Ruling Issued in Tribal Casino Dispute

May 18, 2012

A Federal judge orders construction on a Broken Arrow Indian Casino halted. Judge Gregory Frizzell rules the Kialegee Tribal Town does not have jurisdiction over the land where the casino is being built. He granted an injunction to the state, and ordered work at the site to stop immediately. The decision pleases Rob Martinek with the neighborhood group that led the fight against the casino.

But the lead attorney for the Kialegees, Dennis Whittlesey, says they will appeal to the 10th Circuit Court. Meanwhile, construction must stop.

Unemployment Down in Oklahoma

May 18, 2012
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The biggest drop in the nation!

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 5%  last month. It hasn’t been this low since Christmas of ’08. The rate in Oklahoma dropped four-tenths of one percent.  Last month the rate was 5.4%

38,500 more Oklahomans are working now than a year ago. Metro area figures will be released later this month.

Arizona also had a four-tenths of one percent drop, but Arizona's overall rate is still above 8%.

Cherokees Offer School Clothing Vouchers

May 18, 2012

This summer the Cherokee Nation is offering $100 clothing vouchers to help parents cope with the costs of getting their children dressed for a new school year. The vouchers will be redeemable at select Stage stores across northeastern Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Lottery officials are looking for the owner of a $2 million ticket from Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

Officials said Thursday the ticket was sold at Murphy USA on Santa Fe Avenue in Edmond.

A $2 ticket that matches five numbers in the drawing but not the Powerball wins $1 million. If the buyer adds on the $1 multiplier, the winning amount doubles to $2 million.

The winner has 180 days to come forward and claim the prize.

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle and car collided in Broken Arrow.

Police say the wreck happened Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elm Place and Fargo Street. The Broken Arrow Police Department says a man was driving a white motorcycle at a "high rate of speed." He went over a hill and crashed into a woman driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix who was turning left onto Elm Place.

The motorcycle struck the driver's door of the Pontiac. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Topping Our Local News:

·       The Governor and legislative leaders agree on an income tax cut.

·       Workers say they were told the postal distribution center will close in 2014------ The Post Office is backing away……saying that list has not been released.

·       The Casino case continues in Tulsa Federal Court

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governor and Oklahoma's Republican-controlled Legislature have reached an agreement on a nearly one-half of 1 percent cut to the personal income tax rate.

House Speaker Kris Steele, Senate president Pro Tem Brian Bingman and Republican Governor Mary Fallin announced details of the plan Thursday, flanked by dozens of legislators.

Reducing the state's income tax has been a top priority for Fallin, who says lower income taxes will make the state more attractive to businesses and industries.


It’s the goal of immigrant youth-led advocacy group United We Dream to achieve equality to access to higher education for all, and specifically undocumented immigrants.

Today was a national day of action for the group, and local affiliate Dream Act Oklahoma was one of the participants.

Chanting messages like, “Education not deportation,” students rallied at 6th and Boston downtown today during lunchtime.

Kasey Hughart is a cofounder of Dream Act Oklahoma who helped organize today’s rally.

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The University of Tulsa and the Cherokee Nation today added a chapter to what Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker called the two bodies’ “long and storied history.”

The school announced a new scholarship endowment, worth $1 million, created from a two-to-one matching grant by the school on the tribe’s donation of a third of a million.

“Education and the Cherokee Nation go hand in hand,” Chief Baker said, citing the tribe’s long history of working to educate its people, perhaps most famously through the efforts of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The state has rested its case in the federal lawsuit over a casino that a small American Indian tribe wants to build in Broken Arrow.

Attorneys representing the state called a handful of witnesses Thursday who all opposed plans by the Kialegee Tribal Town to build the Red Clay Casino.

Attorneys for the tribe will begin presenting their case later Thursday.