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    President Donald Trump said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he is hoping for a peaceful solution to the problem, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news  “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview on Thursday. Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve the crisis, but is not taking the military option off the table. 'We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult,' he told Reuters during a 42-minute interview. The president also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and said he intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul, Reuters reported. Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.” Meanwhile, a  top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in said Friday that Trump's suggestion that Seoul foot the bill for the THAAD system would be an 'impossible option,' Reuters reported.
  • The final hearing is to finalize jury questions and any additional motions before the trial begins next month. Shelby was also in court last Friday for a discovery hearing  where  the state and defense argued over witnesses and evidence.  At that time, the judge ruled some testimony regarding her training would not be admissible in trial. The defense also filed more witness lists, including Police Chief Chuck Jordan and former Mayor Dewey Bartlett.  Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher in 2016, she claims the shooting was in self-defense.  Shelby's trial begins May 8. 
  • The CEO of Southwest Airlines said Thursday that the company will end its practice of overbooking, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news    Gary Kelly, discussing Southwest’s quarterly earnings on CNBC, said the airline has made the decision to “cease to overbook going forward, USA Today reported. “We’ve been taking steps over the last several years to prepare ourselves for this anyway,” Kelly said. “We never like to have a situation where we we’re oversold.” Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King confirmed the plan, adding that it could be implemented as soon as May 8. “Southwest is changing our policy and will no longer book flights over capacity as part of the selling process,” King said in a statement. “As we have dramatically improved our forecasting tools and techniques, and as we approach the upcoming implementation of our new reservations system on May 9, we no longer have a need to overbook as part of the revenue management inventory process.” The subject of overbooking became a hot topic after a Kentucky physician was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago earlier this month. United changed its overbooking policy after video surfaced on social media of officers with the Chicago Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off Flight 3411 after he declined to relinquish his seat to make room for a crew member. “I think that’s an airline-by-airline decision. I’ll speak for Southwest Airlines,” Kelly told CNBC. “We overbook very, very modestly today. The reason we overbook is to try to fill empty seats. To the extent we’re able to do that, we’re able to keep the rest of our fares lower.”
  • The chance of strong to severe storms moving in over the next few days also means a chance of flooding. Flash Flood Watches have been posted for much of Green Country with 7 inches of rain possible in some areas. The National Weather Service not only tracks rain totals, but also forecasts for several rivers in northeastern Oklahoma. There are several different types of flooding alerts issued by the National Weather Service: Flood Advisory: A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is expected but is not going to be bad enough to issue a warning. The flooding can cause an inconvenience and could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. Flood Watch: A Flood Watch will be issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. Flood Warning: Flood Warnings are issued when flooding is either happening or imminent. Flash Flood Warning: Flash Flood Warnings are issued when a flash flood (or floods that happen within 6 hours of the cause) is happening. Flash floods can take a few hours to develop or can develop within minutes. River Flooding: River flooding happens when levels rise and overflow their banks. There are three categories for river flooding based on the water height and impacts. Minor - areas right around the river/stream may see some problems Moderate - levels rise high enough to impact homes/businesses near the river may need to evacuate; roads may be impacted Major - extensive flooding is expected; major traffic routes may be flooded, numerous evacuations may be required There are a few steps you can take before a flood. In the days or hours leading up to an event that could cause some flooding, be sure you are aware of the areas that could impact you, either near your home or on your daily commute. It’s also key to follow any evacuation orders and avoid flood waters. When a flood is happening, the water can be deeper than it seems on roadways or creeks/rivers. After flood waters recede and the 'all-clear' is given, there can be problems left behind. Some of those include power outages, or debris and toxins/chemicals carried by the water. Some facts about flooding: 6 inches of flowing water can knock over an adult. 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV. 2 feet of water can carry away most vehicles. If you are unsure how the deep the water is just remember, 'Turn Around, Don't Drown'. That includes driving through or walking through any water. Remember to download the KRMG app and keep it handy for the latest weather information.      
  • An Oklahoma lawmaker said he wants to use money seized by authorities to help pay for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, released a statement Thursday about his proposal. He said Oklahoma law allows law enforcement to seize property, including money, believed to be used in criminal activity. “This money is drug money. They vast majority of it is either coming from Mexico or headed there. By redirecting this cash to construction efforts, Mexico will be paying for the wall just as promised,” Cleveland said.   It’s unclear exactly where all money seized in law enforcement sweeps comes from.   Cleveland said he hopes to have an amendment ready before the end of the legislative session.
  • An argument over a xylophone left a Florida man covered in grease. According to NWF Daily News, an unnamed 43-year-old woman was angered when a man in her kitchen refused to stop playing a xylophone. Frustrated, the woman dumped grease on the musical dude’s head. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene to find grease spots on the man’s clothing, and a puddle on the floor near the xylophone. The woman was arrested. Read more at NWF Daily News.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill is investigating a data breach in its payment processing system after reporting a sharp increase in sales. The fast-casual restaurant said it recently detected unauthorized activity on its network that supports the payment system. Chipotle said the transactions occurred from March 24 to April 18, and the company believes it took the proper precautions to stop the breach. RELATED: Chipotle raises its menu prices The breach dominated the company’s other announcement that same-store sales grew 17.8 percent in the first quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2016, revenue increased more than 28 percent to $1.07 billion. The chain also opened up 57 new restaurants. Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO of Chipotle, said the year “is off to a strong start, as our restaurant managers and teams are energized by our renewed focus on the customer.” He added: “By simplifying the focus in our restaurants to only those elements that lead to a great guest experience, our operations have improved every single month, which gives us confidence that we are on our way to achieve our mission to ensure that great food made with whole unprocessed ingredients is accessible to everyone.” RELATED: She claims Chipotle used her picture without permission, and now she’s demanding more than $2 billion The increase in sales comes after Chipotle’s flurry of food contamination incidents a couple years ago.
  • Mayor G.T. Bynum’s presented budget for Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018 makes use of Vision Funds and forward momentum to “make Tulsa a globally competitive world-class city.” “With help from my colleagues on the Tulsa City Council, I believe we have developed an initial budget proposal that will set Tulsa on a new course,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Having a safe, well-maintained and innovative city is just as important for our economic growth as it is for our civic pride. This budget represents a commitment to taking action now that will make Tulsa a more globally competitive city in the years ahead.”  The total proposed budget is $824 million, which includes all city funds, operations and capital funding from Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa. The general fund, which funds most core services and operations, is funded at $269 million.  The City expects a flat growth rate in the general fund for the upcoming fiscal year, but priority investments for citizens will be possible due to Vision Tulsa program funding, modest adjustments in general fund revenue projections, department growth restrictions and revenue from Amazon internet sales.  A release from the city points out the budget highlights:  Largest one-year infusion of police officers in the history of the City of Tulsa. Three academies of thirty recruits each will allow 90 new officers to be hired to enhance community policing strategies in Tulsa.  Adds three mowing cycles in the city of Tulsa for a total of eight cycles, representing a 77 percent increase in the level of mowing.  Funds the operation of a Public Inebriate Alternative, a substance abuse alternative program that will free up valuable police manpower, decrease municipal courts’ caseload and jail intake, and help citizens with substance abuse.  Implements a “Better Way” Program, an innovative solution to panhandling that partners with local organizations to help place individuals in beautification work programs that help citizens get back on their feet. Albuquerque, NM program. Replaces fire apparatuses and safety equipment that is over a decade old and will fund a fire academy of 35 firefighters with the possibility of adding an additional 60 firefighters if approved for the SAFER grant.  Proposes a satisfactory performance increase for all qualified City employees.  Adds Sunday bus service for the first time in Tulsa Transit’s history.  Constructs a variety of new playgrounds throughout the Tulsa Parks system.
  • For the second time in as many days, Russian bombers have breached the Alaskan Air Defense Zone and flown inside of 100 miles of American airspace. >> Read more trending news  This time, two TU-95 Bear bombers — the same types of planes spotted yesterday, if not the same ones — came within 36 miles of American airspace, report CNN and Fox News. Unlike yesterday’s incident, the two bombers were intercepted by an E-3 Sentry surveillance aircraft. Yesterday’s bombers were met by a pair of F-22 Raptors. >>RELATED: Two Russian bombers intercepted off coast of Alaska Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that relations with Russia are at a “low point.” Like yesterday’s provocation, the bombers launched from airbases in eastern Russia, flying over the Pacific Ocean into the Alaskan Air Defense Zone. The Alaskan Air Defense Zone is over international waters but is an area so close to U.S. shores that all aircraft entering that airspace are required to identify themselves and state their destination. Defense officials told CNN that the two incidents are considered “separate violations.”
  • Tulsa could soon have a new city flag.  The final three designs were revealed this week, and voting opened today.  Organizers say they want a flag to represent all Tulsans. The current flag is the city seal pasted on a white background, many say the detail is not effective on a flag viewed from 100 feet away.  They also say the copyright on the flag prevents mass production, and flying the flag at homes and businesses would be illegal due to city ordinances. The movement is sponsored by Tulsa Young Professionals, Resolute Public Relations Group and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and is powered by Gitwit Creative. The flag will be taken to city council for approval in May. See the designs above and text the number to vote. Click here to watch a video explaining what each design means  
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    Rick Couri began his career with KRMG in 1982 and has since done "everything you could do" at the station. Rick has covered top sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the World Series, football bowl games and championship tennis. He even spent a day with boxing great Muhammad Ali. On the news side Rick was in Joplin and Moore hours after F-5 tornados. He’s also covered political conventions and a presidential visit.

    Rick is entering his 29th year as the color voice for TU basketball, and 12th year as the play-by-play voice for Union football. He’s also broadcast Tulsa basketball, Oklahoma State football, and Tulsa Talons Arena league football.

    Rick and Christine, his wife of 25-years, have three children. son Kelly (36), and his wife Jill. Kelly & Jill are the parents of granddaughter Hayden. 33-year-old daughter Lindsey works for Union public schools and 19-year-old daughter Delaney Catalina is a sophomore engineering major at Texas A&M. When away from the microphone, Rick is a PADI scuba instructor. He and his family have a dive instruction company, http://www.okiescuba.com/. While Rick will tell you he is a "sports guy", those familiar with the Tulsa market know Rick's influence extends well outside the circle of sports. As Co-host of the KRMG Morning News, Rick has interviewed everyone from local celebrities to national figures...A community leader who gives of his time and talent, Rick's commitment to the annual funding campaign for Operation Aware has resulted in over $1.3 million dollars being raised for this important charity... KRMG listeners have learned to appreciate Rick's insightful reporting and have developed a trust unique in today's media personalities. 

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  • A woman was recently arrested for allegedly embezzling nearly $9,000 from a Broken Arrow Mazzio's. Police report Diana Pruett confessed to processing false refunds when customers used cash. She would then pocket the money. One resident we spoke to says Pruett is hurting the community by her actions. “It’s really sad when you feel like you can depend on the people that live in our community to be fair and honest,” the resident said.  “We’re all in this community together. “ She was discovered, when a manager noticed something suspicious with the number of returns and refunds at the store. Pruett was booked into the Tulsa County Jail and has since bonded out.  
  • We have updated information regarding a clerk getting fatally shot on Friday at the S&K Food Mart near East Virgin Street and North Sheridan. Following a standoff that lasted a few hours, police confirm three people have been taken into custody at an apartment complex near 31st and Garnett.  One of those suspects wasn’t involved in the standoff.    Police tell us the clerk didn't deserve to have this happen to him. “It’s never good when someone is dead,” TPD said  “It’s senseless.  For very little gain.” It's believed one or more of the suspects may also be responsible for a robbery at a bakery near 11th and Lewis around the same time. As of early Saturday morning,  no names have been released.  
  • President Donald Trump will use his 100th day in office to make a return to the campaign trail, holding an evening rally in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg, taking his message of change back to the familiar crowds of the 2016 race for the White House. While Mr. Trump has been happy to highlight his accomplishments of his first 100 days – he has also mixed that 100 day review with jabs at the news media, saying the measurement for a new President is a “false standard.” “We’re moving awfully well, getting a lot of things done,” the President told the press after signing an executive order on offshore oil and gas exploration on Friday. “I don’t think there’s ever been anything like this,” Mr. Trump added. President Trump: 'I don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in 100 days' https://t.co/lww9H061kG — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 28, 2017 In a speech on Friday in Atlanta at a gathering of the National Rifle Association, the President visited familiar campaign themes, replaying the events of Election Night, and jabbing at Democrats at every opportunity. “Only one candidate in the General Election came to speak to you, and that candidate is now the President of the United States, standing before you again,” the President said, eagerly reminding the crowd that few people gave him a chance to win last year. “And remember they said, “There is no path to 270.” For months I was hearing that,” Mr. Trump added, as he vowed to protect the Second Amendment during his time in office. President Trump: 'I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms' https://t.co/Gsk5Vz2iOV — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 28, 2017 The President’s choice to go to Harrisburg – the state capital – is an interesting one, as Dauphin County was one of only 11 counties to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, going 49 to 46 percent for the Democrats. Mr. Trump won the Keystone State by just 44,000 votes, as his wins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin were a linchpin for his overall victory. “It was a great evening, one that a lot people will never forget,” Mr. Trump said Friday. “Not going to forget that evening.” The President’s decision to hold a Saturday evening rally in Pennsylvania is also notable for what he will leave behind in Washington, D.C. – the White House Correspondent’s Dinner – which Mr. Trump and his top aides decided not to attend.
  • If you have outdoor plans for Saturday, you will need an umbrella and a good pair of rain boots. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Lacy tells us most of Saturday will be a rain out. “Pretty good chance for rain, about 100 percent,” NWS said.  “Especially, during the early part of the day.”   We also have a chance for severe weather.   “The main threat should begin to shift to the east and south of Tulsa,” NWS said.   The high for Saturday will be around 73 degrees. There is also rain in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday.  
  • Police were called to a the S&K Food Mart Friday evening near Virgin St. and Sheridan. Police tell FOX23 the clerk was hit and killed. No one else inside the store was injured. No word yet on the clerk’s identity or any suspect information. Tune to NEWs102.3 and AM740 KRMG for updates.