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| Video: Carrie Underwood announces 2019 'Cry Pretty' tour dates, including 2 Oklahoma shows, and reveals she is expecting her second child Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
By Brandy McDonnell
Carrie Underwood is expecting a big 2019.
The Oklahoma native and country music superstar announced this morning that she will launch in spring 2019 her new arena trek, “The Cry Pretty Tour 360,” which will include home-state shows in Oklhaoma City and Tulsa.
Underwood also revealed in a video to fans released via social media that the tour has been timed to accommodate the arrival of her second child with husband Mike Fisher, although she didn't reveal any details about the baby's due date or gender.
She and Fisher, a retired professional hockey player, welcomed their first child, Isaiah, now 3, in 2015.
| Oklahoma Congressmen Face Tense Town Halls In Home Districts Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation are back in their districts through April 21, and many are meeting with constituents for the first time since the election of President Donald Trump. Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK4, held a town hall meeting Wednesday in Chickasha. The event was slightly tense, with many of the town hall’s 70 attendees urging Cole to take stronger stances against President Trump on issues like climate change and mental health services. “I came because I wanted to hear what he [Congressman Cole] had to say and because I have a few things that concern me,” said Judith Blake, a Norman resident. Cole spent more than two-and-a-half hours at the town hall, updating constituents on events in Washington. “We [are] here to answer your question or see what we can do to help,” Cole said, encouraging those with more personal questions to talk to him after the event. Cole’s town hall took place the day after Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK1, drew what the Tulsa World described as a |
| Driver Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||OK-Tulsa, Tulsa Nursing Center is actively searching for a Driver to help transport residents in a friendly and safe fashion. The transportation driver will be responsible for operating and maintaining transportation vehicles with a focus on safety and customer courtesy; performing daily pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections; performing minor maintenance tasks on the vehicles when necessary; fueling th|
| Driver Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||OK-Tulsa, Tulsa Nursing Center is actively searching for a Driver to help transport residents in a friendly and safe fashion. The transportation driver will be responsible for operating and maintaining transportation vehicles with a focus on safety and customer courtesy; performing daily pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections; performing minor maintenance tasks on the vehicles when necessary; fueling th|
| What's the Dewey Number for Sharks?: Nonfiction Numbers You Should Know! Part 1 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
By Tori Hamilton, Children's Library Associate, Glenpool Library
Do you have trouble convincing your child to check out books from the nonfiction section? Does he or she think nonfiction is boring? Au contraire! Some of the most interesting children's books are found in the nonfiction section, but only if you know how to find the good stuff!
While it looks complicated on the surface, the Dewey Decimal System, used by the Tulsa City-County Library and most other public libraries to organize nonfiction, is actually simple and elegant. Consisting of ten broad categories, Dewey assigns a number to each possible topic. Books are then sorted by number so that all of the books on one topic are stored in the same place. When you know the numbers for your child's favorite topics, you'll be able to find intriguing nonfiction quickly and easily no matter which library you visit.
Want to find amazing books in the children's nonfiction section of your nearest Tulsa library branch? Check out these nonfiction numbers every parent should know:
- 031 and 032, Encyclopedias in English - This one sounds stodgy, but keep in mind that weird trivia, such as the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not, fall into this category. Many children who wouldn't read a novel half that size will avidly read an entire record book, one macabre fact at a time.
- 133, Ghost Stories - And we're not talking about fictional ghost stories. The books in this category are of the unexplained-phenomena, unsolved-mystery, what-really-happened-that-night variety. Spooky stuff for curious minds.
- 398, Fairy Tales and Folktales - Fairy tales in nonfiction? How does that work? Well, once upon a time (see what I did there?), all books of every kind, including fictional stories, were classified in the Dewey Decimal System, but as novels became more popular, they quickly outgrew their assigned number. Thus the fiction section was born! Meanwhile, fairy tales are still shelved in the nonfiction section, where they continue to live Happily Ever After.
- 560s, Fossils and Prehistoric Life - Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs? Dinosaurs! Enough said. But wait! What if you're not into dinosaurs? What if you're more of a woolly mammoth fan? Look up "Prehistoric Mammals" under 569.
- 590s, Animals - Every bit of the 590s has something fun in it, with mammals under 599, sharks under 597, and ocean life under 593, to name just a few. Whether your child loves turtles, snakes, birds, or big cats, the children's section has the books to fascinate your budding zoologist! Ask a librarian for the specific number you need.
- 741, Drawing - Your baby artist needs to start somewhere, and the drawing books in the children's section are just the thing to occupy a summer afternoon. How to draw animals, superheroes, cars, monsters, or create your own comic books - the library has it all!
- 818, American Miscellaneous Writings - Say, how many American Miscellaneous Writings does it take to change a light bulb? I don't know, but if that light bulb joke exists, it's going to be under 818 because that's where we keep the joke books.
Need more inspiration? Don't see your child's favorite topic listed here? No problem! Ask your local librarian, "What the Dewey number for that?" and we'll hook you up!
| General Manager Retail Optical Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||OK-Tulsa, General Manager – Optical Manager – Tulsa, OK. Relocation available Experienced optical managers we have your goal in sight! Come join us as our General Manager, enjoying an excellent work environment and fantastic team of employees. Goals can be achieved with plans, and implementation of those plans. Our General Managers see successes each day and many move into Regional positions within 5 years.|
| (USA-OK-Tulsa) Driver/Shuttler Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||
DRIVER – DRIVE COOL CARS EVERY DAY
As a Driver, you will be transporting our rental vehicles to and from various locations safely. You will assist other Avis Budget Group associates in maintaining a smooth and safe traffic flow throughout rental check in area. In the role of Driver, you will be conducting the final inspection ensuring proper vehicle cleanliness, appearance and readiness meet company standards. Additionally, as a Driver you will be responsible for identifying and reporting any rental vehicle damage.
Requirements of the Driver role:
+ Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
+ At least 6 months of prior work experience
+ Valid driver's license and a good driving record
+ Various shifts available
We offer a wide range of exciting benefits for part time employees, including:
+ Employee Assistance Program
+ Employee discounts
+ Training opportunities
+ Opportunities to make charitable donations
+ Voluntary unpaid time off
+ Discounted prices on the purchase of Avis/Budget cars
+ 401(k) (eligible after 1,000 hours of service)
+ Employee Stock Purchase Plan (eligible after 90 days of service)
+ Vacation car rental
A valid driver's license is required for all positions. Drug screening and a background check are a part of our hiring process.
Avis Budget is an EO employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled
The information listed in this advertisement describes the general nature and level of this position only. Essential functions and responsibilities may change as business needs require. Your response to this ad may result in your being considered for employment with an affiliated company of Avis Budget Group, the publicly traded parent company of Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC and its subsidiaries.
This advertisement does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment.
| Retail Mortgage Loan Originator - Sugar Land Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||BOK Financial - Texas - Req ID: 41688 Areas of Interest: Mortgage Banking BOK Financial (BOKF), Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOK Financial Corporation... into a variety of industries, businesses and geographies. About Bank of Texas Mortgage: Bank of Texas Mortgage is a division of BOKF, NA, a subsidiary...|
| City of Tulsa Gets a Hand as It Looks to Help Unbanked, Underbanked Residents Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||The City of Tulsa has received a grant to help with plans to close Tulsa's racial wealth gap. The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund awarded Tulsa $20,000 toward that work. The city will not be providing any financial services as a result. "The city is convening banking institutions, companies in the area, nonprofits … and acting as a leader to set the goal. What’s the goal for our city? What do we want for Tulsans in the financial literacy and empowerment space?" said Chief Resilience Officer DeVon Douglass. That planning will go toward the Resilient Tulsa Strategy goal of helping Bank$afe Oklahoma reach more people. "The people who are unbanked and underbanked are folks who live in poverty or who are on the poverty line or folks who we call 'ALICE' — asset limited, income constrained, employed," Douglass said. "These are people who are working hard who are not quite middle class." Douglass said both unbanked and underbanked Tulsans have a hard time building any wealth. Underbanked|
| Small Fire at Holly Refinery Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||A flash fire at the Holly Refinery in west Tulsa sent thick smoke spiraling into the sky this afternoon. Refinery crews used form to quickly bring that blaze under control. The Tulsa Fire Department did not respond. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.|
| Tulsa Mom Ordered to Trial Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||An Oklahoma woman accused of stabbing her 11-year-old daughter 50 to 70 times, hitting her in the head with an ax, then setting their home on fire has been ordered to stand trial. Tulsa County court records indicate that 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was bound over for trial on charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, child neglect and arson. Formal arraignment is scheduled Aug. 13. Ahmad was arrested on May 15 after authorities said she attacked the girl and bound and gagged two younger daughters who managed to escape and were found unharmed. An arrest report said Ahmad told investigators she was upset with her children "because of the way they were reading and looking at her."|
| Power Coming On Across the Region Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||It has been a long night for power crews across Green Country. Strong thunderstorms--- some classified as severe ---knocked out power through out Tulsa and adjacent counties. At one point, the Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported over 4,600 customers off line in the area. Most have had their power restored by this morning. The utility says it still had about 500 customers off line around 5 a.m.|
| Storms Leave Scattered Damage Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||The cleanup is underway from yesterday afternoon’s powerful thunderstorms. The storms were packing 60-to-70 mph winds as they blew through Tulsa. Large hail was reported around Turley and Sperry. Some hail was said to be the size of tennis balls. Winds blew a tree onto a house near 31 st and Highway 169. Two people inside the home were trapped for awhile, but were not injured. Lightning hit at least two houses in Tulsa. One was near 22 nd and South Delaware. The other was near 11 th and Sheridan. In all, there have been no reports of injuries.|
| Gateway Mortgage takes country road into banking Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor email@example.com
Jenks-based Gateway Mortgage Group will merge into Farmers Exchange Bank in Cherokee in the mortgage lender's first-ever acquisition, pending regulatory approval.
The bank will operate under an as-yet-undecided name, said Scott Gesell, Gateway's chief administrative officer.
Gesell acknowledged the seemingly unusual nature of the transaction.
Multistate Gateway, founded in suburban Tulsa in 2000, on track to originate $6 billion-plus in mortgages and service $20 billion in loans this year, is buying 83-year-old Farmers Exchange Bank in a small town 175 miles away with $300 million in deposits.
Citing regulatory constraints, Gesell declined to say how the transaction came about.
Read more on NewsOK.com
| Physical Therapist Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Posted on: 2018-08-09 |
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| Certified Dietary Manager Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||MGM Healthcare - Tulsa, OK - The overall purpose of the Dietary Manager position is to plan, develop, direct and control the activities of the dietary department.... This position is responsible for food service standards, policy and procedure, dietary staff, equipment, systems and work areas, while providing the...|
| Lotus Acquires Scripps Stations In Boise & Tucson Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
EW Scripps continues its sell-off of its radio assets with a deal to sell its eight stations in Boise ID and Tucson AZ to Lotus Communications for $8 million. In Boise, Lotus will enter the market with AAA “94.9 The River” KRVB, Active Rock “100.3 The X” KQXR, Classic Rock “J105” 105.1 KJOT, and Classic Hits “107.1 K-Hits” KTHI. Lotus will acquire AC “94.9 Mix-FM” KMXZ, Conservative Talk 104.1 KQTH, Rhythmic Oldies “106.3 The Groove” KTGV, and Sports “ESPN Tucson” 1490 KFFN/104.9 K285DL in Tucson. However as the company already owns 1 AM and 3 FMs in the market, it will place KTTH and KTGV in a divestiture trust. The company currently owns Regional Mexican “Caliente 92.1” KCMT, Classic Rock 96.1 KLPX, Alternative “Rock 102.1” KFMA and Spanish AC “La Buena 94.3” 990 KTKT/94.3 K232FD. The acquisitions bring Lotus to 40 stations across four states. The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) has reached an agreement to sell eight radio stations in Boise, Idaho, and Tucson, Arizona, to Lotus Communications Corp. for $8 million. California-based Lotus Communications is purchasing KMXZ (94.9 FM), KFFN (1490 AM and 104.9 FM), KQTH (104.1 FM) and KTGV (106.3 FM) in Tucson and KJOT (1051. FM), KQXR (100.3 FM), KRVB (94.9 FM) and KTHI (107.1 FM) in Boise. n its portfolio of stations, Lotus Communications operates four radio stations in the Tucson market and will immediately divest of KQTH and KTGV in order to meet the Federal Communications Commission rules that cap station ownership in single markets. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The sale is the third in a series of radio sale transactions for Scripps. In June, it announced the sale of five radio stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Griffin Communications, followed by a July announcement that it will sell its two Milwaukee radio stations to Good Karma Brands. The company announced in January its intent to sell its portfolio of 34 radio stations in eight markets. “Lotus Communications’ commitment to serving local communities – with a focus on western region markets in particular – makes it a natural fit to run the Boise and Tucson stations,” said Adam Symson, Scripps president and CEO. “This deal sets up the stations for continued success.” Lotus Communications is one of the largest privately held radio station groups in the U.S., founded in 1962 and headquartered in Los Angeles. The Scripps stations will join its portfolio of 34 radio stations in Arizona, California and Nevada. “We are looking forward to getting to know the many talented professionals at these Scripps radio stations,” said Jim Kalmenson, president of Lotus Communications. “Both companies share a genuine passion for producing excellent local radio and serving the public.” Kalil & Co., Inc. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.
The post Lotus Acquires Scripps Stations In Boise & Tucson appeared first on RadioInsight.
| New data show continued surge of hate crime, anti-Arab incidents, nationwide Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
The sixth anniversary of the shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left six Sikh Americans dead and multiple wounded, was on Sunday, August 5. Next week, on August 12, we will observe the second anniversary of the hate crime murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the first anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and wounding many others. The driver is facing federal hate crime charges.
One thing we can do to honor hate crime victims is to advocate an improved response to hate crime in American communities. State legislatures must pass criminal statutes offering inclusive protections for hate crime victims, enact requirements for hate crime reporting and data collection on the part of state and local law enforcement, and compel state-level police officer training commissions to provide mandatory instruction relating to hate crime and cultural awareness for basic and in-service training.
While necessary, new legislation alone is not sufficient for an improved response to hate crime. State and local governments and law enforcement agencies must demonstrate a commitment to preventing hate crime, serving communities, and protecting victims. Last month, we released the inaugural edition of Rating the Response, our state-by-state resource guide on hate crime laws, reporting, and data collection. Our findings demonstrate that few states have passed legislation necessary for an improved response to hate crime. Our research into hate crime reporting and data collection also suggests that law enforcement and other government agencies, in some states more than others, are not positioned to effectively respond to hate crime.
In 2016, for example, approximately one-third of the city or university police departments representing populations of 100,000 or more people reported zero hate crime incidents to the FBI. Some agencies, including all 21 police departments in Florida representing a population of 100,000 or more, either did not participate in the national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) hate crime statistics program or provided a “blank submission” during at least one quarterly submission period. A blank submission occurs when a participating agency fails to submit any data, even data indicating that zero hate crime incidents occurred (zero data), to the FBI during a specific period. Other police departments, including Spokane, Washington, and St. Louis, Missouri, also reported blank submissions in 2016. Even for agencies representing large populations that did submit hate crime incidents to the FBI, the majority reported fewer incidents, when adjusted for population, compared to the national average. Those agencies include Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Dallas, and many others.
These observations cast doubt over the quality and accuracy of our national hate crime data. In light of these concerns, we must advocate improved statistics at the state, local, and federal level. At the same time, we must continue to monitor and analyze the official data that are available, as they remain the principal resource for understanding the nature and extent of hate crime in American communities. The rest of this post will consider hate crime data for the first half of 2018 from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the subject of a recent report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. A quick consideration of 2017 hate crime data from state and local agencies will conclude the post.
According to the Center’s recent report, Los Angeles saw a 6.8 percent decline in reported hate crime incidents in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year. Despite this overall decrease, violent hate crimes increased 8.3 percent. Notably, violent crime in general decreased 2.8 percent during this period. Furthermore, the LAPD recorded five anti-Arab hate crime incidents, compared to zero incidents in the first half of 2017. Based on this partial 2018 data from Los Angeles and 11 other major American cities and counties with available data, the Center is forecasting a decline in reported hate crime incidents nationwide for the first half of 2018.
Based on similar data from last year, however, the Center is predicting a nationwide increase of reported hate crime incidents in 2017. The FBI will release 2017 hate crime data submitted from participating agencies in the annual report, Hate Crime Statistics, which we can expect in the final months of 2018. In addition to hate crime data from local police departments, some state agencies have already published 2017 hate crime statistics. In the 17 states that have published 2017 hate crime data, hate crime increased nearly 20 percent. As a point of comparison, the most significant nationwide increase ever reported in federal hate crime statistics occurred in 2001, when, as a result of post-9/11 backlash, reported hate crime incidents surged approximately 21 percent.
Available data from major jurisdictions also suggest an escalation of hate crime in 2017. In the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department recorded a 67 percent increase, from 107 reported incidents in 2016, to 179 last year. While the state of New York has yet to publish 2017 statistics, the New York Police Department recorded 325 hate crime incidents last year, up from 127 in 2016. A total of 18 anti-Arab hate crime incidents contributed to that 156 percent increase. According to FBI statistics, a single anti-Arab hate crime incident was reported statewide in 2016. That incident occurred in the city of Rochester.
Returning to state-level statistics, 34 anti-Arab hate crime incidents were reported in the five states to publish anti-Arab hate crime data in 2017 statistics so far. If we include the 18 incidents reported in New York City last year, the total exceeds the 51 anti-Arab hate crime incidents recorded in 2016 FBI statistics. AAI Foundation research demonstrates that state-level statistics often exceed the totals recorded in federal data. However, the preliminary data from major cities considered in the Center’s report, in addition to state-level statistics discussed above, suggest the FBI’s 2017 hate crime statistics will likely report a third consecutive annual increase of hate crime incidents nationwide. The data also suggest that federal statistics will report an increase of anti-Arab hate crime incidents. Readers can expect the second edition of our resource guide, Rating the Response, shortly after the publication of the FBI’s annual hate crime statistics this coming November.
Until then, we will continue to advocate an improved response to hate crime in American communities, monitor available hate crime data, and publish content based on our research findings on a regular basis.
| Event Update For 2018-08-06 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.
A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.
Category: Variety Pack
2018-08-06 - Unknown odor blows through neighborhood in North Baton Rouge (Louisiana):
Quote: "A portion of North Baton Rouge was blocked off due to multiple reports of a suspicious odor in the air Monday night. Reports of the odor began around 7:45 p.m. Monday evening. At 10:20 p.m., a spokesperson with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the smell was dissipating, but response teams were unable to find the source. Entergy says crews searched in the area near Shelley Street and Evangeline Street, and while there was an odor in the air, it's not from gas."
2018-08-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits area near the coast in Onekawa (New Zealand):
Quote: "About a dozen Onekawa Industrial area businesses were evacuated this morning after reports of a gas leak in the area. Fire and Emergency in Napier were called just before 10.15am and three appliances went to the scene which centred around Niven St, Edmundsen St, Wakefield St and Thorn Place. Cordons were set up and traffic diverted while staff and occupants of buildings in the immediate area were evacuated, including a large number from the Quality Bakers in Niven St. Using gas detectors crews moved through the area but at the end of a detailed search of buildings and sites came up with nothing."
2018-08-06 - Insurers fleeing California and other western states as fires escalate:
Quote: "Residents of U.S. towns damaged by wildfires may need to prepare for another repercussion: insurers that decide to cancel policies because of increased risks from more frequent fires. Facing mounting losses, some property insurers are pulling back from selling policies in California and other western states where wildfire risk is elevated. In California alone, damages had mounted to at least $12 billion by early 2018, while the state's Carr fire likely added another $1.5 billion in insured losses."
Note: "See yas, buh bye, good luck with that whole getting-destroyed-by-fire thing!'
2018-08-06 - Private jet hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Columbia (Missouri):
Quote: "No one was hurt after a private jet made an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport Monday night. Columbia director of community relations Steven Sapp told ABC 17 News the pilot aboard the Cessna Citation II jet reported smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency around 7:40 p.m. One other person was aboard the plane."
Note: This is the 131st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...
2018-08-06 - Metal business heavily damaged by fire at 6:47 AM in Elkton (Maryland), nobody there:
Quote: "An exact loss in terms of dollars was unavailable Sunday, but the office reported damage 'could be in the millions of dollars.'"
2018-08-06 - Recycling center fire rages in Niagara Falls (New York), may burn for days:
Quote: "Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze that broke out at a College Avenue facility used to store cardboard. Officials say crews were called out late Monday night for a fire at a cardboard storage yard at a paper recycling facility in the city of Niagara Falls. The cardboard is contained in an open lot in an industrial section, which is helping to keep the fire contained Tuesday morning. Fire officials say the blaze could continue to burn for several days."
2018-08-06 - Landfill fire breaks out in Calistoga (California):
2018-08-06 - Wildfire complex grows to 283,800 acres in Mendocino County (California), now the biggest wildfire in California history:
Quote: "Two wildfires blazing in California, known as the Mendocino Complex fire, became the largest recorded in state history on Monday, crossing a grim milestone. The fire, in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, has killed two people and burned almost 283,800 acres as of Monday. It has destroyed at least 143 structures, including 75 homes, according to Cal Fire officials. More than 9,000 structures remain under threat. The Mendocino complex fires, which encompass an area the size of Los Angeles, surpassed the Thomas wildfire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which burned 281,893 acres last year."
Quote: "We're looking at over 629,000 acres of ground and vegetation burned in California since January 1 of this year. Last year, same period of time, 223,000 acres..."
Note: So wildfires are burning at almost triple the rate of last year, and last year was itself a record-setting year. From the full hypothesis: "Probably the most noticeable effect will be fires and explosions sweeping across the planet."
2018-08-06 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #132, August 1st-6th, 2018:
2018-08-06 - Multi-family home damaged by explosion in Overland (Missouri):
2018-08-06 - Home damaged by explosion and fire in Norfolk County (Canada), 1 injured:
Note: These are the 193rd and 194th residential explosions in 2018...
2018-08-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Larimer County (Colorado):
2018-08-06 - Transformer explodes and burns at 1 AM, ignites brush fire, in West Valley City (Utah):
2018-08-06 - Pallet company and vehicles go up in flames at 3:57 AM in Clovis (New Mexico):
Quote: "There were no injuries, said Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen, but hundreds of pallets were reduced to ash, dozens of vehicles in an adjoining recycling lot were scorched and heat radiation melted the city logo on one of the fire engines, among other damages."
2018-08-06 - Wildfire grows to 94,331 acres in and near Yosemite National Park (California), parts of park closed indefinitely:
Quote: "The Ferguson Fire erupted on July 13, and as of Aug. 6, the blaze has burned 91,502 acres and is 38 percent contained."
2018-08-06 - Wildfire breaks out and grows quickly to 3,000+ acres in Trabuco Canyon (California):
Quote: "Firefighters were battling a brush fire Monday night that broke out in the rugged Holy Jim area of Orange County earlier in the day and exploded to cover some 4,000 acres, extending into Riverside County, officials said. The Holy fire was reported at 1:17 p.m. near Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Creek roads, said Jake Rodriguez, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service."
2018-08-06 - Wildfire grows to 64,575 acres near Bellevue (Idaho):
2018-08-06 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations sear Fairview (Utah):
2018-08-06 - Wildfire breaks out on the slopes of Mauna Loa then crosses into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii):
2018-08-06 - More than 40 wildfires burning, 19 of them out of control, in northeast Ontario (Canada):
2018-08-06 - Wildfire burns for another day near the coast near Monchique (Portugal), 24 injured:
2018-08-06 - Tour boat destroyed by fire at pier in coastal Phuket (Thailand):
2018-08-06 - Boat bursts into flame on the Housatonic River in coastal Stratford (Connecticut), 2 injured:
2018-08-06 - Boat bursts into flame in Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain near Colchester (Vermont):
2018-08-06 - Boat goes up in flames along SW Flansberg Road near the coast in Waldport (Oregon):
Note: These are the 728th, 729th, 730th and 731st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...
2018-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on South Moss Avenue in West Odessa (Texas):
2018-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-20 near Atlanta (Georgia):
2018-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near rest stop in Findlay (Ohio):
2018-08-06 - Semi tractor and machine shed destroyed by fire near Remsen (Iowa):
2018-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road near Rollestone Camp in Salisbury (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A316 near Feltham (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor and trailer go up in flames on the A39 near Nether Stowey (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor explodes into flame near coastal St Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight (Britain), 100 feet from the ocean:
2018-08-06 - Tractor bursts into flame at depot in Stoke-on-Trent (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, fire spreads to field, in Surfleet (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, fire spreads to field, near Dry Drayton Road in Oakington, Cambridgeshire (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Newbridge, near Pickering (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites corn, on Lund Wold Road in Lund (Britain):
Quote: "Lund Wold Road, Lund. Mon 6 Aug 2018 11:30 (No:17350) Combine harvester involved in fire. Two hose reels, one BA, short extension ladder in use. Fire spread to small area of standing corn."
Note: These are the 1694th-1706th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...
2018-08-06 - RV bursts into flame just before 6:30 AM while parked by barn, fire spreads to barn, in Oregon City (Oregon), 2 injured:
2018-08-06 - RV bursts into flame near business in Tulsa (Oklahoma):
2018-08-06 - RV bursts into flame on I-81 overpass in Carlisle (Pennsylvania):
Note: These are the 355th, 356th and 357th RVs to burn/explode in 2018...
2018-08-06 - Van bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the B5302 near Wigton (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame just before 1:30 AM while parked on Marcus Street in Lansing (Michigan):
2018-08-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-287 in Basking Ridge (New Jersey):
Quote: "'The fire was so intense that it actually disintegrated the vehicle,' McGrath said. 'I've been around a long time and have never seen a vehicle consumed to that degree.'"
2018-08-06 - Pickup truck and slide-in camper destroyed by fire on Highway 19 near coastal Qualicum Beach (Canada):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours while parked at home on Argyle Lane in Greensboro (North Carolina):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on US 101 in coastal San Jose (California):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame near McDonald's in Bakersfield (California):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at airport in coastal Newark (New Jersey), bus crashes too:
Quote: "The car fire closed level 1 for Terminal A shortly before 5 p.m. The bus crash was at Terminal C about a half-hour later."
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-405 near coastal Seattle (Washington):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 22 near Genelle (Canada):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on the Sunshine Motorway in coastal Coolum Beach (Australia):
2018-08-06 - Car explodes and burns, ignites minibus, in Cairo (Egypt), 13 injured:
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Day House Bank in Romsley (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Parker Drive in Whitnash (Britain):
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame at 2:37 AM on Waterworks Street in coastal Immingham (Britain):
Quote: "Waterworks Street, Immingham. Mon 6 Aug 2018 02:37 (No:17335) One car involved in fire, Fire Service used one breathing apparatus, and one hose reel to extinguish."
2018-08-06 - Car bursts into flame on Barnard Avenue in Brigg (Britain):
Quote: "Barnard Avenue, Brigg. Mon 6 Aug 2018 16:10 (No:17373) Car fire. Hose reel in use. Due to electrical fault within engine compartment."
2018-08-06 - Two pickup trucks and garage go up in flames at home in Chesapeake (Virginia), 1 injured:
2018-08-06 - Vehicle and garage destroyed by fire at home in Yakima (Washington):
Quote: "The fire destroyed a garage attached to the home and at least one vehicle parked inside it, Lange said."
2018-08-06 - Motorcycle shop destroyed by fire in coastal Butterworth (Malaysia):
2018-08-06 - Barn destroyed by fire at 5:45 AM in Tidewater (Virginia):
2018-08-06 - Tree stump found smoldering on Staveley Road in coastal Hull (Britain):
Quote: "Staveley Road, Hull. Mon 6 Aug 2018 08:57 (No:17346) Tree stump smouldering. One hose reel in use."
2018-08-06 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at 4 AM near Lake Huron in Harbor Beach (Michigan):
2018-08-06 - Home damaged by fire on Catalpa Court in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):
2018-08-06 - Home damaged by fire at 4 AM in coastal Warwick (Rhode Island):
2018-08-06 - Home damaged by fire in Henrico County (Virginia):
2018-08-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire before 6:40 AM in Chevy Chase (Maryland), 3 injured:
2018-08-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 2 AM in Cahokia (Illinois), 2 injured:
Note: Cahokia is on the Illinois banks of the Mississippi River across from St. Louis...
2018-08-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire in St. Louis (Missouri):
2018-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in Benson (North Carolina), nobody there:
2018-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire near the Ouachita River in Hot Springs (Arkansas):
2018-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in Knoxville (Tennessee):
2018-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire and explosion(s) in North Strabane Township (Pennsylvania):
2018-08-06 - Home destroyed by fire before 6 AM on Roberts Hill Road in New Baltimore (New York):
2018-08-06 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Mesa (Arizona):
2018-08-06 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 6 AM in Pine Bluff (Arkansas), 2 killed:
2018-08-06 - Deadly fire burns home on Gateway Lane in Weddington (North Carolina), 1 killed:
2018-08-06 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Gainesville (Florida), 1 killed:
2018-08-06 - Dozens of seagulls drop dead from the sky in Turtle Lake (Canada):
Quote: "Gulls have been dropping from the sky at Turtle Lake, leading to an unsettling feeling for locals and campers coming across the dead young birds. Suzy Fey Pilat has found dozens of the birds lying around the beaches of the lake, located about 240 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. She's also watched as the birds have fallen from the sky. 'It feels like you're in a horror movie. It's crazy.'"
2018-08-06 - Hundreds of fish found dead in pond in Josiah’s Bay area on the island of Tortola (British Virgin Islands):
2018-08-06 - Thousands of fish dying in the Rhine River in Germany and Switzerland:
2018-08-06 - Thousands of fish found dead in lake in Box Elder County (Utah):
2018-08-06 - Millions of fish found dead in lake in Hanoi (Vietnam):
2018-08-06 - Hundreds of starfish wash up dead at beach in coastal Caranzalem, Goa (India):
2018-08-06 - Thousands of sardines found dead on the coast of Mahahual (Mexico):
2018-08-06 - Hundreds of fish found dead in lagoon in Guerrero (Mexico):
2018-08-06 - Thousands of fish die in fish farms in Banjar Regency (Indonesia):
2018-08-06 - In separate incidents, woman, 54, and boy, 3, die after being pulled from the water in the Twin Lakes (Wisconsin):
Quote: "Two water deaths in Twin Lakes just hours apart Sunday. In both instances, bystanders jumped in to help. The first incident happened around 12:30 p.m. in Lake Mary off of Lance Park. Twin Lakes police say 54-year-old Carol Varney from Racine was swimming with friends when she suddenly lost consciousness. She was immediately pulled from the water and taken to shore where CPR was performed. Varney was pronounced dead at Burlington Hospital."
Quote: "Captain Linn says he believes her death was caused by a medical emergency and not drowning."
2018-08-06 - Man, 62, and woman, 49, die after swimming on the island of Cyprus (Greece):
2018-08-06 - Two twin girls, age 8, die in the water at beach in coastal Qingdao (China):
Quote: "Bodies of 8-year-old twin girls found near beach in China, latest in spate of drowning cases..."
2018-08-06 - Two workers, 18 and 40, die foaming at the mouth in manhole in Shivamogga (India):
Quote: "Some people said the workers died of suffocation, as they were foaming at the mouth and nose."
2018-08-06 - Three boys, 17, 17 and 14, die on Friendship Day in lake in Maharashtra (India):
2018-08-06 - Girl, 11, dies after being pulled from swimming pool in Tempe (Arizona):
| Leaders Tour Aging Levee System Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||The Tulsa Arkansas River Levee gets an inspection from the Assistant Secretary for Army Civil Works. R.D. James toured the levee with local officials yesterday. There is great concern the aging levee system could fail in a major flooding event. It would take millions of dollars to make the needed repairs. Officials admit they don't know where to get that money.|
| Oklahoma Student Proficiency Rates Remain Low Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Oklahoma test results show that student proficiency rates are down slightly in almost every grade and subject in the second year of higher academic standards. The Tulsa World reports that the 2018 Oklahoma School Testing Program results found that student proficiency on the seventh-grade math test was the only unchanged rate. Third-grade proficiency in English and language arts dropped from 39 percent last year to 33 percent this year. Seventh-grade proficiency in English and language arts dropped from 34 percent to 28 percent. Sixth-grade math proficiency fell seven points to 28 percent. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says the state is focused on measuring student growth year over year instead of proficiency rates from a single test. New standards and tests were implemented in the 2016-17 school year after Oklahoma dropped Common Core standards.|
| Kolbaba Gets Chance to Avenge Slap Against Cochise Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||By: Justin Felisko August 08, 2018 PUEBLO, Colo. – There is a hole in Derek Kolbaba’s pocket, and he has not forgotten about it. The 22-year-old was easily on his way to a $40,000 payday aboard Cochiseat Gene Owen and Jane Clark’s winner-take-all challenge in Vinita, Oklahoma, on June 16 before he realized he had slapped Cochise on the first jump coming out of the bucking chute. If not for the slap, Kolbaba was about to make things simple aboard the World Champion contender bovine athlete. Kolbaba would have won the $40,000 seeing as Stetson Lawrence and Ryan Dirteater were bucked off by Hedoo and Lester Gillis, respectively. Kolbaba will get a chance to avenge his mistake on Saturday night during the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino & Hotel, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he squares off against Cochise again. “Derek has to be pretty excited right now,” Owen said. “He rode him at Vinita, but Cochise jerked him down and he slapped him. It cost him an easy $40,000. He will be out looking for revenge.” When informed of the rematch, Kolbaba responded, “Hell yes. Yeah. I rode him, but slapped him first jump.” Fans can watch the 15/15 Bucking Battle Sunday... Continue Reading|
| Tulsa begins Stretch Run to the PBR World Finals Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||By: Justin Felisko August 08, 2018 PUEBLO, Colo. – The stretch run to the PBR World Finals officially ramps up this weekend with the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino and Hotel, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa is the first of nine regular season 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast events before the World Finals on Nov. 7-11. The last three World Champions – Jess Lockwood, Cooper Davis and J.B. Mauney – have won Tulsa on their way to the world title, so there is at least a lucky charm factor to the Sooner State event in recent memory. “It sets up your whole second half,” Lockwood said. “That first one back can decide how your whole second half goes. If it does go bad, you have to jump back and forget about it. But if it does go good, you have confidence and you are just ready to go.” In fact, Lockwood, Davis and Mauney could all use a victory this weekend for a variety of reasons. The two obvious factors for Lockwood and Davis is that both riders are still very much alive in the 2018 world title race despite first half injuries. Lockwood – the reigning World Champion – begins the second half... Continue Reading|
| Carrie Underwood announces 2019 tour dates, planned around pregnancy Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Underwood is expecting a big 2019.
The Oklahoma native and country music superstar announced Wednesday that she will launch in spring 2019 her new arena trek, “The Cry Pretty Tour 360,” which will include home-state shows in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Underwood also revealed in a video released via social media that the tour has been timed to accommodate the arrival of her second child with husband Mike Fisher, although she didn't reveal any details about the baby's due date or gender.
She and Fisher, a retired professional hockey player, welcomed their first child, Isaiah, now 3, in 2015.
“You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?' Well … ,” she said in the video, pausing to reveal a helium balloon spelling out the word “baby.” “Yay!
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| Green the Vote hands over signatures Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
By Dale Denwalt Capitol Bureau email@example.com
Volunteers with the recreational marijuana campaign Green the Vote turned in tens of thousands of signatures Wednesday, but there's no guarantee they have enough to put it on the ballot.
When President Isaac Caviness made the drive from Tulsa to the state Capitol that morning, he posted to Facebook that he had 85,336 signatures in hand.
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| Global Dental Instrument Kit Market Analysis 2018 | Growth by Top Regions: 3M ESPE, DENTSPLY Implants, Kohler Medizintechnik, Ultradent Products, Dental USA, DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental, Carl Martin GmbH, Anatomage, Bioner , Dentium et al. Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache || (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2018 ) Dental instruments are tools that dental professionals use to provide dental treatment. They include tools to examine, manipulate, treat, restore and remove teeth and surrounding oral structures.Standard instruments are the instruments used to examine, restore and...
| Unit Corporation Reports 2018 Second Quarter Results Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||TULSA, Oklahoma–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT) today reported its financial and operational results for the second quarter 2018. The results reported below include those attributable to Unit’s consolidated subsidiaries. Second quarter results and recent highlights include: Net income attributable to Unit of $5.8 million; adjusted net income attributable to Unit of $11.3 million, a 216% [Read More…]|
| Headlines: Tornadoes, SAE Apology & Other Lives Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2015: Tornadoes tear through Tulsa and its suburbs especially in Sand Springs. ( Tulsa World ) Western Heights and Moore Public Schools are closing after storms rip through central Oklahoma. ( News9 ) A former OU student publicly apologizes for his involvement leading fellow fraternity members in a racist chant earlier this month. ( KGOU )|
| EPA Chief Worried Trump Would Be 'Abusive To The Constitution' Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||In 2016, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told a radio host in Tulsa, Okla., "I believe that Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama, and that's saying a lot." His comments surfaced at a routine Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, when Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., read from a transcript of the interview and asked administrator Pruitt whether he remembered it. "I don't, Senator," Pruitt replied, "and I don't echo that today at all." The interview with conservative host Pat Campbell aired on KFAQ in February 2016, when Pruitt was Oklahoma's attorney general and supported Jeb Bush's candidacy for president. "If Donald Trump is the nominee and eventually the president, he would take, I think, unapologetic steps to use executive power to confront Congress in a way that is truly unconstitutional," Pruitt told Campbell. The exchange continued: Campbell: "I had a conversation with my dad not long ago and my dad is an immigrant. He came|
| (Tulsa) Dan Wesson Guardian 1911 - $ 1,200 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Like new in box she’s been a safe queen for a couple years now and has only about20 or 30 rounds down her match grade pipe. Comes with the original Dan Wesson seven round mags, one colt seven round mag, Four para ordinance eight round mags one sigsauer eight round mag, and one Remington eight round mag. She has beautiful night sites with the front post being white and the rear being green. I’m willing to trade. more or less looking for some big bore rifles or hit me up If you have something else in mind. 458 socom, 450 bushmaster, or .50 beowolf|
| EPISODE 441 - Little Known Black History: America's Worst Racial Riot Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||For Beyond 50's 'Historyâ?? talks, listen to an interview with Ron Weber. He'll discuss about a little known Black History event that was America's worst racial riot - a white on black massacre of hundreds that occurred in 1921 in Greenwood (near Tulsa), Oklahoma. The tragic incident was related to oil production and wealth from it. In 2001, the case was taken to the Supreme Court. Famous attorney Johnny Cochran and a team of high level lawyers represented the surviving victims and their families in hopes of financial reparations. Tune in to Beyond 50: America's Talk Radio Show on the natural, holistic, green and sustainable lifestyle. Visit www.Beyond50Radio.com and sign up for our Exclusive Updates.|
| Tulsa TRS Panel: Get Funded!, August 23 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Date: August 23, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm Looking to start a business but need the financing? Or do you have a business but need some extra capital to help you scale your business? Then join us for an amazing panel of financial experts from banking to investors as they answer your financial questions. And when […]|
| Why Is 3.2% Beer Drying Up? Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
CHICAGO -- Al Capone, speakeasies and now 3.2% beer: All are fading into ghosts of Prohibition as the number of states that restrict c-stores to selling the low-alcohol beer shrinks to only two. Meanwhile, the opportunities for retailers in the newly full-strength states are only beginning to reveal themselves.
First, a little history lesson: Shortly after the Volstead Act repealed Prohibition in 1933, several states enacted their own laws limiting the maximum amount of alcohol in beer to 3.2%. Today, only five states still enforce these laws, which require c-stores and supermarkets to sell 3.2% strength while private and state-operated liquor stores mostly enjoy a full-strength-beer advantage.
But within the next year, three of those states—Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas—will enact laws that allow c-stores to sell full-strength, or “full-point,” beer. The sales opportunities for retailers in these states are considerable.
“In Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, what you are seeing is a comprehensive beer renaissance taking shape,” says Joe Vonder Haar, president and CEO of iSee Store Innovations LLC, St. Louis.
The beer bar is being raised as more consumers seek brews with higher alcohol content.
In Kansas, Thomas Miller, director of operations for Topeka, Kan.-based Haag Oil Co., is following the yellow brick road—right into the 33-store chain’s soon-to-be-established beer caves, with an infusion of new brands, craft beers and an opportunity to sell higher-profit, single-serve varieties chilled on ice.
“We’ve begun looking at new brands and have toured some Missouri stores to get a sense of their beer departments,” says Miller, whose chain will be able to sell full-strength beer thanks to the Kansas full-strength beer law, which takes effect in April 2019. “We’ll run numbers about how much more we project to sell, and how much more space to allot. If we don’t have room for walk-in cooler space, we’ll bring in satellite coolers.”
A treasure trove of merchandising opportunity awaits. “With full-strength beers, there’s a chance for us to sell a significant volume of 24-ounce cans, which is new for us because with 3.2% it’s been all about six- and 12-pack sales,” Miller says.
Opportunities abound, but some transitioning states are experiencing growing pains. Oklahoma in May suffered a shortage of 3.2% beer stemming from the transition to so-called “high beer” as the new law takes effect Oct. 1—a domino effect that could affect Kansas and Colorado.
The bigger issue in Oklahoma, however, is the large universe of c-store companies yet to secure licensing and perform employee training. “It is vital that anybody who plans to carry any alcohol begin the licensing process as soon as possible to avoid wait times,” says Candace McGinnis, executive director of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers and Convenience-Store Association. “The current wait is 60 to 90 days to issue a license, but that wait will dramatically increase as Oct. 1 approaches.”
Larger chains, such as Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops and Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp., have obtained licenses, while smaller companies have been slow to act, McGinnis says. Employee training, which can be completed online, is another prerequisite for selling high beer.
To accelerate the merchandising end, McGinnis says the association invited 30 craft beer and wine exhibitors to its trade show earlier this year to engage with c-store companies and allow members to sample brews and strike distribution agreements.
“This whole process is new territory for us,” she says. In addition, Oklahoma has 14 dry counties that voted to become “wet” beginning later this year, adding another complication to the transition.
C-store retailers in Utah and Minnesota, meanwhile, are still restricted to selling 3.2% beer, but they will face a potentially dwindling amount of supply. When Oklahoma and Colorado (Jan. 1, 2019) commence full-strength-beer merchandising, the percentage of 3.2% beer required to meet demand will plummet from 1.8% of all beer brewed in the U.S. to 0.7%, says Dave Davis, president and chief legal officer for Salt Lake City-based Utah Food Industry Association.
About 1,160 miles west of Kansas, Patsy Varpula, pricebook category manager for Las Vegas-based Fabulous Freddy’s, just wants some supply assurances for the chain’s Utah stores. That state accounts for about 30% of total U.S. 3.2% beer sales. As demand for 3.2% dwindles, a potential cut in supply would leave Utah retailers in a lurch.
“Our Utah store beer sales make up anywhere from 6% to around 10% of in-store sales,” says Varpula, whose chain owns and operates eight stores in two states. “I imagine this would drop to 2% to 6% (with supply disruptions) and we’d eliminate beer caves and stick with a door or two of offerings.
“If MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch decide that 3.2% production will end or be cut back,” she continues, “we’d be forced to try and fill the void by other means, starting with local craft brewers.”
With no state legislative proposals on the table to incorporate full-strength beer, Utah retailers “are tracking supply closely, and it’s a problem—to the tune of losing as much as 40% of supply,” Davis says.
“We’ve been working with brewers on solutions, and they indicate that there’s no intention to abandon the state,” he says. “But no doubt that the slowest-moving SKUs will be eliminated, meaning less selection. We’re trying to stay on top of sales and supply issues and then report back to the state legislature about it.” Large brewers that CSP contacted for this story about their 3.2% beer planning did not respond as of press time.
The state of Utah controls all liquor stores. That said, they account for only 2 million gallons a year in beer sales, while c-stores and grocery stores’ 3,000 locations sell 32 million gallons a year, Davis says.
Bump Williams, principal with Shelton, Conn.-based The BWC Co., which advises beer, wine and spirits producers on brand sales, marketing and analysis, is not aware of any brewers planning to cease production of 3.2% beer, “although it makes a lot of sense to do so if only two states are going to be left selling it,” Williams says.
“To be honest, I’m not sure who would want to brew it, distribute it, sell it or buy it,” he says. “It makes all financial and logistical sense to stop producing this beer and simply focus on the big-volume states that represent the largest volume opportunities.”
Many consumers today are also less interested in lower-alcohol options.
“We’ve seen people leave the beer category in search of other options, such as flavored malts, that provide greater ABV. People want higher alcohol but not necessarily higher flavor,” says Tom Pirko, managing director for Buellton, Calif.-based Bevmark, a food and beverage consulting firm. “The higher alcohol is part of their identity.”
‘Seeking a New Category’
In Minnesota, c-stores have a minor stake in 3.2% beer sales; estimates put it at less than 4% nationwide supply. Retailers, however, are still scrambling to offset sales losses from a state law that opened up Sunday beer sales to liquor stores in 2017. Prior to the law, c-stores were the go-to place for 3.2% beer on Sunday. Convenience retailers are seeing 60% to 80% declines in Sunday beer sales, says Lance Klatt, executive director of the Minnesota Service Station and Convenience Store Association (MSSA).
Meanwhile, tobacco is under pressure from a new state law that has raised the purchase age to 21, and bans on menthol products are in effect in five cities. This has MSSA “seeking a new category” to fill the void, Klatt says.
The association plans to introduce a proposal to the 2019 General Assembly to allow convenience stores to sell full-strength beer, but it would omit wine or spirits, which have been included in past proposals. Klatt says this would reduce liquor stores’ resistance to the proposal.
“We’re not looking to get greedy or to hurt liquor stores,” he says. “We need to have a category restored” due to what’s been lost.
Only 10% of Minnesota c-store companies sell 3.2% beer, and a portion of those sales come from independent chains that regard beer as a vital category, Klatt says. If a full-strength law were to go into effect, 85% to 90% of c-store companies would begin to sell beer, barring local restrictions.
Minnesota retailers hope to ramp up full-strength beer merchandising to replace lost business if MSSA’s legislative proposal makes it into law next year. Josh Lund, owner of Beaudry Express, a single Shell-branded c-store in Elk River, Minn., will be ready with small satellite coolers to fill with canned or bottled beer if cooler space isn’t set aside yet. To this point, selling 3.2% brews doesn’t cut it for the retailer.
“Absolutely—we would be selling [full-strength] beer right away if a regulation allowed us to,” Lund says.
Full Strength Ahead
For retailers in states that will soon allow sales of full-strength beer, they must plan months in advance to integrate the new product into their sets, Vonder Haar of iSee Store Innovations says. “This market share is all new—it’s not just new business, but it’s new share.”
He offers the following tips to put retailers in a solid position to succeed:
- Plan for success rather than for beer “availability.” Establish a game plan for walk-in cooler space, remote cold merchandising and other areas of the store, including floor space and beer troughs. “Look to add coolers while avoiding knocking down walls. Take advantage of underutilized cold space,” he says.
- Become proficient at suggestive selling. Rather than having a customer walk back to the cold vault to buy beer, establish “positive interruption points” with display and awareness.
- Capitalize on singles and the gross-profit advantage that comes with it. “C-stores own the single beer (and other beverage category) business—it’s part of their customers’ daily routine.”
- Create a tactical, well-thought-out game plan for transitioning to full-strength while being mindful of out-of-stocks and oversupply.
- Inform customers about the new beer offerings—and do it without losing 3.2% beer sales in the days and weeks prior to the change.
With the new full-strength-beer opportunity next spring in Kansas comes a tricky SKU rationalization effort to prune other cold-vault beverage categories, including bottled water, energy drinks and isotonics, says Miller of Haag Oil. “We’re having conversations with distributors of these categories to inform them of potential cutbacks,” he says.
For instance, one energy-drink brand that Haag Oil carries accounts for 53% of brand sales. “You have to do the math and realize some SKUs will go away to make room for beer,” he says.
While Miller and other retailers are excited to be part of the full-strength-beer business, Lund of Beaudry Express hopes the state of Minnesota will allow him the same opportunity in 2019. It also means he can retire what has been a routine at his store for some time.
“If someone comes in and asks where my beer is I usually say, ‘You must not be from Minnesota,’ ” Lund says.
| End-of-life rallies Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache ||Let's say your loved one is at the end of life. She's 84, with advanced cancer that is no longer treatable.|
A decision has been made to put her in hospice, which is a level of care more than an actual location. [Most hospice actually occurs at home.]
The patient waxes in and out of consciousness, sometimes lucid, but mostly not.
While no one is ready for her to die, this end-of-life process brings some solace. It's what your loved one has indicated she wants, and the time at home without aggressive, often fruitless, medical treatment, allows other friends and family members to make visits and share stories.
One afternoon, she perks up and asks for a sandwich. This is surprising, because she's barely eaten anything in the last 10 days. But we get her that sandwich!
She nibbles at it, happy, but doesn't eat much of it.
That afternoon, she's talkative and engaged with others in a way that she hasn't heretofore seemed able to muster.
Is she making a comeback? Healing from her illness?
More likely, this is what is called “rallying,” and while there's ample anecdote of its occurrence in situations like this, we have very little understanding of it.
How does it happen? As a New York Times article stated:
Physiologically, experts believe that the mind becomes more responsive when a hospice patient is taken off the extensive fluids and medications such as chemotherapy that have toxic effects. Stopping the overload restores the body to more of its natural balance, and the dying briefly become more like their old selves.It's deceiving because we think our loved one is getting better. And while she's more like her old self, unfortunately, it's not bound to last, which is why it can be upsetting for some.
Spiritually, some suggest that the dying loved one is simply readying for transition, making sure that earthly concerns will be attended to in her absence and that final goodbyes may be uttered.
I've seen it, and especially in elders afflicted with dementia, it can be heartening to see them rally and seem to know what's going on, accepting their impending death and engaging with their loved ones before drifting off.
This post by John H. Schumann, MD, FACP, originally appeared at GlassHospital. Dr. Schumann is a general internist. His blog, GlassHospital, seeks to bring transparency to medical practice and to improve the patient experience. He also hosts StudioTulsa: Medical Monday for Public Radio Tulsa.
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Image Taken at the OSU Cowboy Caravan Event, Monday, August 6, 2018, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tulsa, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics
| Chronicle AM: PA Gov Says State Not Ready for Legal Pot, New FDA Guidelines on MATS, More... (8/9/18) Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache |
The FDA has issued new draft guidance aimed at expanding the use of medication-assisted treatments (MATs) for opioid addiction, Pennsylvania's governor says the state isn't ready for legal weed, the Oklahoma medical marijuana fight isn't over yet, and more.
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Pennsylvania Governor Says State Not Ready for Marijuana Legalization. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said during a radio interview on Tuesday that he doesn't think the state is ready to legalize marijuana. "There are, what, six states that have legalized recreational marijuana in the United States," Wolf said. (The actual number is nine.). "I don't think the citizens of Pennsylvania are ready for it, and so the answer I would say is no… I don't think Pennsylvania's actually ready for recreational marijuana." The position puts Wolf at odds with two neighboring Democratic governors, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, who is strongly pushing legalization, and Andrew Cuomo of New York, who just signed off on the notion.
Los Angeles Won't Vote on Raising Pot Tax in November. The city council has reversed a decision to place a 1% marijuana tax increase on the November ballot. The city estimated it would raise approximately $30 million per year from the tax increase, but faced immediate blowback from industry groups who said pot taxes were already too high and are driving consumers to the black market.
Oklahoma Agencies Still Have "Concerns" Over Legal Medical Marijuana. Interim health commissioner Tom Bates told lawmakers Wednesday that the Health Board still has concerns about how medical marijuana will be implemented and that a special session of the legislature may be needed to see the program properly implemented. The board wants lawmakers to amend the law so that, among other changes, commercial grows are indoor only, patient home grows are prohibited or require a special license, smokable marijuana is prohibited, THC levels are limited to 12% or less, a pharmacist is required on-site at dispensaries, and that a list of qualifying conditions for patients be created. Some of the changes are among those recommended in the Health Board's first try at setting interim rules, which were retracted in the face of loud public opposition. Any effort to re-adopt them is certain to lead to renewed clamor.
Heroin and Prescription Opioids
FDA Seeks to Expand Use of Medication-Assisted Therapies for Addiction. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released new draft guidance aimed at promoting the creation and more widespread use of medication-assisted therapies (MATs) for opioid use disorder. The guidance adjusts how FDA evaluates new treatments for opioid addiction. Instead of only determining whether a treatment lowers opioid use, the agency will now assess whether the medication could help lower overdose rates and limit the spread of infectious disease. "We must consider new ways to gauge success beyond simply whether a patient in recovery has stopped using opioids, such as reducing relapse overdoses and infectious disease transmission," said Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner.
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