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News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former police officer in southeast Oklahoma has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop. Federal prosecutors say former Savanna officer Jerry Lynn Gragg Jr., was sentenced Thursday to 100 months in prison for the 2017 assault.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Firefighters are hoping that better weather will help them fight wildfires in Oklahoma. But conditions are critical in Arizona and New Mexico. A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service says higher humidity and milder winds Thursday should help in Oklahoma. Kansas officials say a fire that started in Colorado burned about 75 square miles in the two states. Forecasters say the fire danger is extremely critical in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman says the Oscar-nominated film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" inspired her to create her own signs in the hopes of solving the unsolved 2016 killings of her daughter and another woman. The McAlester News-Capital reports that in the film that sparked Kim Merryman's idea, a woman purchases signs that question why no arrests have been made in the death of her daughter. Merryman's sign can be seen along U.S. Highway 69 in McAlester.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal stabbing of his father, who served as the state's labor commissioner at the time of his death. Authorities say Christian Costello fatally stabbed his father, Mark Costello, in August 2015 at an Oklahoma City ice cream shop. On Wednesday, Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott found Costello not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered that Costello be sent to the state hospital for treatment.

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