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Articles from March 27, 2001

A New Name in the OKC Banking Arena
The Bridgeview Bank Group of Bridgeview, Ill., has acquired MetroBank in Oklahoma City. C.E. "Eddie" Renfro (below), who has more than 30 years' banking experience in Oklahoma City, has been named president and...
Blue Chips Surge for Second Day
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow Jones industrials scored their second straight triple-digit gain Monday, as investors grew more optimistic that Wall Street might be recovering after two weeks of heavy losses. Although the market extended a rally that began...
Boom and Bust Cycles
I don't know how it works, but somewhere on Mt. Olympus, the money gods decide who shall be blessed and who shall suffer judgment. The rulings and dissemination alter lifestyles and bank balances, all the while pushing and pulling different groups between...
[ Building Permits ]
These lists of building permits issued by Oklahoma City include those issued for new residential and commercial construction, renovations, swimming pools, elevators and other projects. Permits are listed by number and include owner or contractor, address,...
Butkin Starts Checking Program
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- State Treasurer Robert Butkin has launched Project Money$afe, a program to help Oklahomans with no checking account get one.Butkin recently spoke via satellite uplink with the 4,400 field office employees of the Department of Human...
Commentary: Boom and Bust Cycles Are the Same Today as in Past
I don't know how it works, but somewhere on Mt. Olympus, the money gods decide who shall be blessed and who shall suffer judgment. The rulings and dissemination alter lifestyles and bank balances, all the while pushing and pulling different groups between...
Court Decides to Hear One Affirmative Action Case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court re-entered the debate over affirmative action, agreeing Monday to decide whether a federal program to help disadvantaged businesses amounts to unlawful race discrimination. Adarand Constructors won a major ruling...
Gas Suppliers Envision Great Lakes Pipelines
CHICAGO (AP) -- Seeking to meet the nation's ever-growing demand for natural gas, suppliers want to build pipelines through new and controversial territory: the Great Lakes. Gas companies say construction along the floors of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie...
Keating Cuts $300 Million from Funding Bill
Saying that the Legislature needs to revamp its spending priorities and make more room for tax cuts, Gov. Frank Keating vetoed more than $300 million from the $5.3 billion general appropriations bill Monday, axing budgets for entire state agencies -...
Keating's Lofty Program under Scrutiny
Gov. Frank Keating wants to spend millions of dollars to reduce Oklahoma's high divorce rate, but his highly touted marriage initiative may be in trouble before really getting off the ground. Sen. Kevin Easley, D-Broken Arrow, is incensed about a $400,000...
Kindergarten Proposal Could Cause Problems in Some Districts
TULSA (AP) -- Going to full-day kindergarten instruction -- as a bill would encourage Oklahoma school districts to do -- would cause budget problems in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and other districts where a portion of kindergarten money is dedicated elsewhere,...
Mining the E-Shoppers
NEW YORK (NYT) -- A pint of Chunky Monkey and a $1,150 Carolina Herrera jacket, delivered by bike messenger in less than an hour? At first glance, that appeared to be the promise of an e-mail message that Saks Fifth Avenue sent earlier this month to...
[ Mortgages ]
A list of mortgages filed with the Oklahoma County Clerk's office is published daily in The Journal Record. Information listed for each mortgage includes book and page numbers, names of the mortgagor and mortgagee, mortgage loan amount, property description,...
New and Existing Home Sales Decline, but Demand Remains Strong
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of new and existing homes both dipped slightly in February, but demand remained strong as housing continued to demonstrate few adverse effects from the slowdown in the overall economy. Sales of new single-family homes fell by...
New Military Facility Could Have Economic Impact
Most business executives would look askance at a major company that routinely used World War II-era facilities to become the state's largest economic driver.Stockholders would demand a modernization program to eliminate unnecessary product handling,...
New Tinker Facility Could Have a Huge Impact
Most business executives would look askance at a major company that routinely used World War II-era facilities to become the state's largest economic driver.Stockholders would demand a modernization program to eliminate unnecessary product handling,...
Of Soft Money, McCain-Feingold and the Two-Party System
WASHINGTON -- The story is told of the corrupt Albany judge who called opposing trial lawyers into his chambers. "You offered me a $5,000 campaign contribution to throw this case to the plaintiff," said the fair-minded judge, "and defendant's lawyer...
OKC Financial Briefs: March 27, 2001
Bryan L. Wynne has been named vice president for commercial lending at First American Bank's Norman West/Goldsby banking center. Prior to joining First American Bank, Wynne was a senior examiner for the Oklahoma State Banking Department for 14 years.MidFirst...
Okla. Governor Cuts $300 Million from Funding Bill
Saying that the Legislature needs to revamp its spending priorities and make more room for tax cuts, Gov. Frank Keating vetoed more than $300 million from the $5.3 billion general appropriations bill Monday, axing budgets for entire state agencies -...
Oklahoma Senator Proposes Adopting Texas Tax Plan in OK
After years of listening to how much better Texans fare tax-wise than Oklahomans, Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor, D- Claremore, wants to give voters a chance to settle the matter - by adopting the entire Texas tax system, in one fell swoop.Down...
Okla. State Treasurer Starts Checking Account Program
State Treasurer Robert Butkin has launched Project Money$afe, a program to help Oklahomans with no checking account get one.Butkin recently spoke via satellite uplink with the 4,400 field office employees of the Department of Human Services to outline...
OSU Begins Work to Renovate Stadium
STILLWATER (AP) -- Oklahoma State athletic director Terry Don Phillips had hoped to hit the streets in April or May to promote preliminary plans for renovation of the Cowboys' football stadium. That was before the Jan. 27 plane crash that killed two...
Parole Backlog Keeps Oklahoma Prisons Full
Betty imagined spending Christmas with her three children and could almost smell the aroma of a home-cooked meal when she learned that she had been recommended for parole. The state Pardon and Parole Board recommended in October that Betty be paroled...
Revised Economic Forecasts Show How Quickly Assumptions Can Crumple
Amid all the hype about the prospects of e-commerce early last year, few statistics got as much attention as those put out by the Gartner Group, a technology consulting firm known for its acumen in the so-called business-to-business realm. Specifically,...
Sears to Buy 18 Former Wards Department Stores
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Sears Roebuck plans to buy 18 former Montgomery Ward department stores and 10 auto centers from the failed retailer. Sears also announced Monday an agreement that could see it serve about 2.4 million former Montgomery Ward...
Taylor Proposes Adopting the Texas Tax System
After years of listening to how much better Texans fare tax-wise than Oklahomans, Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor, D- Claremore, wants to give voters a chance to settle the matter -- by adopting the entire Texas tax system, in one fell swoop.Down...
UCO Hires Kreidler as Vice President of Administration
Steve Kreidler, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, as has been named vice president for administration, at the University of Central Oklahoma.UCO President W. Roger Webb said Kreidler will be primarily responsible for coordinating...
Univ. of Okla. to Expand Football Stadium, Basketball Arena
The Lloyd Noble Center expansion and improvements project and Oklahoma Memorial Stadium improvements project are among items to be discussed by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents at its regular meeting, scheduled today and Wednesday in Norman....
[ Warranty Deeds ]
A list of Warranty Deeds filed with the Oklahoma County Clerk's office is published daily in The Journal Record. Information listed for each warranty deed includes book and page numbers, the owner of the property granting the property to a new owner,...
Why Some Numbers Are Only Very Good Guesses
Society runs on numbers: the number of people residing in the United States, the number of people in Florida who voted for each of the presidential candidates, the number of unemployed, the percent chance of a crippling blizzard. Those who come up with...
Wynne Named VP at First American
Bryan L. Wynne has been named vice president for commercial lending at First American Bank's Norman West/Goldsby banking center. Prior to joining First American Bank, Wynne was a senior examiner for the Oklahoma State Banking Department for 14 years.MidFirst...