Corrections officer Sgt. Charles Galaviz secures an inmate for transfer with handcuffs and shackles Jan. 24 at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Okla. Overtime is mandatory for correctional officers in the state's prisons, which have a manpower shortage of about 33 percent and the highest inmate homicide rate in the country. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Colorado educators take part in a concealed carry course in Englewood, Colo., on Nov. 8. The course is open to all state school employees. Participants who complete the training are eligible to apply for a permit to carry a handgun. MATTHEW STAVER/Landov hide caption

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No more cowboy boots for the Sublette County Sheriff's Department. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Kody Partridge (center right) and her partner, Lauri Wood, kiss at a same-sex marriage celebration Monday in Salt Lake City. The status of gay marriage remains uncertain in Kansas and Wyoming, where officials say no court has ruled on their ban specifically. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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After laying off roughly 2 million workers during the recession, the construction industry may not have enough crews to keep up with demand for building projects. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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