Helmerich & Payne, Inc. announces results

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) this morning reported net income of $500 million or $4.55 per diluted share from operating revenues of $564 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.  Net income per diluted share includes $4.57 of after-tax gains comprised of select items(4), the most significant of which is a non-cash gain of approximately $501 million related to a reduction of H&P’s deferred income tax liability as a result of applying the new corporate tax rate enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act(5).  Continue reading

Europe goes Orwellian on “Fake News”

In their zeal to stamp out “fake news,” European governments are turning toward Orwellian solutions that are worse than the disease.

The European Commission recently created a 39-member panel to explore avenues to eliminate fake news. On Twitter, it announced that it seeks to find a “balanced approach” to protecting free speech and making sure citizens get “reliable information.”     Continue reading

School Choice week offers 353 events in OK

School Choice Week began in Oklahoma and across America this Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children’s education.

The Week will feature 353 events and activities across the Sooner State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations.  Continue reading

Def Leppard & Journey co-headline Tulsa tour

Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world’s greatest rock bands – DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands, and an arsenal of their hits such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Lights,” “Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Rock of Ages” and “Faithfully.”  Continue reading

Education bills filed this week

State Senator Micheal Bergstrom filed two bills this week aimed at helping to recruit and retain teachers in Oklahoma public schools.

First, Senate Bill 1188 would allow a certified classroom teacher to earn a tuition waiver worth 12 credit hours of resident tuition each year the teacher is employed by an Oklahoma public school district to be used for the postsecondary education of the teacher’s child or children.  Continue reading