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Republicans compete, Epic arrests, and True Self World
VNN Weekly Digest June 20-26
Here’s a look at the week’s top stories:
Sovereignty is a hot-button issue as Republicans compete in a congressional district mostly on tribal land
(OKLAHOMA) With 13 Republicans running for an open congressional seat that covers mostly native land, some District 2 candidates say they support added federal funding for tribal law enforcement, while others are calling to dismantle reservations.
OSBI arrests Epic Charter School founders, former chief financial officer on multiple felony charges
(OKLAHOMA) Through Epic Charter Schools, Epic Youth Services (EYS) and the Student Learning Fund, a complicated criminal enterprise emerged that involved among other things: co-mingling of funds, excessive and unnecessary management fees, the use of Oklahoma tax dollars in California, political influence, concealment of profits, submission of false invoices, and the illegal use of employees. Over the years, the scheme resulted in a cost to the state of Oklahoma in excess of $22 million.
Space for “true selves” expands in metaverse
(NATIONAL) True Self World opened its doors in Meta’s Horizon Worlds this week, a digital offering part of Mastercard’s “Your True Self is Priceless” campaign. It’s described as a free, social experience that allows people to explore, connect, and celebrate their true selves in virtual reality.
WEATHER ACROSS AMERICA
(NATIONAL) Heavy rain and flash flooding possible across much of the Southwest and southern Rockies, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible throughout the Lower Great Lakes, upper Ohio Valley, and Tennessee Valley, and a break in the heat and humidity expected to arrive across the South, but with heat continuing to build throughout much of the West.
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