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    A new portion of a road project is set to being Monday in Broken Arrow. City officials said the intersection of Detroit and Main will close for about two weeks.  Drivers will be detoured around the area during the project, one of the best routes is Ash street, just one block away. to get around the area.  KRMG news has learned the city also plans to later add bike lanes to South Main Street. Workers will turn part of the road and sidewalk there into bike lanes as part of a 2014 General Obligation Bond and a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  Signs will also be added to streets that alert drivers to cyclists in the area.
  • Two of the four inmates who escaped the Lincoln County Jail are once again in custody. The Lincoln County Sheriff says Trey Goodnight and Jeremy Irvin have both been found and arrested in Pottawatomie County.  Authorities are still searching the two other inmates who escaped, but they are not believed to be in Pottawatomie County.  Tuesday Wagoner County Sheriff's deputies spent time this week searching for one of the escaped inmates in the woods near Broken Arrow.  Deputies initially thought they made contact with an individual they believed to be one of the four escaped inmates but later called off the search.  The four inmates, including a man charged with murder, escaped through the jail's ventilation system Monday. 
  • Construction begins today on the bridge over 31st street as well as the intersection of 31st and Yale. Lane closures  will be happening over the duration of the work.   ODOT says most of the work on the expressway will take place on nights and weekends. However, work on the surface streets will happen during business days. The project is part of a 3 bridge plan costing around $2 million dollars, it’s expected to finish toward the end of 2017.
  • The Tulsa Fire department wants to make known their support of those who protect all of us.  As of today all Tulsa Fire Department vehicles will feature an emblem representing “the men and women who work with the Tulsa Fire Department to deliver public safety services for the entire community.” A release explains the emblem, pictured above.  “The colors of blue, green, yellow and white within the emblem represent 911 Public Safety Communications, Emergency Medical Services, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Tulsa Police Department and the United States Armed Forces.  The emblem will be displayed on more than 100 vehicles operated by the Tulsa Fire Department and replaces a former symbol that was placed on Tulsa Fire vehicles in July 2016. The design and print costs for the new emblem were provided by private donations.  Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell said, “On July 8, 2016, one day after the Dallas, Texas police shootings where five police officers lost their lives, the Tulsa Fire Department placed the “Thin Blue Line” on fire apparatuses showing support and solidarity for the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders. We wanted to show our fellow first responders that when the chips are down, the Tulsa Fire Department has your back. We have never felt any different about any first response agency and we never will.” Driskell added, “Between July 2016 and June 2017, variations of perceptions developed about the blue line that was placed on our vehicles and information I received from citizens was troubling enough to prompt me to call for the removal of the symbol. This decision was done at no direction by the Mayor or by anyone else, but only from my personal conversations with concerned members of the community.”  “In place of the original symbol, the Tulsa Fire Department now has a new emblem of support for our partners who serve the citizens of Tulsa. Mayor G.T. Bynum, Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Sheriff Vic Regalado, Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Secrist and IAFF President Jim Nance all support the Tulsa Fire Department’s new symbol of unity. Each Tulsa Fire Department apparatus and vehicle will display the new emblem effective immediately and we hope others in the community will join us.”
  • Sadly, we have had to come to terms with an increasing number of potential “active shooter” situations, We are left wondering what would we do if we found ourselves in those circumstances. >> Read more trending news  Brian Marshall, a lieutenant with the Marietta, Ga., Police Department, spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in December, a week after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, and offered this advice to anyone who would find themselves coming face-to-face with a person armed with a weapon. According to Marshall, despite advance training and rapid response time it will take law enforcement at best, three minutes to respond to a report of an “active shooter.”  That means you will be without trained help and the actions you take in those minutes could mean life or death. Marshall talked about a program aimed at helping those in the early minutes of an attack to active a plan that could save their lives. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course, which was “designed and built on the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy, provides “a proven plan for survival,” Marshall said.  Here is a quick look at what the course suggests a person should do if they become part of an “active shooter” situation. 1. “Avoid” starts with your state of mind. Pay attention to your surroundings, and have an exit plan. Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible. 2. “Deny” access while getting away may be difficult or even impossible. Keep distance between you and the source. Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat. Turn lights off and remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silencing your phone. 3. “Defend,” because you have the right to protect yourself. If you cannot avoid or deny, be prepared to defend yourself. Be aggressive and committed to your actions. Rally people around you to attack as a group and use improvised weapons if needed. Do not fight fairly; this is about survival. Marshall went on to say that you need to respond to arriving officers appropriately. Put down any weapons you may have and keep your hands visible unless otherwise ordered. Follow all commands, regardless of whether you think their commands are reasonable or not.  For more information about the program, click here. Other resources: The Department of Homeland Security provides this information card you can carry on you and refer to. Northwestern University offers these tips for students on campus:   If an active shooter is outside your building or inside the building you are in, you should: Try to warn other faculty, staff, students and visitors to take immediate shelter. Try to remain calm. Proceed to a room that can be locked or barricaded. Lock and barricade doors or windows. Turn off lights. Close blinds. Turn off radios or other devices that emit sound. Keep yourself out of sight, stay away from windows and take adequate cover/protection, i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets. Silence cell phones. Have one person call 911 and sayd, 'This is --- University (give your location), we have an active shooter on campus, gunshots fired. If you were able to see the offender(s), give a description of their sex, race, clothing, type of weapon(s), location last observed, direction of travel, and identity - if known. If you observed any victims, give a description of the location and number of victims. If you observed any suspicious devices (improvised explosive devices), provide the location observed and a description. If you heard any explosions, provide a description and location. Wait patiently until a uniformed police officer, or a university official known to you, provides an 'all clear.' Unfamiliar voices may be an active shooter trying to lure you from safety; do not respond to voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a police officer or university official.  Rescuing people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.  Depending on circumstances, consideration may also be given to exiting ground floor windows as safely and quietly as possible. If an active shooter enters your office or classroom, you should:  Try to remain calm.  Try not to do anything that will provoke the active shooter.  If there is no possibility of escape or hiding, only as a last resort when it is imminent that your life is in danger should you make a personal choice to attempt to negotiate with or overpower the assailant(s).  Call 911, if possible, and provide the information listed in the first guideline.  If the active shooter(s) leaves the area, barricade the room or proceed to a safer location. If you are in an outside area and encounter an active shooter, you should:  Try to remain calm.  Move away from the active shooter or the sounds of gunshot(s) and/or explosion(s).  Look for appropriate locations for cover/protection, i.e. brick walls, retaining walls, large trees, parked vehicles, or any other object that may stop bullet penetration.  Try to warn other faculty, staff, students and visitors to take immediate shelter.  Call 911 and provide the information listed in the first guideline. What to expect from responding police officers The objectives of responding police officers are:  Immediately engage or contain the active shooter(s) in order to stop life threatening behavior.  Identify threats such as improvised explosive devices.  Identify victims to facilitate medical care, interviews and counseling. Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard in order to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. The first responding officers may be in teams; they may be dressed in normal patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external ballistic vests and Kevlar helmets or other tactical gear. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns. Do exactly as the officers instruct. The first responding officers will be focused on stopping the active shooter and creating a safe environment for medical assistance to be brought in to aid the injured.
  • A  car headed the wrong way on the Creek turnpike caused the wreck. Troopers say the driver or a white Honda realized they were opposing traffic and tried to turn around just south of 71st St  in the Broken Arrow  . While making the turn the car was hit on the drivers door by a grey Infinity, sending both cars spinning across the highway. KRMG news has learned five people from both cars, including one child, were taken to the hospital. Troopers tell us they expect all to be OK. Both east-bound lanes of the Creek were closed for about an hour for the clean-up.
  • A National Security Agency contractor named Reality Winner, 25, has been arrested by the FBI and charged with retaining and transmitting classified national defense information in violation of United States Code 18 U.S.C. § 793(e). That’s according to a press release from the Department of Justice. >> Read more trending news  Winner, who worked for the Pluribus International Corp. and had a “top secret” level clearance, allegedly leaked a detailed NSA report from this month that disclosed extensive Russian cyber operations in the weeks before the 2016 election. She sent the report to The Intercept. >> RELATED: Following revelations that Trump may have leaked to the Russians, European nations may rethink how they communicate with the White House The top-secret report, according to the Intercept, says that Russia “executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials” in an effort to gain control over the computers of election officials in various states. The NSA’s report squarely pins these hacking attempts on Russian military intelligence. That’s at odds with what Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said about earlier hacking charges. He’s flatly denied them and, more recently, suggested that “patriotic” state-sympathetic Russian hackers might be to blame. The Department of Justice announcement says the FBI acquired and executed a search warrant on Winner’s home as part of their investigation. During that search, she allegedly confessed to making a copy of the report, printing it, and mailing it. The Guardian is reporting that Winner is a former U.S. Air Force linguist who speaks at least four languages.
  • “There’s apparently one member of our committee who has so little respect for the  other members that they’re willing to shoot their mouth off before the announcement.” mayor Bynum told KRMG with a chuckle. While Bynum may have been laughing, it was easy to tell he wasn’t amused by the fact someone leaked the winning  “Gateway” design to a local media source. When KRMG asked Bynum to confirm the design he told us “I told our members last week that we as a group would make the announcement and I want to honor the hard work they put in.” In other words, no confirmation. But it came at 8:30am when Bynum and others appeared at a news conference for the official dedication. “There’s no bridge like this anywhere in the US, Bynum beamed in making the announcement. Bynum admits there have been questions along the way. “There’s a lot of folks who say the bridge that’s there now is fine, why replace it?” But Bynum and city engineers disagree. “It’s structurally unsound,” Bynum began. “The concrete piers it was built on 100-years ago were not built with re-enforced concrete, they have cracks throughout them,” he continued. The bridge’s weld points are also rusted, making things more dangerous. “Structural engineers who have looked at that, tell us there is tremendous risk of that bridge collapsing,” Bynum continued. Bynum talked about being proud of the collaborative effort in moving forward with the plans and designs, “something that was lacking before,” he commented. The Gateway design was put forward by  Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the New York firm that designed A Gathering Place for Tulsa. Do you like the design? Download the KRMG app and let us know what you think using the open mic.
  • Police responded to the call of a shooting near 64th and Owasso avenue, that’s just off 61st and Peoria.  When officers arrived they found a young woman had been shot. A search turned up a man with a gunshot wound to the stomach nearby. The woman is in critical condition, the man is being questioned but is not listed as a suspect. This is a developing  story,  check back for the latest.
  • Police first responded to reports of a stalled car near Harvard and Latimer. When they arrived the discovered a truck with several bullet holes and a man who had been shot in the armpit. Investigators found multiple shell casings at a park nearby, and continue to search for the person or persons who fired the shots. The man is expected to be OK.
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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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  • Hours after the release of a Congressional Budget Office review of a Republican health care bill in the Senate, GOP leaders on Monday night found themselves on the defensive, as a small group of Senate Republicans indicated they might not even vote this week to start debate on the GOP health bill, let alone support the final product. “CBO says 22 million people lose insurance,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who made clear the GOP plans to reduce Medicaid spending by $772 billion over ten years was unacceptable in her home state. Collins was joined by several other Republicans in publicly saying that without changes, they are not ready to begin debate this week: I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp. 1/3 — Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 26, 2017 Mike Lee's spokesman tells me: 'Lee will not vote to proceed to a bill he can't support.'https://t.co/eGe2fSyA09 — John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) June 26, 2017 Ron Johnson on the motion to proceed to the GOP health care bill: 'I would highly doubt I would support it.' — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 26, 2017 Also ready to vote against the “motion to proceed” to the health care bill – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Democrats meanwhile used speeches on the Senate floor – and social media outside on the steps of the Capitol – to make their argument that the GOP bill should be shelved immediately. Ummm…people streaming to the Capitol. Crowd getting bigger and bigger and bigger. #HealthcareBill pic.twitter.com/SKnjQtzrBh — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 27, 2017 The original plan had been for the Senate to vote on Tuesday to begin debate on the GOP health care bill, with a final vote expected on Thursday or Friday – but that timeline seemed to be on hold for the time being. Earlier on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office found that the plan would mean 22 million fewer people would have health insurance by 2026, not much different than the estimates for a similar bill that was approved by the House in early May. The CBO report found that of the 22 million – 15 million would lose insurance coverage from changes to the Medicaid program, while another 7 million people would lose coverage because of changes in the nongroup and individual insurance marketplaces. The CBO review had good news on the money front for the GOP, as the plan would save an estimated $321 billion over ten years on the federal deficit, spending $1.022 trillion less than current law, while reducing federal tax revenues by $701 billion from 2017-2026. The White House derided the CBO report, arguing their estimates have never been close; meanwhile, the President was doing what he could do from the sidelines to try to sway Republicans to his side. “He made several calls to multiple Senators to hear their concerns and get their ideas, and understand where they’re at and what needs to get done,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. But with Republicans only able to lose two votes, GOP leaders were struggling to keep the GOP health bill on track in the Senate.
  • The website Money-Rates.com has figured out the best and worst states to make a living. And sure, money is the big factor, including both salaries and the cost of living, as well as income taxes. But they also factor in unemployment rates and workplace safety. The worst three are California and Hawaii, for high taxes and cost of living that outweigh even their high wages, and Montana for low wages and poor workplace safety. You can see the full list here.
  • People in Arizona are used to triple-digit temperatures in the summer, but an extreme heat wave gripping the Southwest this week had temperatures rising to 120 degrees. At that extreme temperature, strange things begin to happen. >> Read more trending news Arizona residents have been posting photos on social media of objects that they say have melted due to the extreme heat. It's important to note that none of these photos have been independently verified. The melted mailbox photo prompted KSAZ to ask an expert if it was possible for extreme heat to do that kind of damage. The engineering expert said that while it was unlikely that the plastic post completely melted, the heat could have weakened it, causing it to fall over, KSAZ reported. As for the photos of melting street signs, KPNX verified via a transportation official that the damage to the sign was age-related, not specifically heat-related. And the photo of the melted trash bin? That was posted on Reddit in 2016, and many doubted its veracity then. One thing is for certain: The heat in Arizona is no joke. Flights were grounded temporarily this week at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix due to the extreme temperatures. Phoenix emergency rooms have seen an increase in burn cases, most contact burns from bare skin touching pavement or a hot car's interior, azcentral reported. Pet owners are urged to take precautions as an increase in heat-related emergencies has been reported at Arizona animal hospitals.
  • Walt Disney’s Disneyland presentation map has sold for $708,000 at an auction    According to Forbes, the map was expected to fetch somewhere around $900,000, but $708,000 is still the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold. The buyer of the map at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks California has not been revealed.   The map of the California theme park that was drawn by Walt Disney and used by his brother Roy in sales pitches to investors.  in 1953. Officials said that the map was eventually given to an employee.   Mike Van Eaton, Co-Owner of Van Eaton Galleries said, “We are beyond thrilled that the map will continue to be appreciated and cherished just like it has been for all these years.”
  • A 35-year tradition continues with the same five guys, on the same bench in the same location. John Wardlaw, Mark Rumer-Cleary, Dallas Burney, John Molony and John Dickson have been friends for more four decades, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  Wardlaw and Dickson were the first two to meet. Wardlaw’s family rented a home from the Dickson family in 1977. The others joined the pair in high school. After they graduated, some went off to college, while others joined the military.  But every year, they reunite at the Copco Lake cabin of Wardlaw’s grandfather, who built the home in 1970, CNN reported. In 1982, the five guys sat down on a bench and snapped their first photo.  Five years later, they did it again, repeating the pose to make the photo as close to the original as they could. Two rules apply to every photo they’ve taken. Molony must have a glass of some sort in his right hand and Rumer-Cleary must have a hat in his lap, CNN reported.  According to CNN, Wardlaw turned his teenage passion for making Super 8 movies into a career. He’s a filmmaker and photographer in Bend, Oregon. Rumer-Cleary works as a hardware and systems engineer in Portland. Burny is a teacher in Antioch, California. Molony lives in New Orleans and is a photographer. Dickson runs a tourism website in Santa Barbara, California.