Josh Gwartney, principal of the early childhood center at Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools, displays the paddle available to be used on students.
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For Special-Needs Students, A Ration Of Corporal Punishment

More than a dozen names are inked onto the wooden paddle tucked behind Principal Josh Gwartney’s desk. Each name memorializes a child who was given a swatting in Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools, located about 25 miles east of Tulsa. Gwartney, who leads the early childhood center, said the paddle is rarely used on the center’s pre-kindergarten through second-grade students, and only with their parents’ permission. Paddling also is used in the district’s elementary, middle and high schools....
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In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explains how the Oklahoma panhandle went from unclaimed land to bootlegger's paradise—and is now a road-trip destination.

President Obama says his agreement over Iran's nuclear program — while facing fierce criticism in Congress and among the American public now — will look better in years to come.

Monsanto's Chesterfield, Missouri research campus is currently undergoing an expansion, with more laboratory space in construction.
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Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, is attempting to swallow up the chemical operations of Syngenta, the world’s largest producer of pesticides and other farm inputs. The proposed deal signals a change in focus for the agricultural giant, and could have ripple effects across farm country.

By its own admission, Monsanto lags behind in chemistry research. To boost its research in chemistry, and possibly find new ways to combine chemicals and biotech crops, Monsanto wants to buy the Swiss chemical company.

The majority of Native American tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage.

Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality does not apply. That leaves gay tribal members struggling to balance celebration for LGBTQ members across the states and the sting that comes with knowing they may not be able to marry within their own nation.

From the Here & Now Contributor’s Netowrk, KGOU’s Kate Carlton Greer reports.

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An Oklahoma District County judge struck down a law Monday morning banning certain uses of abortion-inducing drugs. The hearing came after the State Supreme Court blocked the measure from taking effect last year. 

The state of Oklahoma argued the law would ban the off-label methods of abortion-inducing drugs because there were "safer” alternatives. But the judge called the special law unconstitutional and said the state was singling out the medication because it is used for abortions.

Editor's Note: NPR's interview with President Obama will air on Morning Edition Tuesday and Wednesday.

NPR's STEVE INSKEEP: In a speech the other day, you spoke quite a lot about the consequences of Congress rejecting this deal.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Right.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford speaks with World War II veterans at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2015.
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The Oklahoma Honor Flights program, which gives groups of World War II veterans complimentary trips to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., will end by the end of the year.

Only two more flights are scheduled, and no new applications will be accepted after November 1 once everyone currently on the waiting list has been accommodated, executive director Gary Banz told The Oklahoman’s Randy Ellis:

As events marking the anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown were winding down Sunday night, gunfire erupted in Ferguson, Mo., leaving a gunman in the hospital. Police say the suspect was not part of the weekend's rallies, which have been peaceful.

The shooting, in which dozens of rounds were reportedly fired, began near the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of last summer's standoffs between protesters and police.

A year after Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparking weeks of often violent protests in the city, the country is still struggling to deal with the issues the shooting, and others like it, have brought to the fore.

Republican state Sen. Rick Brinkley
Oklahoma Senate

A Republican state senator under investigation for embezzlement at the nonprofit agency where he once worked plans to resign from the chamber.

A spokesman for Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, Matt Glanville, says two-term Sen. Rick Brinkley of Owasso submitted a letter of resignation on Friday. Glanville says Brinkley will step down from the Senate's District 34 seat on Dec. 31. He says the letter cites only personal reasons.

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