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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - About half of the estimated 500 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who deployed to Ukraine have returned home. Approximately 250 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived Wednesday in Broken Arrow where they were met by family and friends. The remaining soldiers are expected to return before Christmas.

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - TransCanada Corp. says that the company has recovered more than 24,000 gallons of oil from the site of a pipeline leak discovered last week in South Dakota. The company said 24,450 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Wednesday. TransCanada's Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil on agricultural land in Marshall County, South Dakota. The company says there are roughly 170 people on-site working on cleanup and remediation.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old during an attempted robbery at a home in Shawnee. The court's Wednesday ruling rejected appeals by 28-year-old Aaron Bernard Bradford. Bradford was convicted of the March 2015 shooting death of Karter Alderman.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state agency that oversees Medicaid in Oklahoma will delay planned rate cuts for providers and nursing homes for another month. But Oklahoma Health Care Authority officials warned Wednesday they're still planning for cuts in January. The agency says it will delay reimbursement rate cuts of 9 percent for most health providers and 4 percent for nursing facilities that had been set to take effect Dec. 1.

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