Coal producer trims outlookTULSA — Crediting rising coal prices, coal producer Alliance Resource Partners LP reported a 68 percent increase in first-quarter profits Monday. However, the company trimmed its 2009 revenue outlook, citing reduced demand for coal on the spot market because of the economic slowdown. Alliance reported earning net income of $72.5 million, or $1.56 a share, for the first quarter of 2009. That compares to $43.2 million, or 92 cents a share, for the same quarter a year earlier. The company announced it was increasing its quarterly distribution to shareholders to 73 cents per share, compared with 58.5 cents per share for the same quarter a year earlier and 71.5 cents a share for the fourth quarter of 2008. In a related announcement, Alliance Holdings GP reported it is increasing its quarterly distribution to 41.5 cents a share. The company distributed 28.75 cents a share for the same quarter a year earlier and 40.25 cents a share for the fourth quarter of 2008.
Chamber offers internshipA summer internship program offered by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber kicks off June 6 at several Oklahoma City landmarks.