The Journal Record Business Briefs: March 19, 2010
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Wright inducted into Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters has inducted state Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, into its Hall of Fame.
Wright built a 10-watt AM station as an Explorer Scout project in 1960 and broadcast it over the airwaves in a Boy Scout exposition at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds. Wright became the managing partner of his first radio station, KRPT-AM, in 1975. He moved back to Weatherford in 1991 and bought KWEY AM/FM. He continues to own it today. He also owned the KHEN radio station in Henryetta from 1978 to 1983 and currently operates radio stations in Clinton and Cordell.
Wright was elected to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters board of directors in 1978. He served as president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters from 1986 to 1987. After serving as OAB president, Harold served as the chairman of the lobbying effort for the National Association of Broadcasters.
"I love the part radio broadcasting plays in small communities and the difference it can make," Wright said.
Jobless rates for 8 counties in double digits
Unemployment rates for eight of Oklahoma's 77 counties was 10 percent or more in January, according to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
McCurtain County had the highest jobless rate in the state in January at 12.1 percent, up from 11.9 percent in December and 10.7 percent for January 2009.
Other counties with unemployment rates of 10 percent or more for the month included Latimer, 11.7 percent; Sequoyah, 11.5 percent; Hughes, 11.1 percent; Okmulgee, 11.1 percent; LeFlore, 10.5 percent; Nowata, 10.1 percent; and Pawnee, 10 percent.
Nine counties had jobless rates for January of less than 5 percent.
Beaver County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the month with 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent in December and from 2.6 percent for January 2009.
Other counties with jobless rates of less than 10 percent for the month included Woods, 4.2 percent; Harper, 4.2 percent; Cimarron, 4.4 percent; Ellis, 4.6 percent; Roger Mills, 4.7 percent; Dewey, 4.8 percent; Murray, 4.9 percent; and Grant, 4.9 percent.
Oklahoma County, the state's largest county, had an unemployment rate for January of 7 percent, up from 6.3 percent for December and 5.5 percent for January 2009.
The state's second-largest county, Tulsa County, had a jobless rate of 7.8 percent in January, up from 6.8 percent for December and 5.3 percent for January 2009.
4 Oklahoma marinas fined for violating Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined four Oklahoma marinas $7,000 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure regulations under the Clean Water Act.
Federal inspections at the marinas' bulk storage facilities in December cited violations including not having Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure plans. Also, inspections and tests required by federal regulations were not in accordance with written procedures and were not maintained for three years.
Personnel working at the marinas had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, and applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations. The inspections also found spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. As part of an expedited settlement agreement with the EPA, the marinas have provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.
The marinas fined were Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina, Afton, $2,100; Duchees Creek Marina, Porum, $1,800; Thunder Bay Marina, Afton, $1,700; and Snake Creek Marina, Cookson, $1,400.
CAVU Resources added to StockProfile.com roster
CAVU Resources Inc. of Tulsa has joined www.StockProfile.com, a customized Web-based platform promoting emerging growth stocks.
StockProfile.com provides a free portal for investors who like to conduct their own research and make their own investment decisions.
"Joining the StockProfile.com platform is another important step that CAVU is taking to ensure that its shareholders and investment community have continued access to information about our latest announcements, products and services," said William Robinson, president of the oil and natural gas company.
Sublease agreement approved for Cherokee Turnpike tourism center
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has been authorized to enter into a sublease agreement with Cherokee Nation Entertainment to assume operation of the tourism information center on the Cherokee Turnpike in eastern Oklahoma. Transferring the operation of the facility would result in an annual savings to the department of $120,000 per year. The authorization was approved by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission.
Currently, the department leases the building from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. All existing furniture and fixtures will remain the property of the department. Staffing and operating the facility would become the responsibility of Cherokee Nation Entertainment under the proposed sublease.
Climate lecture offered at OU
Warren Washington, senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will present a public lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Weather Center on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus in Norman.
The title of his lecture will be "20th- and 21st-Century Climate Change: Computer Modeling, Societal Impacts and Environmental Justice." The lecture is free and open to the public as part of the Tzvi Gal-Chen Memorial Lecture series.
Washington will review recently observed 20th century climate change in comparison to climate model simulations that extend into the 21st century and beyond. He also will present computer simulations of the future climate change that could emerge from a low-carbon emission scenario, such as shifting from a fossil fuel- based energy strategy to one with increased conservation and renewable energy.
Presidents Truman, Eisenhower to be featured in lecture series
"American Presidents: Presidents of the Heartland," a lecture series, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northwestern State University in Alva.
The event is free and open to the public. Presentations will feature President Harry S. Truman and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Samuel Rushay Jr., supervisory archivist from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., will speak about Truman, the 33rd president of the United States. Rushay is the author of Harry Truman's History Lessons, which appeared in the spring 2009 issue of Prologue magazine.
Tim Rives, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library supervisory archivist, will talk about Eisenhower, the 34th president.
Creativity entrepreneur to speak at OSU
Ravi Naidoo, managing director of Interactive Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, is scheduled to speak to Oklahoma State University students and the public on "Creativity & Design as Vehicles for Transforming a Nation" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Little Theater on the OSU-Stillwater campus.
The lecture is sponsored by the OSU School of Entrepreneurship.
"His experiences and perspectives about how creativity and design can change an entire nation has huge implications for Oklahoma and OSU," said Michael Morris, professor and head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship.
Naidoo is the founder of an international design conference Design Indaba.
"For people who see places like Africa as a hopeless cause, Ravi is a voice of optimism, hope and change," Morris said. "He sees an exciting future, and his helping to create that future through creativity, design, and communication."
Edmond's Green Infrastructure Initiative to meet
The Green Infrastructure Initiative's annual stakeholder meeting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Downtown Community Center in Edmond.
The city of Edmond and the Land Conservancy received a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Forestry Services to develop a green infrastructure plan for the Edmond community.
"Green infrastructure isn't an entirely new concept for Edmond," said Phil Jones, Edmond sustainability planner. "The 1998 Abstract Plan, Tomorrow's Edmond, proposed some of these concepts. It is yet another vehicle which will take use farther than before."
Speakers at the meeting will include John Krupavoge, natural resources manager at Tinker Air Force Base, and Charles Lamb, Edmond City Council member.
OSU College of Education offers Brock Symposium
The Oklahoma State University College of Education will present the 2010 Brock Symposium on Excellence in Education Thursday on the OSU-Tulsa campus.
Speakers will include Geoffrey Canada, this year's winner of the Brock International Prize in Education. Canada is creator of the Harlem Children's Zone.
The symposium theme is "Communities' Approach to Rebuilding Education."
Canada's Harlem Children's Zone project targets a 100-block area and aims to serve 10,000 children by 2011 by building an infrastructure of support through educational, social and medical services starting at birth and continuing until college.
Registration for the Brock Symposium begins at 9 a.m. with events continuing throughout the day. Online registration is available at www.brockprize.org. The cost for the event is $20 for professionals and $10 for students, with lunch included.
K&G Fashion expands Tulsa store
K&G Fashion Superstore has reopened its store at 9915 E. 71st St. in Tulsa.
The store has doubled merchandise selection, including tripling the ladies' selections.
K&G, founded in Atlanta in 1989, has more than 100 stores in 25 states, including a store at 8521 N. Rockwell Ave. in Oklahoma City.…
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