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    The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust approved the sale and development contract of the PAC surface parking lot located directly east of the PAC at 2nd and Cincinnati. The sale paves the way for mix used development, including a proposed market, retail shops and apartments.  Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2018 and the project is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2020.  “This project is a big win for our city,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The sale proceeds will be used for the long-term benefit of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, while we are also bringing a proven developer of quality projects to further enhance the vibrant experience that downtown Tulsa has become.”  Along with retail shops and a proposed market, the 12-story structure will feature 240 apartment units, and a multi-story parking garage. The developer, Flaherty & Collins from Indiana, is hoping to secure Reasor’s as the grocery store for the site. Before construction begins next year, the City of Tulsa will be working with the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority to explore visitor parking options and the Tulsa PAC staff will clearly communicate those options to all community partners and patrons prior to events.
  • IAFF Local 176 is sponsoring the first ever 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Tulsa, honoring first responders whose lives were lost while responding to the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. Over 100 firefighters and first responders along with representatives from First Place Tower will climb 110 stories-the height of the fallen World Trade Center Towers-starting at 8:47 am, the time of the attack.  IAFF Local 176 member and Tulsa Fire Department Captain Joey Marshall said, “When a person becomes a firefighter, they become part of a brotherhood that goes beyond city and state lines. Therefore, we as firefighters look for opportunities to support and remember those firefighters and their families that have gone before us and have made the ultimate sacrifice. We will climb on 9/11 as a show of support for those individuals who will never be forgotten.”  Firefighters will wear around 70 pounds of gear during the climb including their air pack, bunker coat, bunker pants, boots and helmet. All of the gear is designed to keep heat out, but it also keeps heat inside which makes it very easy for someone's body to become overheated performing a strenuous task like climbing stairs.  Local 176 is extremely proud to sponsor the stair climb, and many of our members including a few Vice Presidents are participating. With each step, firefighters will remember the 412 first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  “The New York Firefighters who responded to the call for help at the World Trade Towers on 9/11 made the ultimate sacrifice,” Marshall said. “It's our job as firefighters today to ensure their acts of courage, unselfishness, and strength are never forgotten and remembered for future generations. This stair climb is a way to honor our fallen brothers and sisters.” 
  • Sept. 11, 2001 is a historic day in America and around the world.  For many, it felt like the world stood still as they watched or heard about the collapse of the Twin Towers, then the crash into the Pentagon and, finally, the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. The day has gone down in history as one of the most tragic days in the country, claiming the lives of nearly 3,000 people and injuring more than two times as many. On the 15th anniversary of the attacks, in 2016, the hashtag #WhereWereYou surfaced on social media as many people recounted where they learned of the attacks.  Many of the heartbreaking messages convey how people felt. Dozens showed that the attacks happened when many social media users were young and detailed how their families reacted, shaping the gravity of the news.
  • Update: Broken Arrow police confirmed the victim in Wednesday’s shooting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market has died. The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Caleb Lee. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Dylan Todd Parker of Jenks.  Police said the two men had arranged a meeting for an exchange of a small quantiy of narcotics. A dispute ensued; which resulted in the victim being shot once.  This is the first homicide of 2017 in Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow police were called to the scene of a shooting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 61st and Lynn Lane around 5 p.m. Wednesday. First responders found a male victim in his 20s lying in the parking lot. Police told KRMG the victim had been shot in the back. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. “As a precaution, the Walmart was evacuated, everyone was pulled out.” Officer James Koch said. “Officers went in, searched the Walmart; didn’t find anyone inside.”  The store was reopened after about 10 minutes. A witness told officers the suspect fled in a late-model, white Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The truck was said to have black wheels and lift kit. Police said a witness told them the victim was seen getting out of the suspect’s vehicle. Broken Arrow police said Wednesday night the shooting suspect was in custody.  The suspect vehicle was located at an apartment complex near the shooting scene. No names have been released.  
  • Police investigating a murder at a south Tulsa apartment complex found the situation more complicated than originally thought, after a second body turned up in a nearby apartment. Homicide investigators told KRMG a man was shot and killed in the parking lot about 6:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Savannah Landing Apartments near 61st and Peoria. Around 10 a.m., another body was found, this time inside an apartment. The first victim was a man in his 40s, whom police tell KRMG had a criminal record and ties to an earlier homicide investigation in the area. Investigators identified the victim as Teddy Prejean AKA Ervin Sam. The second victim was a young woman, 19-year-old Shayron Brown. Homicide Det. Sgt. Dave Walker said the building where her body was found was serviced by the parking lot in which the initial victim was killed. They have not definitively tied the two crimes together, but say it’s possible they’re related. When family members discovered the female victim, the crowd began to get emotional, and there was pushing and shoving, Walker said. An officer was assaulted, and some people were removed from the scene and taken in for questioning; he did not confirm any arrests. These are the 56th and 57th homicides of the year for Tulsa. Police are still looking for the killer or killers. They do have one man in custody, Keenon White, who gave himself up on felony warrants. He was found near the complex, but hasn’t been directly linked to the homicides.
  • Update: Tulsa police continue the search for a driver who committed a series of truck attacks on Labor Day. The first attack happened Monday morning near Edison and Cheyenne. One man died after being hit by the truck. Around 5 p.m. Monday, police say the man struck a woman with his truck near 15th and Denver. She was taken  to a hospital, but did not have life-threatening injuries. More here from our news partners at FOX23 One man is dead after a fatal hit-and-run near Edison and Cheyenne Monday morning. Police said three pedestrians on the sidewalk were hit by a white pickup truck. One pedestrian was killed, another was taken to the hospital, and the third was grazed by the truck. Police have surveillance video from the nearby John 3:16 Mission. The driver of the white truck is said to be a white man in his 40s. Investigators said the driver may have done it on purpose.
  • U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has been named the new head of NASA. Check back for updates from Washington Insider Jamie Dupree.
  • Broken Arrow police have issued a warning to drivers about parking in neighborhoods near the high school. Residents have had problems with people using their neighborhood streets for parking during events at the high school. BAPD said homeowners can post a sign in their yard telling drivers it’s a ‘no parking’ zone. If a driver parks there anyway, police may write that driver a $25 ticket. The first high school football game of the season in Broken Arrow is Saturday at 11 a.m. Listen live as the Union Redskins take on the Broken Arrow Tigers on NEWS102.3 KRMG. More here
  • Many business owners are still cleaning up after an EF-2 tornado ripped through midtown Tulsa in the early morning hours of August 6th. A disaster declaration was issued for the area hit by the tornado. The Small Business Administration is offering loans to businesses needing financial help to get back to work. Loans can be used to make repairs to physical damage or to help cover operating costs. FOX23 reported the deadline to apply for property damage is October 23. The deadline for economic injury is May 22, 2018.  Interested parties can apply online here or by calling 800-659-2955. Get more information by listening to a podcast of ‘Down to Business with Jessica Dyer’ heard Saturdays at Noon on KRMG. Click here for everything you need in one place
  • As Green Country students head back to class for the 2017-2018 academic year, KRMG went in-depth with the leaders of some area school districts. Our in-studio guests were Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist, Union Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Liz Martin, who has a student in Union schools. Listen here We also spoke with Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee. KRMG’s Russell Mills also spoke with Broken Arrow Superintendent Janet Dunlop.
  • Skyler Cooper

    Skyler started his radio career at KRMG in 2012. He started as a board operator on Sunday mornings and was quickly moved into the producer role for the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter.

    Skyler became a reporter in 2014 and now works as KRMG Morning News Producer and Reporter.

    With both of his parents and a grandmother having all worked in the business, Skyler was hooked on radio from an early age.

    In his free time, Skyler enjoys playing guitar and spending time outdoors.

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  • Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was arrested in Texas on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show. >> Read more trending news  Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said. He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show.  Williams, who starred at the University of Texas and played seven seasons in the NFL, is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was the second Longhorn to win college football’s top prize, and was also a two-time All-American. Earlier this year, Williams said he was racially profiled while walking through a neighborhood in Tyler. A man called 911 when he 'observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence,' and Tyler police stopped and searched Williams, according to media reports.  Williams was taken to the Travis County Jail 17 years ago, when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, when he refused to sign a traffic ticket, according to previous media reports. 
  • A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that the agency could have issued a public warning in January 2015. But it was 12 more months before the department and Gov. Rick Snyder said something publicly. Becker was the first witness at a key court hearing involving his former boss, department director Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old man and misconduct in office. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send him to trial. Lyon’s attorneys call the charges “baseless.” The attorney general’s office says a timely announcement about a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15 might have saved Robert Skidmore. He died of congestive heart failure, six months after he was treated for Legionnaires’.
  • Another day, another Facebook Hoax.  This time you may have seen people warning you on your Facebook feed that there’s a secret list of people following your posts. They’re supposedly not your friends, but complete strangers.  The posts then direct you to search “Following Me” in your Facebook account and there will be a list of names you won’t recognize, The Times Union reported. >> Read more trending news  The problem is, it is all a hoax that your Facebook friends are unknowingly perpetuating. This isn’t the first time a following hoax took root on social media. Snopes investigated a similar claim in January that people from “Facebook security” were paid to watch people on the platform.  Both are untrue, according to Snopes. So how can you find out how who really is following you? According to Facebook’s Help Center, you go to the right corner and select settings, then click public posts, then select friends or public next to who can follow me. 
  • The word “dotard” is not new, although it hasn’t been used lately in polite (or even impolite) conversation. Kim Jong-Un unearthed it during a speech he made Friday; translators used the word “dotard” in describing President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news Dictionary.com defines “dotard” as, “a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.” Merriam-Webster cites the first known use of the word in the 14th century and notes it’s in the “bottom 30 percent of words” on its website. It defines dotard as “a person in his or her dotage.” >> Twitter abuzz after Kim calls Trump a “dotard” “Dotage” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.” According to the Ngram tool on Google, the word “dotard” peaked in 1823. William Shakespeare was a fan of the word. In “Much Ado About Nothing,” Leonato defends himself against Claudio and tells the soldier: “Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me. I speak not like a dotard nor a fool.” In “Taming of the Shrew,” Baptista commands that Vincentio be imprisoned, saying 'Away with the dotard; to jail with him.”The “Irish Monthly Magazine of Politics and Literature” from 1833 carries this sentence: “A father’s stern command resigned her to the arms of a dotard. …”The “Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction” from 1842 contains this sentence: “This old favourite, and ‘father of cheap literature,’ though advanced in years, is not cast off as a thing lacking in interest; a dotard in its second childhood; but, on the contrary, is now looked upon as a hoary-headed sage, abounding in humour. …”Dotard appears to be making a comeback, thanks to Kim.
  • Don’t cry over spilled ... vodka? A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pints of vodka rolled over in Interstate 70 in Clayton, North Carolina. And the load was so heavy that when crews tried to put the trailer back on its wheels, the bottles of booze bent the truck’s body, WRAL reported. >> Read more trending news Crews had to remove each box of vodka from the truck by hand nearly 12 hours after the crash, The Associated Press reported. Police said that the driver, Johnathan Davis Crissy didn’t secure the load and it shifted when he navigated a turn, WRAL reported.