Committee approves request for state jobs incentive money by company founded by Gov. Kevin Stitt

However, the full details of the deal approved by the committee, such as the maximum amount of public funds Gateway First Bank could receive under the contract, were not made public on Thursday.
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Company founded by Gov. Stitt seeks further taxpayer subsidies for job creation

The Jenks-based company founded by Stitt, now known as Gateway First Bank, has thus far received more than three-quarters of a million dollars in state taxpayer subsidies and began receiving payments from the state starting in late 2017, months after Stitt announced his candidacy for governor.
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Death penalty talks begin, but it’s unclear when executions will resume

The last execution in Oklahoma was five years ago today. State agencies have begun to discuss ways to resume capital punishment, but difficulties abound and it's unclear if executions will begin again in 2020.
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Dark money organizer seeks to protect ‘anonymity of the donors’ amid lawsuit

The organizer of several dark money political groups is being sued by an Oklahoma City-based public relations firm, a lawsuit that might reveal details of donors who have contributed millions in recent years to back Republican candidates and promote oil and gas interests across the state.
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In compact dispute, Stitt hires law firm with a history of taking on tribes

“If a jurisdiction wants to fight an Indian Tribe, they hire Perkins Coie, LLC,” Washington State Sen. John McCoy, a citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, told Indian Country Today in 2018.
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Tribes make first move to court over gaming compact dispute

The Choctaw, Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes filed a lawsuit requesting a declaratory judgement on whether the gaming compact automatically renews on Jan. 1.
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‘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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