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    The ice storm of 2007 that devastated so much of Oklahoma started on this date 10 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses lost power. Many wouldn’t have electricity turned back on for two weeks or more. Thousands of people stayed in shelters in the days and weeks that followed. Power companies traveled from all around the country to help restore electricity. Share your memories and photos of the 2007 ice storm in the comments on our Facebook photo album.
  • A Tulsa DJ is putting herself through some tough conditions for a good cause. Natalie Cash, co-host of ‘Cash and Bradley’ on KRMG’s sister-station K95.5, began the third annual Bikes for Kids campaign Tuesday morning. Natalie will live atop a several-stories high scaffolding in the Drysdale’s on 71st Street parking lot until she collects 955 bikes for kids. If you’d like to help, you can drop off a bike any time, day or night, at Drysdale’s on 71st Street. You can also make a cash donation here.
  • Tulsa police are looking for a man who shot someone after an apparent road rage incident early Tuesday morning. Officers were called to the scene near 36th Street North and Sheridan around 6:30 a.m. The victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. We’re told the victim is in stable condition. A witness said she and the victim were delivering newspapers when the suspect began driving erratically. The witness said the suspect got in front of them and brake-checked them. The victim got out to confront the suspect, according to the witness. That’s when the shot was fired. The suspect is said to be an older white male driving a blue Ford extended-cab pickup truck.  
  • The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announces that Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams is retiring. Effective Dec. 1, Michael S. Harrell will be promoted to the position of Chief of the Patrol. Harrell is a graduate of the 48th OHP Academy in 1995. Previous assignments include Troops K (Pawnee), B (Tulsa), J (Enid), C (Muskogee) and XB (Muskogee Turnpike). He promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, to Captain in 2006 and to Major in 2013. He has served as a Troop Commander for several Troops. “I am equally humbled and excited by the opportunity bestowed upon me by the Commissioner,” Harrell said. “I look forward to promoting his vision for the Department of Public Safety and continuing our long history of serving the citizens of the great State of Oklahoma.” Retiring Chief Adams said, “It has been an honor and great privilege to have led the state’s premiere law enforcement agency. As a team we have made remarkable progress, overcome tremendous obstacles, bled together, and stood together through triumph and tragedy, all while providing quality service to the citizens of Oklahoma. I will always treasure my service to DPS and as the Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will remain a proud part of who I am as my time here comes to close.”
  • Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the State Senate District 37 Special General Election, State House District 76 Special General Election, City of Bixby Special Utility Franchise Election, City of Sand Springs Special Bond Election and City of Tulsa Special Proposition Election, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said today. Please keep the following information and tips in mind as the election approaches. Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. Anyone who needs to look up their polling place, verify their registration information, or view a sample ballot can do so online. The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website: www.elections.ok.gov. Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot using the Online Voter Tool. Sample ballots are also available at the County Election Board office. - Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required): Show a valid photo ID issued by federal, state, or tribal government; or show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by the County Election Board; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.) More here
  • Friday morning, the KRMG Morning News went in-depth on the topic of Veterans Day. Rick Couri and Skyler Cooper were joined in studio by Weydan Flax, U.S. Army Sergeant Vic St. Clair and U.S. Army Purple Heart recipient Tommy Thompson. The discussion included the 2017 Veterans Day Parade, VFW Post 577, the difference between war and warfare and more. Click here to listen to the KRMG Morning News 8am In-Depth Hour: Veterans Day 2017
  • The 99th Annual Tulsa Veterans Day Parade is happening this morning at 11 a.m.  Organizers told KRMG the parade was scheduled on the day before Veterans Day to allow schools to take students on a field to see it. Holding the parade Friday also allows for school bands to participate. The theme of this year’s parade is “Generations of Service” honoring veterans of all ages. According to 2017 Veterans Day Parade President Joshua Starks, the Tulsa parade is the largest free parade in the country. For the first time, the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade will include an F-16 flyover by the Oklahoma Air National Guard 138th Fighter Wing. The honorees this year are: William “Bill” Grisez (WW II POW 82nd Airborne, Army Air  Corps) Grand Marshall, age 94; Gordon Coleman, (U.S. Navy Korea) Parade Chief of Staff; Mitch  Reed (U.S. Army Vietnam 2 Purple Hearts & 1 Bronze Star) Parade Commander; Christina “Tina” Smith (U.S. Army Reserve Vietnam & Post Cold War era MSG Retired), Parade Adjutant. More here
  • The University of Tulsa announced the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies on Wednesday. The new research center will be dedicated to studying the life and work of singer-songwriter and American music legend Bob Dylan. “From pop culture historians to social scientists, the academic world clearly is excited to study Bob Dylan, his work and his influence,” said TU President Gerard P. Clancy. “An interdisciplinary institute devoted to the Nobel laureate and housed within a national university should bring increased prominence to The Bob Dylan Archive and the Tulsa community. It also will generate new findings and amplify the scope of Dylan’s legacy for generations.” Click here for more from FOX23 The University of Tulsa said the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies will sponsor scholarly symposia, as well as programs directed to the general public, student assistantships, institutes for teachers, community-based initiatives, and original research in the archives. The Bob Dylan Archives The Bob Dylan Archive is a unique treasure, and along with the Bob Dylan Center located in the Brady Arts District, TU’s institute will draw international attention from scholars and students as well as from a much larger public interested in the work of one of America’s most original artists.
  • Governor Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz and House Speaker Charles McCall today reached an agreement adjusting the 2018 fiscal year budget that, among other things, helps fill the $215 million budget hole and puts Oklahoma on a more stable budget path, as well as provides a needed teacher pay raise.  If passed by the Legislature, the agreement would:  Place a $1.50 tax on a package of cigarettes.   Provide for a 6-cent fuel tax increase.   Revise taxes on alcoholic beverages.   Restore the Earned Income Tax credit.   Provide for a $3,000 teacher pay increase, effective Aug. 1, 2018.   Provide for a $1,000 increase for state employees, effective Aug. 1, 2018. It does not pertain to higher education, legislators or constitutional officers, such as statewide elected officials and judges.  “This agreement is the result of countless hours of discussions and meetings,” said Fallin. “I appreciate President Pro Tem Schulz and Speaker McCall working to provide a long-term solution to our state’s continuing budget shortfalls. It is apparent that rapid changes in our economy have created unsustainable and unpredictable revenue collection patterns. We need to seek long-term sustainability and stability as opposed to unpredictability and volatility. This agreement makes more recurring revenue available, helps us stop balancing our budget with one-time funds, and provides a teacher pay raise as well as a raise for our hard-working state employees, who have not had an across-the-board pay increase in eleven years. And, most importantly, it provides sufficient revenues to meet the basic responsibilities of state government, such as education, health and public safety. We must deliver services that work for the people, and put people over politics.” Schulz said: The Legislature has a tremendous opportunity with this deal to solve our immediate budget crisis, put the state on more solid financial ground moving forward, and deliver on a much-needed and much-deserved pay raise for classroom teachers and most state employees. As Senate leader, I’ve stressed to senators the importance of long-term thinking and planning. This deal gives us the chance to deliver on that, and institute reforms that will have a tremendous impact on our state for years to come. I appreciate Governor Fallin and her staff, Speaker McCall and his team, and the members of the Senate leadership team for their hard work in bringing this deal to fruition.”  McCall said: “We believe this plan gives us the best opportunity to pass the House and Senate, and provide the state with needed revenue to stabilize mental health and substance abuse programs, keep rural hospitals open, and provide a pay raise that would make Oklahoma teachers the highest paid in the region for starting pay. This plan also provides recurring revenue for transportation infrastructure and restores the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income Oklahomans, which more than offsets any increased consumption costs for low-income earners.”
  • 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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  • Trading barbs with President Donald Trump via Twitter on Tuesday, women Democrats demanded that Congress investigate past claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the President during the 2016 campaign, as several lawmakers took the extra step of asking for Mr. Trump’s resignation. “President Trump should resign. But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has emerged as the leader of efforts to pressure the President on the issue of past allegations. Mr. Trump lobbed a Twitter barb directly at the New York Democrat on Tuesday morning, labeling her a “lightweight” and “total flunky.” Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017 Gillibrand answered back, saying her voice would not be shut down by the President. You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv — Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017 And she was joined by other Democrats as well, in calling for the stories about the President to get more of a public airing. . @realDonaldTrump is a misogynist, compulsive liar, and admitted sexual predator. Attacks on Kirsten are the latest example that no one is safe from this bully. He must resign. https://t.co/7lNI23K7ib — Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 12, 2017 Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted. https://t.co/mYJtBZfxiu — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 12, 2017 A day after the White House turned aside questions about past claims made by women against the President, Mr. Trump directly addressed the matter, saying that it was all “FAKE NEWS,” calling the charges against him nothing more than ‘false accusations and fabricated stories.’ Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017 At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, a group of House Democratic women asked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the head of the House Oversight committee, to investigate the accusations against Mr. Trump. “At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter to Gowdy stated. “The President’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations,” the letter continued. “The President has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women.” “The ‘Me-Too’ movement has arrived,” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL). “Victims must be heard, perpetrators must be held accountable.” 'To date, more than 17 women have publicly come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct,' lawmaker says. 'Simply said, Americans deserve the truth.' https://t.co/mIxkZRGYzP pic.twitter.com/QhBvmGSxE1 — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 12, 2017 At a news conference, Frankel said the letter – which originally had 58 signatures – had swiftly jumped to over 100 in all. “Americans deserve the truth,” Frankel told reporters. While the Democratic women were in the spotlight, some of their male colleagues also chimed in with calls for a more thorough review of the accusations against Mr. Trump. “If you called for Franken to step down, don’t you also have to say it is the right thing for the President to resign?” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on CNN.
  • After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama. As Senators arrived for their first vote of the week on Monday evening, Republicans ran a gauntlet of reporters asking a simple question – will Roy Moore soon be in the U.S. Senate? “I don’t know,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the senior Senator from the Yellowhammer State, who has made clear that he did not vote for Moore, but instead wrote in another Republican in the Alabama Senate race. Pressed again to say if Moore would win, Shelby re-emphasized his vote. “Not with my help,” he said. The polls in Alabama have been back and forth in recent weeks. The latest on Monday from Fox News, showed a 10 point lead for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead over Moore in Alabama https://t.co/7RZmnq0zXN #FoxNews — Mihai Scorobete (@MihaiScorobete) December 11, 2017 “We’ll see,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who denounced Moore, and gave $100 to the Jones campaign. “At this point it’s what I call a turnout race,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), when asked who would win. “It depends who gets their vote out.” While Byrne believes the edge is with the GOP, political pollsters say his turnout argument is on point. “Tomorrow’s Alabama Senate special election will depend on which candidate has more people turn out to vote for him,” pollster Frank Luntz wrote Monday on Twitter. This group of conservative Alabama voters say all 9 of Roy Moore's accusers have been paid to lie against him. #ALSen https://t.co/OT1vV33KRT — Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 9, 2017 Outside the Senate chamber, many Republicans wanted to wait and see the vote totals before worrying about their next move. “Let’s see what happens,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), as he was pursued by a group of reporters. “That’s a decision that I leave to the Leader,” Johnson said when asked how Moore should be dealt with by his fellow Republicans – if he wins. “I’m not going to make a call on his qualifications,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) of Moore. “That will be a decision that will be made after the outcome of the election.” Others were quiet on the subject of Roy Moore for an obvious reason. “The answer to your question is, I’m doing good,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), before I had even asked the Senator a question. “I can’t talk to you about anything because I’m the Ethics Chairman,” Isakson added, as the Georgia Republican would be in charge of any ethics review of Moore, which the Senate Majority Leader has made clear he would ask for that if Moore is elected. Isakson – and his GOP colleagues – will find out Tuesday night what’s next for them, and what’s next for Roy Moore.
  • A couple in Edmond solved a mystery after their child’s pacifiers kept disappearing. The mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.  One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch. The family’s dog, named Dovey, had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.  Dovey is on the mend and home, but the vet cautioned pet owners that 'dogs will eat anything, anytime.'  
  • The Broken Arrow Police Department now has an Unmanned Aerial System Program, better known as a drone. They say it will be used for Crime and Collision Scene Investigation, Emergency Management Incidents, Search and Rescue Operations, and Tactical Situations. They make a point to point out it won't be used for Routine Patrol, Warrantless Searches, or as a Weapons Platform. The drone was made possible by a donation from alumni of the Citizens Police Academy.
  • A scuffle with and Oklahoma police officer led to the death of a man over the weekend. Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Robbie Robertson says an officer responded to a request to check on a person lying on the side of the road. Police say when the fight started after the officer approached the man. He knocked her pepper spray away. She then attempted to use a Taser and he took that from her and tried to use it on her. Robertson says the officer then drew her gun and fired, killing the man. The officer has been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her face and hands.