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On Tuesday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed new gaming compacts with two of the tribes that were suing him in federal court — The Comanche Nation and The Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

But the dispute continues with ten other tribes over whether the pact tribes have been operating casinos under automatically renewed at the start of the year.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has drawn the ire of the state’s school leaders after floating an idea to use $40 million in block grants from the federal CARES Act to pay for private school scholarships.

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With Oklahoma's state budget facing billions of dollars in shortfalls over the next two years, education cuts are likely.

Governor Kevin Stitt said Monday that if the state's education system is held harmless, it will exacerbate cuts for other agencies statewide. So, lawmakers will have to yet again look at slashing education budgets.

Cuts have long plagued the state's education system, which still hasn't returned to pre-2008 recession funding.

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The state panel that sets the amount the Oklahoma Legislature can spend on the state budget met as oil futures spiraled into negative territory for the first time ever.

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In a Friday press conference, Governor Kevin Stitt said he will soon lay out his plan for getting Oklahoma back to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic.

If all goes according to plan, Oklahoma will begin re-opening next month.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the lawsuit by legislative leaders to get the governor to call a revenue emergency so they can fund the government through the month of June and number provided by the governor's office on how many inmates are getting released in the latest round of commutations were incorrect.

First-time unemployment claims in Oklahoma have dropped for the first time since mid-March.

Just under 49,000 Oklahomans filed for unemployment last week, down from 60,000 in the previous week.

For the week ending March 21 through this past Saturday, nearly 180,000 Oklahomans have filed first-time claims. The state has paid out $138 million in unemployment insurance so far in April.

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The State Supreme Court is calling on the State Board of Equalization to respond to a lawsuit by the legislature.

Oklahoma state prisons began releasing 111 prisoners Thursday by order of Governor Kevin Stitt.

Prompted by a legislative committee question, Department of Corrections director Scott Crow said the releases aren’t related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Although this is at a time when we’re looking at early releases and trying to manage our population to accommodate this crisis their releases are not directly related to COVID," Crow said.

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Governor Kevin Stitt is telling Oklahomans to stay vigilant, but is starting to plan on how to safely "reopen" the state.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s office mistakenly announced that 404 state prisoners would be released on Thursday by order of the governor.

Many of the prisoners applied to have their prison sentences shortened in response to a recent law change that reduced the punishment for their crimes.

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