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    We know this might start an argument, but according to Business Insider, Oklahoma's most famous band EVER is the Flaming Lips. Business Insider admits the song 'She Don't Use Jelly' is the Norman-based indie rockers only U.S. hit. But they say the band has had many hits in the U.K. and Europe and, even more impressive, three Grammys to their credit. Some on the list are hard to argue with, like Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in New Jersey or Nirvana in Washington State. You can see the entire list of the most famous bands here.
  • You can bet that one ISIS fighter, never saw it coming. Business Insider says, according to the Globe and Mail, a Canadian sniper took out the fighter with a shot from more than two MILES away. If the report is accurate, the shot would be a record-breaker, by far. The current confirmed record is 1.54 miles by a British sniper. There's plenty of skepticism from other snipers about this new report, but others concede that with the kind of rifle and optics that were used, it's theoretically possible. You can read more about the report here.
  • If you're binge-watching 'Orange is the New Black' here in Tulsa, you're not alone. The website Mental Floss determined the female prison dramedy is the most frequently watched Netflix show in Oklahoma, along with five other states. The D.C. based political thriller series Scandal is the favorite in the biggest number of states. The rest of the list is more haphazard, although some are pretty obvious. The Portland-based comedy “Portlandia” is the most watched Netflix show in Oregon. And Indiana-based “Parks and Recreation” is tops in the Hoosier State. You can see the whole map from Mental Floss here.
  • A new report says a Tesla car warned a driver several times to keep his hands on the wheel before a fatal crash. Reuters says The Tesla Model S that Joshua Brown was driving last year in Florida has a semi-autonomous mode that can perform many driving functions without human help, but the company says people still need to keep their hands on the wheel. The NTSB says the car gave 7 visual warnings and 6 audio chimes to alert Brown he was not doing so, before the car hit a tractor-trailer truck, shearing of the top third of the car and killing Brown. His family's lawyer says they're not taking any legal action against Tesla, but are still reviewing the report. You can read more about the story here.
  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speeding up the deportation process when foreign nationals get out of prison. Sessions is giving judges instructions to use an 'order of removal' whenever possible, so criminal immigrants are deported right away when they finish their prison terms. The Miami Herald says up until now, they were sent to immigrant detention centers, and that the deportation process had such a backlog that it sometimes took years to complete, which also cost a lot of taxpayer money for food and housing. Sessions' new rules also toughen penalties for illegal border crossings. You can read more about the story here.
  • Scientists in California say the cycle of heavy snows, heavy rains, and drought might trigger more earthquakes. The basic theory is simple enough. In a word: gravity. Researchers tell Newsweek it's called seasonal loading. Heavy snows and rains cause the ground to depress, and when it dries up, the ground rebounds, flexing the fault line. They believe that causes more earthquakes, maybe by as much as 10-percent, but they say more long-term studies need to be done. It’s information that could be useful here in Oklahoma too, where quakes have become much more common in recent years.  You can read more about the study here.
  • United Airlines is apologizing after one of its employees pushed a 71-year-old man to the floor at a Houston airport. The incident happened almost two years ago, but the video of the shove was just made public Tuesday, thanks to a Houston TV station. In it, it appears that Alejandro Anastasia pushes 71-year-old Ronald Tigner to the floor and that Tigner was motionless on his back for nearly a full minute before a woman, who's been identified as another passenger, checks on him. Anastasia was later charged with assault. Tigner is suing United for more than $1 million. You can see video of the shove here.
  • Only 6-percent of hotels nationwide get AAA's four-diamond rating, and they've just added two more Tulsa-area hotels. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tulsa were just given the four-diamond status. AAA also added the Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City. The Ambassador and Renaissance hotels in Tulsa are on the list too, from previous rankings. There are 11 Oklahoma hotels in all that have a four-diamond ranking. The others are: Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel – first won the award in 1996 Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center, Hotel & Spa – 2002 Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City – 2007 Choctaw Casino Resort Grand Tower, Durant – 2011 Ambassador Hotel, Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection – 2015 21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City – 2016
  • A new study says e-cigarettes might do as much DNA damage as tobacco cigarettes. A team of scientists at the University of Connecticut looked at the chemicals in e-cigarette vapor and found that nicotine e-cigarette liquor is potentially just as harmful as unfiltered tobacco cigarettes, as far as causing DNA damage, which can lead to cancer. Just like cigarettes, they say the damage increases the more than e-cigarettes vapor is inhaled. They determined that 20 “puffs” on a electronic cigarettes is roughly equal to smoking one tobacco cigarette. You can read more here about the University of Connecticut study.
  • The school year is over, and now First Lady Melania Trump will be moving to the White House. The Trumps had said all along the reason why Melania stayed in New York was that they wanted son Barron to finish up school first, before making the move. And now, reports say she and Barron will be moving to the White House next week. Her parents will still be in New York though, so some are speculating that she may still make frequent trips to the Big Apple. You can read more about this story here.
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     Steve Berg joined AM 740 and FM 102.3 Newstalk KRMG in the fall of 2008 and currently anchors the news segments of The KRMG Evening News. Born at St. Francis Hospital (the exact year is not important for our purposes here) and raised in the Brookside neighborhood, Steve is proud to call himself a native Tulsan. Steve is a graduate of Tulsa Edison High School and Oklahoma State University. His first job in broadcasting was at KOSU-FM radio in Stillwater. He then spent roughly 16 years in television, with stints in Pocatello, Idaho, Lansing, Michigan, and at KOTV in Tulsa, before turning his attention back to radio and his current job at KRMG.Steve has won multiple awards for his reporting during his career, most recently in 2010 from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in the Feature Series and General News categories.In his free time, Steve enjoys running, snow skiing, reading, video games, movies, TV, trying out new one-of-a-kind restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

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  • We know this might start an argument, but according to Business Insider, Oklahoma's most famous band EVER is the Flaming Lips. Business Insider admits the song 'She Don't Use Jelly' is the Norman-based indie rockers only U.S. hit. But they say the band has had many hits in the U.K. and Europe and, even more impressive, three Grammys to their credit. Some on the list are hard to argue with, like Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in New Jersey or Nirvana in Washington State. You can see the entire list of the most famous bands here.
  • You thought your dog was ugly. The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's perfect imperfections in California on Friday. The pooches - many of which are adoptable or previously adopted - will face off in a red carpet walk and 'Faux Paw Fashion Show,' organizers said. The contestants are judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction. A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year's competition and waddled away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to New York with her owner, Jason Wurtz, for media appearances. The then-17-year-old champion proved that third time's the charm after falling short in the competition twice before. By celebrating inner beauty, organizers said they hope to showcase that all dogs, regardless of physical appearance, can be lovable additions to any family. Contest rules prevent owners from intentionally altering their animals to enhance appearance for the purpose of the contest. These pooches are celebrated for their natural ugliness, organizers said.
  • With strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a plan to make it easier for the Veterans Affairs Department to get rid of employees for poor performance or misconduct, all in an effort to improve veterans health care and other services. “We’re taking care of our veterans and we’re taking care of them properly,” said the President, as he signed the bill at a White House ceremony. “Those entrusted with the sacred duty of serving our veterans will be held accountable for the care they provide,” Mr. Trump said. President Donald Trump on the VA accountability bill: 'This is one of the largest reforms to the VA in its history' https://t.co/NXXQ4plpBk — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 23, 2017 New legislation was needed from Congress mainly because previous efforts to make it easier to fire employees at the VA had become bogged down in the courts, even preventing the VA from getting rid of people like the former head of the Phoenix VA health care director, where a health care scandal broke out in 2014. “We won’t be able to accomplish any of the reforms we need to in the VA if we don’t get the right people in place,” said VA Secretary David Shulkin, who with the support of the President, has pressed ahead with internal changes. Shulkin said this new law would “make it easier and quicker to hold our employees accountable.” .@SecShulkin of @DeptVetAffairs joins @POTUS 4 signing Veterans Affairs Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act pic.twitter.com/Yf3MsFZLbr — Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 23, 2017 Among the changes in the bill: + A streamlined VA process to fire, suspend or demote workers for misconduct or poor performance + The Secretary would have the power to reduce the pension of a VA worker if that person is convicted of a felony crime that influenced their job performance + The VA would be allowed to claw back bonuses given to employees who are later found to have engaged in misconduct The new law also includes provisions to protect whistleblowers from retaliation inside the VA, and gives greater authority to the VA Secretary to fill top positions more quickly inside the VA health care system. “As you all know – all too well – for many years, the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans,” Mr. Trump said, saying “we are just getting started” on major changes to the VA, one of his central campaign promises in 2016.
  • Many experts say head lice infestations are at their peak during this time of the year as kids head off to summer camp. A Jacksonville, Florida, woman who owns a lice treatment center said it's most common with young children, but she's also seen an increase in cases of head lice in teens. Mandy Ottesen owns Fresh Heads. She said it’s very important that parents use a high-quality comb and check their children’s scalps often. “It’s our busiest time of the year,” Ottesen said. “Most people think we would be more busy when school is in session, but that’s not true.” With a lot of kids heading to camp during the summer, one concern that some parents overlook is head lice. Ottesen said lice is almost always transferred between direct head-to-head contact so infestations increase when children are in close proximity to each other. “With young kids, they have no personal-space preferences. They tend to be closer together than adults are,” she said. But Ottesen said she’s also seeing an increase in the number of high school students getting head lice. She said selfies could be to blame. Lice may jump from head to head as teens lean against each other to take photos. Ottesen said using a preventative head lice repellent can help ensure bugs don’t crawl into hair. To learn more about preventive products and treatment options for head lice, visit freshheadsliceremoval.com.
  • A driver is in serious condition following a rollover crash.   The driver apparently was driving too fast to negotiate the curve near 9200 East 46 Street near the U.S. post office around 2:22 a.m. Friday. He lost control of his pickup truck, causing it to overturn several times and throwing him out of the vehicle. Tulsa Police Corporal Jeremy Lawson said the driver “actually vaulted over a creek that runs underneath the road (and) rolled several times before coming to rest in a parking lot.”  The driver was not wearing a seat belt. The crash caused numerous injuries to the driver’s face. He was taken to a Tulsa hospital. Cpl. Lawson said both speed and alcohol are going to be factors in the accident. There were no passengers in the vehicle.