BusinessWorld Podcast (6/27/15)

Jun 27, 2015

This week, we finish up our run on KWGS with a second set of lessons learned over the course of 1,000+ shows.  We discuss the hazards of being in the "dangerous middle", the difficulties of being  a disciplined contrarian and why a corporate culture transition plan is as important as the operational and financial transition plans for merging organizations. 

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Of nearly 8,900 signatures on petitions to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, the Election Board has verified more than 6,600. It’s more than enough to call a Grand Jury once they’re certified by a judge.

Patty Bryant is the Tulsa County Election Board Secretary. She says her office just verifies that names on the petitions are of registered county voters, then it’s up to a judge, who has 30 days to certify.

The Sheriff will likely challenge the way signatures were gathered, so it could be weeks or even several months before a grand jury is convened.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 857.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 631 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the current levels, 1,858 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma each declined by two rigs, while Ohio and Wyoming were each down by one.

Oklahoma National Guard


MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Field Artillery Brigade has a new commander.

Colonel Gregory Lankford was installed as commander during a ceremony Saturday at the Mustang Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang. He replaces Col. Mike Chase, who had been the brigade commander since July 2012.

Lankford has more than 30 years of experience in the Guard. He's a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and oversaw the training and deployment of the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Architects and engineers are busy peeking behind ceilings and walls inside the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol, while workers outside are studying the building's cast-iron window frames and giant limestone blocks.

What they're finding isn't all that pretty. In some cases decades of decay and often shoddy repair work that is expected to quickly eat through the $120 million allocated for the project by the Legislature last year.


PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes — including one with a magnitude of 4.0 — have been recorded near Perry in north-central Oklahoma.

Local authorities say there are no reports of injury or significant damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 11:17 a.m. Sunday with its epicenter 13 miles west of Perry. It was given a preliminary magnitude of 4.3.

The second quake was a magnitude 3.6 and was recorded at 12:10 p.m. in nearly the same location.

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COUNCIL HILL, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Okmulgee man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle on State Highway 72 in McIntosh County.

An OHP report says 34-year-old Stephen Thraillkill was northbound Saturday on the highway near Council Hill when he apparently applied the front brakes and the motorcycle overturned into the southbound lane and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Two passengers in the second vehicle — including a 1-year-old boy — were treated and released for injuries suffered in the collision.

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Police Officer is hailed as a hero after performing CPR on a Tulsa Tough rider.
  • Mental Health experts say the state's system is broken.
  • A new warning about West Nile Virus and its impact on horses.

BusinessWorld Podcast (6/13/15)

Jun 13, 2015

This week on BusinessWorld, our roving correspondent brings us a first-hand view of economic improvements in Central America.  The Federal Reserve provides a new website you might find riveting (if you are into the consumer price index). And new research from Gallup predicts what the next global war will focus around.  You may be surprised by what they found.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arrest warrant on a first-degree murder charge has been issued for a suspect in the shooting death of a man at a Tulsa motel.

Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Friday that 25-year-old Roderick Whiteside is wanted for the shooting death of Cedrick Gilmer at Studio 6 Motel in southeast Tulsa. Police are also searching for a gold or pewter, mid-2000s Chevrolet Tahoe that's believed to have been used as the getaway vehicle.