Oklahoma News

Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations

Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

4.2 Magnitude Quake Strikes near Guthrie, Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes near Guthrie, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor. The USGS said the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:08 p.m. on Sept. 15 one mile southeast of Guthrie and a 3.2 magnitude quake …

Magnitude 3.7 Quake Rattles Perry, Oklahoma, Area

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has rattled an area south of Perry on Sept. 12. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following Friday morning’s earthquake. The USGS says the …

In Suit, Oklahoma Ex-Inmates Claim Private Halfway House Violated Civil Rights

Some former inmates are suing Tulsa, Okla., halfway house workers who they claim violated their civil rights by organizing fight clubs and beatings. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in punitive damages for “severe physical injuries,” …

4.3-Magnitude Quake in Oklahoma: USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 has struck northern Oklahoma. The USGS says the quake hit at 11:21 a.m. Monday 1 mile north-northeast of Medford, or 30 miles north-northeast of Enid. The earthquake had …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Selling Sans License

A former Oklahoma insurance agent has received a five-year suspended sentence and a $2,500 fine for selling insurance without a license. Preston Chadwick Henson, 44, was convicted of the felony after entering a no contest plea in Kingfisher County. The …

Researchers Developing Tool to Help Oklahoma Farmers Predict Drought

Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the U.S. …

Oklahoma 2015 Health Insurance Exchange Rates Include Hikes, Decreases

Oklahomans shopping for individual health insurance policies through the federal exchange will be able to choose from six different companies offering multiple plans, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Rate renewals for 2015 policies range from a decrease of 9.1 percent …

Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Declining Again in Oklahoma

For the second straight year, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers to determine rates for employers will show an overall decrease in Oklahoma. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed an overall loss cost level decrease of …