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    The Broken Arrow Police Department is warning of another phone scam. BAPD told KRMG an employee of the police department received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS. According to police, the caller threatened to arrest the BAPD employee if the call wasn’t returned. Police said scams like this are common between January and April 15th, tax day. If you get a call like this, police say you shouldn’t call the number back. Instead, call the IRS directly to verify. If you need assistance, the local phone number for the IRS is 918-622-8482. To schedule an appointment with an IRS representative, please call 1-844-545-5640. The official web address for the IRS is www.irs.gov.
  • KRMG’s sister-station, K95.5, is raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. It’s the 2018 St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon happening February 22 and 23. On air, you’ll hear stories from families who have benefited from the work of  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and how their lives have been changed.  To make a donation online visit: www.stjude.org/radio/KWEN  You can also make a donation by calling: 1-800-516-7771  You can text your donation by texting LIFE to 785833.
  • Broken Arrow police are asking for help to identify this robbery suspect. BAPD told KRMG the man robbed the QuikTrip at Kenosha (71st Street) and Olive (129th E. Ave.) early Monday morning. The suspect was dropped off in a white 4-door car and entered the store wearing a dark hoodie and a dark shroud covering his face. Police said he showed a handgun to the clerk and demanded money. After receiving the money, the suspect fled the store and entered the white car on the passenger side. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Olive. The clerk told officers the suspect appears to be a light skinned black male. If you have any information on this case or can help identify the suspect, police ask you to contact Detective Matt Barnes at 918-451-8200 x8724 or mbarnes@brokenrrowok.gov.
  • A man was hit and killed while trying to cross I-44 near Garnett Thursday afternoon. Tulsa police officers had tried to make contact with the man around 2:45 p.m. when he took off on foot and ran toward the highway. Officers said he crossed westbound traffic, jumped over the median and was hit by a car while trying to cross the eastbound lanes. Officers later found the suspect to have a felony warrant. All eastbound lanes of I-44 were closed during the investigation. The driver of the car was not injured.
  • President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union speech.  President Trump is expected to cover the GOP’s recent tax reform success. The president is also planning to cover immigration and trade.  KRMG’s coverage of the State of the Union begins at 5 p.m. with a Special Edition of the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin.  Listen at 7 p.m. for a preview of President Trump’s State of the Union Address with Fox News Radio’s Jared Halpern from Washington, and Jon Decker on Capitol Hill, with in-depth comprehensive analysis of the State of the Union Address.  President Trump will begin his address at approximately 8 p.m.  Stick around after the address for reaction and analysis with Political Analyst Erick Erickson.  As you listen, use the Open Mic in the free KRMG app to tell us what you think of the president’s speech.  Listen live Wednesday morning to the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter for more reaction to President Trump’s first State of the Union address.  Listen live on your radio to FM102.3 or AM740. You can also listen here on KRMG.com and on the KRMG app. Washington Insider Jamie Dupree will also have minute-by-minute coverage on his blog and on Twitter.
  • UPDATE: Police are now calling the incident a murder-suicide. Officers say they found the man and woman dead inside the bedroom. A gun was found near the bodies. A medical examiner will now look at the official cause of dead. No names have been released. ******************************************************** Broken Arrow police activated the Special Operations Team to a neighborhood near 81st and Garnett Thursday morning. Police told KRMG a caller to 911 reported a pop sound at a nearby home. Police made entry and found two people dead. Investigators are calling it a domestic violence situation. Union Public Schools confirmed Andersen Elementary was on a perimeter lockdown while police searched the area. This is a developing story, check back for updates.
  • The very first elephant to live at the Tulsa Zoo has died. Gunda was brought to the U.S. and to Tulsa in 1954. According to the Tulsa Zoo, Gunda’s trip to America was quite the experience. “The ship carrying her to the United States broke down in Bermuda. Children, anxious to see an elephant for the first time, boarded the ship and Gunda became a news sensation.”  Gunda spent two weeks in Bermuda before she made it to the U.S. The Tulsa Zoo said that event led to the creation of a childrens book called “Ghunda’s Bermuda Holiday.” Gunda’s health had been declining as of late. Caretakers at the zoo placed her in hospice care just a week before her death. When it was determined efforts to keep Gunda comfortable were no longer effective, the decision was made to euthanize her. Staff allowed the other elephants at the zoo to see Gunda one last time. “After Gunda’s passing her long time herd mate Sooky spent time with her, as staff provided an opportunity for her to come into contact with Gunda one last time. Field research on elephant herd behavior has shown that elephants spend time with their deceased family members and we wanted to allow an opportunity for this important part of their social structure.” Gunda was 67 years old. More here
  • If you’re a regular at ALDI, you may already know the company doesn’t offer digital coupons. That doesn’t stop scammers from trying to get the best of you by creating fake ALDI coupons and circulating them online. It happened in March 2017 and is happening again as we begin 2018. ALDI posted a warning on Facebook. “Hey ALDI fans! Looks like another fake ALDI coupon is making its way around the internet. We’re sorry for any confusion, but we don’t offer electronic coupons and they won’t be accepted at our stores. We’re currently working on fixing the situation, but we’d love your help. Feel free to share this post to help us spread the word.” ALDI wrote. More here from KRMG Consumer Expert Clark Howard
  • Justin Timberlake is set to play the BOK Center in Tulsa May 5th. Timberlake’s new album “Man of the Woods” will be released just days before his performance at Super Bowl LII. Tickets go on sale January 29th. The pre-sale is January 24th. This will be Timberlake’s second trip to Tulsa. JT played the BOK Center in 2013.
  • The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals return to the Tulsa Fairgrounds this week. It’s the 32nd year for what has become one of the biggest racing events in the world. Co-Founder Emmett Hahn told KRMG drivers come to Tulsa from all around the world to participate in the Chili Bowl. The five-day dirt track event happens inside the River Spirit Expo, which Hahn said is a key element to the success of the event. “There’s not another building in the world as big as this.” Hahn said.  He’s referring to the more than 350,000 square feet of column-free space. The whole building is 448,000 square feet. That kind of room allows for an un-obstructioned view of the track from all angles. It also provides the space race teams need to set up in the pits. Hahn also said the Chili Bowl happens at the right time of the year to bring in the most drivers. “We’re early January where there’s not a race going on except down in Australia and New Zealand.” Hahn noted. Plus, Tulsa’s central location seems to help attract drivers from all over the globe. It takes around 700 dump truck loads of clay to form the racing surface.  If you’re attending for the first time, take it from me, you’ll want ear plugs and a mask, as the fumes and dust can be a bit much. Click here for more from Emmett Hahn in a 2016 interview with KRMG reporter Skyler Cooper.
  • 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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  • The recent rain in Tulsa County has done more than just saturate the area. Drivers in Tulsa tell us they've noticed a lot more potholes pop up. “You almost have to dodge them a lot of times, which puts you in a lot of trouble getting in the way of other traffic,” one driver said.   Police in Broken Arrow report the same thing has happened along Lynn Lane. One resident states the problem has always been there, but now it's even worse. “It’s just really bad because of the rain,” that resident said.   She adds the new potholes have made her family’s daily drive a little more difficult. Let us know where the worst potholes can be found in Tulsa County.  
  • The ground will be a bit soggy, but today should be perfect for outdoor activities. National Weather Service says the recent rain will move out of the Tulsa area. “Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 60”s,” NWS said.   Conditions will remain dry Sunday night.  NWS is reporting mostly clear skies and a low around 30 degrees.   There is some good news weather wise for the upcoming work week.  The Tulsa area should see highs in the 60’s through Thursday.  
  • Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their redacted response to a Republican memo on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats charged that the GOP omitted numerous details about the FBI’s probe during the campaign for the White House. “FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states. “The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates,” Democrats said in a press statement announcing the release of the memo, which had been held back earlier this month after the White House raised questions about details included in the ten page memo. “Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel. “We can now tell you what they left out,” Schiff added. BREAKING: Congress releases redacted Democratic memo pushing back on GOP claims of surveillance abuses in FBI's Russia probe. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 24, 2018 Democrats said their rebuttal “should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC,” as they said the evidence “failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement.” Democrats not only countered that, but raised questions about the testimony of one-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who was the focus of the original Republican memo, as the GOP raised questions about how surveillance had been approved of Page. Democrats said the answer was not the information supplied by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Some portions of the document on those points were blacked out, or redacted. You can read the full Democratic memo at this link. Democrats also released a fact sheet to go with the memo.
  • Local districts have been dealing with a lot of school threats recently. In fact, at least four children have been arrested. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Erik Grayless has a warning for anyone thinking about making a threat of their own. “If you threaten a school, we will prosecute you,” Grayless said.   The district attorney's office is so serious about these threats that Grayless was willing to get even more specific. “You cannot post pictures of firearms on Instagram and reference your school,” Grayless said.  “That’s a threat.  The threat itself, regardless of your intentions, is a crime.” KRMG's told that alone could lead to a misdemeanor charge and six months of jail time.
  • If you have outdoor plans for today be prepared to get wet. National Weather Service Meteorologist David Jankowski says more rain is likely for the Tulsa area. “Showers are expected to increase and becoming an 80 percent chance by the mid-morning hours,” Jankowski said.  “It looks like the rainfall forecast across the area for Saturday will be less than a half of an inch.” For reference, Tulsa saw 1.59 inches during the day on Friday.   The high for today will be around 58 degrees. Sunday will be a lot better for outdoor activities.  NWS is reporting sunny skies and a high close to 64 degrees.