3 Dead, Suspect Held In Shootings At Colorado Planned Parenthood

Updated 2:30 a.m. ETA suspect is in custody in shootings at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colo., the city's mayor announced at a press conference Friday, and officers are actively checking the building for any additional suspects or devices."The situation has been resolved; there is no continuing peril to the citizens of Colorado Springs," Mayor John Suthers said.Several media outlets reported that a Colorado Springs law enforcement official has identified the suspected gunman as...
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Principal Chief, George Tiger of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Okmulgee, OK, on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015.
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Voters in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation ousted their principal chief in Saturday’s general election.

Outgoing chief George Tiger’s term has been mired in controversy, including calls for his removal from office earlier this year.

By an almost two-to-one margin, Creek citizens elected James Floyd the tribe’s new principal chief . He’s the retired director of a Veterans Administration medical center in Muskogee, and has also worked with the Indian Health Services.

Former migrant farmworker Angel Castro stands in front of his old trailer in a neighborhood housing many immigrant farmworkers.
Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

The rural areas in the U.S. where immigrant workers that pick crops like cotton and melons find work often lack the social services and affordable housing vital to integrating new arrivals into a community. That means many farmworker families end up in dilapidated buildings, which can come with health risks.

Migrant workers planting roots

Angel Castro’s old road is muddy and covered with flooded potholes. He lived here during the 1990s just behind a large John Deere store in Kennett, Mo.

The Great Listen 2015

Nov 8, 2015

November 8, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

In the midst of planning your Thanksgiving holiday, Story Corp has another activity that I’m asking you to build into the weekend with family and friends. It’s called the Great Listen of 2015. You know StoryCorps – that great story every Friday morning of a loved one interviewing another about their life.

StoryCorps is encouraging everyone – especially children-- to record an interview with an older relative or friend to preserve a generation’s experiences.

Home health nurse Rita Nuss reads a book to 9-year-old Josiah Melton, who has  chromosomal disorders and is on the developmental disabilities services waiting list.
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

After decreasing last year, the waiting list for a state program that provides services to Oklahomans with developmental and intellectual disabilities has grown again, to the highest level ever.

As of Oct. 15, the wait time for those seeking state-paid services for their developmental disabilities was nearly a decade, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The number of people on the waiting list grew from 6,992 in July 2014 to 7,239 in October this year.

(Left-to-right) Benjamin Von Gutzeit, Mateusz Smoczynski, Mark Summer, & David Balakrishnan of the Turtle Island Quartet
Bill Reitzel / turtleislandquartet.com

The traditional string quartet has staying power. Austrian composer Joseph Haydn legitimized the combination of viola, cello and two violins during the mid-1700s, and it’s still one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in music. It’s an old format, but one that’s becoming more flexible.

“The Turtle Island Quartet was expressly formed to get us string players off the page, so to speak,” says David Balakrishnan. “That’s the easy way to say (it).”

"...a thoroughly modern sculpture by the Scandinavian artist Clara Sörnäs.   It shows five slave figures, slightly larger than life, chained together in a pit.
missy & the universe / Flickr

Iran only abolished slavery in 1928, but since then, it’s been largely erased from the national consciousness. Historian Beeta Baghoolizadeh, who studies Iranian slavery, says the taboo surrounding slavery and Iran’s effort to distance itself from its past is due to its precarious position on the world stage 87 years later.

Ending a process that has lingered for much of his time in the Oval Office, President Obama announced Friday that the U.S. has rejected TransCanada's application for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline.

A 2014 photo of MetroJet EI-ETJ, the Airbus A321-231 that crashed in Egypt Saturday.
Sergey Korovkin / Wikimedia Commons

There’s still no definitive indication as to what caused Saturday’s crash of a Russian passenger jet, despite reports that a bomb caused the plane to disintegrate mid-flight, Russian and Egyptian officials reject the assumption, although the U.S. has said satellite imagery showed a big flash near the plane before it crashed in the Sinai region of Egypt. Islamic State rebels have claimed responsibility for the crash.

Aftermath of an attack by a group of AKP supporters on the Hürriyet newspaper headquarters in September 2015.
Hilmi Hacaloğlu / Voice of America

On Sunday, Turkey’s ruling AKP party surpassed expectations and regained its majority in the country’s parliament. But the elections have been marred by violence and suppression of the media, and Turkey has been dealing with external problems along its Syrian border as refugees continue to flood into the country to escape the civil war.

A sign advertising job opportunities is displayed at the entrance of a Target store at 1200 E. Second St. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It seems hard to believe, but November 6 marks three weeks until Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and (depending on who you ask) the official launching point of the holiday season.

But retailers across Oklahoma are already starting to hire their seasonal workforce to keep up with the sharp spike in demand for goods and services.

Nationwide, big box retailers like Target say they’ll hire about 70,000 people, and Wal-Mart plans to bring on 60,000 new workers, according to Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.