Tori Straughn cuts hair in a class at the Moore Normal Technology Center.
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Lack Of Accountability Leaves Some Oklahoma Home-Schoolers Behind

Cosmetology student Tori Straughn walks out of the student salon at Moore Norman Technology Center and takes off her apron as she plops down on a couch in the lobby outside the classroom. This is Straughn’s first foray into a traditional classroom setting. Her parents home-schooled her, and she’s now finding some gaps in her education. “I just got comfortable with just having really loose parameters and jumping into some place like this vocational school here and suddenly having all those...
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Political leaders in the national and state capitals have begun raising barriers against refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq, spurred by fear in the land that refugees might bring with them some of the dangers they were fleeing.

Brad Collins, of nonprofit addiction recovery center 12&12, said an alternative to jail provided by 12&12 would help both those with alcoholism and those who need to sleep off a one-night party.
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Each year, 3,000 to 4,000 people are booked into Tulsa’s David L. Moss Correctional Center, the county jail, on complaints of public intoxication.

Some are chronic alcoholics. Others went out for a good time and had too much to drink, said Tulsa Police Department Maj. Travis Yates.

Oklahoma Lottery Commission

The head of the Oklahoma Lottery says a $1.2 million jackpot won in 2011 has been connected to a former security official of an Iowa-based multi-state lottery vendor accused of rigging lotteries in four different states. Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Rollo Redburn confirmed Friday that a criminal investigation in Iowa has been expanded to include a winning Hot Lotto ticket sold in Idabel in November 2011.  Eddie Tipton, a former security director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, has been convicted of fraud in connection with the attempted claim of a 2010 lottery jack

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Since its founding in 1941 to combat spreading Nazism during World War II, the non-governmental organization Freedom House has expanded its mission to measure the rights and civil liberties of 209 countries and territories around the world using a quantified scale.

World leaders pause to honor the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. / Wikimedia Commons

It’s been a week since the world watched in horror as terrorists killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris, which came just a day after dozens were killed in an ISIS-claimed bombing in Beiruit.

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On Tuesday, the first organized resistance to Oklahoma’s “right-to-farm” movement gathered at the state Capitol to voice their opposition to State Question 777, which will put the issue before a vote of the people in November 2016.

Some background: right-to-farm is the idea there’s a guaranteed, unalienable right for farmers and ranchers to earn a living free from government intervention.

Updated 9:55 p.m. ET: American Victim Identified

The family of Anita Datar, an international development worker, has confirmed she was the American who died in Friday's terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

The U.S. State Department released this statement on the family's behalf:

A dredging barge scrapes the bottom of Wuarika Lake and sends sludge to a holding pit via an underwater pipeline.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s lakes weren’t built to last forever. Over time, dirt and debris are slowly filling them in. Right now, there’s no good way to solve the problem, but cities that rely on Waurika Lake are turning to costly and complicated efforts to save their water supply from silt.

The House of Representatives has easily passed a GOP-authored bill to restrict the admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to America by requiring extra security procedures.

The bill — called the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or the American SAFE Act of 2015 — would require the secretary of Homeland Security, the head of the FBI and the director of national intelligence to sign off on every individual refugee from Iraq and Syria, affirming he or she is not a threat.

These days, for many people in country music's mainstream — and beyond it — the genre's version of "sexy" is corny. Rump-shaking dudes in man buns beckoning women who frankly feel a little harassed into their flatbed Fords ... At their worst, country's 21st-century dreamboats operate on the principles of hair metal, mixed with CrossFit. That's the stereotype and the perception, anyway.