OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says the state's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state. He made the remarks Thursday amid an impasse between the state and several tribes over the gaming compacts. Stitt says the compacts expire at the end of the year, but the tribes say the current compacts will automatically renew. The Republican governor wants to renegotiate the terms to receive a larger proportion of tribal gambling revenue. The Tulsa Word reports that the tribes will operate gaming on Jan. 1.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a longtime Department of Corrections veteran to lead the agency. Stitt on Friday announced Scott Crow would serve as the agency's executive director. A 23-year employee of the agency, Crow has served as the agency's interim director since June, when his predecessor Joe Allbaugh abruptly resigned. In a statement, Stitt praised Crow for helping organize re-entry fairs ahead of a mass commutation and for improving morale among agency employees.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hobby Lobby says it plans to donate the campus of the now-defunct St. Gregory's University to nearby Oklahoma Baptist University. The Oklahoma City-based craft retailer and its founding Green family announced Friday that they've scheduled a Wednesday news conference to formally announce details of the donation. The university closed in 2017 after failing to receive a $12.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hobby Lobby bought the 75-acre campus in 2018 for almost $4.8 million and leased it to Oklahoma Baptist. The OBU main campus also is in Shawnee, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City say 35 people have been indicted as part of a drug-trafficking conspiracy coordinated by imprisoned gang leaders using contraband cellphones. U.S. Attorney Timothy Downing said in a statement Friday that the indictments resulted from a year-long investigation of activities of the Southside Locos Gang and some of its imprisoned leaders. Downing said law enforcement seized more than 111 pounds of methamphetamine, 8 pounds of heroin, 34 firearms and $200,000 in currency during the investigation.
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