Headlines for November 7 – 11:
Oklahoma and gas revenues improve
For the first time in two years, state tax collections for oil and gas companies are resulting in revenue. According to NewsOK, gross productions for October were $35.1 million above October 2015. Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller said gross monthly projections have been on the rise since the beginning of the year, bringing with it hope of an economic boom for Oklahomans. State tax collections are measured based on how much each gas barrel sells for and is then averaged when totaled for a reporting benchmark. According to NewsOK, crude oil from West Texas is selling for $44.72 a barrel and is expected to continue rising.
Westbrook on campus
Nov. 8 brought about a new president, new state legislations and new national legislators. According to Business Insider, more than 131 million people voted in the elections nationwide. Business Insider also said 43 million of those people participated in early voting. Among the many people who voted on Tuesday was Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook, who voted at Oklahoma Christian University.
Texas Hazing Case
Keith Edward Wisakowsky, a volunteer firefighter in Waxahachie, TX, pleaded guilty to hazing chargers and is charged with a misdemeanor assault. According to Fox News, Wisakowsky was accused of sexually assaulting a new volunteer recruit as a “rite of initiation.” In 2013, , commonly referred to as the Anti-Hazing Law, made hazing in any situation defined as “placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him to do menial, silly, foolish and other similar tasks.” Although the Wisakowsky incident happened in April 2015, chargers were officially placed and recorded this past week. Wisakowsky is now serving a one-year jail sentence as a part of the plea deal.