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  • Oklahoma uses emergency certified teachers during shortage

    OKLAHOMA -Oklahoma schools have grown increasingly reliant on filling teacher vacancies with emergency certified teachers amid a statewide shortage of teachers. The Tulsa World reports that the state School Board of Education approved more than 220 emergency certificates Thursday for July. The provisional licenses let individuals work as teachers before they complete the education or training requirements for regular or alternative certification. Teachers can use the licenses to teach for two academic years. School superintendents must prove to the state that […]

  • Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper announce new restaurant 

    WACO, Texas – HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines say the historic former Waco cafe that they bought last year will be called the Magnolia Table and serve breakfast, lunch and brunch. The stars of the TV show “Fixer Upper” say they hope to reopen what had been the Elite Cafe by the end of 2017. Joanna Gaines, in a recent blog, wrote that she has many great memories from family Sunday brunches at the Elite Cafe. The iconic Elite […]

  • Judges affirm ‘Making a Murderer’ confession was coerced

    CHICAGO – A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed that a Wisconsin inmate was coerced into confessing and should be released from prison. The case was chronicled in the 10-part Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” which suggested that investigators took advantage of Brendan Dassey’s youth and limited intellect to coax him into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. At 16-years-old, Dassey confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, Steven Avery, in raping and killing photographer Teresa Halbach in the […]

  • 47-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old ‘wife’

    RICHMOND, Texas – A 47-year-old man has been charged with raping a 14-year-old Houston-area girl who investigators say told a doctor she was his wife and they were having sex. Fort Bend County jail records Steven Carty was being held Thursday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, with bond at $100,000. The girl’s 39-year-old mother, Cherry Payton, was charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence, with bond at $10,000. Online records don’t list attorneys to […]

  • Report: French fashion blogger killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser

    PARIS – French authorities are investigating the death of a fashion blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister. The prosecutor’s office in the eastern city of Mulhouse said Thursday that an investigation is underway into Saturday’s death of Rebecca Burger and whether a faulty canister was at fault. The prosecutor would not comment pending further investigation. Consumer magazine 60 Million Consumers reported that she was hit violently in the chest by the exploding canister, leading to a heart […]

  • Man fatally shot by officer in southeastern Oklahoma

    MILLERTON, Okla. – A law enforcement officer in southeastern Oklahoma fatally shot a man who authorities say was armed with a knife. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the fatal shooting happened Wednesday in Millerton, about 175 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. According to the OSBI, a McCurtain County sheriff’s deputy and a Valliant police officer responded to a domestic altercation call and encountered a man, identified as 37-year-old Daniel Francisco Valenzuela. Authorities say Valenzuela had forced his way […]

  • 14 more Oklahoma lakes have elevated mercury levels in fish

    OKLAHOMA CITY – State environmental officials say elevated mercury levels in fish have been found in 14 more lakes in Oklahoma than last year. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality plans to hold a public meeting next Tuesday to discuss the mercury levels. The agency says a total of 54 lakes have mercury advisories,  which is up 14 since the last advisory in 2016. The advisories deal with mercury levels in fish and do not affect drinking water safety or […]

  • OHP: 18-year-old dies in crash during police pursuit

    JAY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old man was killed when the pickup truck he was driving crashed while he was leading a law officer on a police pursuit. An OHP report says Shane Russell of Grove died in the crash shortly before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The report says Russell was driving the truck on a Delaware County road near Jay and being pursued by a county deputy when the truck went off the roadway and overturned. […]

  • Man sitting in car in north Tulsa killed by gunfire

    TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa police say a 33-year-old man was killed after a man randomly fired a gun into his car. Police say the fatal shooting happened early Wednesday following an attempted home invasion in north Tulsa. Law enforcement says 36-year-old John David Schmidt fired several shots then kicked in a door at a home. Police say the homeowner returned fire and that Schmidt ran away. Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker says Schmidt then began randomly firing his gun and […]

  • Arkansas day care placed on probation after boy’s death

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A West Memphis day care where a 5-year-old developmentally disabled boy died in a vehicle has been placed on probation by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The agency said Wednesday that the license of the Ascent Child Health Services facility is on a probationary provisional status for one year. It’ll remain open, but undergo extra monitoring. Authorities say the boy was left strapped in a car seat in the facility’s van the morning of June […]

  • F-16 fighter jet with Oklahoma connection catches fire, crashes; Pilot forced to eject

    HOUSTON – Officials say a pilot ejected from an F-16 fighter jet that caught fire and crashed during takeoff from Ellington Airport in Houston while on a training flight. Authorities say the pilot was treated for minor injuries following the crash around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The pilot’s name wasn’t immediately released. A statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command says the plane was from a detachment of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing. The jet was assigned to […]