TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation is creating a work group to study the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries in Oklahoma. The Tahlequah-based Native American tribe, the nation's largest, announced the seven-member working group this week. It hopes to have a report by the end of May. Among the issues the group will study is whether there are opportunities for the tribe and its citizens to engage in growing, processing and selling hemp and cannabis. Under current Cherokee law, it remains illegal to use or possess marijuana on tribal-owned property.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems have spread to the airplane parts-maker's plants in Oklahoma amid the widening fallout in its home state of Kansas caused by the halt in production of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX. Spirit filed notice with the state of Oklahoma on Thursday that it plans to lay off about 130 employees at its plant in McAlester. The company says there will also be unspecified layoffs at its Tulsa. The announcement comes two weeks after Spirit said it would lay off 2,800 workers in Wichita, where it is based.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is banning state-funded travel to the state of California. The first-term Republican says it's in response to similar travel bans California has put in place on travel to Oklahoma. Stitt issued the executive order on Thursday. It bans all non-essential travel to the state of California for all state employees, with a few exceptions. Exemptions include business recruiting trips, college sports and school groups. Oklahoma was added to California's travel ban in 2018 after passing a law that allows adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex parents.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 43-year-old Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to 42 months in prison after admitting to making a hoax threat of a mass shooting at a community college. Court records show David Aaron Jacobs was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to conveying false or misleading information. In a signed plea agreement, Jacobs wrote that he is guilty and wants “to accept responsibility" for the crime. Jacobs also wrote that in 2017 he sent false information to police and local news outlets about a pending mass shooting at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
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