• Florida firm to develop medical pot inventory system

    Updated: 31 min ago

    New Mexico has awarded a contract to a Florida-based software company to develop a medical marijuana “seed-to-sale” inventory system designed to track each plant through the production cycle and cut the likelihood of fraudulent sales, a company official said. The system also calls for medical marijuana patients to receive a photo-ID smartcard that contains an integrated circuit, said Patrick Vo, co-CEO of BioTrackTHC, the firm awarded the contract. Swiping the card also will verify the card’s authenticity and show the retailer how much marijuana the patient has purchased that month, even if the patient has visited several retailers, he said. New Mexico has about 14,100 patients licensed to buy medical cannabis.

  • Texting while driving ban on verge of becoming law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Most people don't know that modern day text messaging had it's origins way back in 1933 using radiotelegraphy. But in the early 1990s, when private phone users first got the chance to send text messages directly to other phones, SMS messaging was a wildfire, igniting even the most computer-shy mobile phone users. Now days, 2.4 billion out of the 3.3 billion mobile phone owners utilize the ability to tap out a short message to someone else and like any technological invention, that ability came with a tragic downside. In 2013, texting while driving was named the number one killer of teenagers, surpassing drinking and driving, according to a report by Delthia Ricks in Newsday.

  • UTEP will be satellite center for 3-D printing research network

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    University of Texas at El Paso officials want to make El Paso a hotbed for 3-D printing technology used in high-tech manufacturing. That goal got a boost Tuesday when officials announced that UTEP's 14-year-old W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation will house the first satellite center for the America Makes 3-D printing institute. The Ohio-based organization, formed three years ago by the federal government, is aimed at growing and strengthening 3-D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing. The institute's membership is made up of 100 companies, not-for-profit organizations, universities and government agencies.

  • Leeton looks to fix software that affects utility bills

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Leeton – Alderman discussed problems with the UBMax software system used for the city’s utility billing. Problems include “everything from data missing when it was inserted, to programming errors, to billing errors that were not errors on our part, but errors on the part of (UBMax),” Mayor Taylor Elwell said. Elwell said the board has constantly contacted the company with questions. “Anytime there is an issue, we have to call in to (UBMax’s) tech support and they have to go in and walk us through the program and reset settings and correct the errors,” Elwell said. Elwell said bills sent out are correct but staff has spent extra time correcting the program mistakes.

  • UT Tyler creates engineering center in Houston

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Houston Engineering Center of The University of Texas at Tyler has flourished in the two years since opening. Enrollment has grown, and the first 25 graduates were awarded their baccalaureate degrees on Saturday. "The Houston Engineering Center has a strong potential for growth, and we have already seen a great demand from students," UT Tyler President Dr. Rodney H. Mabry said. A shortage of engineers in the Houston area and the need for an engineering program where community college students could go on to complete their baccalaureate degrees led to the creation of the center, according to UT Tyler Dean of Engineering Dr. James K. Nelson said.

  • Review: Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up. Apple's smartwatch has a wider range of apps than rival watches from Samsung, Motorola and others. In my few weeks with one, I've been following my favorite baseball team more closely. I've walked to places without staring at a phone screen for directions. I've even stepped away from my desk more often — despite my annoyance at the watch for nagging me to move. You'll find ways to use it if you decide to spend $349 or more on one, though that isn't saying you absolutely need one. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife with a collection of tools that don't seem necessary — until you find yourself using the

  • Oklahoma bans texting while driving

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Tuesday a statewide ban against texting while driving. Oklahoma became the 46th state to prohibit a practice that law enforcement officials say is distracting and dangerous. The law, which goes into effect Nov. 1, carries a $100 fine. “Don’t text and drive in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. House Bill 1965 makes texting while driving a primary offense, meaning an officer can pull over a texting motorist. A previous version made it a secondary offense, meaning the driver would have to be stopped for another infraction before he or she could be cited for texting. Opponents challenged proposed texting bans for years, saying such prohibitions would be redundant, since

  • Group aims to bridge Mary's Law gaps

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Two initiatives to curb an uptick in domestic violence deaths in Corpus Christi may be combined to bridge a gap. A question-based assessment of a domestic violence victim by police — dubbed a lethality assessment — may be used to also collect contact information difficult for officials trying to implement Mary’s Law to obtain. “This is a chance, now, where we can combine two great tools to make it work for us,” said Susan Holley-Lowe, chief operating officer of the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. Officials from the shelter, city and county have gathered at least twice a month since the beginning of the year to work through obstacles that kept the 2009 law meant to protect domestic violence victims from being

  • Samsung nails it with Galaxy S6

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Samsung’s Galaxy line has always been a standard-setting group, and that pattern continues with the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone. Samsung didn’t just improve on last year’s Galaxy S5 — instead, the company adopted the kind of design and product philosophy found in companies like Apple, and applied that kind of thinking to the Galaxy line. In many ways, the S6 represents a rebirth of Samsung’s finest offerings, and if this trend continues across other Samsung products, then we are in for a treat. It’s not fair to say Samsung copied Apple as much as it is to say they were inspired by Apple. While the S6 sports an all-glass housing that is reminiscent of the iPhone 4, Samsung’s execut

  • BRIEF: Visa event explains chip card technology, benefits

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Credit card issuer Visa is partnering with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce to bring its free 20-city small business chip education tour to Albuquerque on Thursday. The tour is part of Visa’s effort to help consumers and small business owners understand the benefits of the chip technology. The new chip-embedded cards have been the norm in Europe for many years. They are considered more secure because the chips create a unique approval code each time they are used, which makes them more difficult to counterfeit and copy. In October, new card standards take effect, and merchants who do not have the new card readers could face liability for fraudulent transactions associated with chip-enabled credit or debit c

  • Dawsey says he wants to continue serving on HISD's team of eight

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    HOWE — When Bruce Dawsey first moved to Howe, he said he saw the school district as a large focus of the community and it was something he wanted to be apart of. After serving two terms on the Howe Independent School District Board of Trustees, the incumbent is one of five candidates who filed for three at-large positions in the May 9 election. “When the idea of running for school board first came up, it wasn’t because I had an axe to grind or an agenda,” Dawsey said. “I just wanted to be apart of the community. I really enjoy the Howe community and what the school district represents in Howe.” Dawsey has worked for the Sherman Police Department for 17 years. His wife, Jackie, is a teacher at Howe Middle School.

  • Oklahoma texting-while-driving ban signed into law

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Tuesday a statewide ban against texting while driving. Oklahoma became the 46th state to prohibit a practice that law enforcement officials say is distracting and dangerous. The law, which goes into effect Nov. 1, carries a $100 fine. “Don’t text and drive in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. House Bill 1965 makes texting while driving a primary offense, meaning an officer can pull over a texting motorist. A previous version had it as a secondary offense, meaning the driver would have to be stopped for another infraction before he or she could be cited for texting. Opponents challenged texting bans for years, saying such a prohibition would be redundant, since Oklaho

  • Investing in Oklahoma through STEM

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Science isn’t just something that happens in labs. It touches every industry in our state and it impacts every Oklahoman. Science, technology, engineering and math (or “STEM”) lead to innovative breakthroughs that improve our quality of life, promote a better-educated workforce, create higher-paying jobs and help Oklahoma retain our most valuable asset – our people. For that reason, it is important that we keep up with the demand for STEM-educated Oklahomans. Being STEM-educated requires pursuing education beyond high school: either a traditional four-year college degree, an associate’s degree, or a career tech certificate. Unfortunately, only about half of our population receives any formal education after high sch

  • Expert describes nuclear threats, seeks broad approach to deterrence

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Warrensburg – The United States’ approach to nuclear deterrence needs to include North Korea, Iran and terrorists seeking nuclear weapons, a nuclear deterrence expert, Adm. Cecil Haney, said Tuesday. “While the foundation of deterrence theory remains valid, it was founded on the notion of deliberate actors who consider costs and benefits of the decisions they are contemplating,” Haney told about 150 people at the Strategic Deterrent Coalition symposium, Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century, at the University of Central Missouri. Not all of today’s players fit that profile, and those that do are growing their military capabilities.

  • Sarah Ware - Fairland dValedictorian 2015

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    My name is Sarah Breanna Victoria Christine Ware. I am 17 years old. I am the Valedictorian at Fairland High School. My mother is Jennifer Ware. My grandparents Cleta and the late Buddy Ware. I will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall.?I have received a Valedictorian scholarship from The University of Oklahoma. I received Student of the Month for November from Fairland Lions Club and Student of the Month in April from Upward Bound. I have made the honor roll throughout my entire high school career. I have received the Presidential Honor Award for 3 years. I am a member of Oklahoma Honor Society and President of the Fairland Chapter National Honor Society. My major is Chemical Engineering: PreMed/ Biomedical.

  • Los Alamos startup aims to glean data from satellite images


    With mathematical equations sprawled over a whiteboard — and an open box of doughnuts on a work table — the Los Alamos office of Descartes Labs looks more like a college-level department meeting in math, physics or computer science. But it’s not students who are being taught at Descartes. Started last year by a group of scientists with a century of experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Descartes Labs is training computers to use satellite images in what it hopes will change the way we see the world. Descartes co-founder Steven P. Brumby, a theoretical physicist who led a machine-learning team at LANL for seven years, remembers as a child that he always wanted the window seat on airplanes, “to see what was on t

  • Mini-robots deliver large lessons in programming


    OKLAHOMA CITY — Most of the children staring longingly at the robots rolling around the State Fairgrounds on Thursday probably didn’t think that computer programming, per the old stereotype, was the province of nerds. It certainly isn't anymore. “People have said for years there’s no way you can teach a child to program,” said Matthew Oelke, a systems engineer with KISS Institute for Practical Robotics in Norman. He and 11 ingenious colleagues beg to differ. That’s because they’ve stumbled on a way to get Oklahoma youth hooked on computer programming. Their solution is Botballs, miniature robots that students learn to manipulate using lines of basic computer code.

  • County employees support IT realignment


    WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Representatives from Wichita County departments packed the County Commissioners’ courtroom Monday morning to fight for one of their own. On the agenda was consideration of realignment of the county’s information technology department to establish two new positions and delete one current position. Employee Ashley Culley has been with the county more than 10 years and her most recent position was a Network System Analyst II with a salary grade of 21F, or $39,954.12. There was a possibility of Culley leaving the county for another position and the item was presented to realign the department to add two new positions and delete Culley’s current position. Several employees spoke on behalf o

  • Oklahoma Senate passes bill to cut down on tax fraud

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A bill that won final legislative approval Monday is intended to block thieves from stealing millions of dollars in state tax refunds. The Oklahoma Senate passed House Bill 2235 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin. It would authorize the state to buy computer software to allow officials to quickly identify people filing fake tax returns. The software costs between $500,000 and $1 million. The crime, which is also prevalent with federal tax returns, occurs through identity theft. Using someone else’s name and Social Security number, the thief electronically files a tax return and collects a refund before the state realizes there is a problem. Oklahoma Tax Commission spokeswoman Paula Ross said the state loses about $

  • Emergency repairs ordered for Belle Isle bridge in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission declared an emergency Monday after learning that more than half of the 95 piers that support Oklahoma City’s heavily traveled Belle Isle bridges on Interstate 44 had sustained structural damage because of salt and weather. Commissioners ordered transportation officials to solicit bids to make repairs. Cost is expected to top $7 million, said Mike Patterson, executive director of the Oklahoma Transportation Department. On April 16, officials closed one of three lanes in each direction on I-44 between Pennsylvania and Western avenues. They also closed the eastbound on-ramp from the Northwest Expressway and the westbound off-ramp to the Northwest Expressway.