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    Mechanics at American Airlines, one of Tulsa's largest employers, are awaiting possible new instructions from the Federal Aviation Administration on how to examine their engines for fatigue. This comes in response to Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which experienced an engine explosion after a fatigued engine fan blade broke off earlier this week. A passenger was killed during the incident. American Airlines has more than 400 Boeing 737s. Statement from American Airlines:  “Our hearts go out to the Riordan family, the passengers and crew of Flight 1380 and the entire Southwest Airlines team. After a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published in August 2017, American Airlines voluntarily began inspections of CFM56-7B fan blades under the guidance proposed in the NPRM. We continue to closely monitor the investigation being led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).”
  • A recent report has our state ranking high in a positive category. According to the report published by the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma was among four states to generate at least 30 percent of the electricity produced inside state borders in 2017. We joined Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota to achieve that mark. An Oklahoma City newspaper states the electrical generating capacity of wind farms grew last year by 13 percent in Oklahoma. Nationally, it grew by 9 percent.
  • Many people posted to social media on Friday for the 4/20 marijuana holiday. Tulsa Police Department took part as well on their Facebook page.  They might have had one of the better posts that included a a bag of Cheetos in front of a Tulsa police car. Caption: “In recognition of 420 the Tulsa Police Department is working on a Marijuana Detection Kit....do you have a sudden case of the munchies? We also offer a free weighing service to verify the weight of your marijuana. If you have some marijuana that you would like an official weight on, please contact your nearest officer. The officer will be happy to weigh your Marijuana and provide you with a certified weight in the form of a citation, or for some lucky citizens the officer will offer you deluxe accommodations in one of our lovely facilities located in the downtown area.” No word on if anyone took them up on their offer.
  • A pair of volunteer firefighters in Washington County have been charged with the very thing they were supposed to help fight. Court records show Hunter Martin and Patrick Bradley were charged recently with two counts of third-degree arson. Tulsa World reports both men are accused of setting grass fires on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 near 4000 Road and U.S. 60, 1900 Road and North 4000 Road and West 1800 Road and North 4020 Road. They reportedly used a lighter and paper or “paper like substances” wrapped in pink tape. No structures were damaged and there have been no reports of any injuries from the fires.   Martin and Bradley are no longer volunteering for the office. KRMG will follow the case through the court system.  
  • It was a busy and emotional day on Friday in the courtroom during the Michael Bever trial. The 911 call was played and jurors heard from the surviving sister. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says the sister was able to testify from a separate courtroom and the jurors heard the testimony through a television. “I was very grateful to the court for the arrangements she had made to try and it make it easier on this young lady,” Kunzweiler said.  “I’m just glad that she’s been able to get through it.” During her testimony, Michael was seen crying on several occasions and putting his hands over his face. KRMG will continue to update the story as more information comes into the newsroom.  
  • Another teacher in Oklahoma is being investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. An Oklahoma City newspaper reports a teacher with Paolo Public Schools in Garvin County is accused of having the relationship with a high School student.  The name of the teacher hasn’t been released.   Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents also discovered nude pictures of children under 18 years old on the teacher's cellphone. For reference, those children were not Paoli students or local children. KRMG will continue to update the story as more information comes into the newsroom.  
  • If you have outdoor plans for today, bring an umbrella and be prepared to get wet. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we'll see plenty of rain in Tulsa. “We’re expecting widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms,” McGavick said.  “The chance of rain is 100 percent.” It’s also going to be cooler than normal.  NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 57 degrees.   For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is closer to 73 degrees.   Keep that umbrella handy Saturday night as well.  There is an 80 percent chance for rain and the low will be near 49 degrees.  
  • Two men use a gun and a knife to rob an Auto Zone store. Three employees were still on duty before 9 p.m. Thursday when two men entered the store near 5100 North Peoria. They wanted money, but during the robbery a gutsy thing took place and one of the robbers left. “One of the employees was able to get out of the store during the robbery,” TPD Sgt. Brandon Smith told KRMG. “We presume (the robber) followed but I guess we’re not 100% sure.” The robbery succeeded. “The employees were cooperative gave the suspects what they asked for and the suspects both left on foot from the store.” Detectives will use surveillance video to help solve the case.
  • Oklahoma now has an official state inspirational song. This comes after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Thursday, choosing MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine”.   For reference, the story behind the 2001 song was recently adapted into a film that was shot in Oklahoma. Song link:
  • An Oklahoma County detention officer is going to need a new source of income. That's because 21-year-old Matthew McCoin was arrested and fired this week for allegedly smuggling tobacco into the jail. An Oklahoma City newspaper reports McCoin would sell packs of tobacco to inmates for $50 to $150 a pack. It's believed he used Green Dot pre-paid Visa cards to get paid. “No one is above the law, and that certainly pertains to employees of the sheriff’s office,” Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor told the newspaper. No word on how authorities became aware of his scheme.
  • If you have outdoor plans for today, bring an umbrella and be prepared to get wet. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we'll see plenty of rain in Tulsa. “We’re expecting widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms,” McGavick said.  “The chance of rain is 100 percent.” It’s also going to be cooler than normal.  NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 57 degrees.   For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is closer to 73 degrees.   Keep that umbrella handy Saturday night as well.  There is an 80 percent chance for rain and the low will be near 49 degrees.  
  • U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.”  >> Read more trending news Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave.  The charter school where the assignment came from, Great Hearts, has since responded in a statement on Facebook saying that it would conduct an audit of the textbook the assignment at its Monte Vista North campus came from and decide whether or not to use the textbook in the future. The statement also said that the assignment had only been used by one teacher, at one campus:  'We fully intend to make sure something like this does not happen again and will keep parents posted as we address this issue further,' Great Hearts said of the incident.
  • A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded a no-go zone to the entire mountain from previously just around the volcano’s crater. Explosions have briefly subsided Friday, but officials cautioned residents in nearby towns against falling volcanic rocks and ash. The volcano is part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu. The area is about 620 miles southwest of Tokyo. Another volcano nearby also erupted violently in March for the first time in seven years. Japan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has 110 active volcanoes.
  • The legal fight over the 2016 elections expanded further on Friday, as the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, top aides, one of Mr. Trump’s sons, his son-in-law, the Russian government, and others caught up in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race for the White House. The 66 page lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, where an FBI raid recently took place on the President’s personal lawyer, alleges a broad conspiracy involving Russia, its intelligence service, and members of the Trump inner circle, like former campaign manager Paul Manafort. “No one is above the law,” the lawsuit begins. “In the Trump Campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort.” DNC lawsuit accuses Trump campaign, Russia of a conspiracy that 'constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery.' — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) April 20, 2018 The charges cover everything from racketeering, conspiracy, computer fraud, trespass, and more, claiming the hacking effort was a coordinated effort with the Trump Campaign, designed to damage the bid of Hillary Clinton for the White House. Along with the Russian government and intelligence service known as the GRU, the Democratic lawsuit names Julian Assange and Wikileaks, the Trump Campaign, Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, and two campaign aides who have already agreed to help the Russia investigation, George Papadopoulos and Richard Gates. The document did not seem to make public any brand new details about how the hacking occurred at the DNC or with members of the Clinton campaign. In the lawsuit, Democrats charge “Russia’s cyberattack on the DNC began only weeks after Trump announced his candidacy for President,” in June 2015. “In April 2016, another set of Russian intelligence agents successfully hacked into the DNC, saying that “massive amounts of data” were taken from DNC servers. The lawsuit makes no mention of the FBI warning to the DNC that it was being hacked, and how that was ignored for weeks by officials at DNC headquarters in Washington. If the lawsuit actually goes forward, it would not only involve evidence being gathered from those being challenged by the Democrats – but some made clear it could open the DNC hacking response to a further review as well in terms of discovery.
  • A 19-year-old Florida man claimed a $15 million top prize in a new scratch-off game, Florida lottery officials announced Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Quinn Kofler of Bonita Springs won the top prize in the Florida 100X the Cash scratch-off game, lottery officials said in a news release. The scratch-off game, which costs $30, debuted on Feb. 26 and features eight top prizes of $15 million, which lottery officials said is the largest scratch-off jackpot in state history. There are also 20 prizes of $1 million. Kofler traveled to lottery headquarters in Tallahassee and decided to take his winnings in a lump sum of $11,175,000, according to the statement. He bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Bonita Springs.