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News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase safety patrols on Oklahoma lakes following a string of recreational drownings. Corps spokesman Matthew Nolen says officials plan to encourage the use of life jackets following the drowning deaths of 11 people in Oklahoma lakes since May. Nolen says most drowning victims are not swimmers and fall into water unexpectedly when they fall off of a boat or dock.

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - A city in central Oklahoma is spending millions preparing for self-driving cars while working to alleviate traffic problems. Edmond Traffic Engineer Tom Minnick tells The Oklahoman that the city is laying down infrastructure for autonomous vehicles. The $5 million intelligent traffic system project involves improvements at more than 20 intersections and the addition of 10 miles of fiber-optic cable.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Two-term Democratic state Rep. Claudia Griffith, a candidate for a seat in the Oklahoma Senate, has died. Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall's office said in a statement that Griffith died on Saturday. Democratic Party officials say Griffith died after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was 67. Griffith was elected in 2014 to the House's District 45 in central Oklahoma and was re-elected in 2016.

MANITOU, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old man has drowned in Frederick Lake in southwestern Oklahoma. The OHP says D'Antwan Hemphill of Frederick drowned about 6:30 p.m. Friday in the lake in Tillman County about 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The OHP says his body was recovered nearly three hours later.

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