• Los Angeles County pushes $15 minimum wage for some workers

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to draft a proposed law that would gradually increase the base hourly wage for some workers to $15 in 2020. The board will consider the measure later this year. The vote came a day before Vice President Joe Biden travels to Los Angeles to promote a higher minimum wage. Democrats are hoping to make increases a campaign issue in 2016.

  • FCC chairman recommends OK of $48.5B AT&T-DirecTV deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement Tuesday that he approved the deal with certain conditions. The other four commissioners still have to vote on the proposal. The Department of Justice approved the deal, saying Tuesday that it doesn't "pose a significant risk to competition." The company would have 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers in the U.S., topping Comcast as well as a possible new giant, Charter, which wants to buy Time Warner Cable.

  • Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down with few Watch details

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected. The California tech giant sold more than 47.5 million iPhones during the three months ending in June, or 35 percent more than a year ago. That sent Apple's profit soaring nearly 38 percent for the quarter, to $10.7 billion. But a lukewarm forecast for the current period, combined with uncertainty over the new Apple Watch, helped drive Apple shares down more than 6 percent in late trading Tuesday night.

  • Yahoo suffers 2Q loss as revenue growth eludes company

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer. The latest evidence of the challenges facing Mayer emerged Tuesday with the release of Yahoo's second-quarter earnings report. Yahoo posted a nearly $22 million loss driving by soaring ad commission paid to its partners, while its net revenue remained unchanged from the previous year at $1.04 billion. If not for the costs of employee stock compensation and one-time accounting items, Yahoo said it would have earned 16 cents per share. That figure was 2 cents per share below the average estimate among analysts polled by Zacks. <

  • Two local nonprofits - Hutch's Fox Theatre and Cosmosphere - receive $200K each in tax credits

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Kansas Department of Commerce announced Monday that two nonprofit organizations in Hutchinson have been chosen this year among 21 other organizations to share $4.13 million in tax credits. The Cosmosphere and Historic Fox Theatre will receive $200,000 each in tax credits for their donors under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP), which has helped nonprofit programs with fundraising efforts since 1994. “The tax credit program is a fantastic program and we are glad the committee chose worthwhile projects in our local community,” said Jim Remar, president and chief operating operator of the Cosmosphere. Funds for the newly renamed Cosmosphere will be used in its overall revitalization project to r

  • Microsoft books $8.4 billion write-down on phones in 4Q

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts' depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer sales even as it prepares to launch its latest operating system, Windows 10. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant posted a net loss of $3.20 billion, or 40 cents per share, reversing a profit of $4.61 billion, or 55 cents per share, a year ago. Adjusted to exclude the charges, the company posted a quarterly profit of 62 cents per share, beating the average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research of 31 cent

  • Chipotle: Still no pork at 40 percent of restaurants

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle says it still doesn't have carnitas at about 40 percent of its more than 1,800 restaurants, following the suspension of a pork supplier earlier this year. The Mexican-food chain known for its bowls and burritos said it expects to offer carnitas in all its restaurants by the end of the year, which is in line with the time frame it had forecast in April. The company said it believes the pork shortage affected its sales performance for the second quarter, which fell short of Wall Street expectations. Denver-based Chipotle said Tuesday that sales for the three months ended June 30 rose 4.3 percent at established locations. Analysts on average expected growth of 5.7 percent, according to FactSet.

  • Citi to refund $700 million for deceptive card practices

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup will refund $700 million to consumers and will pay $70 million in fines for illegal and deceptive credit card practices, the bank and federal regulators said Tuesday. The order, coming from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is the latest multimillion dollar settlement against the largest credit card issuers for their role in selling "add-on" products to customers, such as credit score monitoring or "rush" processing of payments. Bank of America reached a similar, slightly larger settlement with regulators in 2014 and JPMorgan Chase was fined in 2013. Under its agreement with the CFPB, Citi will issue refunds to 8.

  • Commission watch: Bids, applications and contracts draw commissioners attention

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Applications, contract, and bids were handled by the Delaware County Commissioners during their meeting held Monday, July 20.

  • Families in Oklahoma need 21st century cures

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    We are on an exciting path—a path that leads to hope for patients and families across Oklahoma and our nation. In the 21st Century, medical innovation is happening quickly. We have seen breakthroughs that completely change the way we treat diseases like cancer, advances in research that allow us to pinpoint the single cause of a genetic mutation, and discoveries that have profound impacts on patients’ quality of life. Despite advances like these, our federal drug and device approval system lags behind. The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) is a bill that provides funding to further medical innovation and accelerate the approval pathway for drugs and medical devices.

  • The good, the bad, the GMOs

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have caused a stir. Some argue that GMOs are unsafe and unhealthy; while some argue that they are safe and helping produce better crops. GMOs are defined as organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that could not have occurred naturally. These GMOs are being made through biotechnology, which are helping farmers raise better tasting vegetables that stay fresh longer, naturally insect resistant, and able to withstand environmental factors such as drought. Many people argue that these GMOS are not only unhealthy but dangerous as well; however GMO foods are nutritionally and chemically identical to the food grown from non-biotech crops.

  • Proliferation of mobile devices complicates overtime pay issues

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Cori H. Loomis of Christensen Law Group discusses the consequences of employees' use of technology outside of work.

  • Increased broadband access critical for our rural communities

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    This week President Barack Obama launched a new program called ConnectHome, which will expand broadband access for the rural communities and make high-speed Internet more affordable for low-income families. He made the national announcement in Durant, Oklahoma, the headquarters of our neighboring tribe, the Choctaw Nation. I appreciate the president’s keen interest to provide broadband Internet across Indian Country because it will help our Cherokee families and students access the resources they need. I know these struggles with connection firsthand. Like many of you, my home is in rural Cherokee County, and I have issues with connectivity.

  • Wastewater cleaning firm 'ready for takeoff'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A company started from technology generated at Los Alamos National Laboratory is poised to take its machines that clean water around the world. The firm is called IX Power Clean Water and specializes in the design and manufacturing of portable and on-site machines for scrubbing and filtering the wastewater that is pulled from oil and gas wells. The innovation comes at a time when the energy industry is generating trillions of gallons of contaminated water each year, some of it in California, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Middle East, where drought and scarcity is taking its toll on groundwater.

  • It's Happening 7/21

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    TUESDAY July 21 Foyil Cherokee Nation Elderly Nutrition at Foyil Community Center, 3rd and Andy Payne Boulevard. Doors open 10 a.m.; lunch served from 11-noon. Menu or information: Frankie Long, (918) 261-8108. Brookdale Claremore hosts “Update on Psychotropic Medications in Long Term Care” as part of its continuing education series, 12 p.m., Northeast Technology Center Claremore Campus. Lunch included. Information: (918) 633-2982. Alzeheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1615 N. Highway 88, Claremore. Information: (918) 633-2982. WEDNESDAY July 22 Rogers County United Way special meeting to discuss proposed change of name, 11 a.m., Northeast Technology

  • It's great weather for the Solar Car Challenge in Fort Worth

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Some North Texans are lamenting the arrival of triple-digit heat, but several hundred high school students — many of them likely future engineers — are thrilled about it. They’re participants in the Solar Car Challenge, an annual event in which teams from high schools across the United States flock to Texas Motor Speedway to see who can build the best solar-powered automobile. Twenty-six teams, including several from schools in North Texas, brought their homemade vehicles to the speedway’s 1.5-mile tri-oval for a spin. The event began Monday and continues through Thursday. The goal isn’t to build the fastest car, but rather the one that can go the longest without stopping for a battery charge.

  • Lockheed Martin buys Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Lockheed Martin Corp. is buying United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky unit, adding the largest maker of military helicopters to a lineup that includes warplanes and missiles, for $9 billion. Aside from Black Hawk helicopters, Sikorsky makes presidential helicopters. Sikorsky helicopters have also returned astronauts home after they splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at the end of their space travels. Sikorsky had sales of about $7.45 billion last year. With a deal, Lockheed would extend its status as the world’s largest defense contractor and widen its lead over Boeing Co. in the U.S. It would be the biggest aerospace acquisition since 2012, when United Technologies bought Goodrich Corp. for more than $16 billion, accordin

  • Grant allows UT to lead effort to engineer quake-resistant structures

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    University of Texas researchers have been awarded a $13.7 million federal grant to develop a software platform and other cyber tools to help engineers construct buildings, levees, bridges, highways and other structures that are better able to withstand earthquakes and other natural hazards. “There is tremendous potential to save lives and property through better engineering, design and planning,” said Ellen Rathje, a civil engineering professor and the project’s principal investigator.

  • As ADA marks 25-year anniversary, Hutchinson's strides in compliance with the act cited

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Siri might even be able to answer the question of what made her possible on iPhones. One answer came 25 years ago this week with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law that assured equal rights to disabled citizens prompted increased interest in developing technologies that improved accessibility for the disabled, including voice recognition software to help people who can’t see or type. Siri is just one example of technologies that help the disabled adopted into mainstream use. Audio books are another. “We find that the ADA helps everybody,” said Chris Owens, executive director of Prairie Independent Living Resource Center in Hutchinson. President George H.W. Bush signed the bipartisan bill into

  • Oklahoma startup firm remanufactures high-performance batteries

    Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., leads a new company that performs battery life cycle management of advanced battery storage packs. Working with electric car manufacturers, the Oklahoma company grades and remanufactures used high-performance batteries.