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AM 740 and FM 102.3 NewsTalk KRMG, The News on 6 and McDonald's have once again joined forces to keep your family safe during severe spring weather.

Gov.  Mary Fallin has announced the kickoff of this year’s McReady Oklahoma statewide severe weather preparedness campaign – a public-private partnership designed to prepare families and communities for emergencies and to increase awareness of severe weather threats.  

“When it comes to Oklahoma weather, from tornadoes to floods to damaging windstorms, it seems we’re never too far from an emergency or disaster,” said Gov. Fallin. “The good news is there are steps we can all take now to keep our families safe, and that’s what this campaign is about.”

The program features displays in more than 170 McDonald's restaurants throughout the state during the month of April – which the governor proclaimed McReady Oklahoma Family Preparedness Month. Informational materials focusing on floods, tornadoes, lightning, emergency preparedness and NOAA all hazards weather alert radios are available as part of the program. Customers will see severe-weather themed tray liners and drive-thru bag stuffers throughout the month-long campaign.

“We’ve known for years that preparedness is the key to saving lives when it comes to severe weather,” said Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). “The McReady program allows us to drive the message home and better prepare individuals, families and entire communities.”

In addition to OEM and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, McReady partners include the American Red Cross, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, the Office of Gov. Mary Fallin, KOTV Channel 6, McDonald's Owners/Operators, MOROCH, National Weather Service, OG&E Electric Services, Oklahoma Citizen Corps, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, The Oklahoman, Salvation Army, Tulsa Partners Inc. and AM 740 & FM 102.3 News Talk KRMG.

For more information regarding McReady Oklahoma, visit  or contact McReady@oem.ok.gov.  

Plus during April, listen to News Talk KRMG each weekday morning for information on how YOU could win your very own McReady Weather Alert Radio!

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About the McReady Program

Thunderstorm Info

Tornado Info

Lightning Info

Flooding Info

Family Preparedness Guide

Preparedness Guide for Sheltering-in-Place and Safe Rooms

Weather Safety Activity Book for Kids

  • It's the illegal immigration you don't often hear about. These are the immigrants who start off legal, by entering the U.S. on a travel visa. But then they overstay that visa. Quartz.com reports that for just the second time, the government has counted them up. And for fiscal year 2016, the biggest violators, by far, were Canadians. There were around 120,000 Canadians who overstayed visas, compared to just 47,000 Mexicans. Quartz says the data shows just how little we know about who's coming and going across the borders. They say Homeland Security is starting to use biometric technology to track travelers, but the funding is much less than what's being proposed for the Mexican border wall. You can read more about the story here.
  • There are a lot of unhappy lawmakers at the Oklahoma Capitol. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are complaining about how two budget panels approved a $6.8 billion spending bill. Rank-and-file legislators were given few details ahead of Tuesday night's vote. The bill slashes spending to most state agencies by nearly 5 percent.  Public schools were spared from cuts, and a handful of state agencies were given spending increases. Governor Mary Fallin said, “This plan keeps our government from shutting down. It is not an ideal budget, but it avoids draconian cuts to our core services such as education, health and human services, and public safety.”  
  • A review of a Republican health care overhaul plan which passed the House earlier this month found it would result in 23 million fewer people having health insurance over the next ten years, as the Congressional Budget Office questioned whether some GOP changes might promote instability in state health insurance markets. The most important figure from the CBO review was that the plan would reduce the budget deficit by $119 billion over ten years, ending any concerns that the measured would be derailed by strict budget rules used in the Senate. The CBO review was slightly better than one on an earlier version of the House bill when it comes to the number of people who would not have health insurance – 23 million by 2026, compared to 24 million before changes were made to win enough votes for passage in the House. BREAKING: Budget office: 23 million more uninsured, lower premiums for less coverage under GOP House-passed health care bill. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 24, 2017 But the report raised some concerns with a pivotal change made by Republicans, which allows states to get waivers from certain key provisions of the Obama health law – allowing states to peel back certain “Essential Health Benefits,” and changes in how insurance companies can set premiums based on someone’s health status, something known as “community rating.” “As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs,” the CBO report stated. “That instability would cause some people who would have been insured in the nongroup market under current law to be uninsured,” the report added. CBO estimates that in states requesting AHCA waivers, premiums for low-income elderly enrollees would go up 800 percent. That is not a typo. pic.twitter.com/W7QC4z9UUS — Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) May 24, 2017 The release of the CBO numbers came as Senate Republicans continued to work behind closed doors on their own health care plan. “We have to have the goal of lowering premiums for Americans,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). “And it has to be credible coverage.” As of now, GOP Senators are only working with each other, and not trying to gain the votes of any Democrats. It’s a very small margin for error for the GOP, which can only afford to lose two of their 52 members – and then would have to rely on the tie breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence. McConnell on why no Ds in healthcare talks: 'We're not going to waste our time talking to people who have no interest in fixing the problem' — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 23, 2017 At this point, the health care bill approved by the House on May 4 still has not been sent to the Senate, as Republicans try to figure out their next step. The House and Senate are not in legislative session next week, meaning any action by Republicans will be pushed into June. The longer it takes to resolve health care legislation, the longer it will take to deal with the 2018 budget and President Trump’s plans on tax reform.
  • Women CEOs did pretty well last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. For reference, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent. But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6 percent of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women, according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase from about 5 percent in 2015 and 2014. The highest paid woman was Virginia Rometty of International Business Machines Corp., bumping out Yahoo's Marissa Mayer from the top spot. Rometty earned $32.3 million last year from the technology company, a 63 percent jump from the year before, mainly due to $12.1 million in stock option awards she didn't receive in 2015. Mayer earned $27.4 million last year, making her the second-highest paid woman.
  • 3rd Annual Great Graft Race Labor Day, Monday September 4th 2017 Early Bird Registration Ends Wednesday 5/31 (Register here). Get ready for the 3rd year of the Great Raft Race's revival on the Arkansas River. Register now to participate in this classic Tulsa event on Labor Day Monday September 4th 2016. Register yourself or your team of participants for a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, inflatable raft, or the crowd favorite creative homemade rafts.   Registration Info You won’t want to miss our early bird price that is significantly cheaper than the 2016 cost.  Registration prices: 5/1/17 - 5/31/17 Early bird pricing = $45 per participant  6/1/17 - 7/15/17 = $55 per participant 7/16/17 - 8/15/17 = $70 per participant Race Categories Participants will be able to compete in the recreational category  “Pokey Okie” and leisurely float down the AR River while enjoying the views and soaking up the sun. Speed Demons participate in the “Race Category” and see who’s rowing muscle can take them the fastest down the river! We will be giving awards for top 3 times in the 2 race categories; Canoe/Kayak/Sup & Homemade Raft. OR Compete directly against other local businesses for bragging rights in this year’s “Corporate Challenge”. Corporate Challenge participants receive VIP tent access at the Bud Light Boatyard Bash where free food, drink, and adult beverages catered by Elote will be provided.  Raft Race Design Challenge Ready to showcase your design and construction skills?? Or will you have the the most creative kookiest raft on the river, and just hope it floats?? Good news is we are rewarding both! The Raft Race Design Challenge will give out awards for the following  Categories:  Best of Show- The best overall design of the Great Race, blending construction, creativity, sea-worthiness, style, and fun!! Best Engineered Raft - The best engineered, constructed, and most intricate functioning raft. Most Creative - The most creative, artistic, funny raft. Costumes encouraged! All homemade raft participants are automatically entered to compete in these categories.  Bud Light Boatyard Bash  You don’t want to miss the official Great Raft Race finish line party! Come out and enjoy the end of summer with us on Labor Day and cheer your favorite rafts to the finish line! The Bud Light Boatyard Bash is located at River West Festival Park on the Arkansas River. Admission is FREE! Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and find your perfect spot of grass on the riverbank to enjoy the party! Festivities Include: Live Local Music Food Trucks Inflatable Kids Zone Yard Games - new for ‘17 Retail Vendors