Proposed Red River boundary awaits presidential approval

Wednesday, September 27th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Undated-AP) -- The 200-year-old Red River border dispute could be close to an official end.

It's taken two Supreme Court decisions and the 1931 deployment of Texas Rangers and Oklahoma National Guard to either side of a bridge between Texas and Oklahoma.

The new boundary is drawn at the line at the river's south bank where vegetation begins. Under the agreement, the river is under the jurisdiction of Oklahoma.

The U-S Senate yesterday approved a Red River Boarder Compact. The proposal now awaits presidential approval.

Earlier this summer, the U-S House endorsed the compact. It was previously ratified by both state legislatures and signed into law by Texas Governor George W. Bush and Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.