TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge could decide whether a little-known Indian tribe of 350 members can legally build a casino in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town in federal court, asking for an injunction to halt building at the site. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Tulsa before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.
Opponents of the casino say the tribe doesn't have the authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.
CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says four people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Kansas. All the people on board the plane had ties to Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says five people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna 401 when it went down around 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute. Knudson says the eight-seat plane caught fire after the crash. It had apparently taken off earlier in the afternoon from the Jones-Riverside Airport in Tulsa.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes spokeswoman says officials are disappointed with a federal judge's decision to keep the tribe's accounts at a bank frozen until an internal leadership dispute is resolved.
Lisa Liebl told The Oklahoman for a story in Friday's edition that tribal employees are working a reduced 32-hour work week because about $6.4 million in funds were frozen at Clinton-based First Bank and Trust Company.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow Oklahomans who receive a concealed carry permit to openly carry holstered firearms is heading to Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Senate voted 33-10 on Thursday to approve the bill over the objections of some Democrats who say it could pose problems for law enforcement officers. The bill now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated her support of an open carry law. If she signs it, the bill will become effective Nov. 1.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two small earthquakes have been detected in central Oklahoma.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.9 quake rumbled just before 2 a.m. Friday near Dibble, about 25 miles south of Oklahoma City. A magnitude 2.7 quake gave Lincoln County a mild shake at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Lincoln County quake was near Sparks, where a magnitude 3.9 quake shook the largely rural area about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.