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DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Department of the Interior says a $186 million settlement has been reached with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations over the government's handling of some tribal resources and properties.

Secretary Sally Jewell announced the settlement Tuesday at a ceremony at the Choctaw Nation headquarters in Durant. The settlement ends a nine-year lawsuit alleging the federal government mismanaged 1.3 million acres of timberlands in southeastern and south-central Oklahoma, with some claims more than 100 years old.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument is now in storage at a conservative think tank a few blocks away from the Oklahoma Capitol.

The granite marker was moved to the offices of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs overnight. The state is paying a contractor about $4,700 for the job.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court decided in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff who announced his resignation after his indictment last week still faces a review by the state's top investigative agency.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Monday the agency is still probing the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer reserve deputy. Concerns were raised Robert Bates' training after he said he mistook his hand gun and stun gun when he shot Eric Harris last April.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name.

Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

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  MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say police shot and wounded a burglary suspect overnight on the campus of a suburban Oklahoma City college.

Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes says officers responded to a burglary call at a home just south of the Rose State College campus early Monday. Clabes says the suspect ran away from the home and onto the college campus.

Clabes says the officer opened fire after the suspect pointed a handgun at him. The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. west of the Aquatics and Wellness Center.

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Authorities investigating after 54-year-old man's death


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say they have identified a 54-yer-old man who was discovered shot to death northwest of the city's downtown.

The World newspaper reports officers know the identity of the victim but are still waiting to notify the next of kin and continuing to develop leads on the suspect.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a nearly $250,000 grant to seven Oklahoma tribes to restore important monarch habitat on tribal lands and create in-state sources of milkweed production.

Recently, the monarch population has plunged from an estimated 1 billion to less than 60 million. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined the decline is due to loss of milkweed and native flowering plants.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is planning to spend $100 million improving 300 railroad crossings over the next three years throughout the state,

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is expected to consider awarding up to 10 of those railroad crossing projects at its October 12th meeting, with more to follow later.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's online voter registration law is due to become effective Nov. 1, but apparently more work needs to be finished on the system.

The Tulsa World reports that officials concede it comes as a disappointing surprise to those planning registration drives incorporating online technology, but lawmakers have said it would be a process that would take time.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and Number 15 Oklahoma defeated 23rd ranked West Virginia 44-24 Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Dede Westbrook caught five passes for a 107 yards and Durron Neal had 87 yards receiving for the Sooners. The chippy contest featured a combined 245 yards in penalties in Norman.