Storm damage at a home in Piedmont after the Thanksgiving 2015 ice storm.
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Fallin Declares State Of Emergency, Thousands Still Without Power After Thanksgiving Ice Storm

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon for all 77 counties in Oklahoma after a winter storm created icy conditions and led to flooding in other parts of the state over the weekend. As of 8 a.m. Monday, more than 53,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers remained without power, and the utility estimates it could be Wednesday before power is fully restored to customers in central and northwest Oklahoma. A majority of those outages are in Oklahoma City, but there were...
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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.”

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.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

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.