President Obama plans to visit Oklahoma to discuss expanding economic opportunities in Indian Country, and make the first visit to a federal prison by a sitting chief executive. White House spokesman Keith Maley said in an email the president will arrive in Oklahoma Wednesday, July 15 and travel to Durant, where he'll visit the Choctaw Nation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says low oil and natural gas prices helped push last month's state revenue below levels from a year earlier.

Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday the state's gross receipts in June were less than collections from the prior year for the second consecutive month and the fourth time in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Proposed new education standards in math and English that were developed after Oklahoma scrapped Common Core standards last year are being made available to the public.

The standards will be the subject of a town hall meeting Tuesday evening during an education event at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister praised the work of educators from across the state who worked for the last year to develop the standards for Oklahoma students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

BusinessWorld Podcast (6/27/15)

Jun 27, 2015

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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.

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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.