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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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.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan address lawmakers at a legislative study on water Monday, November 2, 2015.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

This spring, Oklahoma faced a problem it hadn’t in a while: too much water. Much of that floodwater flowed into rivers and out of Oklahoma — and that’s sparking big new ideas at the state capitol, and rousing an old fight.


Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Updated 1:21 p.m.: The National Weather Service has canceled the Tornado Watch for Grady and Oklahoma counties, but it remains in effect until 8 p.m. for the rest of eastern Oklahoma.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City in May.
Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons

A report in The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday raised questions about whether Gov. Mary Fallin and then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry improperly colluded in 2013 to pressure the Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners to drop an investigation into a spinal surgeon accused of bungling operations.

Oklahoma Democrats are now asking for an investigation since Perry had political ties to Dr. Steven Anagnost.

The scene at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Ave. in Stillwater following Saturday's car crash into the parade.
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Prosecutors are asking for a gag order in the case of the Stillwater woman charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of four people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade last month.

Defense lawyers started to present their case to the public the day after Adacia Chambers’ arrest. Attorney Tony Coleman held a press conference the night after the car crash, and told reporters about his client’s mental health history and mindset at the time of the incident.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasn't happy when Oklahoma authorities wanted to revoke the medical license of a surgeon who was accused of botching operations that left patients paralyzed, in perpetual pain - or dead. So he made a phone call.

25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers
Stillwater Police Department

Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas formally filed charges Wednesday against the woman accused of crashing her car into a crowd during Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade nearly two weeks ago. Four people died and more than 40 others were injured.

Stillwater resident Adacia Chambers faces four counts of second-degree murder, and 46 counts of felony assault. She’s been held in the Payne County Jail on $1 million bond.