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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma soybean farmers say they're frustrated over a 20 percent decline in the price for their commodity, but they're not ready to blame President Donald Trump for starting a trade war with China that has targeted soybeans. Trump imposed tariffs earlier this month on $34 billion worth of Chinese products to improve the overall U.S. trade position, prompting China to impose tariffs on many American goods, including a 25 percent tariff on soybeans.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A municipal official in central Oklahoma is exploring ways to limit single-use plastic bags, similar to proposals in other parts of the U.S., including Texas, to combat a leading source of litter and pollution. Norman Councilwoman Breea Clark says she realized the need to act after touring the materials recycling facility and seeing the plastic film get caught in the machines, forcing workers to untangle or cut the plastic loose.

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.

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