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Oklahoma court adds tribe to those covered by McGirt ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Quapaw Nation in Oklahoma is the sixth tribe included in those covered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal reservations by or against tribal citizens. The...

 

State seeks to recoup unemployment overpayments but doesn't know how much

Dee Ann Russell mopped sticky floors, stocked shelves and took customers’ money for soda, beer and cigarettes at 7-Eleven for nine years, eventually earning $16.05 an hour. In March 2020, she decided it was no longer worth the risk. Hospitalized...

 
 By ALEX VEIGA    Regional    October 8, 2021

Elon Musk says Tesla will move HQ from California to Texas

Tesla will it will relocate its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas, though the electric car maker will keep expanding its manufacturing capacity in the Golden State, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday. Musk, who last year said he was...

 

Oklahoma revenue collections in September set record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma collected a one month record amount of revenue in September, and for the previous 12 month period as well, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Wednesday. The state collected $1.38 billion during September to bring...

 

Kansas county spends more $70K to end cyberattack

WESTMORELAND, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas county paid more than $70,000 to end a cyberattack that crippled its computer systems for about two weeks. Pottawatomie County administrator Chad Kinsley said the attackers had demanded more than $1...

 

Corrections Department plans sign-on bonuses, temporary pay raises as prison staffing problems persist

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections plans to provide a $2,500 sign-on bonus to newly hired prison officers and temporarily boost pay for employees working in especially understaffed facilities. The agency’s staffing levels have dropped...

 

Local governments struggle to hire public sector workers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some local Kansas governments are operating with 10% of their positions unfilled, making it hard to deliver the services that citizens expect. Across the state, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that Kansas has seen a 4.7%...

 

Pottawatomie County fixing systems after ransomware attack

WESTMORELAND, Kan. (AP) — Computer systems are being restored in Pottawatomie County are after hackers launched a ransomware attack on Sept. 17, county officials said Friday. The county resolved the attack by paying less than 10% of the hackers' or...

 

Cherokee Nation announces it now has 400,000 tribal citizens

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation said Wednesday that it has reached 400,000 tribal citizens and expects to become the most populous indigenous tribe in the United States again. "In the coming months, Cherokee Nation...

 

Uncertain future for some as Haitian migrant camp closes

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — As Haitian migrants stepped off a white U.S. Border Patrol van in the Texas border city of Del Rio after learning they'd be allowed to stay in the country for now, a man in a neon yellow vest stood nearby and quietly surveyed...

 

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy agrees to $6.15M settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation has agreed to a $6.15 million settlement agreement with the federal government over allegations it underpaid royalties on federal leases, the U.S. Department of Justice announced...

 

Foundations offer cities help convincing workers to relocate

A year ago, Robin Bruce never thought she would be living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and liking it. That was before she took advantage of a program, largely financed by the Walton Family Foundation, that is offering $10,000 incentives to entice new...

 

Judge orders restaurant to cease operations in mask dispute

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A Jackson County judge has ordered a suburban Kansas City restaurant to shut down in the wake of its owner's continued defiance of a mask mandate intended to fight the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this month, Judge James...

 

Officials: Many migrants from border camp staying in US

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced...

 

US ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in Texas

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — U.S. officials said Saturday that within the next three days, they plan to ramp up expulsion flights for some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have gathered in a Texas city from across the border in Mexico. The...

 

'Outsiders' house: Tiny Tulsa museum draws big names

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — This summer, it was Leonardo DiCaprio. Then it was Green Day. A tiny museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, dedicated to a movie classic and run by an entertainer, is drawing big names in the Heartland. The Outsiders House Museum was...

 

Kansas passed on earlier plan to upgrade unemployment system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A software company urged Kansas to uprade its computer system for handling claims for unemployment benefits but the state didn't heed that advice five years before a flood of fraudulent claims across the U.S. during the...

 

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town as chaos unfolded Friday and presented the Biden administration with a new challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of...

 

Suit to remove Oklahoma corporation commissioner rejected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Tuesday that sought the removal of a commissioner from a state board that regulates a range of industries, including oil and gas production. The court ruled that Republican former...

 

AG: Spike in natural gas prices appears to break Kansas law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that sharp spikes in natural gas prices last winter appear to violate Kansas law and he is seeking outside legal help to investigate them. Schmidt's office said it is looking to retain...

 

Kansas farmers busy planting wheat, harvesting other crops

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers have been busy planting next year's winter wheat crop and harvesting the state's other major crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 4% of the winter wheat has now been...

 

Spending federal COVID aid proves tricky in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving slowly to spend the latest round of COVID-19 aid, and one town turned down its share because city officials decided it's not needed. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that while most state and local...

 

Cattle producers have a beef with 35-year marketing campaign

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Cattle producers for 35 years have been bankrolling one of the nation's most iconic marketing campaigns, but now many want to end the program that created the "Beef. It's What's for Dinner" slogan. What's the ranchers'...

 

Tulsa offers employees $250 stipend for virus vaccination

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — City employees in Tulsa are being offered a $250 stipend for receiving a coronavirus vaccination, plus a possible additional $250 if their department reaches vaccination goals. The City Council voted Wednesday night to provide...

 

Oklahoma treasury collections surge compared to August 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall Oklahoma treasury collections last month exceeded August 2020 by nearly 20%, fueled largely by increased oil and gas production tax receipts, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel reported Friday. Total monthly receipts in...

 

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