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PERRY, Okla. (AP) - A former teaching assistant who pleaded guilty to molesting 10 girls at an Oklahoma elementary school has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Oklahoman reports that 86-year-old Arnold Cowen pleaded guilty Thursday to 21 felony counts in a deal with prosecutors. Under the agreement, Cowen will serve at least 8 ½ years in prison with 10 years' probation. He would have to register as a sex offender once released.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - There would be no more springing forward and falling back in Oklahoma under a bill heading to the state Senate. The bill by Republican Sen. Joseph Silk would adopt daylight saving time year-round in Oklahoma. Hawaii and most of Arizona also do not change times twice a year, but both those states observe standard time year-round while Silk's bill calls for Oklahoma to observe daylight saving time all year.

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A medical marijuana advocate from Colorado is facing a felony drug charge after a traffic stop in Oklahoma. The McAlester News-Capital reports Regina Nelson of Boulder faces one count of marijuana possession with intent to distribute. The trooper searched the vehicle and found four joints and 11 containers with what appeared to be cannabis leaves. Nelson has pleaded not guilty.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City, meet the Great Lakes. A weather event known as lake effect snow that's common in the Upper Midwest and northeastern U.S., made a rare appearance at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner on Wednesday. Meteorologist Ryan Barnes with the National Weather Service in Norman said an area south of the lake received lake effect snow about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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