‘Long haul:’ Tribes present unified front in response to gaming compact battle

As tribal leaders on Thursday presented a show of unity, it was clear that if Gov. Kevin Stitt wants the state’s tribes to renegotiate the state's gaming compact, he has some convincing to do.
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Technology, testing sites and salaries: Documents provide some insight into Epic charter’s expenses

Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school spends millions on technology, office facilities, testing sites and salaries, while a large amount is funneled to a for profit company with no state oversight. 
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Grand River Dam Authority board authorizes sale of Vinita headquarters

Also on Tuesday, U.S. Senate sent a bill to the President to sign that contains a controversial provision that would remove Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority over flood control issues caused by GRDA’s Pensacola Dam.
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Tribes prepare for sports betting, but compact debate with governor continues

While each side is preparing for a likely showdown in federal court, both sides have hinted that an expansion of gambling, including sports betting, could be part of any new agreement. 
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Stitt bets big in taking on tribes on gaming compact

Gov. Kevin Stitt has engaged in a political and legal fight with some of the most powerful entities in the state, a move that will test his political capital and likely become one of the dominant policy issues of 2020.
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Grand River Dam Authority looking to sell its Vinita headquarters, build new facility near Chouteau

A notice on the GRDA's website states the public utility will conduct a sealed-offer sale for the property at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.
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Ardmore refinery sues chemical manufacturers for toxic ‘forever chemical’

The lawsuit accuses the companies of product liability for defective design, product liability for failure to warn, negligence, gross negligence, fraud and deceit, breach of warranties, unjust enrichment and violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act.
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The Big Break: A Missouri bank is largest buyer and seller of one Oklahoma tax credit

Between 2012 and 2017, Commerce Bank acquired more than $22.2 million in Oklahoma historic rehabilitation tax credits. Although a Legislative task force and a state commission have recommended reforming the program, state lawmakers have never followed through.
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Joe Exotic trial begins with accounts of murder-for hire plot, shooting sedated tigers

In one unsuccessful plot, Maldonado-Passage allegedly gave a worker at the Wynnewood Zoo an envelope stuffed with $3,000 in cash, a new cell phone and a fake ID and sent him to Florida to kill his rival.
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Grand River Dam Authority plans to build, own and operate multimillion dollar water park on Illinois River

The Walton Family Foundation is offering to pay GRDA for most of the estimated $15.6 to $18 million cost of the proposed whitewater park on the Illinois River in Adair County.
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