announcements after the vehicles have been in service awhile. Orange EV, which has focused on retrofitting terminal trucks with its electric motors, said the orders were an important step after announcing in April that its vehicles were commercially available. Orange EV, headquartered in Riverside, has focused on retrofitting its electric motors into terminal trucks, which pull loads of freight around such places as railroad yards and distribution center

  • Victoria County issues 5 same-sex marriage licenses

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Karla Woodward can't wait to display her marriage license in her living room. After knowing Kellie Schmittlein for 15 years, the pair applied Tuesday morning. "Oh, isn't it pretty?" Woodward said as the ornate official Texas license came off the printer in the county clerk's office. Schmittlein and Woodward were the first couple issued a license in Victoria County since same-sex marriage was legalized by a Supreme Court ruling Friday. The county clerk's office, which was waiting for updated online forms and a legal opinion from the district attorney, began issuing licenses at 10:30 a.m. "Our goal was to make it as seamlessly a transition as we can and to be able to accommodate everyone," said County Clerk Heidi Ea

  • Aviators to divers, more adventurous job opportunities opening up to women

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    (BPT) - Women now represent nearly half of the American workforce, and more than half of all American women work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only are more women working, more are earning college educations, and more are entering fields once considered male-dominated. Young women just beginning their working lives – whether recent graduates of high school or college – have more career options than ever, including jobs that provide adventure and achievement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says women constitute more than 16 percent of all aerospace engineers, as well as nearly 38 percent of private investigators and detectives.

  • Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don't forget these "essential" gadgets. Of course, no technology is truly essential. You're at the beach! Disconnect! Go swimming! Build sandcastles! Still can't leave the gadgets behind? Well, consider these: ___ E-BOOK READER OR TABLET You'll want reading material. Sure you can bring real books and real magazines, but that's a lot to carry. I prefer e-readers over tablets for e-books because e-readers work better in direct sunlight and don't come with such distractions as Facebook updates. Amazon has the best readers out there. Last fall's Kindle Voyage is a premium model with a stunning, high-resolution display that makes

  • NM's bilingual workforce falls short of needs

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Bilingualism is touted as a strength of New Mexico’s labor pool, but a roundtable discussion attended by Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday described how the colloquial variety of Spanish commonly spoken here falls short of meeting the needs of business. “Border Spanish” was the descriptive term Martinez used, recounting her own experience in losing what was her first language as a child to institutional prejudices at parochial school and pressure from her parents to assimilate into the mainstream English-speaking culture. The unschooled Spanish spoken by many bilingual residents, often passed down from generation to generation, evidently lacks the sophisticated fluency needed in an increasingly international business worl

  • BRIEF: Incubator tenant sells technology, forms business

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    New antibiotic technology developed locally has been purchased by a newly formed pharmaceutical company. Sopharmia, a tenant of the Innovation Stockyard in the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator at Missouri Western State University, has sold its antibiotic technology to a new pharmaceutical company and has formed a new company. Founded by Dr. Larry Sutton, the company closed a $3.3 million venture capital financing round and formed Gladius Pharmaceuticals, which will be based in Montreal. Sopharmia’s antibiotic technology is now wholly owned by Gladius Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Sutton and his team did a large portion of their work at the Innovation Stockyard, a business and life sciences incubator. While Sopha

  • TXDoT brings "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign to Sherman

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The number of traffic wrecks and fatalities caused by distracted driving is rising each year, which is why on Tuesday the Texas Department of Transportation brought their “Talk, Text, Crash” awareness campaign to Sherman. TXDoT officials parked a tow truck carrying a large, prop cell phone displaying the words “Talk, Text, Crash” near Loy Lake Bridge. Sherman was TXDoT’s last stop in June for the educational tour, which is meant to inform the public about the dangers of distracted driving. Along with TXDoT officials, local law enforcement had a presence at the event. TXDoT ramped up campaign efforts when distracted driving crashes rose 6 percent from 2013 to 2014.

  • 4 ways to protect your small business from cyber crime

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    (StatePoint) Network breaches at corporate giants typically make headlines, but nearly half of small and mid-sized businesses have been victims of cybercrime on America’s Main Street. And “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” doesn’t apply. Big companies often survive to fight another day, but many smaller businesses go out of business within six months of an attack. “While network breaches at Sony, Target and Anthem grab the spotlight, nearly 44 percent of small businesses have already been affected by cyber attacks,” says Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard, a leading cyber security company. “Hackers are zeroing in on your favorite burger joint, the corner hardware store and your dentist.

  • Apple busted for price fixing, fined $450M

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A federal appeal court Tuesday upheld a ruling charging Apple of illegally conspiring to inflate e-book prices to consumers, despite a vigorous legal battle from the company, USA TODAY reports. The appeal is a win for the Justice Department which accused the gadget maker in 2012 of orchestrating an abusive e-book pricing policy with book publishers. Many of the associated publishers settled the case, but Apple dug in with an appeal. Apple has claimed the U.S. took too much liberty with antitrust rules to punish it. The company has waged a three-year and costly legal campaign to try to beat the charges.

  • BRIEF: Texas clerks waiting on corrected certificates

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    While the Supreme Court on Friday overturned a decision to ban same-sex marriages, many couples are having to wait to tie the knot until software updates change forms from “man and woman” to “applicant 1 and 2.” That’s the holdup in nearby Parmer and Bailey County, where county clerks said they are waiting on third-party vendor software to correct marriage applications and licenses before they can issue them to anyone. Parmer County Clerk Geri Bowers said she has had two people call her office since Friday, but she won’t be able to issue marriage licenses until the software corrects the fields. Bailey County Clerk Robin Dickerson said she expects the update to take one to two weeks.

  • Facebook Launches 'Celebrate Pride' Tool Which Puts A Rainbow Filter Over Profile Pictures

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Facebook has launched a tool that lets users show their support of marriage equality, says Forbes. Facebook’s “Celebrate Pride” tool was announced by co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The tool was launched shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is now considered a fundamental constitutional right guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    I must admit to being somewhat of a numbers nerd. I think numbers always tell a story whether they be a company’s financial statement or a state budget. I also believe in the old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.” When I read the headlines, press releases and news stories related to Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year, I could not help wondering what “story” this latest budget told about our state and its priorities. Public safety received a 4.81 percent increase in state appropriations. Corrections received an additional 2.97 percent, and the state’s Medicaid program received a 1.89 percent increase. Meanwhile, investment in innovation and the economy of the future was

  • BRIEF: Clerk working out same-sex license issues

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Anderson County Clerk's office is still working out software issues and the forms necessary to legally process same-sex marriages, Clerk Mark Staples said Monday. Since Friday's decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, Staples and clerks across Texas have been reworking forms and its software to accommodate same-sex marriage. He also met with Anderson County Criminal District Attorney Allyson Mitchell. As part of Mitchell's duties, she provides legal advice to county officials. Staples said he is working with the software vendors to get the correct forms before issuing the licenses. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, ending Texas' constitutional ban on the practice.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., takes a look at Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • Hood County Clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Katie Lang won’t be issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Hood County. Lang, the county clerk there, said she won’t issue the documents — despite last week’s Supreme Court landmark ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states — because it goes against her religious beliefs. “It’s my religious liberty, my belief in traditional marriage,” she said Monday. “Nobody has tried to get one, nobody has called about them ... other than reporters.” Lang’s decision came as Denton County’s clerk began to issue the licenses in spite of her belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.




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