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    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.
  • The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used 'pay to play' politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, according to Fox News. Fox News confirmed the investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Arkansas. The investigation also includes a possible violation of a tax law. Reports say the Clinton Foundation is accused of promising favors in exchange for donations. The Hill broke the story Thursday and reported that FBI agents have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month. More here
  • Two bodies were found in a burned shed near Latimer Street and St. Louis Avenue Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene around 7:40 a.m . A neighbor walking by noticed flames and called 911. We’re told the victims are a man and woman who firefighter said were likely sleeping in the shed to stay warm. Investigators believe the victims may have been using a temporary heating source to stay  warm.
  • 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 may have found a different use for the oxygen mask on airplanes. The New York Post says, on a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam, a man wouldn't stop, to put it nicely, decompressing his cabin. He was passing gas, repeatedly, despite the men who had the bad luck to be sitting next to him telling him to stop. It was apparently bad enough that they got into a fight and the plane made an emergency landing. They were kicked off the plane along with two women who are completely baffled, because they say they don't even know the men. You can read more about the story here.
  • The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In a written statement sent to reporters, Sanders said the President spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday; the Texas Republican has a bipartisan bill with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), which would force states and federal agencies to submit more information into the instant gun check system. Our churches and schools should be refuges where children and parents feel secure. Many of these shootings can be prevented. There's no reason not to advance #FixNICS to help https://t.co/0JpZDiLPOr — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 15, 2018 Interesting morning. Two quick thoughts: 1/ Trump's support for the FixNICS Act, my bill with @JohnCornyn, is another sign the politics of gun violence are shifting rapidly. 2/ No one should pretend this bill alone is an adequate response to this epidemic. — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 19, 2018 After a mass shooting last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 25 people died, the Air Force acknowledged that the killer – who received a ‘bad conduct’ discharge from the military – should not have been able to buy guns, but those records were never placed in the instant check system. “For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Cornyn said in November when he introduced this bipartisan gun measure.” Democrats had hoped there would be action on that measure – just like they had hoped there would have been action to ban “bump stocks” after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, action on the “No Fly, No Buy” measure after the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, and then the “FixNics” bill after the Texas shooting. I know assault rifles. I carried one in Iraq. They have no place on America's streets. #Orlando pic.twitter.com/ibKQE2PpqF — Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 14, 2016 Last week’s shooting in Florida simply put all of those requests for legislation to deal with guns on repeat for Democrats. “We can’t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “And so, I’m asking – no, demanding – we take action now.” Democrats would certainly like to do much more than the ‘FixNics’ bill, or banning bump stocks, as other ideas have popped up in recent days, like not allowing anyone under age 21 to buy weapons like an AR-15. But as the President returned to Washington on Monday evening from a long weekend at his Florida retreat, it wasn’t clear if his support for one bipartisan plan would actually mean action – as GOP leaders have not put such measures on the fast track to a vote in the House and Senate. On Sunday, when the President met with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Florida, the two men discussed a series of issues, including “the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida.” The White House statement on their meeting did not characterize whether legislative action was discussed. No action will happen on anything gun-related this week – as the Congress won’t be back on Capitol Hill for votes until February 26.
  • No one’s counting their chickens just yet, but there’s hope among some Oklahoma lawmakers that a new budget proposal might be able to overcome the (thus far) insurmountable barrier of a 75-percent supermajority. There’s no handy nickname yet for the plan, which includes modifications to many of the elements of the “Step Up Oklahoma” proposal which went down to defeat last week in the House. But some lawmakers are cautiously optimistic that this time, they’ve got a plan that can actually pass. The question now becomes: Will the GOP House leadership bring it to the floor for a vote? Rep. Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) tells KRMG that longtime State Auditor Gary Jones was a key architect of the new proposal. Jones, a candidate for Governor, also has GOP street cred, as he’s the longest-serving state party chairman in Oklahoma history. The plan has bipartisan support; indeed, Proctor said Friday, he believes all 28 Democrats in the House will vote for it. “Democrats are ready to deliver every member of our caucus for it,” he told KRMG. “Republicans would need to bring 48 of their 72 members.” And while that’s not a slam dunk by any means, it’s an obtainable goal in the eyes of many lawmakers. The main bullet points: An increase to 5% for the first 36 months in the gross production tax on oil and natural gas wells ($200 million) A 75-cent per pack tax on cigarettes ($130 million) A 6-cent increase per gallon on diesel, 3 cents per gallon on gasoline ($113 million) A cap on itemized deductions ($107 million) A hotel/motel tax ($50 million) Ball and Dice gaming reform ($22 million) Proctor said the plan would pay for a $5,000 annual pay raise for teachers, plus raises for other state employees who haven’t seen raises in a decade or more. “The way we see it, it’s a more fair. It spreads out the burden of the taxes not just on the working poor and middle income families, but across all economic spectrums. We believe it’s more fair, and equitable, and just,” Proctor said. “From what I’m hearing from friends on the other side of the aisle, I think if we put this plan on the board, it passes,” he added. “Now the question is gonna be: Are we going to be allowed to vote on it or not?”
  • A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence. The Carnival Legend arrived in its home port of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after a family was offloaded in an unscheduled stop in Eden, New South Wales in Australia. Police said they were investigating the incident and the operator apologized for the “disruptive behavior” by the group that was removed from the cruise liner. The “big Italian family” spent days attacking Australians aboard the ship, with people “getting strangled and punched up,” passenger Lisa Bolitho told reporters. “Very violent, they were full-on attacks,” she said. She also questioned the ship’s management, quoting the captain as saying, “‘What do you want me to do about it — throw them overboard?’” Cellphone video footage purportedly of the brawl on Friday shows security guards fighting and trying to separate passengers amid shouting and kicking.
  • A 30-year-old man died of injuries after a shooting in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver. >> Watch the news report here Police say Ryan Thornton, 30, ordered food from the app to be delivered to the Concorde Condominium on Pharr Court South late Saturday. At 11:30 p.m., Thornton walked away from the delivery car with his order.  Police said words may have been exchanged, and that's when shots were fired from the delivery car. The driver took off in a white Volkswagen.  One of the people WSB-TV's Lauren Pozen spoke with lives close to where the incident happened. The person, who didn't want to be identified, said he heard five gunshots go off outside his apartment.  >> Read more trending news  Thorton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  If you’ve never heard of Uber Eats, it’s a smartphone app that many people use to order take-out. Uber told WSB-TV that it has a 'no weapons' policy for its drivers.  As the search for the driver continues, this shooting has those who use the app a little hesitant to continue to do so.  'Something needs to be done to further the safety of Uber Eats and make us feel safe,” said the man who lives near the scene. Uber said a statement that it is shocked and saddened by the news and is working with the Atlanta Police Department.