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    Martins Igbanu had 16 points to lead six Tulsa players in double figures as the Golden Hurricane edged past East Carolina 77-73 in overtime on Sunday. Jeriah Horne added 12 points for the Golden Hurricane. Elijah Joiner chipped in 11, DaQuan Jeffries scored 11 and Sterling Taplin had 11. Shawn Williams scored a season-high 26 points for the Pirates (9-16, 2-11 American Athletic Conference), who have now lost five games in a row. Jayden Gardner added 19 points and 16 rebounds. Isaac Fleming had 13 points and seven rebounds. Tulsa (16-10, 6-7) faces Wichita State at home on Wednesday. East Carolina plays Tulane on the road on Saturday. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
  • A vessel that bears the name of Oklahoma's second-largest city has been commissioned as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy's fleet. The USS Tulsa was commissioned on Saturday at a pier in San Francisco. The warship is an Independence-class combat ship designed to patrol coastlines. It's the eighth ship of its kind in the Navy's fleet. U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma says the ship is one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Lankford said the massive vessel does not have a traditional rudder or propeller and operates more like a catamaran and a jet ski with a high draft, sitting just 14 feet (4 meters) in the water. The warship features electronic components made by a Tulsa firm, U.S. Pioneer.
  • Police in Oklahoma City say one person is dead and another has been wounded following a shootout on the city's northwest side. Authorities say several people were firing weapons at each other near an apartment complex when police arrived about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers say one person was killed by gunfire in the shootout and another was taken to a nearby hospital with at least one gunshot wound. Their names were not immediately released. Investigators say it was not immediately clear what led to the shooting and no arrests have been announced.
  • A few sparkled with metallic accents. The traditional head scarves worn by Muslim women took center stage at several events observing 'World Hijab Day' recently in the metro area. Women gathered at the Aloft Hotel for a 'World Hijab Day' dinner and program hosted by the Council on American Islamic Relations — Oklahoma chapter. The special day also was celebrated at the University of Central Oklahoma, where members of the Muslim Student Association set up a 'World Hijab Day' booth. Natasha Saya, CAIR-OK's community outreach coordinator, said she created the special dinner because she organized World Hijab Day activities as a student at the University of Oklahoma. This year, she wanted to observe the day in another setting. 'I thought it would be really important to support Muslim women because Muslim women, they wear their religion on their sleeve,' she said to The Oklahoman . 'They face discrimination that men don't because they wear that scarf.' Veronica Soltani, wife of Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK's executive director, said nearly 30 percent of anti-Muslim bias incidents in Oklahoma were triggered by a hijab, according to statistics compiled by CAIR-OK. Saya said another reason for the celebration was to bring Muslim women together with women of other faiths to support one another. About 140 women attended CAIR-OK's event. The gathering drew mostly Muslim women, but there were numerous women of other faiths in the crowd. Mauree Turner, of Oklahoma City, said she considered her turban a type of hijab because hijab in Arabic means covering. She said it helps to symbolize her Muslim faith. She was excited to take part in the celebration because it was important for women to get together in 'community,' she said. 'I think events like this are very important because we can encourage each other,' Turner said. 'For Muslim women, you get to be in a room with people who look like you, and for those who are not Muslim, they get to learn how to be an ally.' Janie Kirt Morris, a Christian who attends an Episcopal church, sat at Khan's table. She said she was enjoying the celebration of women in the community. 'The whole idea of empowering women is terrific. It's important to encourage each other,' Morris said. The event's keynote speaker, Melanie Elturk, said that is what she planned to do — support and encourage the crowd. As founder and chief executive officer of New York-based Haute Hijab, Elturk said she wanted to talk more about what the hijab represents — faith — more than the head covering itself. 'When we wear this hijab day in and day out, we have to know who we are and to be ready to answer and be recognized as women of faith,' she said. She said in society, the No 1. reason people cite for wearing the hijab is for modesty. But she said the foundation behind the hijab is that it shows that the wearer is a proud member of the Islamic faith community. The Muslim Student Association members at UCO moved forward with another goal of World Hijab Day: discussing stereotypes and myths about the hijab and educating non-Muslims about them. The group's booth set up outside the Nigh Center food court recently seemed to focus on the day's motto: 'Breaking Stereotypes. Shattering Boundaries.' The association's president, Ashley Salim, said the students specifically wanted to raise awareness about what the hijab is and why Muslim women wear it. The UCO senior said she does not wear the traditional head scarf but supports women who do. Another member who wears a hijab, junior Oswah Cheema, said she wanted to help with the booth to help dispel negative misconceptions about the hijab. Cheema said she lived in Pakistan before moving to Edmond and began wearing the hijab about four years ago. She is used to people asking her questions about the head covering. Some have said they believed the hijab was a sign of oppression, but 'the hijab is a sign of freedom for me,' she said. 'When I came here, it was a sign of my identity. My family didn't force it on me,' Cheema said. Students walking by the booth were offered refreshments and given an opportunity to try on a hijab or answer a question about the hijab to be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Freshman Trinity Johnson decided to try on a hijab with Salim's help. She said she grew up in a Christian household, considers herself spiritual and saw no reason not to try on the head scarf and learn more about why Muslim women wear them. Meanwhile, other students tried to answer questions to test their knowledge about the hijab. 'In Islam, are women forced to wear the hijab?' The non-Muslin student who got that question said it was true, but Cheema and Salim told her it was false because Muslim women are not required to wear the hijab. Another question was, 'Is the hijab only for Muslim women?' Salim said women of other faiths, including Jews and Christians, have worn similar head coverings over the years. Sophomore Fnu Shahzaib was another member of the Muslim Student Association who helped out at the booth. He said he liked the idea of educating other students about aspects of the Islamic faith. 'I think we should be doing this more because the perspective that a lot of people have is negative,' Shahzaib said. 'This is about explaining our culture.' ___ Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com An AP Member Exchange shared by The Oklahoman.
  • A special house will be listed for sale in Lawton on March 1. The 1,600-square foot home, from floor to roof, granite-topped kitchen counters to walk-in closet, is the work of building trades students at Great Plains Technology Center and represents about 18 months of classroom work. Just call it on-the-job learning. The house is the eighth built by Great Plains students and was fronted — meaning, money provided to finance construction — by the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation, a volunteer board dedicated to supporting Great Plains and its students. Any surplus revenue realized from the sale of the house will go back into the foundation to support activities such as student scholarships. It's a worthwhile venture, Glen Boyer, the foundation's executive director, said to The Lawton Constitution. Boyer said the house is larger than structures built in past year (previous houses have been about 1,560 square feet). The nearly-completed single-story house is now tucked on the east side of the campus, where it is easily accessible by building trades students. Once the house is sold, the new owner will be responsible for moving the structure to its new permanent location. The house will be moved in one piece, which puts a limit on its relocation site, Boyer said, remembering that one of the most difficult moves was the first house Great Plains students built. That house — still occupied — was placed at Robinson's Landing on Lake Lawtonka, and movers couldn't take the most direct route because of the road. Instead, they had to go through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, giving the house one last adventure before it settled into its permanent site. The house came to life in fall 2017, meaning it spans about 18 months and two school years. Boyer said the structure has amenities not found in most other 1,600 square foot houses on the local market. The master bedroom in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a walk-in closet; two smaller bedrooms have large closets with built-in shelves. The kitchen/dining room/ living room in the center part of the home has a built-in pantry and granite counter tops (as do the bathrooms). There are engineered hardwood floors throughout and central air/heating/ventilation. French doors open to what will be someone's backyard, and the front porch is supported by stacked rock columns. Boyer said almost 100 students have participated in the project, meaning every building trade you would see on a 'real' job site — carpenters, masonry workers, electricians, plumbers, heating/air conditioning guys — have had a hand in construction. Students did almost all the work, to include the granite. They had some help on the sheet rock: students did the installation, but Great Plains relied on an outside subcontractor to tape and bed that work, Boyer said. Teachers and students say the job site is as real as any site in Lawton where houses are built. For Great Plains students, it's the ultimate 'hands on' project, one that gets them out of the classroom and into the real world. Great Plains student Jose Sarmjento said that real world experience is a large part of the appeal. Sarmjento, who worked on the house in the last school year then returned this year to help finish, did carpentry, including a lot of the cabinet work, instructors said. Sarmjento said the learning atmosphere was much better because he got to work with his hands, important because he said he learns better by doing. And, students get to experience an actual job site. 'It's a better learning experience,' he said. Gage Phelps and Andrew McCourt, students who worked to install duct work and heating, air conditioning and ventilation, also thrived on the real world job site. Phelps said the site provided a better learning experience for student/workers because they could see the results of their work. McCourt said the house helped emphasize what students had learned in the classroom, noting the appeal of 'hands on learning on HVAC.' Instructor Zachary Sale said instructors worked to maintain the real-world atmosphere. 'This is a real world job site,' he said, explaining he functioned as a site manager to oversee students and ensure their work was quality. 'It will be very impressive.' He and Boyer said part of the appeal of the project is that students work on a site where their work depends on each other. Boyer said that site was controlled just as any other building site would be, to include inspections by City of Lawton building inspectors. 'It's like doing it in the real world,' he said. Boyer said the plan is to complete the house (finishing work is under way) so it can be listed for sale in March. Foundation members will evaluate the house and decide the asking price. Boyer estimates the house is costing between $58 and $63 per square foot to build, compared to $90-$110 per square foot for houses built on the 'outside.' The house will have an expense off campus houses will not: a new stem wall to secure the house to its new site once it is moved (students will hook up the HVAC). Boyer estimated at that cost at $10,000 to $12,000, but said the house still will be less expensive for an owner looking for affordable quality construction. 'It's a wonderful opportunity,' Boyer said. ___ Information from: The Lawton Constitution, http://www.swoknews.com An AP Member Exchange shared by The Lawton Constitution.
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the 'Lotto America' game were: 16-27-32-47-51, Star Ball: 6, ASB: 2 (sixteen, twenty-seven, thirty-two, forty-seven, fifty-one; Star Ball: six; ASB: two) Estimated jackpot: $15.22 million
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the 'Powerball' game were: 29-30-41-48-64, Powerball: 1, Power Play: 4 (twenty-nine, thirty, forty-one, forty-eight, sixty-four; Powerball: one; Power Play: four) Estimated jackpot: $260 million ¶ ___ ¶ Online: ¶ Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
  • Boston's Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O'Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn's Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State's Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his hometown. Say this for All-Star Saturday Night: It had flair. Tatum won the skills competition, Diallo put on a show for the league's annual slam dunk title, and in easily the most anticipated part of the night Harris held off the Warriors' shooting star for the win in the 3-point contest. Harris made 12 straight shots in the final round and went a staggering 15 for 18 on moneyballs — the shots worth the most — to win the 3-point title. He finished with 26 of a possible 34 points in the final round, beating Curry by two. Sacramento's Buddy Hield was third with 19 final-round points. 'Obviously, it's incredible,' Harris said. 'Steph is the greatest shooter of all time. But, again, shooting off of the rack for a minute is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don't want anybody to get it twisted at all.' And the runner-up left a winner, too. Stephen Curry and his brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers had a bet where the winner of the 3-point contest — they were both entrants — would have to pay for tickets for the family over the rest of their careers. Seth Curry didn't get out of the first round. He said that even though his brother didn't win, he'd pay up. 'It stands. He got that 27 in Round One and that's impressive,' Seth Curry said. 'He deserved to win the bet and I have to do what I got to do.' Stephen Curry won the first round with 27 points, making his last 10 shots. Hield was second with 26 points, and Harris finished with 25 to grab the last spot in the finals. And in a weekend where the Curry family — Dell Curry is a former Charlotte star, Steph is a three-time NBA champion, Seth is in the league and mother Sonya beat them all by making an underhand half-court shot Friday — was celebrated, the trophy finish didn't happen. 'I would have loved the storybook ending — Steph comes home and wins in his native Charlotte,' Stephen Curry said. 'That's how I had it in my head anyway.' Stephen Curry went a combined 37 for 50 in the two rounds, the best of anyone in the event. But Harris' timely makes of the moneyballs put him over the top. 'It's been an honor for me to be here, for me to participate in this weekend,' Harris said. 'And it's certainly something that I'll remember for a long time.' Same goes for Tatum. The night started with the skills challenge, and Tatum edged Atlanta rookie Trae Young in the final by making a shot from just past the midcourt stripe. Young was ahead of Tatum in the competition where players have to execute some passes, a layup and then a 3-pointer. So fearing that Young would make his 3 before Tatum could even get one off, he let it fly from about 50 feet. 'I didn't want to give Trae a chance,' Tatum said. 'I honestly didn't know I was going to hit the shot, but I had to give myself a chance and throw it up there. It worked out for the best.' When the skills challenge and 3-point contest cleared the floor, that left the dunkers. The slam dunk contest field of four — New York's Dennis Smith Jr., Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo, Charlotte's Miles Bridges and Atlanta's John Collins — was pared to Diallo and Smith for the final. Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round — dunking over Shaquille O'Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a 'Superman' shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at basically rim level, putting him in control after Smith failed to make a dunk in his debut try of the final. Smith leapfrogged Miami's Dwyane Wade and took a lob from Stephen Curry to give himself a chance with his last dunk, getting a perfect score from the judges — and a round of boos from the crowd, many of whom weren't that impressed. That left Diallo as the night's final participant. Diallo got rapper Quavo out of the crowd, put the ball in his hands, then grabbed it as he went airborne for the slam that sealed the title. 'Atmosphere was great,' Diallo said. 'Just came out and gave the crowd what it was looking for.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • When Chloe Jackson scored the last of her 24 points, she was responsible for half of top-ranked Baylor's scoring — and was still single-handily outscoring Oklahoma. Jackson's last basket came midway through the third quarter and the Lady Bears rolled to their 36th consecutive Big 12 Conference victory, 87-53 on Saturday night. 'I'm just taking what the defense is giving me. And my post players are finding me, just being able to focus in and knock down the shot,' said Jackson, the graduate transfer from LSU who was 10-of-13 shooting. The Lady Bears (23-1, 13-0) are closing in on their ninth Big 12 regular-season championship in a row. They have a three-game lead over second-place Texas with five games left. When Jackson made a fast-break jumper for her last points, she had a 24-21 advantage over Oklahoma (6-18, 2-11) and the Lady Bears led 48-21. The Sooners didn't outscore Baylor's point guard until Madi Williams made a jumper with 2:12 left in the third quarter that made it 54-25. 'We obviously couldn't do a thing with all that size,' Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. 'We couldn't get a rebound, we couldn't stop them from scoring in the paint. ... You roll the dice, and you've got to give them something. That's what we gave them, and she took advantage of it.' Baylor 6-foot-4 post Lauren Cox had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, the Lady Bears shot 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field and finished with a 59-28 rebounding margin even with 6-7 center Kalani Brown in foul trouble early and playing only 17 minutes. 'As usual, poor Kalani, she just can't move,' Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. 'And consequently, it left Chloe with a lot of mid-range jumpers, and she's just shooting the ball really well.' Ana Llanusa had 31 points and was the only player scoring in double figures for Oklahoma. The Sooners, with two sophomores and three freshmen starting, have lost 11 of their last 12 games. 'The stuff they're learning is so great,' Coale said. 'If they can keep themselves together and keep themselves learning, which is our primary job, they're going to grow into really nice basketball players and we're going to have a lot of fun with them down the road.' BIG PICTURE Oklahoma: Other than Llanusa, who led them in scoring for the fifth game in a row, the Sooners had nothing going offensively. Williams was 1 for 12 from the floor, while Taylor Robertson, a 44-percent 3-point shooter, made only one of her six tries from beyond the arc. The Sooners had nearly as many turnovers (15) and shots blocked (12) as field goals made (16). Baylor: Brown picked up her second foul seven minutes into the game and played only 17 minutes, but that only kept the 6-foot-7 senior post from reaching milestones. She is 11 points shy of 2,000 and two rebounds away from 1,000 in her career. Even without her usual production, the Lady Bears outscored Oklahoma 48-12 in the paint and dominated on the boards. POLL IMPLICATIONS The Lady Bears are set to be No. 1 for the fourth week in a row after winning their two games this week by a combined 57 points. They won by 23 at Kansas State. 0 FOR 1 Oklahoma lost to a No. 1 team for the second time this season (72-63 to then-No. 1 UConn on Dec. 19). The Sooners are 0-19 all-time against top-ranked team. The Lady Bears were No. 2 when they won 74-53 in Norman on Jan. 27, and took over the top spot the next day. UP NEXT Oklahoma: Hosts Iowa State on Wednesday night. Baylor: Hosts Kansas on Wednesday night. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Marlon Stewart scored a season-high 23 points as North Dakota defeated Oral Roberts 85-73 on Saturday night. Aanen Moody added 21 points for the Fighting Hawks, while Cortez Seales chipped in 20. Stewart hit 9 of 11 free throws. Filip Rebraca had five assists for North Dakota (10-16, 4-9 Summit League). Kevin Obanor had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (10-19, 6-8). D.J. Weaver added 15 points. Aidan Saunders had 13 points. The Fighting Hawks leveled the season series against the Golden Eagles with the win. Oral Roberts defeated North Dakota 83-72 on Jan. 3. North Dakota plays Denver at home next Saturday. Oral Roberts plays Western Illinois on the road next Saturday. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
  • Just a few years after boasting that tickets for his appearance on Saturday Night Live were the “hardest to get in the history of this great show,” President Donald Trump on Sunday morning again expressed his unhappiness with his portrayal on the long time NBC comedy program, as he issued a familiar blast, saying the “RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.” “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC,” the President tweeted early on Sunday morning, before he left his Florida retreat at Mar-a-Lago for a round of golf, as Mr. Trump again complained about his treatment by the press. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?” the President tweeted. While Mr. Trump did not specify what had earned his ire, Saturday Night Live began its latest show with actor Alec Baldwin portraying the President at his Friday news conference, where the President announced a national emergency to funnel money from the Pentagon into a border wall. It was a different story for President Trump back in November of 2015, when his appearance helped the show’s ratings. “Thank you to all of those who gave me such wonderful reviews for my performance,” the President said a few days after his NBC appearance – before many people gave him a serious chance to win the White House. But by October of 2016 – as the election approached – the President did not like what he was seeing on Saturday Night Live, and that has kept going in 2017 and 2018 as well, no matter how many times he’s tuned in, or seen highlights aimed at him. Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016 I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016 Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 . @NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017 Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018 A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018 Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 The President’s last two tweets – on Sunday morning, and back in December, both used the word “Collusion” in his attacks on Saturday Night Live as well. It was different when he was Candidate Trump – in November of 2015. Thank you to all of those who gave me such wonderful reviews for my performance on @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live. Best ratings in 4 years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2015 They are saying that tickets to tonight's Saturday Night Live are the hardest to get in the history of this great show! Off to a good start! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2015
  • Broken Arrow police were called to a home near Kenosha and S. 145th E. Ave. on Tuesday night. The victim says three males kicked in the front door. The three people took off running when the victim fired a gun. Two of the suspects were armed with a handgun.  Friday morning police released that they arrested 20-year-old Zackary Mosley. Investigators are still looking for the other two suspects. No one was hurt.
  • On July 24th, 1969 Navy frogman John Wolfram was the first person to greet Apollo astronauts back to earth after they became the only humans to have walked on the surface of the moon. But that is only part of Wolfram’s story, which he will share this Sunday at a Tulsa church (see details below). His participation in the Apollo 11 mission to the moon happened in between two deployments to Vietnam. On that second deployment, he was injured and received the Purple Heart. He also had a drug habit, and tells KRMG a bad LSD trip brought him close to suicide. [Hear our full interview with John Wolfram and Pastor Don Martin] He returned to the states and eventually, found himself at a Pentecostal revival meeting. “I went back to my apartment that night and I took a pillow case and filled it up with marijuana and pot and LSD and pills and all the drug paraphernalia, and took it down to the San Diego Bay and baptized them - threw them away,” he told KRMG. He’s spent the next several decades as a missionary around the world, but his primary focus is on Vietnam. He helped build a church there, dedicated to the memory of his friends who died in the war. The public is invited to meet Wolfram and hear his story Sunday (Feb. 17th, 2019) at the Metro Pentecostal Church in Tulsa, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 8611 E. 21st Street.
  • The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor’s office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people. “These are early estimates, but they are encouraging,” said Dr. Alicia Fry of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Somewhere between 10,000 and 16,000 people have died from flu and its complications so far this season, according to new estimates released Thursday. Last winter was dominated by a nasty kind of flu, and the vaccine’s weakness against it was one reason it was the deadliest flu season in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications. This winter, in most parts of the country, most illnesses are being caused by a somewhat milder virus that vaccines tend to perform better against. Overall, flu is widespread in 47 states, according to the most recent CDC data. Health officials don’t know if flu season has peaked yet, Fry said.
  • As President Donald Trump on Friday announced a pair of executive actions and declared a national emergency to funnel more money into border security, lawmakers in both parties in Congress were left in the dark on how the Pentagon would deal with the largest part of the President’s declaration, carving $3.6 billion out of military construction projects authorized and funded by the U.S. House and Senate. “I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), whose district is home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, which received $116 million in 2019 for construction of a new building for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. “We certainly cannot allow him to rob our military of $3.5 billion for critical construction projects that serve our troops, support our allies, and deter our adversaries,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). Congress approved $10.3 billion for military construction for Fiscal Year 2019, doling out money to dozens of domestic and overseas military facilities, projects which are often prized as bring-home-the-bacon items for Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress. The list of military construction projects in each year’s budget runs the gamut of military needs – from an F-35 maintenance hangar at Camp Pendleton in California, to a training facility at the Mayport Naval Base near Jacksonville, Florida, to a reserve training center at Fort Benning in Georgia, to a dry dock facility at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and much more. In all, military construction money was approved last fall by lawmakers for defense installations in 38 different states, and at least 14 overseas locations, some of those U.S. possessions. You can read through the list of projects from the bill here. A quick look at the list of military facilities with 2019 funding shows that many of them are located in House districts held by Republican lawmakers – who could find money for their local military project in jeopardy, as the President tries to funnel more money to his signature border wall. Democrats from around the country were quick to issue statements asking that their home state military construction projects be spared from any cuts, and challenging their GOP colleagues to do the same. Trump’s “National Emergency” strips billlions of dollars from base housing construction. Martha will you join me in opposing this farce? Who is more important the military spouses or your obedience to the President? https://t.co/Z56pZ9VRYr — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2019 The President's unconstitutional action threatens to take money away from construction at Nellis Air Force Base, and local national security activities that keep Nevada families safe. I will support the House’s actions to restore order and protect Nevadans. — Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) February 15, 2019 Since Trump reportedly plans to take money from existing military construction projects for his #nationalemergency, this could steal millions in approved & necessary funding away from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. #mepolitics My full statement on his authoritarian power grab pic.twitter.com/djQdIcHmub — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) February 15, 2019 The Pentagon and the White House had no answers for reporters on Friday on which military construction projects would be put on hold, whether from the 2019 budget, or from money approved by Congress, but not yet spent from previous years. “We would be looking at lower priority military construction projects,” a senior administration official told reporters on a Friday conference call before the President’s announcement. That official – and another senior White House official on the call – both downplayed the amount of money being taken from military construction, with one saying the budget was ‘substantially’ more than the $3.6 billion being diverted by the President. But that’s not the case. “I sit on the committee that funds Military Construction,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted on Friday. “Trump is taking $3.5 billion out of the $10 billion that’s in the account. That’s 35%.” Earlier this month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee specifically said his biggest concern about an emergency would be taking money out of military construction, a point Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) emphasized again this week. “As I heard in a hearing yesterday, military housing and all military installations are facing disrepair and poor conditions,” Inhofe said. “We cannot afford to allow them to be further impacted.”