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    President Donald Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military. President Trump said the health care and distraction would be too costly for the U.S. Current policy allows for transgender service members to serve openly and says “they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”
  • Col. Ricky Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, has announced that Lt. Heath Meyer #64 has passed away. Meyer sustained critical injuries on July 14 when he was struck by another vehicle while outside his patrol car during a pursuit, and has been hospitalized since. He succumbed to his injuries just before midnight on July 24. Funeral arrangements are pending.  Meyer is the 36th OHP Trooper who has died in the line of duty.   “For more than 80 years the OHP has provided an unmatched commitment to duty, sacrifice and dedication to service above self,” Adams said. “Lt. Meyer led from the front and served as a superb example for his family, friends, partners and the public. His life stands as a testament to the OHP’s passionate commitment to protecting Oklahomans.”  Meyer, 43, was a graduate of the 55th OHP academy in 2005. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February of 2014 and was assigned to Troop A in Oklahoma City.   “Heath Meyer was an example for all of us of how to serve with humility and grace,” said DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration and appreciation for his faithful service to Oklahoma. We will all miss him.”  Meyer is survived by his wife, Missy, and two daughters: Isabelle, 15, and Lily, 10.   Adams said he is very appreciative of the support and prayers offered for the Meyer family and for OHP during this time.
  • Bush Brothers and Company is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of beans because of defective cans that can leak or allow harmful bacteria to grow. Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans in 28-ounce cans were recalled after an internal quality control check uncovered the issue. “We urge you to dispose of these affected products immediately even if the beans do not look or smell spoiled,” the company said in a news release. There have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions.
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  • Semi truck loses its brakes and the resulting crash destroys thousands of pounds of beer, police in Colorado said.  A truck was driving west on Wolf Creek Pass in Mineral County, Colorado, The Durango Herald reported, when the brakes failed at the top of the hill. A driver who was behind the truck started smelling smoke then noticed that the truck started speeding 60 to 65 miles an hour down the hill. The truck missed the runaway ramp that is set before the road starts to switchback down the mountain. The truck made it to the last runaway ramp and came to a stop, but the load of beer and energy drinks it was hauling, toppled out the back, spilling all over the ramp. Rachel Smith, an eyewitness, said it looked like a fountain of beer. No one was hurt in the crash. Between 2011 and 2015, 49 tractor-trailers have crashed on Wolf Creek Pass. Two of the crashes were deadly, the Herald reported.
  • Tulsa County Investigators arrested 32-year-old Johnny Mize Jr. for first degree manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Jake Royshawn Ulrich. Jake’s cousin, 27-year-old Jack Ulrich, has been charged with larceny in connection to the theft at the fireworks stand. He is in the Creek County jail on unrelated charges. Mize is currently in the process of being booked into the jail. Jake Ulrich was shot and killed on July 4 after Mize said he stole fireworks from his business in west Tulsa. More here
  • Officer Betty Shelby has announced her resignation from the Tulsa police department. “I have found that sitting behind a desk, isolated from all of my fellow officers and the citizens of Tulsa, is just not for me.” Shelby wrote in a letter. Shelby’s resignation will be effective August 3, 2017. Read the full letter below. Shelby was found not guilty of a manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.  Shelby shot and killed Crutcher in September of 2016. More here
  • The Jenks Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Reserve Officer Tom Potter died Saturday after complications from a heart attack. “Tom was the most authentic and selfless person I ever knew.” Corporal Steven Wylie told FOX23. In a Facebook post, Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur wrote, “His fellow officers agree it was such an honor and privilege serving with him and I echo their sentiment. “ A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Officer Potter’s family.
  • Tulsa police say a woman shot her adult son in the shoulder Sunday morning. It happened around 9 a.m. near 51st and Garnett. Police told our news partners at FOX23 the woman turned the gun on herself after shooting her son. The woman died at the scene, the son is expected to be okay.
  •  The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker, makers of a call blocking device, revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Oklahoma:   Internal Revenue scam Credit/loan scam Robocall/automated messages scam Lottery/sweepstake scam Missed call scam   With 89% of people in Oklahoma receiving between 5 and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Oklahoma adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam. Many of these scams rely on the victim handing over personal and security details or asking the victim to pay a processing fee or call back on a premium rate line.   While many of us are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to spotting a scam, 17% of those questioned have lost money to scams in the last 12 months. Of those, 23% lost less than $100, 22% lost between $100 and $500, but 27% lost between $500 and $10,000, with 4% were scammed out of over $10,000.   “If you’re contacted out of the blue, be suspicious and never respond to an unsolicited call. Don’t assume a caller is genuine because they have information about you such as your account details. Never give out personal information when answering an incoming call and if you’re not convinced the call is genuine, hang up and call back using the official phone number of the organisation calling from their website or any paperwork you have such as statements.”
  • 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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  • We have updated information regarding a man accused of breaking into several businesses around Tulsa, through rooftop air-conditioning units. Police report Rory Parker was caught on Friday, leaving a Tulsa Gold and Silver store. The alleged ‘rooftop burglar’s” east Tulsa neighbors were surprised by the news, but happy he's in jail. “I’m glad he’s caught, finally,” a neighbor said.   While searching his home, officers recovered cell phones, electronics, antiques, sports memorabilia, golf clubs, swords and other items.  It’s said to thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise. Parker has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.   
  • If you have outdoor plans for Saturday, the forecast will be in your favor. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Plate says we have a beautiful day ahead of us. “Looking mostly sunny, with a high temperature around 90,” Plate said.   The low Saturday night will be around 67 degrees. NWS reports there will be a few more clouds in the sky on Sunday, but not much of a difference in temperature.  The high is expected to be around 88 degrees. For reference, the average high for this time of year in Tulsa is around 95 degrees.  
  • Personal and financial details of the divorce settlement between former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg were released in an unusual press statement Thursday. The statement notes that, “according to a source familiar with the negotiations, the former Lynn Lewis, who spun her old Dolphins gig into a successful PR firm, is receiving about $100,000 worth of benefits in exchange for her signature on the dotted line. The deal calls for Aronberg, 46, to pay for half of Lynn’s rent in a luxury Boca Raton condo until next summer. She’s also reportedly getting a brand new BMW and $40,000 cash.” Lynn Aronberg said she does not know how the press release came to include the settlement’s financial details, which she described as confidential, even though she works for the public relations firm, TransMedia Group, that issued the press statement on her behalf. “Whatever’s been put out there, I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it,” Lynn Aronberg told The Palm Beach Post Thursday. Adrienne Mazzone, president of TransMedia, said her client announced the divorce settlement to satisfy a curious public. “Lynn is certainly a media maven,” Mazzone said. “The public has been asking a lot of questions, and we’re simply accommodating that.” Aronberg not only is a client, but an executive vice president of TransMedia, whose website says she has recently returned to the firm where she worked “before launching her own PR firm, Lynn Aronberg Public Relations, which she will maintain to serve a select group of private clients.” Lynn Aronberg said she and her ex-husband agreed to release a single joint paragraph, which reads: “After much consideration over the past few months, we’ve decided to respectfully and amicably part ways and end our marriage. We are, however, dedicated to remaining close friends. We kindly ask for your supporting in preserving our privacy as we start to navigate this new chapter in our lives.” Beyond that paragraph, however, the release includes eight other paragraphs with personal information not typically made public and sent to the press. Dave Aronberg proposed at the Eiffel Tower, according to the statement. Nearly two years later, the statement describes the Aronberg split as the “Trump Divorce,” noting that Dave Aronberg is a Democrat and describing Lynn Aronberg as “a staunch Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump” who “said she felt increasingly isolated in the marriage.” In addition to their different political views, children were also an issue in the marriage, according to the statement. “They have no children, which was a problem for Lynn,” the statement reads. “She said she wanted children, but Aronberg was in no hurry.” Efforts to reach Dave Aronberg Thursday were unsuccessful. Lynn Aronberg said the information about her disagreement with Dave Aronberg on the subject of children was not a secret. “I told people a long time ago that I wanted a baby and that he wasn’t moving quickly enough,” she said. The statement notes that Dave Aronberg is considering a challenge to U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. At one point, Lynn Aronberg was about to dip into the GOP legal ranks for help with the divorce, according to the statement. “When the divorce seemed to be stalling last month Lynn started interviewing nationally famous divorce lawyers and one, Larry Klayman, the right wing founder of Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch, was ready to pounce until the former lovebirds settled,” the statement reads. Lynn Aronberg said she does not believe the release of personal and financial information from the divorce will have any political impact on her ex-husband. “Do you?” she asked. “I think he looks great. He makes for a great ex-husband. I don’t wish him anything but goodwill. I want the best for him.”
  • For a second straight Friday, there was major job news from the White House, as President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce that his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was on his way out, to be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in another internal shakeup at the White House. “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” the President wrote on Twitter. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!” But it had been obvious for some time from news reports that Priebus seemed to be on thin ice in the Trump White House. The news broke as the President returned to Washington from an event on Long Island, in New York. Pres. Trump: 'Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job. General Kelly has been a star.' https://t.co/MpIEM5p38Q pic.twitter.com/WW6db9g3SV — ABC News (@ABC) July 28, 2017 Priebus had been on the trip, but according to the White House Pool report, the car he was riding in was separated from the President’s motorcade, as Mr. Trump headed back to the White House. I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017 …and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017 A week ago, Anthony Scaramucci was unexpectedly brought in as White House Communications Director, prompting the resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. That brought immediate questions about the ability of Scaramucci and Priebus to co-exist inside the Trump White House – and it took just a week for Priebus to be on his way out. On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan – a fellow Wisconsin resident like Priebus – had downplayed the idea that Priebus was in trouble. . @SpeakerRyan: 'Reince is doing a fantastic job at the White House and I believe he has the president's confidence.' pic.twitter.com/UmGCxUaSpX — CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2017 Priebus had been the head of the Republican National Committee during Mr. Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP primaries, moving over to help with the campaign for November. He then was tapped as White House Chief of Staff, despite some concerns from some Trump backers, who saw Priebus as too much of the GOP Establishment.
  • The Tulsa Police Department is in the process of renewing its accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, commonly referred to as CALEA. An important part of that process is to get feedback from the community on the department’s job performance. The department will be rated based on four criteria: Policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. TPD Officer Dan explains that the department needs to know how it’s doing. “It’s basically a public service question,” he told KRMG. “Are we fulfilling the goals and the desires you have for how a police department should act?” There are several ways by which citizens can provide feedback. TPD employees and the public can attend a meeting on August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the COMPSTAT conference room at the 600 Civic Center. They can also comment by phone from the hours of 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. August 14th by calling 918-596-9339. An independent assessment team will gather those comments, which must be limited to ten minutes. Written comments can be sent by mail to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcoat Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155. Ashley tells KRMG so far, the process is going quite smoothly - despite a year of violent incidents including several fatal police shootings. “The guys that are actually doing the paperwork for getting the accreditation up said ‘man, we’re getting our stuff in (in) a timely manner, we’re not having any problems,” he said Friday.