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Posted: 4:34 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

KRMG Morning News "Stack of Stuff" and Notes 1/21/11 

By Joe Kelley, Host of the KRMG Morning News

  1. HEAR IT AT KRMG.COM - The 911 recording from this Monday's shooting and killing near Leonard is released.  In the recording you can hear the female victim of the shooting talking to dispatchers as she hides in the woods.  She tells dispatchers that she's wounded and her friend, 59 year old Edward Brown, is dead. Hear the 911 Tape. The Tulsa Sheriff's Office says they are looking for 48 year old Steven Thompson Keeling as a person of interest in the case.  Keeling may be driving a tan, 2006 extended cab Chevrolet pickup with a tag number of 657-DTH. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call investigators at either 596-8669 or 596-5601
  2. TULSA WORLD - A state legislator wants the names of donors who helped make the state Capitol dome a reality removed from the dome's ceiling and replaced with Oklahomans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, said many of the names are no longer accurate: Corporate names have changed, one couple is no longer together, and one family has had legal problems. Two years ago, a large plaque was placed on the fourth-floor Rotunda that lists the donors so they still are recognized for their contributions, Proctor said. Most of the money to put the $22 million dome on the Capitol came from private donations. Those who made donations or pledges of at least $1 million have their names on a ring near the bottom of the dome ceiling. They include General Motors Corp., Herman and LaDonna Meinders, Hobby
  3. Lobby Stores, Franklin Bernsen, the people of Oklahoma, the Stipe family, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Halliburton Co., Express Personnel/Bob and Nedra Funk, and the Freede family.
  4. NEWSOK.COM - Once again, Oklahoma City is home to three companies on Fortune magazine's annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For," which was released today. Chesapeake Energy Corp. was the highest ranking Oklahoma firm at No. 32, followed by fellow Oklahoma City companies American Fidelity Assurance Co. at No. 39 and Devon Energy Corp. at No. 41. Tulsa's QuikTrip, ranked No. 34, was the fourth Oklahoma company on the list. All four companies were on last year's list as well. American Fidelity is on the list for the eighth consecutive year. Chesapeake and Devon are on the list for the fourth straight year.
  5. (AP)  ATLANTA - Government officials are investigating an apparent increase in fever-related seizures in young children after they got a flu shot. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said there have been 36 confirmed reports of seizures this flu season in children ages 6 months through 2 years. The seizures occurred within one day after they were vaccinated with Fluzone, the only flu shot recommended in the United States for infants and very young children. Ten of the children were hospitalized, but all recovered. The FDA said it is investigating to see if there is any connection between the vaccine and the seizures, or if something else caused the convulsions. The agency said recommendations for using the vaccine have not changed, nor has there been any change in flu vaccine guidance.
  6. Piers Morgan started off promisingly as a close No. 2  cable news program at 9PM in its Monday premiere, then fell 40% on Tuesday but still finished second. Last night, Piers Morgan Tonight (1 million total viewers, 239,000 of them in the 25-54 demographic) slipped further to finish behind the time slot leader, Fox News's Sean Hannity (2 million, 565,000 in 25-54) and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (1.1 million, 221,000 in 25-54).
  7. NYTIMES - Cellular carriers, having spent years trying to blanket the nation with phone service, are now working on ways to stop people from getting calls and texts when they are behind the wheel.The technology is aimed at curbing dangerous distractions by temporarily interrupting service, short-circuiting the temptation for people to respond to the chime of their phones. T-Mobile announced a service this week that, for $4.99 a month, automatically disables rings and alerts and sends calls to voice mail when the phone is in a moving car. Sprint Nextel and AT&T said they were exploring the technology, while Verizon Wireless has been cooperating with small companies to offer a similar service on its network. The services being tested and deployed are voluntary and can be overridden if a driver needs to use the phone for an emergency. They face real challenges in that the technology, for now, cannot distinguish whether a phone belongs to a driver or a passenger -- or, for that matter, a bus rider.
  8. NEW YORK (CBS New York/AP) -- Thursday was a good day for federal agents and bad day for the mob. In the morning the FBI made arrests from New England to Florida. In all, 127 mafia members and associates were charged with a wide range of crimes -- some going back 30 years, CBS 2's John Slattery reports. It was the largest mafia bust in FBI history. The massive operation targeted the country's most notorious crime families, all part of the network known as La Cosa Nostra. Many of the arrests were in Brooklyn, but they occurred throughout New York City, in New Jersey and New England. One person was arrested in Italy. The charges are listed in 16 indictments charging hundreds of made men with murder, racketeering, gambling, narcotics, trafficking and extortion. The charges cover decades worth of offenses, Holder said, including "classic mob hits to eliminate perceived rivals," a killing during a botched robbery and a double shooting in a barroom dispute over a spilled drink. Bobby Vernace, of the Gambino leadership, is charged in a 1981 murder in Woodhaven, Queens.Some of the accused mobsters have colorful nicknames like "Vinny Carwash," "Tony Bagels," "Johnny Pizza," "Lumpy," "The Bull" and "Meatball."
  9. LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Laguna Beach surf shop is apologizing for its black-themed Martin Luther King Jr. holiday sale, saying the promotion was not meant to offend or hurt anyone. Thalia Surf Shop placed an advertisement on its website Monday titled "Respect," offering 20-percent off black-colored products like wet suits and T-shirts. The digitally-altered ad featured Martin Luther King Jr. in a wet suit holding a surf board. After receiving several negative comments, the ad was taken down. Owner Nick Cocores also posted an apology on the shop's blog Tuesday, saying there was no harm intended.
  10. BRISTOL, CT -- A 21-year-old city man charged with stabbing four people at a party Saturday night, killing one, told investigators he became enraged because people were criticizing him for passing gas, police said. Marc Higgins, who was described by witnesses as being "very drunk," stormed out of the party, came back armed with three knives and started stabbing people indiscriminately, according to court documents released Monday. Matthew Walton, 21, also of Bristol, died of stab wounds after the attack, police said. Two men and a woman also were stabbed, but all have been released from Bristol Hospital. Higgins told police he was angry at being derided and wanted to teach people that they shouldn't trifle with him, according to the court documents.
  11. A Tucson, Arizona, taco restaurant that offers tacos made with exotic meats once a week will be offering lion meat tacos starting on February 16th. Boca Tacos y Tequila says it's accepting prepaid orders for the African lion tacos that must be placed by February 7th. Under FDA rules, lion and other game meat can be sold legally as long as the species isn't endangered. Other exotic meat tacos that the restaurant has served on Wednesdays beginning about six months ago have included python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake and turtle.
  12. NASA ADDS ANOTHER SHUTTLE LAUNCH: NASA yesterday (January 20th) officially added another space shuttle launch to its schedule, which will be the final one before the shuttle program is retired. A target date of June 28th was sent for the launch of the shuttle Atlantis, which will take up supplies to the International Space Station. Originally, Atlantis was planned as an emergency-only rescue mission if needed for the Endeavour crew. With the addition of that mission, there are now three shuttle flights left, with Discovery set to launch on February 24th and Endeavour in April.
  13. MASHABLE - Remember how we all laughed last Friday at the cautionary tale that was "Girl falls into fountain while texting at the Berkshire Mall"? Well, the folks at the mall where the incident occurred probably aren't laughing now, as Cathy Cruz Marrero (the fountain woman) is considering suing them. The video in question -- in case you haven't seen it -- is pretty self-explanatory. It features a mall security video with audio of mall employees laughing at Marrero as she texts while walking, subsequently falling into a fountain. Now, Marrero is making the news circuit rounds with a lawyer in tow, stating that she might be suing the mall. "My issue is I don't think security was professional because they didn't send anyone to check on me until 20 minutes later and I had already left," Marrero told Reading Eagle. "We are troubled by the fact that anyone at the Berkshire Mall responsible for releasing this video would find humor in an employee injured on the premises," her lawyer, James M. Polyak, added. "We intend to hold the appropriate persons responsible."
  14. Ratings for American Idol's season ten premiere dropped 13 percent from last year. Entertainment Weekly reported that the revamped debut attracted 26.1 million viewers. In the key adult demo, 18-49, ratings were down 18 percent. That number represents the lowest-rated premiere for Idol since its 2002 summer debut and the biggest drop ever for the show between seasons. The previous record-holder was 2009's premiere, when the ratings fell 15 percent.
  15. FEMININE WOMEN ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL AT WORK: Women who want to succeed at work should resist the temptation to act like men, scientists said yesterday. Their studies show that women who take an aggressive approach are often less likely to get ahead than those who exhibit more feminine traits. The findings suggest the best way for a woman to succeed in a man's world is to act like a lady. The study asked 80 young men and women about their personality while they studied for a master's degree in business administration. Eight years later, the researchers got back in touch to find out how their careers were progressing and found that 'macho' women who took an aggressive approach had been promoted less than more feminine sorts. (Daily Mail)
  16. NIGHT DRIVING IS LIKE DRUNK DRIVING: Just three hours behind the wheel at night can make motorists drive as badly as if they were drunk, according to scientists. Driver tiredness after a few hours has the same effect as being over the drink-driving limit. It is estimated that one-fifth of all traffic accidents are due to sleepiness behind the wheel while one in three motorists admits to nodding off while driving at night. Now experts who carried out the research want governments to impose a maximum two-hour limit on continuous night-time driving in a bid to curb accidents and death rates. (UPI)
  17. MEN ARE WIMPS ABOUT GETTING SICK: When it comes to illness, scientists say men really are wimps. According to research, the working man is much more likely to succumb to a cold than his female colleague when the pressure's on. For their study, the scientists questioned manual workers from 40 companies about their level of work stress. Six months later, the workers were asked if they had had a cold in the preceding four months. Men who were under stress and felt that they did not have control over their job were 74 percent more likely to report suffering from a cold. (Daily Mail)
  18. BURGLARS MISTAKE MAN'S ASHES FOR COCAINE: Two burglars who broke into a woman's home in Central Florida and stole electronic equipment, jewelry and two urns, thought the contents of the urns were meant to be snorted. The thieves thought the ashes in the urns contained cocaine and heroine so they snorted some. In reality the urns contained the woman's father's ashes as well as two of her dogs ashes. Once they realized what they had done they dumped the urns in a lake, fearing their fingerprints were on the containers. The suspects have been caught and jailed on numerous charges of burglary and other crimes. (Msnbc)
  19. MAN WEARS UNWASHED JEANS FOR 15 MONTHS: A University of Alberta student wore the same pair of jeans everyday for 15 months to conduct an experiment on the amount of bacteria on clothing. Josh Le kept his usual hygiene routine and put the jeans in the freezer every two weeks to help with any odor. At the end of the experiment Le and professor Rachel McQueen ran tests on the pants and found the pants bacteria levels were the same as any other samples that were washed regularly. (