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      Drought conditions ease slightly in Oklahoma

      Rain that fell across much of Oklahoma last weekend helped to slightly reduce the severity of exceptional drought in the state.

      The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows 28% of the state in exceptional drought - the worst category. That is down from 42% a week ago.

      Exceptional drought continues across the northern tier of the state, including much of the Panhandle, and in parts of southwestern Oklahoma.

      Extreme drought conditions continue in 52% of the state while the remainder of the state is in severe drought.

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