Oklahoma News

State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma Following Severe Storms, Tornados

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe storms that swept across the state on May 6 bringing tornados, high winds, hail and flooding. At least 39 tornados were reported to have touched ground yesterday. …

Firefighters Suspect Arson in Fire at Tulsa, Oklahoma Business

Tulsa firefighters say a blaze that consumed a midtown vacuum store was intentionally set. Firefighters were called out around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to the Teter Sweepers business after witnesses reported seeing smoke as far as one mile away. Responders …

Oklahoma-Based The Holmes Organisation Acquired by Hub

Hub International Limited (Hub) subsidiary Hub International Midwest Limited (Hub Midwest) has acquired the assets of The Holmes Organisation (Holmes), a Tulsa, Okla.-based multi-line property and casualty, employee benefits and personal lines brokerage. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The …

Oklahoma Ban on Texting and Driving Goes to Governor

Oklahoma is in line to become the 46th in the nation to pass a ban on texting and driving. A bill passed on April 29 by the House goes to Gov. Mary Fallin, who urged lawmakers in her State of the …

Oklahoma Driller to Pay $59K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa, Okla.-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee $59,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the …

Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla. Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March …

Seasonal Tornado Forecasts Being Developed by Oklahoma Researchers

Weather researchers in Oklahoma are working on a method to develop seasonal tornado forecasts that could predict the likelihood of the severe storms weeks in advance. Harold Brooks, senior research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe …

Bill Banning Local Drilling Rules Passes Oklahoma House

Legislation that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations was approved by the Oklahoma House on April 22, one day after the Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that a swarm of recent …

Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP

Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …