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State of emergency in MO...TX gov. declares 4 disaster areas ... Reports of tornado in Arkansas

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 27, 2015 at 6:41 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Missouri's governor is declaring a state of emergency because of widespread flooding. Gov. Jay Nixon's office says weekend flooding has led to eight deaths, dozens of water rescues and evacuations. More flooding is expected while river levels continue rising around the state. Severe weather has wreaked havoc across a number of states in the nation's midsection.

UNDATED (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is warning that the number of victims from a deadly outbreak of storms and tornadoes in the Dallas area could still rise. The death toll now stands at 11. Four counties have been declared disaster areas. As many as 1,000 homes in the Dallas area were damaged or destroyed. Elsewhere, heavy snow is crippling travel in the Texas Panhandle.

UNDATED (AP) — Officials in southern Arkansas say it appears a tornado touched down in Ouachita (WASH-ih-taw) County as a severe weather system rolls into the region. There are no reports of injuries after the storm struck this afternoon in Bearden. The county sheriff says the storm took roofs off buildings, uprooted trees and shattered storefront windows.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on the police department and the police oversight agency to review crisis intervention training in the wake of a double fatal police shooting. He says he's directed the new acting chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority and the interim police superintendent to meet with each other as soon as possible.

MIAMI-DADE (AP) — Police in Florida say a 7-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting family in southwest Miami-Dade for the holidays. According to The Miami Herald, police say the shooting today in Richmond Heights, about 24 miles from Miami, involved a high-powered rifle. Police are looking for a Dodge Ram. No arrests have been made.

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