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Oklahoma governor seeks negotiations with tribal leaders

Jan. 22, 2021 1:51 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday invited leaders of the Five Tribes of Oklahoma to begin formal negotiations related to last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty. Stitt said in a statement he will welcome the leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw,...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey. Humphrey, a Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism.  (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes 'Bigfoot' hunting season

Jan. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma. A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season. Rep. Justin Humphrey’s district...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference  in Oklahoma City. The chief of the Seminole Nation said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, the tribe has no current plans to tax oil and gas production on all land within its traditional reservation boundaries. Chief Greg Chilcoat said the tribe has the authority to levy oil and gas production taxes on non-tribal producers operating wells on tribal trust and restricted lands, which has been existing policy. The statement was welcome news to Hunter, who had asked the tribe in December to clarify its position. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Seminole chief: No new oil, gas tax within tribal boundaries

Jan. 20, 2021 6:27 PM EST

WEWOKA, Okla. (AP) — The chief of the Seminole Nation said Wednesday the Oklahoma-based tribe has no current plans to tax oil and gas production on all land within its traditional reservation boundaries, a move that drew quick praise from the state's attorney general. Chief Greg Chilcoat said in a...

Volunteers sought at Oklahoma coronavirus vaccination sites

Jan. 20, 2021 1:42 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Wednesday it is seeking volunteers to help at vaccination sites in the state. DHS' Medical Reserve Corps is searching for both medical and non-medical volunteers to give vaccinations, handle registration and perform other tasks at PODS, or...

A long-term care facility staff member, Pam Byers LPN, receives the COVID-19 vaccination for Oklahoma nursing home residents and staff at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

Jan. 19, 2021 9:10 PM EST

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to be able to...

Oklahoma reports 1,800 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

Jan. 18, 2021 1:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported more and 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 Monday along with seven more deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus hit 2,994 Monday, as the state health department reported...

COVID-19 death toll in Oklahoma nears 3,000

Jan. 17, 2021 1:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus is nearing 3,000, state health officials say. The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 35 additional deaths, bringing the state's total since the pandemic began to 2,987. The health department also...

Oklahoma tribes want criminal justice agreements with state

Jan. 15, 2021 7:58 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tribe leaders of the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations want Congress to allow them to make agreements with the state of Oklahoma in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding criminal jurisdictions. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the decision— which...

Oklahoma governor activates National Guard for state Capitol

Jan. 15, 2021 4:55 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are being activated to help protect the state Capitol in case potential protests turn violent, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Stitt activated the troops following a request by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which is responsible for...