Politics

Supreme Court upholds American Indian treaty promises, orders Oklahoma to follow federal law

The Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation. The court’s ruling casts doubt on hundreds of convictions won by local prosecutors. But Justice Gorsuch suggested optimism. The case revolved around an appeal by a Native American man who claimed state courts had no authority to try him for a crime committed on reservation land that belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Dan Pekarek promoted to Joplin Assistant City Manager

 City Manager Nick Edwards is pleased to announce that Dan Pekarek has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager. Pekarek has been with the City for 34 years, serving as the Public Health Director for the past 25 years. He served as Interim City Manager starting in March 2019 through March 2020, when Edwards joined the City of Joplin.

Kansas Lawmakers pass coronavirus plan, Gov. pledges to sign

Lawmakers pass a bill giving Kansas lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response. Governor Kelly has pledged to sign in. The bill extends the state of emergency until Sept. 15 and into January 2021 if legislative leaders consent. Legislative leaders also would decide how the state spends $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. The measure does provide some protection from lawsuits for businesses, medical providers and, to a more limited degree, nursing homes.