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    Tulsa police responded to an apartment complex Friday afternoon around 4:00 on a shots fired call.  When they arrived on the scene near 11th and Mingo, officers discovered two bodies inside one of the units. Police are trying to track down the suspects. The names of the victims will not be released until the family is notified.
  • Many Green Country parades, and other events, were canceled after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from Friday night to Saturday evening. Sapulpa City leaders decided to go ahead with the parade after learning that the forecast was looking better. Suzanne Shirey, president of the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce, says they checked with Santa. He plans to be there too. Many other events are still off. You’ll need to double check before you head out the door. The Tulsa Parade was rescheduled for December 15th. 
  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday that more people have lost their lives with flu-related symptoms this season. According to OSDH, six people have now died. More than 130 hospitalizations have been reported statewide since September 1, 2018.  The Tulsa Health Department encourages all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination.  “Individuals who receive the flu vaccine are not only protecting themselves but also those around them, including babies too young to receive a vaccination,” said Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart. “We still have flu vaccine available, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your flu vaccination.” 
  • Brady Theater will soon be known as the Tulsa Theater after controversy behind the Brady name sparked controversy several years ago. The theater was originally known as Convention Hall in 1914.  It was later remodeled and changed to the Tulsa Municipal Theater.  The city sold the building it to its current owner, Pete Mayo, in 1979. Mayo changed it to Brady Theater after the street name. Brady Street was named after Tate Brady, a man with tied to the KKK. Now that the street name is changing to Reconciliation Way, Mayo figured it was time to change the name too. The old sign from the 1950s is getting a few repairs before going back up on the front of the building.
  • Justices with the U.S. Supreme Court sent questions to the U.S. and Muscogee (Creek) Nation attorneys on Tuesday on a case involving jurisdiction. The case will decide whether the Oklahoma-based Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma. A Native American man was sentenced to death for murder in state court. The justices specifically asked whether any statute grants the state jurisdiction over crimes committed by Indians on Indian land. The questions could mean that the nine-member court is divided on the case and that the justices are looking for a way to reach a decision.  Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is not taking part.
  • Governor Mary Fallin announced Wednesday that she has granted commutations to the first 21 applicants that reached her desk from a campaign led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform. The move is part of criminal justice reform for people who were serving excessive, decades-long prison sentences for low-level, mostly drug offenses.  “This is what true leadership, restorative justice and good government looks like,” said OCJR Board Member Susan Esco. The inmates will also get help with re-entry to public life. “Oklahoma has taken an important step to reduce its unsustainable rate of incarceration,” said OCJR Chief of Staff John Estus.
  • As many Oklahomans are still cleaning up from last weekend’s tornadoes, forecasters are preparing for snow and ice. A strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week. The National Weather Service said Tuesday the front will move across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles late Wednesday and on Thursday as it pushes south and eastward, then the storm system will likely follow on Friday and Saturday. The weather service says many uncertainties remain, including the timing, locations and types and amounts of precipitation.
  • A dangerous Oklahoma jail escapee is tracked down in Missouri. The U.S. Marshals Service says 34-year-old Patrick M. Walker was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at an extended-stay motel in St. Louis. The convicted murderer escaped from the Payne County Jail on Thursday after he assumed the identity of a cellmate who was being released on bond.  Walker, also known as 'Notty G,' was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Oklahoma County. He was housed temporarily at the Payne County Jail for a court appearance. Federal marshals say Walker made his way to St. Louis with the help of a female accomplice.  Details about the woman haven't been released.
  • Police are trying to track down a group of thieves after a big theft from Jim Norton Chevrolet in Broken Arrow Monday. The wheels are missing from 33 cars. Officers believe the thieves cut the lock on the gate to get inside the fence. Electric was cut to the light poles.  Investigators believe is took at least three hours to complete the theft. A large trailer is also gone.
  • A dangerous criminal is still on the loose, and authorities are willing to pay to help get him back behind bars. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of 34-year-old Patrick M. Walker, who escaped the Payne County Jail on Thursday. Walker was serving a life sentence for murder before he was able to use his resemblance to another inmate to walk out of prison. Authorities say Walker, also known as 'Notty G,' appears to have conspired with someone outside the jail who posted bond for an inmate that Walker impersonated.   The corrections department says Walker may be going by the fellow inmate's name and is believed to have that person's personal identification.
  • 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 that KRMG has been building for years. We're here to stay and even get better. I believe that 100 percent."

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  • A NASA scientist says we may have already been visited by aliens - we just didn't notice. >> Read more trending news  Silvano Colombano, a researcher at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, argued in a paper published Monday that scientists in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, need to rethink some commonly held assumptions about extraterrestrial life - including that aliens would be carbon-based. “I simply want to point out the fact that the intelligence we might find and that might choose to find us (if it hasn’t already) might not be at all produced by carbon-based organisms like us,” Colombano wrote. He goes on to argue that the extraterrestrials could be “an extremely tiny super-intelligent entity.' In an email to Newsweek, Colombano clarified that the aliens could 'ultimately be robotic' in nature.  Other assumptions Colombano calls on scientists to question are that 'interstellar travel is impossible or highly unlikely,' that we have not been visited by aliens already and that aliens would use radio waves to communicate. “If we adopt a new set of assumptions about what forms of higher intelligence and technology we might find, some of those phenomena might fit specific hypotheses, and we could start some serious inquiry.” As part of his conclusion, Colombano proposed scientists 'stretch possibilities as to the nature of space-time and energy' in future SETI research. The paper was submitted as part of SETI’s Decoding Alien Intelligence workshop.
  • A 12-year-old Michigan boy is raking leaves, collecting bottles and doing odd jobs to raise money for a headstone for his best friend, who died earlier this year. Kenneth “K.J.” Gross, 12, was diagnosed with leukemia as an infant. He endured multiple surgeries and treatments before he died May 1 of congestive heart failure. Kaleb Klakulak, 12, was by his bedside up until the end. The pair had been friends since second grade. Instead of watching TV and playing PlayStation games at home, they did so in a hospital. K.J. was buried in a family plot, but LaSondra “San” Singleton, his mother, is unable to pay for a headstone, which costs about $2,500. “I love Ms. San,” Kaleb told the Detroit News. “I was sad she couldn’t afford it. I wanted people to be able to find (K.J.’s grave) when they went to see him.” So Kaleb’s mother, Kristy Hall, helped him set up a PayPal account and posted on social media.  'I really think this is a great thing for Kaleb to focus on and help him with his healing as well as K.J.'s mom, who misses her baby and has to visit an unmarked grave,' Hall wrote. Singleton appreciates the support.  'He and K.J. were so much alike. They were kindred spirits; they were like brothers,” Singleton told the Detroit News. 'My son’s not here, but (Kaleb) still loves my son enough to (do) this. It just speaks volumes to the type of people that they are, and it speaks to the type of person that K.J. was -- he impacted people to where they want to do this for him.' The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • A month after losing their house in the Camp Fire, the homeowners were brought to tears when Madison, an Anatolian shepherd, was found alive and well -- protecting “what was left of his home.” Over a month ago, Madison’s owner, Andrea Gaylord, was not able to get back the home after the Camp Fire forced evacuations and she had to leave him and his brother Miguel at the house.  >> Read more trending news Gaylord told KXTV that she believed that Madison had survived the fire.   Shayla Sullivan located Miguel earlier in neighboring Citrus Heights and asked to use an article of clothing belonging to Gaylord to leave on the now burned out property hoping that Madison would pick up the scent. She said the dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. “I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to keep Madison's hope alive until his people could return,” Sullivan wrote on Facebook. When Gaylord was finally able to return to where her home once stood, she found Madison there waiting for her. 'Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting. It was so emotional,' Gaylord told KXTV. Though Gaylord lost her home in the fire, Miguel and Madision are back at her side.  'He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!' Sullivan wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday. At least 1,643 buildings, most of them homes, were destroyed in the Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in the history of California.
  • Yet another blood pressure medication has been added to the list of recalled hypertension drugs.  >> On AJC.com: Blood pressure medication recalls: Everything you should know, Atlanta doctors, experts say Mylan Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily expanded its recall for its valsartan-containing products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The affected pills include valsartan, amlodipine/valsartan and valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets and were distributed in the United States between March 2017 and November 2018. The FDA has listed additional information about the specifics, including doses, lot numbers and expiration dates, on its site. >> Read more trending news  According to the press release, the drugs contain traces of N-nitroso-diethylamine (NDEA). The impurity, typically found in certain foods, drinking water and air pollution, has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  Mylan is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. It is also coordinating returns with retailers, wholesalers and consumers.  Patients on the medications are advised to continue taking the tablets and to contact their doctor for advice. The company said, “the risk of harm to a patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any comparable alternative treatment.” The agency recently recalled several other blood pressure medications due to cancer concerns, and another was recalled for mislabeling.  >> On AJC.com: Yet another blood pressure medication recalled over cancer risk Read the full FDA announcement at FDA.gov.