T. Boone Pickens

Oklahoma State University will be celebrating the life of T. Boone Pickens this afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. Pickens, whose financial gifts to academics and athletics at OSU were transformational, died on September 11 at the age of 91.

Speakers will include OSU President Burns Hargis, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, philanthropist Anne Greenwood, professional golfer Rickie Fowler, OSU football coach Mike Gundy, and OSU athletic director Mike Holder.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the announcement by Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson to retire from the position effective at the end of next year, AG Mike Hunter announces the state is hiring a Michigan law firm for $250,000 to deal with tribal gaming compacts and the Department of Corrections locks down state prisons after gang-related violence kills one inmate and injures dozens of others.

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T. Boone Pickens, the legendary energy executive who became America's best-known oil tycoon, died Wednesday at age 91. The longtime Dallas resident, who suffered a series of strokes and head injuries in a 2017 fall, died of natural causes, said his spokesman, Jay Rosser.

Just a few months ago, the price of a barrel of crude oil reached a 30-year low. That price has inched up since then, but still, it remains 60 percent lower than it was in the summer of 2014.

As part of the budget plan unveiled this week, President Obama would dramatically increase spending on “clean transportation infrastructure,” including high-speed rail, self-driving cars and incentives for states to improve mass transit.

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Oklahoma’s Lieutenant Governor and prominent state business leaders are among those seeking to affect long term public policy through a newly formed foundation.

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb says E Foundation of Oklahoma seeks to create a more diversified economy, with the hope of insulating Oklahoma from a revenue failure like the one it now finds itself in.

The Dallas Morning News talks with T. Boone Pickens about his work ethic at the age of 87.

Frontier reports on T. Boone Pickens' comments on the link between fracking and the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma.

Fortune has a short news item about T. Boone Pickens, his thoughts on the current state of oil prices, and who he's backing in 2016.

T. Boone Pickens Owns Drake on Twitter

May 31, 2012
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Canadian rapper Drake boastfully tweeted "The first million is the hardest".

This was followed by a tweet from T. Boone Pickens, who issues a mic-drop in the form of a tweet with, "The first billion is a helluva lot harder".