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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Travelers in Oklahoma could see heavy rain and possibly light wintry precipitation as they hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is expected on Thanksgiving Day, which could result in flooding. No severe storms are expected, but the wet weather could be traveling difficult.

On Thursday night and early Friday morning, some parts of northern and western Oklahoma could see freezing rain. Forecasters say other parts of the state could see the wintry precipitation over the weekend as well.

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ENID, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education and individual districts are working to ease a teacher shortage by approving emergency certifications.

According to State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma began the 2015-16 school year with more than 1,000 teaching positions unfilled. The Enid News & Eagle reports that the state has approved 948 emergency certifications for teachers since July, but a shortage remains across the state. Enid Public Schools applied for 18 emergency certifications this year.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — An association of the state's newspapers wants a judge to lift a gag order in the murder case against a woman accused of killing four people and injuring dozens during Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade last month.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports the Oklahoma Press Association is asking the judge in the case against Adacia Chambers for permission to intervene and request the gag be lifted.

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COLBERT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing a Colbert police officer's fatal shooting of a man this weekend.

The OSBI said Sunday that the police department requested the investigation.

Police say an officer stopped to talk to a Bryan County man who was walking in town Saturday night. The officer found that the man had several traffic warrants for his arrest, and as the officer attempted to take the man into custody, police say the man ran from the officer.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Church's Chicken franchisee who was reported missing after 15 of his Tulsa- and Oklahoma City-area restaurants closed in early November has been located.

Police say 54-year-old Lyndon Johnson was found Sunday morning in Farmers Branch, Texas, about 15 miles north of his hometown of Dallas.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Higher education officials across Oklahoma are looking for ways to cut costs as they brace for a massive budget shortfall next year.

Projections show the state's 2016 to 2017 budget deficit will be between $800 million and $1 billion.

The Oklahoman reports that some of Oklahoma's 25 public colleges and universities are sharing faculty and exploring joint-degree programs where one institution provides the general education and the other the technical courses.

Other schools are buying off the same contract to save money.



TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police are investigating after two bullet holes were found in window panes of the City Hall complex.

Police say security officers discovered the holes in the downtown building around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police responded and found two shell casings at a restaurant across the street from City Hall.

There were no witnesses at the scene when officers arrived. Police say there were no reports of injuries.

Police say officers working a separate incident early Sunday heard what they said sounded like shots being fired downtown.


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Navy Floats By Tulsa:

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 81 yards and a touchdown while directing a Navy offense that rolled up 512 yards on the ground and the Midshipmen beat Tulsa 44-21 Saturday night. Tulsa has a final chance to become bowl eligible Friday at Tulane.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The grandmother of a 3-year-old Muskogee boy who died has been charged with second-degree murder after investigators accused her of putting morphine in the toddler's drinking cup.

The Tulsa World reports that 54-year-old Kimberly Morning of Muskogee was charged in connection with the toddler's death on August 21st.

Court records allege Morning crushed a morphine tablet into the boy's cup, knowing that he would ingest the opiate. Investigators don't think the act was done with premeditated design to cause the child's death.

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COPAN, Okla. (AP) — A single-vehicle crash in northern Oklahoma has taken the lives of three people, including two children.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday on US 75 about two miles north of Copan in Washington County. Troopers say a sport utility vehicle was traveling southbound on US 75 when it veered into the center median, struck the guardrail and then rolled over.