Syrian refguees arrive on the Mediterranean coast, Sept. 2015.
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Catholic Charities Director: Refugee Process One Of Hardest Ways To Come To U.S.

Last week, the U.S. House passed a bill to halt a program that brings Syrian refugees to the United States. The vote came less than a week after the ISIS attack in Paris that left over one hundred people dead. Oklahoma has a long history of taking in refugees. Notably, Vietnamese refugees settled in Oklahoma City in the mid-1970s. Now, many Burmese refugees of the ethnic Zomi minority are establishing themselves in both Oklahoma City and the Tulsa area. Three Syrian refugees have settled in...
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U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a July 2015 meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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On Tuesday the U.S. House passed a bill that exempts businesses on tribal lands from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. Supporters say the measure clears up statutory confusion and preserves tribal sovereignty.

French and Lebanese flags fly at the Oklahoma City National Memorial on Tuesday.
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Religious leaders gathered in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to honor the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.

The interfaith vigil was held under the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial as La Marseillaise, the anthem of the French Republic, was sung in front of French and Lebanese flags flapping in the wind.


D, D+, D+ — those are grades from the American Society of Civil Engineers for Oklahoma’s roads, bridges and transit systems.

The ASCE is watching Washington this week in hopes a House and Senate committee passes a long-term transportation funding bill to start improving those grades. Former ASCE President Andy Herrmann said bad roads are making drivers nationwide pay for extra repairs and maintenance.

"It’s about $516 per year, per motorist, but in Oklahoma, that goes up to $626 per year from driving on roads in need of repair," Herrmann said.

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Governors in 30 states across the country have now publicly asked for the resettlement of Syrian refugees to stop until security concerns can be addressed.

Those states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Syrian refguees arrive on the Mediterranean coast, Sept. 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin wants President Obama to stop accepting Syrian refugees into the United States after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and killed scores more.

W. Joseph Campbell is a professor in the School of Communication at American University
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The future began 20 years ago, according to a new book by W. Joseph Campbell. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh’s truck bomb killed 168 people in Oklahoma City and sparked a debate about security. The Dayton Peace Accords ended a brutal war in the former Yugoslavia. The O.J. Simpson trial captured the imagination of a nation. Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski began their affair that led to the President’s impeachment. And 1995 was the year the internet went mainstream.

At a news conference in Turkey on Monday, President Obama defended his administration's strategy against ISIS, calling Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris "outrageous." He said, however, the U.S. would not send additional ground troops into Syria to combat the Islamic State.

French authorities have zeroed in on two men they believe were responsible for planning and launching the terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead.

Citing two sources close to the investigation in Paris, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports that officials believe Salim Benghalem, a French national who joined ISIS several years ago, directed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, an ISIS deputy and a Belgian national, to orchestrate Friday's rampage. The two men are believed to be in Syria.

University of Oklahoma students gather on the South Oval Monday morning to offer their support for the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
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Oklahoma is no stranger to acts of terror that leave indelible scars on the community and forever shape the lives of its citizens, and state and federal leaders and grassroots organizers offered prayers and encouragement in the 48 hours after the coordinated attacks that left more than 100 dead in France.

Gov. Mary Fallin said in a brief statement on social media Friday evening her thoughts and prayers are with the people of France after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Strong to severe storms are looking likely Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Damaging winds and hail are the primary concerns, but tornadoes are possible.
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Strong to severe storms are likely Monday evening and into early Tuesday morning, with damaging winds and half dollar-sized hail the primary concerns.

“Expect development to kick off between about 4 and 6 p.m. over the panhandles and move into western Oklahoma and western North Texas,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz said Monday morning during a video briefing. “They are expected to move at a decent speed eastward into central Oklahoma through midnight, and into the eastern half of Oklahoma through the early morning hours Tuesday.”