Drumright, OK – Okla man electrocuted while trying to steal copper
DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) Police say a Cushing man was electrocuted as he tried to steal copper near a transformer in Drumright.
Assistant police chief Bill Lyon told the Stillwater NewsPress that according to a witness, 18-year-old Cody Holland had one hand on a copper ground wire with a negative charge when he fell onto the transformer that had a positive charge.
Tulsa, OK – PSO seeks $17.4 million to recover ice storm costs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Public Service Company of Oklahoma wants the Corporation Commission to let it recover $17.4 million in costs associated with an ice storm that knocked out power to more than 68,000 customers in southwestern Oklahoma.
PSO has reached a tentative agreement with the commission's staff, the Attorney General's Office and consumer groups to recover the costs. The agreement will be outlined before an administrative law judge on Thursday.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla treasurer says state revenues hit milestone
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Ken Miller says Oklahoma's revenue collections have reached a milestone.
Miller says the state's revenue collections for the past 12 months topped $10 billion for the first time in almost two years. He's called a news conference for Thursday morning at the state Capitol to discuss what that number means for Oklahoma's economy.
Tulsa, OK – The jobless rate in the Tulsa metro area dropped to 5.6% in April. This marks the second month of declining unemployment. John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says this means that about 20,000 people in the area are unemployed. April's figures are down 1% from March's 6.6% unemployment.
Omaha, NE – Economist: Exports aiding Midwest economic growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that exports are helping fuel regional economic growth.
A report released Wednesday says the Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose in May, to 60.2 from 57.7 in April.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says that although higher commodity prices have hampered the regional economy, exports are making "a significant contribution to growth."