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    Vice President Pence arrived at Tulsa International Airport around 3:45 Thursday afternoon to head to his speech at the Mabee Center near 81st and Lewis Thursday evening. People started lining up around 9:00 Thursday morning to get a good seat.  Pence scheduled the trip to stump for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Stitt. Stitt is running against Democrat Drew Edmondson. Pence took the podium at around 5:25pm and spoke until 5:55pm. The packed auditorium listened to Vice President Pence talk about healthcare, the border wall and the jobless rate.
  • Broken Arrow police say 71-year-old Vivian Louise McGuire, of Tulsa, was killed Monday evening in the northbound lanes of Aspen Avenue near Albany. Officers say 59-year-old Isiah Eugene Keys Jr., of Broken Arrow, crossed the center line and hit McGuire head-on. Keys for was arrested at the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence. Five cars were involved in the crash. None of the other drivers were seriously injured. Keys is charged with first degree manslaughter.
  • Investigators are quickly sifting through scorched clues after three bodies were found during a house fire Sunday morning hear near Pine and MLK Boulevard.  One of the victims was a little girl. Tulsa police identified one of the victims Monday morning as Hosea Fletcher.  By Monday afternoon, the family identified the other two victims as Ramon Marquise Brown and Meziah Brown. People have started a small memorial with a balloon and stuffed animal to honor the child.
  • Owasso Deputy Chief of Police Jason Woodruff says the investigation of a robbery at a Check N Go last week led them to two other similar cases.  The Check Into Cash in Broken Arrow was robbed October 1st.  The Muskogee store was robbed in September.  Police are asking anyone with information on any of the cases to come forward. Investigators from all three Green Country cities are now working together to identify the suspect. Police are hoping that someone will recognize him in the surveillance picture and call police. The suspect did have a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Owasso Police Department at 918-272-COPS.  Callers can remain anonymous.  
  • Storms pushed through the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas Tuesday, leaving many downed trees and power lines. Several warning and watches were issued for Green Country. Governor Mary Fallin decided to go ahead and declare a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to flooding, severe storms and straight-line winds that have struck the state since Friday, Oct. 5. Governor Fallin says the storms have damaged power lines, roofs and structures.  Fallin’s executive order allows agencies to make emergency purchases related to the storm. The state of emergency lasts for 30 days.
  • The National Weather Service now says that six small tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Texas overnight. Many buildings were damaged in downtown Fairfax. One twister, rated an EF-0, forced troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to close Highway 18 until early Monday morning. Fairfax is a town of about 1,300 people 50 miles northwest of Tulsa. Forecasters say damage ratings for the other tornadoes are not likely before Tuesday. 
  • Veda Woodson was on her way home to Sperry from her job at a Tulsa bank when she was brutally raped and murdered in 1973. Now, members TCSO’s Cold Case Task Force say they have a new development in the case. Investigators DNA tested the items collected during the original investigation and were able to link 78-year-old Stanley Clabough to the case. Woodsen’s car broke down near 86th St. N. and N. Cinicinnati Ave.  Her body was found in a field nearby. “We know that Stanley Clabough shared details of the murder with people in his inner circle,” said Task Force Leader Mike Huff. Woodsen was a 38-year-old mother of four. Authorities believe Clabough is in the Tulsa area.  The Tulsa County’s Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on her murder to call TCSO’s Cold Case Task Force at 918-596-5723.
  • Broken Arrow police say a mother was injured by her son on Sunday near 101st and Aspen. Officers responded to a “trouble unknown” call at the house around 3:00pm. Dispatchers say they heard a woman screaming on the phone before the call was disconnected.  After officers arrived, they found a woman with several lacerations that they believed to be consistent with a large bladed object. Police say the teenage son stabbed his mother with a sword and took off before police arrived on scene. Investigators were able to track him down several blocks away and take him into custody. The victim was transported to a Tulsa hospital to be treated.  She is expected to survive.  
  • Wagoner County deputies want to interview a young woman after a man was found stabbed to death in a home Thursday night east of Broken Arrow. Deputies were called to the home near Kenosha and 241st E. Ave. shortly after 7pm. Deputies used CPR to try and revive the victim, but he was pronounced dead at 7:50. On Friday afternoon, investigators revealed that 22-year-old Miranda Lynne Ree is a person of interest in the case. Ree may be with a black man named Shaun in a Black Ford Taurus or a Black Mercury Sable.  If you have any information please call 918-485-3124, 918-485-7799, or 911.  The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is assisting the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
  • A rate reduction takes effect Thursday for Public Service Company customers, just as the company is asking for an increase. PSO says residential customers will see lower fuel charges and a decrease in their bill of about $5 per month.  The electricity provider asked the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Wednesday to authorize a rate increase of $88 million. If approved, that would bring the average bill back up by about $7 a month.
  • April Hill

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    April Hill's first "job" in radio was in college at WMSV. Early every morning she would rise and shine after waiting tables late into the night. Hill didn't actually get paid. She was just thrilled to have an opportunity to get real live on-air experience. The importance of her first morning radio anchor gig wouldn't be realized until more than a decade later.

    Hill's first paid job in broadcasting was at the CBS TV affiliate in Jackson, MS, in 1998. Her shift as the associate producer on the morning show at WJTV started at 10:00 p.m. Hill said, "I remember telling my boss how excited I was after getting my first paycheck and he laughed. The check was very small, but I was still a kid really. I'd never had a check that big." She worked a retail job to afford rent in a high crime area of town. "I didn't care. For the first time, I had my own place all to myself. I also got a good laugh when people asked where I lived. Their facial expressions, filled with horror, were so entertaining."

    Hill decided to get in on the action in front of the camera. The market size in Jackson was too big for them to giver her a shot (although she tried). After sending out at least 100 resumés with no response. Hill quit her job to concentrate on chasing her dream full-time. Hill's  brother lived in Tulsa and was willing to let her live there rent free for a few months. "I drove to every small television station from Florida to Iowa, 25 cities altogether. I got only one offer and that's all I needed."

    In 2001, Hill started as a reporter at KLKN-TV in Lincoln, NE. She said, "I really loved Lincoln. It's filled with honest, hard working people." Hill was what they call in the business a one-man-band. She was the reporter, photographer and the editor. Living in a capitol city, and the home of the Husker's, taught her how to cover every story under the sun. "I worked weekends at first, so I was on the 50-yard line every home game covering the fans. I then moved up to the legislature beat Monday through Friday. In between, there were tornados, snow storms and drought... a lot like here in Oklahoma."

    In 2007, Hill decided she wanted to move home. Since she grew up in the small town of Independence, KS, Tulsa was the perfect distance and size. "I had been away from home for so long and it was strange when I would talk to people who knew about my home town. Some had even been there." She took a producer job at KJRH, which had a weather camera on main street in Independence. Hill said, "The meteorologists would use it as much as possible during my newscast because they knew I'd love it."

    Hill was back home and content, until KRMG's Steve Berg approached her about a weekend anchor job that was open at the radio station. "I thought, oh radio? I haven't done that in a while. Sounds like fun." Dan Potter was the news director and hired her a couple of months later. Hill worked seven days a week for three years. She said, "I looked forward to my weekends at KRMG, but I wanted full-time. I wanted it so badly that I would fill-in working both jobs on holidays and only took one weekend off for a family wedding." Her hard work paid off.

    The morning show host at the time, KRMG's Joe Kelley, hired Hill full-time as soon as a position was available. She said, "I loved it from day one. Joe and I just clicked. He worked hard and recognized my work ethic and passion for the radio station. So, Joe became my mentor and all of the sudden promotions started happening faster than I could even ask." A few months after going full-time, Hill was asked to take the morning anchor position. It was only another few months and she was tapped to be the news director, taking over Kelley's position when he moved to sister station WDBO in Orlando. "My emotions were all over the board. I was losing my best boss and gaining the highest position of my career."

    Kelley left Hill in good hands. Dan Potter took over as morning host (remember, he was the one who hired her). "Dan and I are going to continue the momentum than KRMG has been building for years. We're here to stay and even get better. I believe that 100 percent."

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  • As he wrapped up a three day, three state campaign swing in Nevada this weekend, President Donald Trump told reporters he was expecting that the Republican Congress would roll out out a new GOP tax cutting plan before the November elections, what he described as ‘a major tax cut for middle income people,’ which the President said could be finished as early as the ‘first of November.’ But it wasn’t immediately apparent what the President was talking about, as the House and Senate are not on Capitol Hill to vote on any legislation until November 13, a week after the elections, and there has been no talk of GOP leaders issuing a new tax cutting bill. Republicans have already introduced – and the House approved in September – a new package of tax relief plans, which would make a series of tax cuts for individuals permanent, rather than expiring after 2025. “We are looking a major tax cut for middle-income people,” the President said. Asked about a time frame, Mr. Trump said, “the first of November, maybe a little before that.” In Congress, critics of the President basically said he was making things up. “The President of the United States is a pathological liar,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The President’s comments came just before a rally in Elko, Nevada, where he again castigated Democrats for opposing a big package of tax cuts which he signed into law at the end of 2017. “Don’t forget the big tax cuts,” the President said. “And we’re going to get you more,” as Mr. Trump and Republicans have repeatedly argued to voters that if Democrats take charge of Congress, then they will move to repeal the 2017 tax cut. Air Force One will again be logging a lot of miles this coming week, as the President has four campaign rallies scheduled in Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Illinois. It’s all part of the President’s effort to bolster Republicans running for both the House and Senate, all part of a frantic GOP effort to save their majorities in the Congress. trump2918 The President’s rally on Monday night in Houston for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was moved to a larger arena after thousands asked for tickets. Cruz and President Trump of course tangled repeatedly during the 2016 campaign, but for the Texas Senator, all of that is in the past. “He’s the President,” Cruz told ABC News this weekend. “I work with the president in delivering on our promises.”
  • After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials. The Wesleyan Media Project said back in 2010 – in the big Tea Party wave election for the GOP – Democrats talked about health care in less than 9 percent of their advertisements. Year-over-year comparisons show that while Dems previously avoided the issue of health care after the Affordable Care Act was passed, they are now embracing it whole-heartedly https://t.co/B2tHGU6B6j @wesleyan_u pic.twitter.com/sG14qUo5jF — WesleyanMediaProject (@wesmediaproject) October 19, 2018 Recent polling also backs up the change of heart by Democrats, as polls consistently are showing more support for the Obama health law than a few years ago. Public support for what the GOP derides as “Obamacare” peaked during the unsuccessful effort by the Republican Congress in 2017-2018 to repeal and replace that law with a GOP sponsored plan. A new Fox News poll released on October 17 shows voters nationally give President Donald Trump a thumbs down on he’s handled health care, with 37 percent of voters approving, and 53 percent of voters disapproving. The divide is slightly larger, at 37-55, for ‘likely’ voters in the November mid-term elections. And of those who see health care as a big issue, they are definitely more drawn to candidates on the Democratic side. Obamacare favorability at an all-time high in FOX News poll. Can’t wait for the closing ads from Republicans: “And if those Democrats try to take away your Obamacare, I’ll fight to protect it like I’ve always done.” pic.twitter.com/pJaa7MVkHK — Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) October 18, 2018 But the President and other Republicans this past week have been expressing their support for protection those with pre-existing conditions, possibly feeling the election heat on the issue. “All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them,” the President tweeted. “I am in total support.” Statements like that from the President – and a variety of GOP lawmakers have left Democrats in disbelief, as they accuse Republicans of completely changing their tune on health care in order to portray themselves as something that they are not. The hutzpah of the GOP on health care this election is stunning. I’m listening right now to NY Rep. John Faso on NPR claim he’s against ACA repeal. He voted FOR the repeal bill!!!! It ended insurance for 30m Americans! Does the think his constituents are so stupid they forgot? — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 20, 2018 “President Trump and Republicans will do anything to undermine health care and pre-existing condition protections for patients and families across the country,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “What. A. Bunch. Of. Lies,” tweeted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  
  • KRMG has learned an increasing number of parents in Oklahoma are seeking exemptions from immunizations for their school-age children. According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, our overall exemption rate is 2.2 percent. A survey of lat year's kindergarten students found the exemption rate increased by three-tenths of 1 percent from the previous year. Dr. Kristy Bradley is an epidemiologist, she tells us there's a risk of vaccine preventable disease outbreaks if children enter school without being immunized. Do you believe all children should get vaccinations before being allowed in school?  Let us know in the comments.  
  • We will have a cold start in Tulsa on Sunday. However, the sun will come out.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Sullivan says we have a nice day for outdoor plans ahead of us. “We’ll see increasingly sunny skies,”  Sullivan said.  “Not quite as warm as we saw yesterday.  We will still make it up into the mid-60’s.” There is a frost advisory in effect for Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers, Mayes and Cherokee counties until 8 a.m. Rain will remain out of the area Sunday night.  The low will be close to 44 degrees.
  • KRMG has previously told you about the Gathering Place banning firearms. Gerry Bender, Tulsa’s Litigation Division manager, recently told the Tulsa World police won't arrest people who violate the park's gun policy. This is reportedly because of concerns such an action would be legally challenged. Under state law, firearms are allowed to be carried on property designated by a governmental authority as a park, recreational area or fairgrounds. “TPD has had a presence at the Gathering Place since its opening and will continue to do so in order for the citizens of Tulsa to enjoy the park in a safe environment,” a Tulsa police statement reads.  “We maintain the legal authority to enforce all ordinances and State laws applicable to private spaces open to the public.” Do you believe people should be allowed to have firearms at the Gathering Place?  Let us know in the comments.