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    It's the illegal immigration you don't often hear about. These are the immigrants who start off legal, by entering the U.S. on a travel visa. But then they overstay that visa. Quartz.com reports that for just the second time, the government has counted them up. And for fiscal year 2016, the biggest violators, by far, were Canadians. There were around 120,000 Canadians who overstayed visas, compared to just 47,000 Mexicans. Quartz says the data shows just how little we know about who's coming and going across the borders. They say Homeland Security is starting to use biometric technology to track travelers, but the funding is much less than what's being proposed for the Mexican border wall. You can read more about the story here.
  • How much are the biggest tech companies worth? Try looking at the entire Chicago skyline. Just for comparison's sake, MarketWatch says Bank of America/Merrill Lynch looked at Apple's market value and Chicago's GDP and found that Apple has a value of $803 billion, while Chicago's GDP is 'only' $581 billion. In fact, Google with $654 billion also surpasses the Windy City. Both companies may eventually catch Los Angeles, which has a GDP of $832 billion. But the Big Apple lives up to its name, New York City with a GDP of more than $1.4 TRILLION. You can read more from MarketWatch here.
  • A data relay box has failed on the International Space Station, and two astronauts will have to go outside the station to fix it. Commander Peggy Whitson and Fight Engineer Jack Fischer are making an emergency space walk today, scheduled for 7:00 a.m. Tuesday Tulsa time. The backup, redundant relay box is working as it's supposed to, so the crew is not in any immediate danger But the repair is necessary to keep the backup redundant and not critical. Whitson has already had lots of practice with 9 previous space walks. Fischer, just one. You can read more about the emergency space walk here.
  • General Mills KNOWS why people love Lucky Charms cereal. Of course it's the marshmallows. So why not have a box of Lucky Charms with nothing BUT marshmallows. Here's how it works: there will be specially-marked boxes of Lucky Charms that will have a 14-digit code on the inside back panel of the box. You enter that code to see if you win one of 10,000 special marshmallow-only boxes. The promotion goes through December, so if you live a “Charms” existence, look for those special boxes.
  • Companies are sending in designs for President's Trump's Mexico border wall, and one is transparent. As in literally, you can see through it, at least from the U.S. side. Business Insider says the design from Fort Worth-based PennaGroup is a wall made from wire and plexiglass that works like a one-way mirror, presumably a sturdy one. The company says it interviewed lots of border patrol agents about what they need in a wall before making their design. Agents would be able to see through the wall on the U.S. side, but people on the Mexican side would not be able to see through. You can read more from Business Insider here.
  • Uber wants its drivers to have personal injury insurance, and it's passing the cost on to YOU. BuzzFeed says it's part of an 8-state pilot program that includes Oklahoma, where customers will be charged an extra 5-cents per mile for the cost of the insurance. But critics point out, it's the driver who will decide whether or not to buy insurance and may simply pocket the money. They say Uber should pay for and provide worker's compensation insurance, saying that's what responsible businesses do. You can read more here from BuzzFeed.
  • The website WalletHub found out which states are best for working moms. And cutting right to the chase, Oklahoma isn't the worst, but could definitely use some work, ranked at number 35. WalletHub says Oklahoma does well in the category of Child Care. But we ranked low in Professional Opportunities, which includes things like the ratio of male to female executives and gender pay gap and low in Work-life Balance, which includes things like parental-leave policies. You can see more of WalletHub’s findings here.
  • Science has proven what we were already pretty sure was true. Swearing out loud makes you stronger. The British Psychological Society says researchers did two tests. One was a short, intense session on an exercise bike. The other was a handgrip test. They found that participants who were swearing before the test had more power on the bike and more strength on the handgrip than those who didn't swear.  The only thing is, they’re not sure why. They think swearing may stimulate the body's sympathetic nervous system, but they didn't see the other kinds of physiology changes you would expect to find if that were the case. Earlier tests have shown that swearing also increases a person’s tolerance for pain. You can read more about the study here.
  • Chris Rock is talking about his failed marriage in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The standup comedian and actor admits that he cheated on his wife with three different women, one of whom is a fellow celebrity, although he apparently didn’t identify the woman. Rock is currently performing his first standup comedy tour in nine years, which was in Tulsa a few weeks ago. You can read more from the Rolling Stone interview here.
  • The website WalletHub has ranked the best places to be a nurse. And there's no geographic pattern. The best 5 are Wisconsin, New Mexico, Iowa, Texas, and Colorado. The worst five are D.C., Hawaii, New York, Louisiana, and Alabama. So it’s all over the map. One major factor, of course, is salary, but that has to be weighed against cost of living, which is why Hawaii and New York took a hit in the rankings. WalletHub also looked at things like the nurse-patient ratio, the number of hospitals and nursing homes, and which states will have the highest elderly populations in the next 15 years. Oklahoma unfortunately ranks closer to the bottom than the top, coming in at 36. You can find the full list from WalletHub 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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  • It's the illegal immigration you don't often hear about. These are the immigrants who start off legal, by entering the U.S. on a travel visa. But then they overstay that visa. Quartz.com reports that for just the second time, the government has counted them up. And for fiscal year 2016, the biggest violators, by far, were Canadians. There were around 120,000 Canadians who overstayed visas, compared to just 47,000 Mexicans. Quartz says the data shows just how little we know about who's coming and going across the borders. They say Homeland Security is starting to use biometric technology to track travelers, but the funding is much less than what's being proposed for the Mexican border wall. You can read more about the story here.
  • Women CEOs did pretty well last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. For reference, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent. But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6 percent of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women, according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase from about 5 percent in 2015 and 2014. The highest paid woman was Virginia Rometty of International Business Machines Corp., bumping out Yahoo's Marissa Mayer from the top spot. Rometty earned $32.3 million last year from the technology company, a 63 percent jump from the year before, mainly due to $12.1 million in stock option awards she didn't receive in 2015. Mayer earned $27.4 million last year, making her the second-highest paid woman.
  • 3rd Annual Great Graft Race Labor Day, Monday September 4th 2017 Early Bird Registration Ends Wednesday 5/31 (Register here). Get ready for the 3rd year of the Great Raft Race's revival on the Arkansas River. Register now to participate in this classic Tulsa event on Labor Day Monday September 4th 2016. Register yourself or your team of participants for a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, inflatable raft, or the crowd favorite creative homemade rafts.   Registration Info You won’t want to miss our early bird price that is significantly cheaper than the 2016 cost.  Registration prices: 5/1/17 - 5/31/17 Early bird pricing = $45 per participant  6/1/17 - 7/15/17 = $55 per participant 7/16/17 - 8/15/17 = $70 per participant Race Categories Participants will be able to compete in the recreational category  “Pokey Okie” and leisurely float down the AR River while enjoying the views and soaking up the sun. Speed Demons participate in the “Race Category” and see who’s rowing muscle can take them the fastest down the river! We will be giving awards for top 3 times in the 2 race categories; Canoe/Kayak/Sup & Homemade Raft. OR Compete directly against other local businesses for bragging rights in this year’s “Corporate Challenge”. Corporate Challenge participants receive VIP tent access at the Bud Light Boatyard Bash where free food, drink, and adult beverages catered by Elote will be provided.  Raft Race Design Challenge Ready to showcase your design and construction skills?? Or will you have the the most creative kookiest raft on the river, and just hope it floats?? Good news is we are rewarding both! The Raft Race Design Challenge will give out awards for the following  Categories:  Best of Show- The best overall design of the Great Race, blending construction, creativity, sea-worthiness, style, and fun!! Best Engineered Raft - The best engineered, constructed, and most intricate functioning raft. Most Creative - The most creative, artistic, funny raft. Costumes encouraged! All homemade raft participants are automatically entered to compete in these categories.  Bud Light Boatyard Bash  You don’t want to miss the official Great Raft Race finish line party! Come out and enjoy the end of summer with us on Labor Day and cheer your favorite rafts to the finish line! The Bud Light Boatyard Bash is located at River West Festival Park on the Arkansas River. Admission is FREE! Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and find your perfect spot of grass on the riverbank to enjoy the party! Festivities Include: Live Local Music Food Trucks Inflatable Kids Zone Yard Games - new for ‘17 Retail Vendors
  • UPDATE: Investigators have arrested a man in connection with a deadly police chase that killed a man on a north Tulsa highway early Wednesday. Jerry Lee Newman, 24, was caught in the area of 31st and Garnett Wednesday afternoon. He has a string of prior felony convictions, mostly involving stolen vehicles. Newman was released from prison in February of this year, according to DOC records. A police chase that started in Sapulpa early Wednesday morning ended in a crash on Highway 75 in Tulsa. We’re told a suspect crashed into a driver in the northbound lanes, the suspect was said to be driving southbound. The driver hit by that suspect on the highway was killed. The suspect was able to escape on foot. He fled through a salvage yard and into a north Tulsa neighborhood. This dramatic surveillance video from that salvage yard shows just how narrowly a police officer missed catching the suspect: KRMG has learned the man allegedly stole an ONG service truck in Sapulpa about 5:45 a.m.  A pursuit quickly developed, and the man led officers all the way to Tulsa International Airport, where he crashed through a fence and onto the tarmac. OHP troopers tried twice to use tactical maneuvers to stop him, and may have prevented him from hitting a commercial aircraft that was taxiing at the time. But he kept going, and eventually ended up on Highway 75, driving the wrong way in the southbound lane. Police called off the chase at that point, but by the time they got back on the highway going the right way the crash had occurred.  Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call OHP at (405) 425-7620. 
  •  Today, the NFL took a giant leap forward. Roger Goodell announced that the NFL has officially relaxed some of its rules regarding touchdown celebrations. According to Goodell, the following three types of celebrations that were once penalized are now acceptable:   Using the football as a prop  Celebrating on the ground... Yes, that means snow angels are allowed!  Group demonstrations    The goal of this change, according to him, is to allow the players to have the “freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.” Further, he states this is why “offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.” Sorry, Antonio!       What do you think? Will this make the NFL more fun to watch? Also, how long until somebody takes advantage of the relaxed rules just like Terrell Owens did with his famous “Sharpie” celebration?       I don’t know about you, but this makes me incredibly happy. I can’t honestly wait for the next snow game!      The #NFL got much better today: Group celebrations, ball props, and snow angels are now officially allowed! HIZZAH!https://t.co/2hCWoPbbBT pic.twitter.com/YbpjI0nRDI — Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) May 23, 2017