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    J is not OK, as a name according to a Swiss court. The Zurich administrative court said in a ruling released Tuesday it had upheld a local registry's office decision to reject the letter as a given name in the best interests of the child, Switzerland's 20 Minuten news website reported. The court rejected the parents' argument they wanted to honor their daughter's great-grandparents Johanna and Josef with the initial as one of her middle names, saying they could have chosen the already-accepted Jo instead.  Though the parents wanted to pronounce the name 'Jay,' the court noted the letter is pronounced 'Yott' in German, creating confusion. The court also said people would be inclined to put a period after the J, though it wasn't an abbreviation.
  • The American Geosciences Institute will host a free webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” on Friday 14 April at 1:00 PM CT. The surge in recent years of earthquakes associated with some oil and gas operations, especially the deep underground injection of wastewater, has spurred a range of actions and responses from geoscientists, regulators, and operators. This webinar will explore state-level activities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio to monitor and reduce induced earthquakes. SEG is a co-sponsor of the webinar. The webinar will feature Jeremy Boak (Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Associate Director for Environment at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology), and Steven Dade (Geologist 2 at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources), focusing on several key topics: Improved monitoring networks for detecting small earthquakes Regulations and their effects Collaborations between government, industry, and other groups to reduce induced earthquakes Outreach and education to improve public awareness Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of the speakers in a live question and answer session during the webinar. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/induced-eq-webinar. This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Energy Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • UPDATE: Wagoner County investigators have released the name of the man who shot and killed three suspected burglars Monday in a home just outside Broken Arrow. They say Zach Peters fired the fatal shots after confronting the three suspects, who were dressed in black and wore masks. An affidavit obtained by KRMG indicates Peters knew Elizabeth Rodriguez, the woman arrested in connection with the incident. KRMG has learned Rodriguez, 21, turned herself in at the Broken Arrow Police Department after hearing about the shootings. Deputy Nick Mahoney with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office tells KRMG Rodriguez drove the three teens to the home in the 9100 block of South Clearview Drive. She allegedly knew they intended to burglarize the home. Because her actions constitute a possible felony, and the three were killed during the commission of that felony, Rodriguez faces those first-degree murder charges, as well as burglary charges. A man and his son were home when the suspects forced their way into the house through a back door, Mahoney tells KRMG. The son, Zach Peters, armed himself with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire on the suspects. Two of them died inside the home, the third made it outside before collapsing and dying in the driveway. All three were between the ages of 16 and 19, according to Mahoney, and lived in the Tulsa area. Booking records indicate Rodriguez has an Oologah address. She’s being held without bond.
  • Earlier this year, President Donald Trump sent out an order giving local police jurisdictions more control over the deportation of undocumented immigrants.  Since that time, Tulsa police say immigrants in the area have been less likely to report crimes.  TPD tells us this can't happen, if we want to keep our city safe. “We are not going to actually go out and look for people we believe are illegal immigrants,” TPD said.  Police add if an illegal immigrant does get arrested, it will be up to ICE, whether or not they get deported.  For reference, there are believed to be around 85,000 illegal immigrants in Oklahoma. Nationwide, the number jumps to around 11 million. Do you think these illegal immigrants should be worried about reporting crimes?
  • Sand Springs cops say a female employee was taking a smoke break out back of the Wendy’s where she works. She propped the door open and two men reportedly approached her, pulled guns on her and forced her back inside the restaurant.  Police say the suspects hit another woman employee in the head with a gun and then held the manager at gunpoint, demanding money.  Both suspects were masked, but police hope they can find a suspect vehicle on video from a neighboring business.  Sand Springs only had three business robberies last year. Two of them are solved, while one remains on the books.  Police are working to get surveillance footage.       
  • Starting in four to six weeks, the closest grocery store for residents in west Tulsa, will be in Sand Springs.  This comes after Warehouse Market officials announced they will be closing their location near 49th West Avenue and Highway 412.  As you'd expect, residents are not pleased by the news.  “When it closes, I won’t have a grocery store,” one older resident said.  “I don’t look forward to it closing at all.” With the grocery store set to close, many neighbors tell us Sand Springs will soon be their closest option. There is some good news.  KRMG's told everything is 25 percent off inside the store.
  • Residents living in the Brady Heights neighborhood of Tulsa are fed up with drivers speeding down their streets.  The speed limit is 30 MPH, but neighbors report seeing drivers routinely going twice as fast.   Recently, a first grader was hit on Denver and suffered multiple injuries.  “We just have cars that fly by way too fast,” one resident said.  “We have a lot of kids in the neighborhood.” With the blessing of the city, this past weekend, dozens of neighbors shut down the 900 block of North Denver for “Chalk the Walk”.  Residents used chalk to redesign lanes, add parking and they created a bike lane.  Residents are also putting signs in their yards warning drivers to slow down.   Next month, the homeowner’s association plans to bring recommendations to the city about changing lanes to slow traffic.
  • A shooting victim is in the hospital after an altercation on a parking lot. Tulsa police suspect an attempted robbery was part of some drug dealing at the Quickie Mart Skate Shop near 5300 South Peoria. The shooting victim was in the back seat of a car as it was driven away from the parking lot around 7 p.m. Monday. Police are looking for a possible Jeep that was the getaway vehicle.
  • Deputies were called to a Broken Arrow home Monday afternoon on a report of three people dead.  It happened near 91st and 241st East Avenue.  Investigators with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office say three masked people broke into the house.  Our partners at FOX23 tell us the homeowner allegedly shot all three defending himself.  
  • Neighbors in the Brady Heights neighborhood say they’re fed up with speeding drivers. We went to the area, where neighbors shut down the 900 block of North Denver for “Chalk the Walk”.  The event put residents outside, using chalk to redesign lanes, adding parking and a bike lane in addition to narrowing the driving lanes.   Artists also drew 3D chalk images, hoping the visuals encourage safer driving.   While the neighborhood speed limit runs 25 miles per hour, neighbors say they’ve seen drivers hit speeds up to 55.   Hoping to further encourage safer driving, many residents have signs in their yards that read “Drive like your kids live here”. The signs include a link to a safety group with the slogan.   Next month, the homeowner’s association says they plan to bring recommendations to the city about changing lanes to slow traffic.
  • A bill that would require insurance carriers to consider the use of FORTIFIED construction techniques when determining premiums is moving forward in the Oklahoma legislature. The standards are set by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. House Bill 1720 does not mandate lower premiums - but Insurance Commissioner John Doak is confident the increased use of the stronger building techniques will drive down the cost of insurance for homeowners. Basically, FORTIFIED construction involves strongly connecting the roof to the walls and the walls to the foundation, greatly increasing the structure’s resistance to high winds. The bottom line, proponents say, is that Oklahomans will suffer storm damage every year, no matter what. But, “there’s going to be less damage for those consumers that embrace this program,” Doak told KRMG Tuesday. He hopes someday to possibly mandate lower premiums, but starting with a voluntary program is the best way to encourage wider use of FORTIFIED construction, he said. It’s not only for new homes, he added. “You can retrofit an older home,” Doak said, and the process doesn’t take very long. Habitat for Humanity has committed to building dozens of homes in Oklahoma using the new techniques. While such a home won’t withstand an EF-5 tornado, the great majority of damage in Oklahoma comes from straight-line winds and smaller tornadoes in the EF-1 to EF-2 range. HB 1720 passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House, by a vote of 93-0, and now goes to the Senate. Here is a video demonstrating the advantages of FORTIFIED construction:
  • At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago. The lawmakers who made the request were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). On 2/16, @RepCummings @SenWarren @SenWhitehouse & I wrote @USGAO & asked they review Mar-a-Lago security procedures & taxpayer funded travel — Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) March 28, 2017 This is not new territory for the GAO, which from time to time is asked by one party or the other to review the costs of travel. When the White House was under the control of Democrats, Republicans a few years ago were the ones asking about costs – as they had the GAO look at a February 15-18, 2013 trip made by President Barack Obama. In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in Illinois, followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million. This GAO report will look at more than just the cost of the weekend trips to Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, as it will also review security matters there. (CBSMiami/AP) — A government watchdog will investigate the taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-lago. — Liz Quirantes (@lizquirantes) March 28, 2017 Democrats raised those concerns during a trip that Mr. Trump took with the Japanese Prime Minister, when the two men were seen with aides in a public dining area, speaking about a developing national security issue with regards to North Korea. One question from the four Democrats centers on whether those who are at the Trump club have gone through normal security and clearance procedures, including any foreign nationals who might be there. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has downplayed the costs of the Mar-a-Lago visits, saying that’s ‘part of being President.’ “That is a vast reach,” Spicer told one reporter, who cast the question of the cost of the Mar-a-Lago visits, versus proposed cuts in the federal budget. Before he became President, Mr. Trump often criticized his predecessor for taking weekend golf trips to Florida and other parts of the country. While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016 The GAO will now be in charge of determining how much Mr. Trump’s own weekend getaways are costing taxpayers.
  • J is not OK, as a name according to a Swiss court. The Zurich administrative court said in a ruling released Tuesday it had upheld a local registry's office decision to reject the letter as a given name in the best interests of the child, Switzerland's 20 Minuten news website reported. The court rejected the parents' argument they wanted to honor their daughter's great-grandparents Johanna and Josef with the initial as one of her middle names, saying they could have chosen the already-accepted Jo instead.  Though the parents wanted to pronounce the name 'Jay,' the court noted the letter is pronounced 'Yott' in German, creating confusion. The court also said people would be inclined to put a period after the J, though it wasn't an abbreviation.
  • A new study by the Mayo Clinic found that certain workouts can reverse the aging process. The study found that a high-intensity interval training workout, combined with resistance training, can turn back time. >> Read more trending news 'You're essentially slowing down that aging process, (which) I think is amazing, because we didn't have those things before,' said Dr. Vandana Bhide, of the Mayo Clinic. The study was conducted by researchers in Rochester, Minnesota, and targeted two age groups -- 18 to 30-year-olds and 65 to 85-year-olds. As we age, we lose muscle mass. Researchers found that a combined workout increases muscle mass, and on the cellular level, reverses some of the adverse effects of aging. 'For older people, it allows them to be more functional, to be able to do as much as they can at whatever age,” Bhide said. Researchers tracked data over 12 weeks. 'It's not overnight, but we think of it taking years,' Bhide said. Florida-based fitness franchise Orange Theory Fitness focuses on these types of workouts. 'It kind of just reaffirms what we already believe here,' head coach Justin Hoffman said. 'We've seen tremendous strength gain, even (at) 70 years plus, with just 3 to 4 days of interval training.” Bhide said older people who are interested in these workouts should check with their doctor before starting. And as with any exercise program, everybody is different and may not get the same results.
  • The American Geosciences Institute will host a free webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” on Friday 14 April at 1:00 PM CT. The surge in recent years of earthquakes associated with some oil and gas operations, especially the deep underground injection of wastewater, has spurred a range of actions and responses from geoscientists, regulators, and operators. This webinar will explore state-level activities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio to monitor and reduce induced earthquakes. SEG is a co-sponsor of the webinar. The webinar will feature Jeremy Boak (Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Associate Director for Environment at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology), and Steven Dade (Geologist 2 at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources), focusing on several key topics: Improved monitoring networks for detecting small earthquakes Regulations and their effects Collaborations between government, industry, and other groups to reduce induced earthquakes Outreach and education to improve public awareness Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of the speakers in a live question and answer session during the webinar. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/induced-eq-webinar. This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Energy Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the U.S. Geological Survey.