News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady in September at 3.2%. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the jobless rate was unchanged from August and below the national unemployment rate of 3.5%. The state's jobless rate has remained unchanged at 3.2% since May.
BOISE CITY, Okla. (AP) - The last of three Alabama men charged in a fatal shooting in the Oklahoma Panhandle more than six years ago has pleaded guilty to murder. Court records show 25-year-old Timothy Dees of Mobile was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty Tuesday in Cimarron County District Court. Dees and two co-defendants who previously pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the case were charged in the 2013 shooting death of 77-year-old Charles Nieman of Alva in Boise City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Native American tribes in Oklahoma will meet with state officials to discuss clashing views on the tribes' gambling agreement. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says the tribes' 15-year gambling compact will expire on Jan. 1 unless a renewal is negotiated. He believes the tribes should pay higher exclusivity fees to the state. Trial officials say the current pact should renew automatically. The Oklahoman reports that the two sides are meeting on Oct. 28.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Scanning for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is complete at two of three sites in north Tulsa. The city said Thursday that scanning with ground-penetrating radar by the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey is finished at Oaklawn Cemetery and a nearby park. The city said scanning at another cemetery will take place "in the coming weeks" for victims of the violence that left as many as 300 dead on Tulsa's Black Wall Street.
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