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Oklahoma’s coronavirus trends continue to climb in the national rankings.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in July the gaming compacts Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt entered into with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation were invalid.

Stitt requested a rehearing of that petition but in a 5-1 ruling on Monday, members of the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied that request.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a new White House Coronavirus report putting our state in the top ten for COVID positivity rate and daily cases per capita, a federal appeals court declares Oklahoma City's 2015 anti-panhandling ordinance unconstitutional and Attorney General Mike Hunter defends the state's absentee ballot law.

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The White House Coronavirus Task Force released its most recent report on Oklahoma this week and it offers new advice to officials in university towns.

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Mask mandates continue to be top of mind for Oklahoma officials. As one city council voted to extend theirs, state officials maintained that containing the spread should rest on personal responsibility.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt's administration has taken a step forward with COVID-19 transparency, but other officials continue to raise concerns.

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Oklahoma is in the red zone for COVID-19 cases, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force document obtained by The Center for Public Integrity.

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Gaming compacts signed by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee and Kialegee Tribal Town in July have been deemed approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The gaming compacts were approved by default because the U.S. Department of the Interior took no action within the 45-day window allowed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Four tribes filed a federal lawsuit over the approval of two new gaming compacts signed in April.

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman John Shotton.

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Oklahoma is continuing to allot its $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, but education leaders worry that might not be enough.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced last week Oklahoma schools would get $10 million dollars in funding for personal protective equipment. That should cover two reusable masks for every student and teacher, as well as 42,000 face shields. He said cleaning supplies would not be included in this round of funding.

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