News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge. Ralph Shortey was sentenced Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City. He had faced a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma candidates have spent $33 million running for state offices so far in this election cycle. The Oklahoman reports that nearly half of the total is going toward the governor's race. About $2 million has flowed through outside groups with most of it designated for the Republican races for governor and attorney general. Candidates are seeking money from individual donors and special interest groups, but in many cases are tapping into their own bank accounts.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials are distributing about $1.4 million appropriated to improve the Illinois River more than a decade ago to applicants who want to implement practices to clean up the river. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is giving the funding to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. A commission official says the partnership will allocate the grants to applicants for projects such as fencing off streams from cattle.

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a 35-year-old man has been arrested following a fatal shooting at an Oklahoma convenience store. Police say Zachary Huber was arrested on Saturday at a home in El Reno, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City. Canadian County court records indicate that formal charges have not been filed in the case. The shooting occurred at a convenience store in El Reno Friday evening.

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