OU Physicians earns national designation after site review
OU Physicians, the state’s largest physician group, has earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a national oversight organization that sets standards for health care providers across the country. The association awarded OU Physicians a full three-year accreditation — the maximum length possible — after conducting an extensive site review of OU Physicians clinics and facilities.
Quail Creek Bank named a top performer
ICBA Independent Banker, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America, recognized Quail Creek Bank n.a., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as an ICBA Top Performer in its June issue. Quail Creek Bank’s recognition is based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2013.
2 friends join Firehouse Subs team
Brandon Birdwell and Josh Fields grew up together and were baseball teammates at Stillwater High School and have remained lifelong friends.
And, today they are business partners as franchisees with Firehouse Subs opening a restaurant in Edmond at 1597 S. Broadway Ave. on May 5. They also opened a Firehouse Sub in Stillwater last year.
MidFirst Bank to acquire Denver’s Steele Street Bank & Trust
MidFirst Bank recently announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Denver-based Steele Street Bank & Trust, Colorado’s only bank named to the prestigious list of SNL Financial’s Top 100 Best Performing Community Banks.
Nationally known leader joins OCPA
Trent England, former executive vice president of the Seattle-based Freedom Foundation, has joined the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs as vice president for strategic initiatives and as holder of a prestigious chair, OCPA President Michael Carnuccio said.
Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer
Air travelers are paying more to fly in the U.S. this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period.
Cattle at record signals higher beef costs for July 4th grillers
Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Oklahoma economy expanding
Gross receipts to the state treasury continue to reflect the expansion of the Oklahoma economy, said Ken Miller, state treasurer. All major tax categories are healthy for the month and the fiscal year.
The June report reflects gross receipts for a 2014 total of $11.7 billion for a growth factor of $469 million or more than four percent compared to fiscal year 2013, Miller said at the state capitol.
“June receipts topped $1 billion, up by more than $64 million or 6.6 percent from 2013,” Miller said.
Oklahoma’s economy has recovered well since 2009 when the National Bureau of Economic Research declared an end to the Great Recession, Miller said.
Americans falling out of love with shopping malls
Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.
More Americans are stuck in part-time work
New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month - the longest streak since the late 1990s.
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