A very wet Thanksgiving Day is in store. Heavy and potentially flooding rainfall may occur, though no severe storms are expected.
Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

State Braces For Wintry Weather Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Oklahoma is gearing up for cold and wet weather over the long Thanksgiving holiday. Heavy and potentially flooding rainfall may occur between 6 a.m. and midnight Thursday, with anywhere from 1-3 inches falling. It could obscure visibility in some areas, and National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz says late Thanksgiving night, much colder air will begin to push in from the northwest. "The chance for wintry precipitation will increase. Minor impacts can be expected overnight...
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Tuesday night's Republican debate focused on economic issues. NPR reporters look at candidate claims about business creation, the minimum wage, trade and the length of the tax code.

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley on the health of the economy:

Republican candidates painted a fairly bleak picture of the U.S. economy during the debate, offering a litany of discouraged workers, sluggish economic growth and children living on food stamps.

Oklahoma's new labor commissioner Melissa Houston

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to appoint Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s chief of staff as the next labor commissioner.

Melissa McLawhorn Houston will serve out the remainder of Mark Costello’s term, which would’ve ended in January 2019. Costello was murdered August 23 at an Oklahoma City fast food restaurant. His son Christian, who’s been described as mentally ill, has been charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death.

(Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET.)

A federal appeals court in New Orleans dealt President Obama a big blow on Monday when it ruled that Obama had overstepped his legal authority in attempting to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.

The Obama administration has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

ACLU of Oklahoma legal director Brady Henderson during a Nov. 9, 2015 press conference, with executive director Ryan Kiesel in the background.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma brought a lawsuit against Gov. Mary Fallin Monday over delays in responding to open records requests.

Oklahoma earned a score of 59, an F — one of 11 states to receive a failing grade in the State Integrity Investigation. In 2012, Oklahoma scored a D on the State Integrity Investigation, ranking 38th. The two scores are not directly comparable, however, due to changes made to improve and update the questions and methodology, such as eliminating the category for redistricting, a process that generally occurs only once every 10 years.

25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers
Stillwater Police Department

Updated 4:46 p.m. 

After weeks of publicity, a judge has issued a gag order in the case of the woman suspected of driving her car into a crowd of spectators at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

Adacia Chambers made her second appearance in court to be arraigned on four counts of second degree murder and 46 counts of assault, but while she was there, District Judge Louis Duel also ruled on motions filed by the prosecution.

Principal Chief, George Tiger of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Okmulgee, OK, on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015.
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Voters in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation ousted their principal chief in Saturday’s general election.

Outgoing chief George Tiger’s term has been mired in controversy, including calls for his removal from office earlier this year.

By an almost two-to-one margin, Creek citizens elected James Floyd the tribe’s new principal chief . He’s the retired director of a Veterans Administration medical center in Muskogee, and has also worked with the Indian Health Services.

Former migrant farmworker Angel Castro stands in front of his old trailer in a neighborhood housing many immigrant farmworkers.
Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

The rural areas in the U.S. where immigrant workers that pick crops like cotton and melons find work often lack the social services and affordable housing vital to integrating new arrivals into a community. That means many farmworker families end up in dilapidated buildings, which can come with health risks.

Migrant workers planting roots

Angel Castro’s old road is muddy and covered with flooded potholes. He lived here during the 1990s just behind a large John Deere store in Kennett, Mo.

The Great Listen 2015

Nov 8, 2015

November 8, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

In the midst of planning your Thanksgiving holiday, Story Corp has another activity that I’m asking you to build into the weekend with family and friends. It’s called the Great Listen of 2015. You know StoryCorps – that great story every Friday morning of a loved one interviewing another about their life.

StoryCorps is encouraging everyone – especially children-- to record an interview with an older relative or friend to preserve a generation’s experiences.

Home health nurse Rita Nuss reads a book to 9-year-old Josiah Melton, who has  chromosomal disorders and is on the developmental disabilities services waiting list.
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

After decreasing last year, the waiting list for a state program that provides services to Oklahomans with developmental and intellectual disabilities has grown again, to the highest level ever.

As of Oct. 15, the wait time for those seeking state-paid services for their developmental disabilities was nearly a decade, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The number of people on the waiting list grew from 6,992 in July 2014 to 7,239 in October this year.