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Business Intelligence Report

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A weekly feature produced in partnership with the Journal Record, Oklahoma's weekday newspaper and website specializing in business, legislative and legal news. Editor Russell Ray and Journal Record reporters discuss business and economic development in the state.

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Quiet Railroad Crossings In Edmond Could Cost $3.5 Million

Mar 20, 2019
A BNSF train enters downtown Oklahoma City without a warning horn. Edmond City Hall is looking at upgrading its railroad crossings to quiet zone standards, much like Oklahoma City has.
Brent Fuchs)

On this episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses the city of Edmond's move toward quieter railroad crossings, which could attract additional development near the tracks. Ray also talks about Will Rogers World Airport's $62 million expansion project. 

Devon Energy Plans To Cut 200 Jobs

Mar 13, 2019
The Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs

Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses Devon Energy's plans to lay off about 200 employees. Most of the job cuts are connected to the sale or spinoff of assets in North Texas and Canada. 

Commercial Development In Oklahoma City Expands

Mar 7, 2019
Mark Hancock

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber reports recent increases in commercial development in Oklahoma City, especially along the route of the new streetcar. The chamber also reports 72 active projects, which it says could bring additional jobs to the city. 

Landlords Hesitant To Lease Space To Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Feb 27, 2019
Corbin Wyatt, CEO of The Peak Dispensary in Edmond, helps a customer.
Mark Hancock

Some Oklahoma retail landlords are reluctant to lease space to medical marijuana dispensaries since State Question 788 passed in June 2018. On this week's Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses the difficulties banks are facing in relation to medical marijuana. 

Proposed Bill Would Increase Incentives For Film Productions In Oklahoma

Feb 20, 2019
A scene from “Whaling,” shot on location in Catoosa.
(Courtesy Sean McEwen)

An Oklahoma Senate Bill has been filed that would offer more incentives to filmmakers and producers who bring their projects to the state. Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses why some proponents view this bill as a front door to economic development. 

Oklahoma Based Banks Post Strong Annual Earnings

Feb 6, 2019
A woman walks into a Bank7 branch in Oklahoma City.
Emmy Verdin

Oklahoma-based Bank7 and BOK Financial Corp. recorded strong annual earnings for the year ended Dec. 31. Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses varying factors that contributed to each bank's positive reports.

Welders work on separation system tanks inside the Filtra-Systems Co. facility in Marietta.
Journal Record

On this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses Chickasaw Nation Industries's recent investment, which may benefit both the environment and the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma.

Mayor David Holt makes his first State of the City address Thursday at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Mark Hancock / Journal Record

In this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses Oklahoma City Major David Holt's idea for future MAPS sales taxes, and some of the citizen-submitted suggestions for MAPS 4, including a tourism-level aquarium.

Members of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission meet Friday in Oklahoma City.
Catherine Sweeney / The Journal Record

In this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses a recent proposal by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, which, if approved, would allow the agency to begin controlling so-called indirect lobbying. A rule change that Ray says "has sparked a heated debate over the need for transparency versus the need for privacy."

A commercial airplane makes its final approach into O'Hare International Airport
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Images

In this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses how the ongoing partial government shutdown is affecting Oklahoma, and why the Federal Aviation Administration Registry in Oklahoma City has remained open. 

Students inside Shannon Dragoo’s third-grade class at Thelma Reece Parks Elementary School in Oklahoma City.
Mark Hancock / Journal Record

In this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses Oklahoma City Public Schools’ effort to redesign its system, which could include closures and consolidations. Ray also talks about the decrease of fine arts classes available to Oklahoma students across the state.

City Manager Jim Couch, center, was among the first riders of Oklahoma City’s new downtown streetcar system following a ribbon-cutting ceremony launching the service last Friday.
Mark Hancock / Journal Record

The Oklahoma City streetcar is officially open. In this week's episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses the history of the project and what to know about its services. Ray also talks about the opening of ShowBiz Cinemas in Edmond and the new entertainment options it brings to the metro.

Allen L. Hutson is an attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy law firm in Oklahoma City.
Emmy Verdin / Journal Record

Attorneys in Oklahoma are telling business-owning clients that they should adapt their drug-testing policies now that the state has adopted medical marijuana.

Landowner David Griesel stands in his property in El Reno.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

Residents of El Reno and a Texas-based wastewater disposal company have reached an agreement over the site of a disposal well.

Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City.
Journal Record

A rural southwestern Oklahoma hospital received a $23 million loan to help fund improvements. The Journal Report reports the loan is part of $501 million in United States Department of Agriculture investments in health care services and related services.

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Melanie Anthony, vice president of development and community engagement at Pivot, points out the design of the nonprofit’s tiny houses. Construction will start by year’s end on the first six homes.
Molly Fleming / Journal Record

Tiny houses could help Oklahoma City teens learn big life lessons. Pivot, a nonprofit that helps teens who do not have homes, plans to build 12 tiny houses at their campus at 201 NE 50th St.

A man walks his dog along Hudson Avenue in the Edgemere Park neighborhood in Oklahoma City.
Jay Chilton / Journal Record

A meeting between members of the Oklahoma City city council, hosts for Airbnb and the local hotel industry was cancelled last Friday.

A man walks out of Cox Convention Center on Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City.
Emmy Verdin / Journal Record

As construction continues on Oklahoma City’s new MAPS 3 convention center, developers are already talking about what will happen with the Cox Convention Center. The old center occupies prime downtown real estate next the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

True Wireless Denies Allegations, Fights Injunction Request

Oct 17, 2018
Public Utilities Director Brandy Wreath, left, looks at a cellphone in 2015 in a True Wireless tent where the company sold subsidized phone service. Regulatory staff members previously dressed in casual clothes during field inspections and investigations.
File / Oklahoma Corporation Commission

A company that signs up people for federally-subsidized cell phones is fighting allegations that it enrolled ineligible customers.

Golfers on the 18th fairway at Trosper Golf Club in Oklahoma City Wednesday.
Mark Hancock / Journal Record

Oklahoma’s sweeping alcohol law changes went into effect Monday. Grocery and convenience stores can now sell cold full strength beer and wine, and liquor stores can stay open later and sell non-alcoholic products like limes and corkscrews.

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