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    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.
  • You can get your resumé ready now for 21 jobs, that don’t even EXIST yet. The aptly-named Center for the Future of Work has compiled a list of PROBABLE new kinds of work during the next 10 years, something that could come in handy for workers who find their current jobs being replaced by technology. Some examples that could happen soon include digital tailors, who could take your measurements remotely and then tailor your clothes. Or a man-machine teaming manager, who would figure the best ways for people to interact with the increasing number of gadgets in our lives. Further down the road are highway controllers, who manage all the self-driving vehicles expected in the near future. And augmented reality journey builders, who will create those virtual reality experiences. You can see more about the list here.
  • A man in California survives an attack by a Great White Shark, partly because of the kind of bystanders that helped him. They were two off-duty Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies, who were fishing on Pebble Beach when 25-year-old Grigor Azatian and his father came on shore and saw that Grigor's right leg was torn apart by the shark and that he was suffering from a huge loss of blood. One of the deputies had been trained in emergency field medicine, applied a tourniquet, and called dispatch for help. The quick action was likely critical in saving his life. The father told officials that he had tried to call and radio for help earlier, but his equipment was not working. You can read more about the story and see the sheriff’s office helicopter video here.
  • Some people just never get tired of trying to prove the Moon landing was a hoax. This time, it's a video that was uploaded to YouTube and has gotten around a million views. Newsweek reports the uploader, looking at an old photo from the Apollo 17 mission, claims to have spotted a person not wearing a spacesuit in the reflection of the helmet visor of an Astronaut walking on the moon. But some commenters say it looks just like another astronaut to them. And some point out that these days, just about anyone with simple software can convincingly alter a photo. You can look at the photo in question here.
  • Here's one that's in the spirit of the holidays. Students at the soon-to-be closed St. Gregory's University are raising money for the school's faculty and staff. The Student Body President told Channel 5 in Oklahoma City, they might not be able to help the university's employees find a new job, but they can maybe help reduce some of the stress and help them buy Christmas presents for their families. The Shawnee-based school announced last week it will be closing after failing to get funding from the Department of Agriculture. The students have set up a GoFundMe page and got it started with whatever extra money that student clubs had. You can read more about the story here.
  • The U.S. Navy has been doing live-fire testing to see how well it can shoot down incoming ballistic missiles. And while they don't say explicitly they’re preparing for the kind that would be fired by North Korea, the story at NationalInterest.org points out this is just the kind of capability the U.S. would need if Kim Jong Un decides to launch missiles against South Korea or Japan. There were 3 key takeaways from the testing. They confirmed they can hit an incoming missile with two simultaneous rounds of the Navy's SM-6 missile, which increases the chance of destroying it. They showed they can hit the missile at a low altitude as it's making its final descent toward its target. And they're getting better at firing the defense missiles in rapid succession, in case Kim launches a barrage of missiles. You can read more about the story here.
  • TripAdvisor is now putting warning badges on its site for resorts that have had claims of rape and assault. Engadget reports the website came under fire after reports they deleted reviews from users who said they had been attacked at certain resorts, including the Grand Velas Riveria Maya, where a man says he was drugged and sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, and the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, where at least 3 women reported being raped. They did put one woman's review back up. The site reportedly issued a release saying it apologizes, but the reviewers say the site has not contacted any of them personally. The warning badges advise users there have been 'media reports or events' about the resort and that they may want to do more research. You can read more about the story here.
  • You can spot one of the most famous Star Wars props on Google Maps. It’s Han Solo’s favorite ride, the Millennium Falcon. Just type in “Barrow Hills Golf Club”, which the Sun reports is near Longcross Studios in Chertsey, a town 27 miles southwest of London, and if you're on satellite view, it won't take you long to spot the famous sci-fi ship, even though from the ground, they've got it surrounded by shipping containers to try to hide it. The next installment in the Star Wars franchise, the Last Jedi, comes out December 15th. You can read more about the story here.
  • If you need some extra money for Christmas, how about a Christmas JOB? Woman's Day has a list of 9 companies that are hiring seasonal workers. Target, they say, is hiring a whopping 100,000 temps!  UPS need 95,000 seasonal folks. Macy's 80,000. Michael's 15,000. JCPenney’s 40,000. Some, like Target, Michael’s and JCPenney's, will even give you and employee discount if you want to get hired on and THEN buy your stuff there. You can see the full list from Woman’s Day here.
  • Oklahoma is a little on the 'chunky' side. Okay, make that a LOT on the chunky side, ranked the 8th fattest state in the nation, according to WalletHub. In fact, in the category of food and exercise, we ranked as having the worst diet and exercise habits. The site looked at everything from the obvious like obesity rates, but also at the amount that obesity costs the nation in terms of healthcare. Try $200 billion a year. Not to mention the $68 billion that people spend on weight loss programs and products. Top three fattest are Mississippi, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Three least fat are Colorado, Massachusetts, and Utah. You can see 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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  • 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.