GM recalls soar past 20 million. Why don't consumers care?
In case you thought there couldn't possibly be another General Motors recall so soon, you're just not thinking big enough. This week, GM said it was recalling 3.36 million more cars. The cause: an ignition switch defect that could result in keys carrying extra weight (read: a keychain) to slip out of position and shut the vehicle off abruptly during "some jarring event."
Waurika News-Democrat among big winners at press awards
The Waurika News-Democrat was among the winners Friday night when The Oklahoma Press Association presented its Better Newspaper Contest Awards at the Reed Center in Midwest City.
The Waurika weekly newspaper, written and edited by Jeff Kaley, a former managing editor and sports editor at The Duncan Banner, was named one of the best weekly newspapers in Oklahoma.
Your new boss is going to Google you, so make sure she likes what she sees
This is what a professional online reputation management "campaign" looks like: four people — one patched in via video — around a conference room table, jotting notes on laptops, carefully examining every trace of a client's digital existence and plotting a strategy to improve it.
Family Dollar adopts poison pill
Family Dollar Stores Inc., facing a threat from billionaire activist Carl Icahn, adopted a shareholder-rights plan that will limit investors from acquiring more than 10 percent of the company.
Chesapeake charged with fraud, racketeering
State prosecutors in Michigan have filed fraud and racketeering charges against Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Distracted? 3 desktop apps to save you from yourself
While we normally share mobile apps, this week's "special edition" piece includes three desktop apps to save your distracted self from social media scrolling, constant email checking and general lack of focus.
Fallin signs bill revamping state employee pension system
Governor Mary Fallin today signed a bill that creates a more flexible pension system for future state workers.
House Bill 2630 moves future state employees from a defined benefit plan to the 401k-style, defined contribution plan being widely used in the private sector. The law does not cover employees designated “hazardous duty” – including firefighters and law enforcement officers—or teachers. It does not change the pension system for current employees or retirees.
Fallin signs tax break bill for oil and gas industries
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed into law a permanent, lowered tax rate that will continue a drilling incentive program for oil and natural gas companies operating in Oklahoma.
House Bill 2562 provides an incentive on oil and natural gas production from all new wells drilled after July 1, 2015. Under that incentive, all production from all new wells will be taxed at 2 percent for 36 months. After the first 36 months, a gross production tax rate of 7 percent applies. The initially lower rate is designed to encourage increased drilling and energy production in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce estimates that 25% of all Oklahoma jobs are supported directly or indirectly by the energy industry.
Chesapeake wants out of anti-trust suit
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. has asked to be dismissed from anti-trust charges filed against it in Michigan.
Facebook vies with Google to Apple for mobile developers
Facebook is pushing to change a perception that it's not a tool for developers this week at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, the company's first major event for app makers since 2011.
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