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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of flu cases resulting in hospitalizations in Oklahoma this flu season remains low.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 22 people hospitalized and no deaths due to influenza for the 2015-2016 flu season that started with the beginning of October. Last flu season there were a record of more than 2,000 people hospitalized and more than 100 died as a result of the flu.

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Two brothers are being ordered to trial for second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old Claremore woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking near Verdigris.

A Rogers County judge on Tuesday ruled that there is enough evidence to send 19-year-old Gage Shriver and 21-year-old Dakota Shriver to trial for the death of Noelle New and injuries to 19-year-old Maranda Talley. The Shrivers mother — 39-year-old Annette Butanda — was also ordered to trial on a charge of being an accessory.

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  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Oklahoma now stands at $1.85 heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Triple A Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the prices are down by 51 cents per gallon since October 9th and are the lowest for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008.

Prices in selected cities around the state range from $1.73 per gallon in Bartlesville, Muskogee and Shawnee to $1.95 per gallon in Idabel.



MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — The first American soldier to die in combat against the Islamic State group in Iraq was remembered as a man who smiled and was passionate about his wife, children, church and making others happy.

The Tulsa World reports a memorial service was held Tuesday for U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler in Muldrow, where Wheeler graduated high school in 1994 before joining the Army in 1995.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A Payne County judge has lifted part of a gag order involving charges filed after the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash.

Associate District Judge Luis Duel said Tuesday that he was rescinding a part of the gag order prohibiting families and parties to the case from discussing it. However, he said documents regarding the physical or mental health of defendant Adacia Chambers will remain sealed.

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RYAN, Okla. (AP) — Many residents in the town of Ryan are upset after their power was cut off amid an embezzlement scandal involving the town's former treasurer.

KWSO reports that a state audit showed the former treasurer took as much as $94,000 out of customers' utility bill payments when she was in office from April 2013 until she resigned July 2015.

Officials told residents to bring documentation of their utility payments to City Hall by Nov. 10, so their accounts could be made current. Those who did not make the deadline would have their power cut.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Police and highway patrol agencies in eight states spanning the country plan stepped-up patrols along Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving travel period to reduce collisions and prevent fatalities.

States participating in the "Drive Toward Zero Fatalities" include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says its effort includes increasing patrols along I-40 during busy 12-hour periods on Wednesday and Sunday.

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A former Oklahoma sheriff's deputy convicted of sexual battery and indecent exposure has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Gerald Nuckolls, an ex-Tulsa County sheriff's deputy, was sentenced Monday to four years on each count.

Last month, a jury convicted Nuckolls on one count each of sexual battery and indecent exposure. The jury also acquitted Nuckolls on one count of each of those charges.

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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.