Integris Baptist is named best
Integris Baptist Medical Center ranked No. 1 in the state on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals list, released Tuesday. The hospital, at 3300 Northwest Expressway, was labeled high-performing in nine areas: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; nephrology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
Jobs agency warns of scam
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is urging Oklahomans to be wary of scams aimed at those who receive unemployment benefits. The agency has received reports from western Oklahoma of Spanish-speaking customers who were offered fee-based translation services for use in filing their unemployment benefit claims. Translation into Spanish and many other languages is already available to customers at no cost through the agency's call center and Workforce Oklahoma locations. To contact the nearest Workforce Oklahoma center, call toll-free (888) 980-9675. To file an unemployment claim through the Employment Security Commission, call 525-1500 in the Oklahoma City area or (800) 555-1554 from all other areas. Claims also may be filed online at www.unemployment.ok.gov.
Grand Lake water plant gets OK
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved $5 million in loans for a new water treatment plant in Monkey Island on Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma. The water treatment plant will process 1.5 million gallons a day and will be housed in a 9,800-square-foot metal building. The loans will also cover the drilling of five water wells and the creation of two water storage tanks. The Grand Lake Public Works Authority sought the loans to switch its potable water source from surface water to groundwater.
Verizon adds site in Payne County
Verizon Wireless has launched its 4G LTE network at two of Oklahoma's lake destinations. Visitors to Lake Carl Blackwell and Lake McMurtry, with the proper devices and programs, will have access to faster data thanks to a new cell site in Payne County. The site provides coverage along U.S. 51 between Interstate 35 and Stillwater.
Growth in net interest income helped boost second-quarter profits for BancFirst Corp., Oklahoma City-based parent of BancFirst, Oklahoma's largest state-chartered bank. Net income grew to $11.7 million, or 76 cents per share, up from $10.1 million, or 65 cents, for the same period a year ago. Net interest income rose 7.5 percent to $40.9 million. BancFirst's average earnings assets increased to $5.3 billion through internal growth and an acquisition in July 2011. Noninterest income was up $685,000 to $20.4 million. The company's total assets grew 1.1 percent in the quarter to $5.7 billion, and total loans rose 1.7 percent to $3.1 billion in the period. BancFirst operates 93 banking locations in 51 Oklahoma communities.
From staff reports