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    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.  
  • The U.S. Geological Survey reports that three earthquakes hit Oklahoma Wednesday. The biggest, a magnitude 4.0 temblor near Stroud. Two smaller quakes were also recorded. A magnitude 2.7 quake struck near Fairview and a magnitude 2.5 temblor hit near Mooreland. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0. Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years. Many quakes have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas operations. Regulators have directed oil and natural gas producers to close some disposal wells or reduce the volume of fluids they inject.
  • Don’t forget not to drink and drive. AAA Oklahoma is offering free rides home and you don’t have to be a member. Just call 1(800)AAA-HELP. Tulsa Police Spokesman Leland Ashley says you don’t want the headache from a DUI or worse. “First time DUI, you’re looking probably $4,000 or $5,000 if not more,” said Ashley. “And then you’re looking at you insurance going up.”     McNellie’s Downtown Friday- Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party Saturday- Annual St. Patrick’s Day Part 2   McNellie’s South Friday- Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration   Arnie’s Bar Friday- 61st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party Saturday- Recovery Brunch   Paddy’s Irish Restaurant Friday- St. Patrick’s Day Party Saturday- St. Patrick’s Day Party   The Fur Shop Friday- St. Patrick’s Day Party   Soul City Friday – 2nd Annual Soulful St. Paddy’s   Flying Tee Friday- St. Patrick’s Day at Flying Tee   NCAA at the BOK Friday- Four games Sunday- Two games
  • Update: Police say Madison Dickson is responsible for shooting a man in the head Thursday night.  The victim drove off, but ended up crashing into another vehicle near 18th and Peoria around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Dickson is considered to be armed and dangerous. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The investigation started Saturday when police responded to a larceny and shots fired call at the Best Buy near 71st and Mingo.  Witnesses were able to get a good look at the woman and the vehicle she was driving.  On Sunday, police were called out to the Walgreen’s at 71st and Lewis for a shooting.  Again, witnesses were able to give a description of the woman with the gun.   The victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound in the arm.  Not long after that incident, police were called to the AMC Theatre near 41st and Yale.  Officers say an employee caught some females stealing a license plate from a vehicle and one suspect pointed a gun at the employee.  Witnesses gave a description that matched the previous crimes.  Police are now asking for the public’s help to track down 21-year-old Madison Dickson.  Detectives say Dickson should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stopper at 918-596-COPS.  
  • Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey turned himself into Cleveland County authorities Thursday after he was caught with a suspected male child prostitute last week. Many lawmakers, including Governor Mary Fallin, are calling for his immediate resignation. Sen. Shortey, of Oklahoma City, has already been stripped of many duties after a resolution passed Wednesday in the State Senate. He’s also been stripped of his volunteer position with a youth program at the YMCA. A YMCA spokeswoman says she's unaware of any allegations of wrongdoing involving Shortey's work for the program, but the agency is investigating. The spokesperson says Shortey has been active in the Youth and Government program for 17 years and served as an adult sponsor on several out-of-state trips. He told reporters he had no comment on the charges but would release a statement later.
  • Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey, of Oklahoma City, is under investigation after police say they found him with a teenage boy last week in a room at a Super 8 Motel.   The Senate voted 43-0 Wednesday on a resolution accusing Sen. Shortey of 'disorderly behavior.'  The resolution removes Shortey from membership and leadership of various Senate committees, bars him from his office at the Capitol and blocks his expense allowances and authorship of various bills.  Shorty served as a consultant for Representative Dan Kirby earlier this year during a sex scandal. Police are still looking into the circumstances in the Shortey case. Officers are sifting through text messages between Shortey and the teen. No charges have been filed.
  • A 23-year-old woman, from Tulsa, vanished more than 24 years ago. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says the family of Greta Riles didn’t report her missing for two decades because of her lifestyle.  Investigators say Riles had a criminal history. In 1992, a hunter found a human skull and bones on the north edge of Tulsa. The remains were later sent to the University of North Texas for a DNA analysis. Deputies are still searching for the cause of death.
  • Broken Arrow is generally known for being a safe place, but there is one crime that police have seen rise. Investigators tell FOX23 they've had several storage unit thefts in recent months. In one case, crooks stole three trailers from County Line Storage near 41st and County Line with an estimated loss of $90,000. Police have set up meetings with companies in the area to help make the properties more secure. Officers are also urging people to take pictures of their belongings and regularly check storage units.
  • Firefighters run into all sorts of unusual circumstances when responding to fires, but this might have alarmed them a little. Emergency workers found thirty large exotic snakes and more than sixty rats at the home near 86th Street North and 185th East Avenue Tuesday morning. Thankfully the snakes were inside containers. Firefighters tell FOX23 News that the snakes and rats survived the fire. Investigators believe the fire started in a heating unit in a dog house not far from the home. The Limestone Fire Department and Owasso Fire Department had to bring in water from a hydrant down the street. No word on why so many snakes and rats were at the home.
  • A proposal aimed at reducing the number of thieves fraudulently claiming to be disabled veteran cleared the full Senate Monday.    Oklahoma veterans, who are 100 percent disabled, and their spouses are exempt from sales tax. Senate Bill 456 orders the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) to create and run a registry of 100 percent service-disabled veterans.    “Our state has approved legislation through the years meant to assist Oklahoma veterans who suffered 100 percent disability as a result of their service to our country,” said author of the bill Joe Newhouse, of Broken Arrow. “It’s shameful that people who never made such sacrifices will falsely represent themselves as a veteran to get benefits they are not entitled to. We believe this registry can help stop that kind of fraud.”   Senator Newhouse says there are about 13,500 100 percent disabled veterans in Oklahoma, but 31,000 certificates for tax exemption have been issued.   “Not only are these individuals who commit fraud dishonoring our true heroes, but they’re also depriving the state of lawfully owed sales taxes—funds that could have been used to help pay for core services like education and public safety.”   The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
  • April Hill

    News Director

    April Hill's first "job" in radio was in college at WMSV. Early every morning she would rise and shine after waiting tables late into the night. Hill didn't actually get paid. She was just thrilled to have an opportunity to get real live on-air experience. The importance of her first morning radio anchor gig wouldn't be realized until more than a decade later.

    Hill's first paid job in broadcasting was at the CBS TV affiliate in Jackson, MS, in 1998. Her shift as the associate producer on the morning show at WJTV started at 10:00 p.m. Hill said, "I remember telling my boss how excited I was after getting my first paycheck and he laughed. The check was very small, but I was still a kid really. I'd never had a check that big." She worked a retail job to afford rent in a high crime area of town. "I didn't care. For the first time, I had my own place all to myself. I also got a good laugh when people asked where I lived. Their facial expressions, filled with horror, were so entertaining."

    Hill decided to get in on the action in front of the camera. The market size in Jackson was too big for them to giver her a shot (although she tried). After sending out at least 100 resumés with no response. Hill quit her job to concentrate on chasing her dream full-time. Hill's  brother lived in Tulsa and was willing to let her live there rent free for a few months. "I drove to every small television station from Florida to Iowa, 25 cities altogether. I got only one offer and that's all I needed."

    In 2001, Hill started as a reporter at KLKN-TV in Lincoln, NE. She said, "I really loved Lincoln. It's filled with honest, hard working people." Hill was what they call in the business a one-man-band. She was the reporter, photographer and the editor. Living in a capitol city, and the home of the Husker's, taught her how to cover every story under the sun. "I worked weekends at first, so I was on the 50-yard line every home game covering the fans. I then moved up to the legislature beat Monday through Friday. In between, there were tornados, snow storms and drought... a lot like here in Oklahoma."

    In 2007, Hill decided she wanted to move home. Since she grew up in the small town of Independence, KS, Tulsa was the perfect distance and size. "I had been away from home for so long and it was strange when I would talk to people who knew about my home town. Some had even been there." She took a producer job at KJRH, which had a weather camera on main street in Independence. Hill said, "The meteorologists would use it as much as possible during my newscast because they knew I'd love it."

    Hill was back home and content, until KRMG's Steve Berg approached her about a weekend anchor job that was open at the radio station. "I thought, oh radio? I haven't done that in a while. Sounds like fun." Dan Potter was the news director and hired her a couple of months later. Hill worked seven days a week for three years. She said, "I looked forward to my weekends at KRMG, but I wanted full-time. I wanted it so badly that I would fill-in working both jobs on holidays and only took one weekend off for a family wedding." Her hard work paid off.

    The morning show host at the time, KRMG's Joe Kelley, hired Hill full-time as soon as a position was available. She said, "I loved it from day one. Joe and I just clicked. He worked hard and recognized my work ethic and passion for the radio station. So, Joe became my mentor and all of the sudden promotions started happening faster than I could even ask." A few months after going full-time, Hill was asked to take the morning anchor position. It was only another few months and she was tapped to be the news director, taking over Kelley's position when he moved to sister station WDBO in Orlando. "My emotions were all over the board. I was losing my best boss and gaining the highest position of my career."

    Kelley left Hill in good hands. Dan Potter took over as morning host (remember, he was the one who hired her). "Dan and I are going to continue the momentum than KRMG has been building for years. We're here to stay and even get better. I believe that 100 percent."

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  • 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.