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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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.”

As protests sweep across the University of Missouri, Yale, and other colleges, University of Oklahoma president David Boren reflects on how the campus he leads reacted to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon incident eight months ago.

Updated 4:25 a.m. ET Monday:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tells French radio RTL that there have been more than 150 raids throughout the night in France. More are expected.

Sunday's post:

As France observed its first of three days of national mourning, police said they were looking for a suspect who they believe may have been involved in the coordinated attacks that left scores dead in Paris on Friday.

President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.
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November 15, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Last week was the 48th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act. Then President Johnson signed Public Law 90-129 into law on November 7, 1967, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In the wake of Friday's coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, the French people — and supporters around the world — have been grieving. More than 120 people died in explosions and gunfire when well-coordinated teams of assailants struck at least six sites across the city.

Wind turbines near Hunter in Garfield County reflect the growth of the wind energy business in the state. Tax breaks for wind power are among incentives recommended for review by an Incentive Evaluation Commission.
Bonnie Vcluek / Enid News and Eagle

Responding to a new law that took effect Nov. 1, state officials are suggesting an independent review of up to 75 business incentives that have reduced state revenue by more than $335 million a year.

The list, compiled by four state agencies with help from nongovernment advisors, is dominated by two big incentives designed to boost employment in Oklahoma: the Quality Jobs Program and the Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit.

Updated 11:29 p.m. ET

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says there have been six attacks in and around the city, and the death toll could exceed 120. The majority of those killed were in a concert hall.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that French police stormed and took control of a concert hall, and two attackers there were killed. Molins says at least five attackers in total have been killed.

University of Oklahoma students pose in solidarity with University of Missouri protesters on November 12, 2015.
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Protests at the University of Missouri, Yale, and other college campuses are forcing universities into uncomfortable discussions about race and diversity. In March, two University of Oklahoma fraternity members were videotaped singing a racist chant on a charter bus. Over the past eight months, the atmosphere has changed on OU's campus.

About 60 University of Oklahoma students, dressed in black, line up for a photo.

In the first picture, their fists are up. They smile in the second. For the third shot, they keep straight faces.

Protests at the University of Missouri and other college campuses are forcing universities into uncomfortable discussions about race and diversity. One school got a head start.

Earlier this year, the University of Oklahoma came under intense pressure when a video showed two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist chant.

Now, students are comparing the reaction of their university with the recent controversies at Mizzou.

Peter Lochery delivering a talk at the University of Oklahoma in September 2015.
Jawanza Bassue / The University of Oklahoma

Earlier this year the University of Oklahoma’s Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center awarded Peter Lochery its biennial International Water Prize for his contributions to the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.