Washington, D.C. – Judge extends deadline to OK Indian settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) A judge has set Jan. 7 as the new deadline for Congress to approve a $3.4 billion settlement with hundreds of thousands of American Indians.
The U.S. Senate has adjourned without giving the Obama administration the authority to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont. The suit accuses the federal government of mismanaging billions of dollars held in trust for Indian landowners.
Lawton, OK – Resentencing set for man who killed Okla. trooper
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) A Comanche County judge will hear testimony next week in the resentencing trial of a former firefighter who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2003 death of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.
Jurors were scheduled to hear the case this week, but the Lawton Constitution says District Judge Gerald Neuwirth informed them they wouldn't hear testimony in the proceeding. Court records show a non-jury trial is set for Monday.
Oklahoma City, OK – GOP gains ground in Okla. voter registration
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The number of registered Republicans in Oklahoma continues to increase, closing the gap on the advantage Democrats have enjoyed for years.
The Oklahoma Election Board reported Friday Republicans have seen a net increase of 28,599 registered voters since Jan. 15, compared to a net increase of 313 for Democrats. The number of registered independents increased by more than 11,000.
Tulsa, OK – A fire that raged in the Tulsa Club Building downtown early today was brought under control in little more than an hour. The building is on the corner of 5th and Cincinnati.
The blaze was reported around 2:30 this morning and fire officials declared in a three alarm fire at 2:50. Flames were visible from the windows of the ballroom on the top floor of the long vacant building. There have been several smaller fires at the building in the past.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett pledges to be inclusive, but affirms the final decisions are his. He was speaking about prioritizing items in the city's new efficiency study. The comments came during the recording of an upcoming broadcast special on the study.
The mayor was also asked about streamlining the city's permit process. He says Tulsa needs to cut the red tape for business and roll-out the red carpet. After post production, the program will be scheduled on T-GOV, Cox Cable and here on KWGS.