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 Negotiators for two Indian tribes and the state of Oklahoma say they have reached a settlement that would end a modern-day water rights dispute that has its roots in the 19th century.

The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations have claimed Oklahoma isn't abiding by the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, which gives them authority over water in their jurisdiction. The state says the tribes are ignoring an 1866 pact in which they gave up certain rights after backing the Confederates in the Civil War.

In the local news:

  • A lone beetle halts a Muskogee County road project.
  • Ku Klux Klan ropes presented at a Career-Tech conference.
  • The state misses the revenue mark, again.

Arizona, Georgia, Alaska, Oklahoma -- these are the four strictest states when it comes to drunk driving, according to a new study.

The WalletHub analysis looks at state measures to punish and deter drunk driving. Oklahoma has strong criminal penalties, including the nation's longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders and a 10-year period in which past DUIs can factor into penalties for new offenses.

When Inola Public Schools students return tomorrow, they'll be among thousands across the state with four-day weeks.

Inola schools will be closed Mondays to save the district money on utilities. Superintendent Kent Holbrook said they chose Monday because it interferes the least with extracurricular activities.

Oklahoma County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A psychiatrist who examined a man accused of fatally stabbing his father, the state's former labor commissioner, says the defendant suffers from paranoid delusions and is mentally incompetent to stand trial for first-degree murder.

An Oklahoma County judge on Wednesday did not make a determination on Christian Costello's competency, but ordered him returned to a state mental hospital to be examined by another psychiatrist hired by prosecutors.

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The American Burying Beetle is on the endangered species list. One, lone beetle has turned up in an environmental study of a road project in Muskogee County.

That little bug has shut down 8 1/2 miles of road work east of Fort Gibson, extending into Cherokee County. Muskogee County Commissioner  Ken Doke says no one wants to wipe out a species, but this one beetle will cost near $750,000 to mitigate and will delay the project for over a year. 

Police Investigate Death at QT Parking Lot

Aug 10, 2016
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Tulsa police say several people are being questioned following the shooting death of a man who was driven to a convenience store after the shooting.

Police were called to the Quik Trip at 11th and Garnett, on the city's east side, about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the man dead in the parking lot.

The victim's name has not been released.

Police say the victim was driven to the store in the bed of a pickup truck by a man who told officers he was seeking help after finding the man bloody and lying in a driveway near 4th Place and Garnett.

Hominy Water Issues Addressed

Aug 10, 2016
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City officials at Hominy say the water in the town is safe. They tell KWGS most of the complaints about brownish colored water are coming from people living on dead end streets and in older sections of town where the infrastructure is antiquated.

There was problem with the town’s PH balance, but that has been addressed.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has reviewed the situation and there is no boil order in effect.

 

A grand jury has determined that no charges will be filed against two Oklahoma jailers in the strangulation death of an inmate who was restrained by jail staff.

The grand jury's findings were released Monday. Darius Robinson died in April in the Caddo County Detention Center. An autopsy determined that the 41-year-old died from asphyxiation caused by "manual compression of the neck."

The medical examiner classified Robinson's death a homicide.

Oklahoma County

An Oklahoma judge is scheduled to decide whether a man accused of fatally stabbing his father, the state's former labor commissioner, is mentally competent to plead guilty to a first-degree murder charge.

 Prosecutors say Christian Costello repeatedly stabbed his father, Mark Costello, at an Oklahoma City restaurant on Aug. 23, 2015.

Christian Costello has pleaded not guilty, but he wants to change his plea. The competency hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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