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    Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist is set to stay in the district another three years. Gist’s base salary will remain just under $240,000 with a $1,500 per month stipend for a car and cellphone. The Tulsa Board of Education voted 6-1 to approve a three year contract for Gist. The Board says they've seen a 5 percent increase in the graduation rate under Gist's leadership between 2015 and 2016 and a 26 decrease in out-of-school suspensions in the 2016 and 2017 school year.  Her June 2018 retention bonus will decrease by 9 percent; her 2021 bonus will decrease by 28 percent. Her performance incentive, if earned, will be a contribution to her retirement, rather than a cash bonus  Gist released the following statement:  I am humbled, grateful, and beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to lead the phenomenal team at Tulsa Public Schools for another three years. I was ecstatic to come home to Tulsa in 2015, and the joy that I experience each day as I follow my calling to serve Tulsa children and families has only grown. This has always been my dream job, and I feel blessed and incredibly fortunate to continue this journey to make Tulsa Public Schools the nation’s destination for excellence in teaching and learning.
  • The reigning MVP didn’t just dress up as Sidney Deane, he got former KU star Nick Collison to portray Billy Hoyle from the classic basketball movie 'White Men Can't Jump.' The fun came at the Thunder’s annual Halloween bash held over the weekend.  The movie is about two basketball street hustlers who team up to win more money in pick-up games. The Thunder party is legendary for outstanding costumes including OKC’s newest star Carmelo Anthony dressing as Night King from Game of Thrones. And still more....
  • Jason Aldean canceled multiple concerts after the mass shooting at a Las Vegas performance October 1st. Aldean was on stage when Stephen Paddock began raining bullets on the crowd, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.  Tonight the country star will resume his concert schedule at the BOK Center in Tulsa.  Doors open at 6:30 with the opening act taking the stage at 7:30. Aldean canceled concerts scheduled for Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, California. 
  • Voters in Owasso vote today on a $57 million bond issue for Owasso Public Schools. The bond would build a new elementary school, add three new tornado shelters and bring facility upgrades across the district.   If it passes, Moore, a ninth elementary school with an EF-5 tornado shelter would be built west of Highway 169 and north of 116th Street North.   Owasso Mid High and Smith Elementary would also get storm shelters. There are plans to build a science wing at Mid-High School.   The bond would also replace old school buses, textbooks, classroom and library materials.   The district says the money is needed to deal with an increasing student body that shows no signs of slowing down. Superintendent Dr. Clark Ogilvie tells us the district is only 600 students from their overall capacity.
  • Brady Arts District Business Association members had a tough job but narriowed the field to 3 finalists for a name change. The vote will be between;  * Bridge Arts District                 Referring to crossing a bridge to get to the area.  * NoDo Arts District                   Meaning north of downtown.  * Boomtown Arts District       Linking to Tulsa’s history as an oil town. In 2013,  the Tulsa City Council voted to rename Brady Street after photographer M.B. Brady. That decision camne after Tulsans expressed concern over previous namesake Tate Brady's rumored ties to the KKK.  The association didn’t do things all on theire own. A social media campaign asked for suggestions from thje public along the way.  A final decision is expected November 1st. Read more about the 2017 effort to rebrand HERE. 
  • A man first called police saying he shot an intruder at his home near 33rd west avenue and Admiral.  When police arrived they found a 20-year-old woman  with a gunshot wound on the front porch.  KRMG news has learned the woman died as medics treated her. Officers say the person killed was romantically involved with the shooter and had stayed at the home in the past. The man who made the call is in police custody and be questioned.
  • It’s the third year of the revival of  Tulsa's Great Raft Race on the Arkansas River. Organizers say racers from 12 states participated last year and more are expected today. 'We're probably looking at about 200 vessels. There's probably about 100 homemade rafts and then a hundred canoes, kayaks, inflatables and paddle boards,' executive director Seth Erkenbeck said. We asked Erkenbeck what lessons organizers learned over the first two years of the re-boot. “We learned a lot. really, about the river” Seth began. “How the water releases at Keystone Dam, getting people in and out of the river , the boat ramp in Sand Springs isn’t large and the ramp in Tulsa is not much bigger.” But Erkenbeck got help from Sam’s Offroad at the exit point and smoothed out the process. Organizers also plan to use the event to collect donations for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Find all the details you need about the race right here!
  • As Harvey parks over south Texas and dumps rain, many cities continue to see flooding and damage.  In Houston, the Transtar  webpage has links to webcams covering streets, highways, and other areas.  You can find a list of the high water areas here, and a comprehensive list of hurricane rescources is available as well. Galveston has been mostly spared from the effects of the storm with some flooding but no widespread damage. Check the latest webcam pictures and video here. The Corpus Christi hasn’t been as lucky, seeing historic flooding.  In Port Aransas, some of the cams are down but you can see a couple of cams here. Find more pictures of the aftermath here. Drone video shows some of the damage near Houston. Find the latest updates here.
  • The Tulsa Police Financial Crimes Unit says they saw an uptick in crimes at local Reasor’s stores this summer.  Multiple stores in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby and Owasso faced fraudulent, forged, stolen and bad checks passed through their stores, totaling as much as $10,000 in June.   There were originally eight suspects, but Tulsa police have identified three of them, and they are submitting charges to the district attorney’s office. They still need help identifying five suspects.   Police say one woman hit five stores for $1,200, two men made 25 transactions totaling $2,500 and another two women passed nine bad checks for a total of $1,000.   Detectives have visited each of these stores and Reasor’s has reportedly provided them with security photos of each of the fraudulent transactions.   They say it is unusual that the suspects are just buying groceries, because they say when people are use stolen or forged checks, they often buy up as many gift cards as they can, so the money can be used at a later time without being traced.   They say every single one of the June transactions was for actual groceries.
  • One week after a tornado touched down in midtown Tulsa, business and shop owners are beginning to reopen their stores. Now Mayor G.T Bynum’s Office and the City’s Information Technology Department put together a map of open businesses in the area impacted by the tornado.  “I urge Tulsans to support and frequent our friends and neighbors that are open for business following the tornado,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The 41st and Yale corridor received a substantial amount of damage and to have businesses operational today truly shows how resilient our community is.”  You can check the map here, it will be updated as businesses continue to open.  Businesses that are still closed due to the tornado continue working to make necessary repairs.  Officials say affected property owners will be issued expedited repair permits for any demolition, repair, trade (electrical, mechanical or plumbing) or temporary structure permits through September 15.  To speak with a City of Tulsa Permit Center representative, call (918) 596-9456. The permit center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Rick Couri

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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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  • So how does Oklahoma compare to the rest of the U.S. on identity theft. The simple answer. Not great. WalletHub says we ranked 39th out of 51, including the District of Columbia. They looked at a number of metrics including the rate of identity theft per capita and the average amount of money lost per incident. The best advice, they say: have strong passwords, use two-step verification where it's available, and get credit monitoring. Sites like Credit Karma and WalletHub itself offer it for free. You can read more about it here.
  • Cheers to the holidays. A UK-based distillery has just the decorations you need to get through the tough days of Christmas with the family: liquor-filled ornaments.>> Read more trending news Lakes Distillery is offering clear glass ornaments filled with either whisky, gin or vodka. The baubles, as they are called, run about $26 each or you can get a six-pack for about $46. The ornaments are only available in the UK, but for those who are more DIY-minded, Insider suggests finding ornaments that can be filled and a liquor of choice to fill the tree with the spirits of Christmas.
  • Police are still sorting out all of the details of an attempted theft at the Gadget Company Wednesday afternoon near 15th and Boston. Investigators on the scene say the attempted shoplifter was trying to steal a Yeti cooler. The employee chased after the suspect and shots were fired.  No word on any injuries or possible charges.  The suspect was able to get away in a white or gold Honda Civic.  
  • Chick-fil-A customers in six regions will soon be able to feast on some fiery new additions to the chicken restaurant’s menu. >> Read more trending news Officials with the fast-food chain announced Monday that they will be testing two new items at select locations: Spicy Chick-n-Strips and a Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich. The Spicy Chick-n-Strips are available now in three-count and four-count entrees for a limited time at participating restaurants in Philadelphia, Central Texas and South Texas. The Spicy Chick-n-Strips can also be ordered for catering at select locations. According to Chick-fil-A officials, the strips are a combination of the Spicy Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and the original Chick-n-Strips. Select stores in Orlando, St. Louis and Knoxville, Tennessee, will offer the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, which comes “marinated in a spicy seasoning and is served on a new, toasted multigrain brioche bun with Colby-Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato,” according to a Chick-fil-A news release. The sandwich is served with a new cilantro lime sauce. Chick-fil-A will consider customer response to the test items to determine whether to add them to the menu permanently. >> Related: Chick-fil-A tests large family style meals “We’ve heard from our customers how much they love our current spicy menu offerings, so we’re really excited to give them even more spicy flavor options to enjoy,” said Kanika Patrick, manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A. “We hope our guests in the test cities will try the new Spicy Chick-n-Strips and Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich and let us know what they think – their feedback will help us determine whether or not we will roll out the new entrees nationwide in the future.” >> Related: World's biggest Chick-fil-A with 5 floors, rooftop deck to open in 2018
  • The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. Nielsen announced its new service on Wednesday and said that eight television networks and studios, including ABC and NBC, have subscribed to it. Even with Amazon’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” winning an Emmy for best drama last month, the number of people who actually watch the program has remained a mystery. Since 2014, Nielsen has been able to count viewership of streamed programs but reported it only to the companies that stream them. The companies, led by industry behemoth Netflix, have largely kept that information a secret. Now, Nielsen will be able to measure viewership of streamed programs through an audio signature that does not require any action by the programmers to activate it, said Brian Fuhrer, Nielsen’s senior vice president of product leadership.