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    Voice activated lights, doors, thermostats, and even televisions powered by artificial intelligence. But none of it can work with blazing fast wi-fi, and that’s where Cox comes in. “This is the Panoramic Wi-Fi device and it’s brand new,” Cox’s Bruce Berkinshaw told me. “The modem inside the router allows for gig internet speeds profligating the wall-to-wall Wi-Fi signal.”  So it’s fast, really fast. But it’s also better looking. “It has no blinking lights, it looks like just a little shelf speaker” Berkinshaw pointed out. And it works. One Panoramic unit is powering 60 devices in the Smart Home at the Village at Southern Trails in Broken Arrow.  Listen to some of the interviews from the Smart Home here. During a trip to the home I saw Wi-Fi connect cooking devices, security systems, augmented reality programs, and Trapollo, a medical managed service allowing healthcare providers and home health agencies to talk to patients at their homes.  Cox is also offering smart light bulbs, and other devices powered by Panoramic Wi-Fi. And the good news is, you can get it now. “This was launched one month ago, May 16th ins Tulsa” Berkinshaw explained. Check here to find out if you can get panoramaic Wi-Fi in your home.
  • You normally don’t need much more than the New York Yankees visiting Globe Life Park  to make for a fun evening at the ballpark. But when President George Bush is sitting near the dugout, and heckles a likeness of himself, things ramp up a bit. Near the end of a between innings race between Texas Legends, the President Bush character trailed those of Sam Houston and Nolan Ryan. When the ballonish mascot passed the president's box, Bush leaned forward and shouted “get moving.” That spurred the duplicate W to speed up and win the race. See the video below. The Rangers won a slug-fest over the Yankees, 12-10.
  • “It’s coming, it’s coming!” The words teacher Kim Martinez remembers hearing another teacher scream as a monster EF-5 tornado bore down on Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013. Martinez and another teacher, Nikki McCurtain rushed their class into a bathroom and threw themselves on top of as many kids as possible. Seconds later, the tornado hit. “It sounded like a train and everything began spinning” Martinez continued.  The twister ripped through the school, leveling it and killing seven children inside.  “When it was over I remember looking up and the whole roof was gone,” Martinez told us. I even looked up and could still see the debris ball.” When things settled Martinez and McCurtain’s students were shaken and bruised, but alive. Then they began looking for others. “That’s when it got really scary,” McCurtain began. “The 3rd graders were not coming out, it was really emotional and very, very scary.”   Seven of those 3rd-graders didn’t come out.  Today, Plaza Towers stands again. “It’s so beautiful and brings so much hope for our future” teacher McCurtain told KRMG as she stood near the school.  The entire kindergarten section of the school is an EF-5 rated tornado shelter large enough to  hold 650 people, that’s every student and staff member in the school.
  • UPDATE: Tulsa police confirm a 911 call from a citizen led them to Taheerah Ahmad and her daughter shortly after noon Tuesday. TPD Ofcr. Jeanne MacKenzie says the caller told them they’d seen a black Lexus in a parking lot in the 300 block of North Main Street, and believed the people in that vehicle might be Taheerah Ahmad and her eight-year-old daughter. When police arrived, they arrested Ahmad and took her in for questioning. The child was taken to the Child Crisis Center where experts in dealing with traumatized children can work with her to both help her and to get a statement from her about what happened. MacKenzie tells KRMG the child was not physically harmed. Police say Taheerah Ahmad allegedly stabbed her 11-year-old daughter multiple times and took off with her seven-year-old daughter, Hafza Hailey. A child, age nine, said Ahmad duct-taped the hands of the children, put socks in their mouths and stabbed the 11-year-old. She then reportedly left the scene. Officers said the nine-year-old was able to flee to a relative's home. The kitchen was also burning when officers arrived, according to officials.  Ahmad is around 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, according to police. The seven-year-old child is reportedly wearing an ankle-length peach dress and gold bracelets on her wrists. She has puffy hair in a ponytail.  Investigators believe Ahmad is in a Black Lexus RX300 with a paper tag or in a navy-blue Ford sedan.  Police said Ahmad has lived in Tennessee and Texas in the past, and they are not sure where she could be headed. The 11-year-old stabbing victim is in serious condition following surgery. Anyone who sees Ahmad or Hailee needs to call 911 or 918-596-2627.
  • The KRMG Morning News spent day one of the teacher walk-out talking to key members of local school districts and anyone else who wanted to grab the microphone. Here all the comments on the links below, then download or open the KRMG app and leave us your opinion! Broken Arrow teacher, and Oklahoma teacher of the year Donna Gradel.  Tulsa public school superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist. Broken Arrow schools superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop. Sapulpa superintendent Dr. Robert Armstrong. Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum. Union schools superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler. Key elementary principal Doug Howard, and Key 1st grade school teacher Kelly Vilner. Owasso teacher and assistant football coach Justin Morsey.  
  • The Tulsa police department boasts one of the highest homicide solve rates in the nation. One of the biggest reasons is the man in charge of that group, Sgt. Dave Walker. Walker joined the KRMG Morning News for an in-depth hour covering Tulsa’s high homicide rate, how he deals with the tragedy, how cases are investigated, and the effects of being featured on the TV show “The First 48.” It’s a riveting and revealing look inside one of America’s most successful crime solving units. You can listen to the entire interview here.
  • Bartlesville police found 11-year-old Kyson Bosman on the bank of the Caney River. Searchers confirm Kyson was alert and talking but had taken a fall so medical personnel will check him over before sending him home. Original story below: Bartlesville police are searching for a missing autistic child who could be in danger. 11-year-old Kyson Bosman was last seen in his backyard in the Oak Park neighborhood around 6pm. Kyson was last seen wearing  a dark blue and grey track suit with an orange t-shirt. He also wears braces on his legs for Cerebral Palsy. . Investigators think Kyson may be headed toward Osage Hills State Park. If you see someone fitting the description or who look slike the picture aboce, please call Bartlesville police at (918) 338-4001
  • Projects along Highway 169 and Riverside drive in Tulsa will impact drivers for several weeks.   Northbound Highway 169 between 41st and 51st streets will be narrowed to two lanes starting Monday morning.  The work will also close entrance and exit ramps at 51st Street and the eastbound Broken Arrow expressway ramp. ODOT expects the work to continue into March.  On city streets, crews will be working on a project near 41st and Riverside for a month if weather permits. Workers will remove the top layer of asphalt and patch areas needing repair underneath it.   During the work, street crews will close lanes as needed, but they say they will keep at least one lane open in each direction
  • Wednesday begins mostly dry across most of Tulsa and the surrounding area. But that’s likely to change as a new front pushes up from Texas by mid-afternoon.  Freezing rain, mist, and possible sleet some of the expected conditions as a Winter Weather Advisory runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.   EMSA says medics tell us they responded to 23 crashes Tuesday, likely due to rain or wet conditions. None of the injuries were serious.  Chuck Hodges of the National Weather Service tells us how bad things get depends on one thing. “Surface temperatures in this type of thing are so critical,” he explains. “If we start getting temperatures hanging around in the upper 20’s that’s when we’ll start seeing issues on the roadways,” Hodges continued.  ODOT and the city confirm they will be watchingonditions and have crews standing by to treat roadways as needed. Crews focusing on bridges and overpasses and recommend allowing extra travel time during the evbning commute.   
  • The video opens with game warden Marni Loftis explaining about the animal.  “They’re extremely strong, powerful birds and catching them can be a little bit difficult” she begins. “But we’re going to get him caught and take him to a wildlife rehabilitater where he can can be healed up by vets at the Tulsa zoo.” Once captured the eagle was taken to the rescue facility at Wild Heart Ranch near Claremore where Annette King took over. “On examination this looks like a through-and-through wound to me” she begins. King then describes the wound more in-depth.  “We’re almost an inch deep into this part of the wing,” she continues. Then King gives the bad news. “this part of the wing is going to have to be amputated” she reveals. But there is good news. Vets think the bird will live as long as there are no infection issues followihg surgery. The eagle is now at the Tulsa zoo where it will be rehabbed and live out it’s years. The following is from the Oklahoma Game Warden’s Facebook page. “The eagle was likely shot near where it was found, north of Sandusky in Delaware County around 495 Rd. If you have information about this incident, please contact Game Warden Marni Loftis at 918-533-2678 or call Operation Game Thief for an anonymous report at 1-800-522-8039, either way, you could receive a reward for information that leads to a conviction.”
  • Rick Couri

    Managing Editor

    Rick Couri began his career with KRMG in 1982 and has since done "everything you could do" at the station. Rick has covered top sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the World Series, football bowl games and championship tennis. He even spent a day with boxing great Muhammad Ali. On the news side Rick was in Joplin and Moore hours after F-5 tornados. He’s also covered political conventions and a presidential visit.

    Rick is entering his 29th year as the color voice for TU basketball, and 12th year as the play-by-play voice for Union football. He’s also broadcast Tulsa basketball, Oklahoma State football, and Tulsa Talons Arena league football.

    Rick and Christine, his wife of 25-years, have three children. son Kelly (36), and his wife Jill. Kelly & Jill are the parents of granddaughter Hayden. 33-year-old daughter Lindsey works for Union public schools and 19-year-old daughter Delaney Catalina is a sophomore engineering major at Texas A&M. When away from the microphone, Rick is a PADI scuba instructor. He and his family have a dive instruction company, http://www.okiescuba.com/. While Rick will tell you he is a "sports guy", those familiar with the Tulsa market know Rick's influence extends well outside the circle of sports. As Co-host of the KRMG Morning News, Rick has interviewed everyone from local celebrities to national figures...A community leader who gives of his time and talent, Rick's commitment to the annual funding campaign for Operation Aware has resulted in over $1.3 million dollars being raised for this important charity... KRMG listeners have learned to appreciate Rick's insightful reporting and have developed a trust unique in today's media personalities. 

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  • A duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, killed 17 people Thursday night, including the boat’s driver and nine members of an Indiana family, according to authorities. Fourteen other people were injured. >> Read more trending news  Update 12:50 p.m. EDT July 22: The 17 people killed in the duck boat accident have all been identified, according to The Associated Press. They are: Indiana family members 45-year-old Angela Coleman, 1-year-old Arya Coleman, 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, 76-year-old Ervin Coleman, 7-year-old Evan Coleman, 40-year-old Glenn Coleman, 70-year-old Horace Coleman, 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman, and 9-year-old Reece Coleman. Missouri natives 69-year-old William Asher, 68-year-old Rosemarie Hamann, 63-year-old Janice Bright, 65-year-old William Bright, and 73-year-old Bob Williams. Arkansas natives 53-year-old Steve Smith and 15-year-old Lance Smith. Illinois native Leslie Dennison, 64. Update 8:45 a.m. EDT July 21: The Stone County coroner confirmed to KSDK that William Asher, 69, and his girlfriend, Rose Hamann, were among those killed in Thursday night's duck boat accident in Missouri. The news station reported that the couple lived in St. Louis County, Missouri. They were visiting Branson to celebrate Hamann’s birthday, which was on Monday, according KSDK. Todd Dennison’s mother, 64-year-old Leslie Dennison, was also killed in the boat accident, the Kansas City Star reported. In an emotional and brief interview Friday, Todd Dennison told the newspaper that his mother was visiting Branson with his 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, and that they were together for less than an hour before they boarded the duck boat. He told the Star that while in the hospital on Thursday night, his daughter told him that she could feel her grandmother pushing her upward from below while the boat was sinking.“She said her grandmother saved her,” Todd Dennison told the Star. Update 1:30 a.m. EDT July 21: Authorities have identified more victims in the duck boat accident. Steve Smith and his teenage son, Lance Smith, from Osceola, Arkansas, were among those killed in the crash. Steve Smith was a pastor and Lance Smith was preparing to open his own church in less than a week, according to CNN, first reported by The Christian Chronicle.  Steve Smith’s daughter, Loren Smith, suffered a concussion during the accident but survived. Smith’s wife, Pam Smith, opted to stay behind and was not on the boat. William and Janice Bright from Higginsville, Missouri, near Kansas City, were also identified as victims in the crash. WDAF reports that the couple had three children, 16 grandchildren and had been married for 45 years. “My great nieces and nephews now have no grandparents,” Karen Abbott, William Bright’s sister, told WDAF. Update 11:00 p.m. EDT July 20: A summer vacation ended in tragedy for nine members of an Indiana family, along with eight other tourists, killed when a duck boat capsized Thursday evening on a lake in Branson, Missouri. The Coleman family had traveled to Branson for their annual road trip, according to The New York Times, which interviewed Carolyn Coleman. Coleman said she lost two of her brothers-in-law and that three generations of the family died in the accident, including four young children, the Times reported. “We just lost some wonderful people,” she said. The Indianapolis Star reported that the four children killed in the accident were all under the age of 10. 'They were very loved,' Ingrid Coleman Douglas said in a telephone interview with the Star. Coleman Douglas said the victims included two of her uncles, cousins and their children. 'It’s a huge family on all sides. It’s unimaginable. I would never have thought I would have lost this number of people this way,' she said. Coleman Douglas identified the victims as her uncles Horace 'Butch' Coleman and Irving Raymond Coleman; Horace Coleman's wife, Belinda Coleman; her cousins, Angela Coleman and Glenn Coleman; Angela's 2-year-old son Maxwell; Glenn's two sons Evan and Reece; and his 1-year-old daughter, Arya. Glenn's wife, Tia Coleman, and Angela's older son, whose name has not been released, survived the accident, the Star reported. Update 5:15 p.m. EDT July 20: Stone County authorities now say all 17 of the victims in the duck boat accident have been accounted for and that nine of the victims were from the same family, according to Gov. Mike Parson’s office. Two members of the family, identified by local news outlets as the Coleman family, survived. Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old. Meantime, mourners are putting flowers on the victims’ cars in the Ride the Ducks parking lot, and the community of Branson, Missouri, is holding several candlelight vigils Friday night in memory of those killed.  One of the vigils is scheduled at Table Rock Lake where the accident happened, according to KY3-TV. Update 4:30 p.m. EDT July 20: Family and friends are mourning the staggering loss of life on Table Rock Lake Thursday evening. One woman lost nine members of her family, USA Today reported, citing Gov. Mike Parson’s office. Update 2:20 p.m. EDT July 20: Branson Mayor Karen Best told The Associated Press that Bob Williams, the man who was driving the Ride the Ducks boat that sunk Thursday in a southwest Missouri lake, was a “great ambassador for Branson” who “was at every event.” Seventeen people died, including Williams, and 14 others were injured Thursday when the duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake, according to authorities. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said earlier Friday that the boat’s captain survived. In a statement posted on Facebook, employees of Ride the Ducks Branson said the business would be closed “while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.” “This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking,” the statement said. “Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time.” Update 11:40 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Friday morning that authorities recovered four more bodies after a duck boat capsized in southwest Missouri, KSMU reported, bringing the death toll from Thursday’s incident to 17. Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. He said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died. The captain survived. Update 11:20 a.m. EDT July 20: Nearly two decades ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning about boats with overhead canopies like the one that sank Thursday on Table Rock Lake after a deadly accident claimed 13 lives in Arkansas, according to the Kansas City Star. The Miss Majestic duck boat was carrying 21 passengers when it sank in 1999 in Lake Hamilton, the Star reported. Authorities found seven dead passengers trapped inside the boat when they recovered it, four of which were pinned to the underside of the canopy, according to the Star. “Contributing to the high loss of life was a continuous canopy roof that entrapped passengers within the sinking vehicle,” NTSB officials said in an accident report. Authorities continued searching Friday for four people who are presumed dead after Thursday’s accident in southwest Missouri. Officials said 13 other people have been confirmed dead in the incident. Update 10:25 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said divers are going back in the water Friday in search of four people who remain missing and are presumed dead after Thursday’s duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake. Rader said the search had shifted to “recovery mode for the bodies that are still missing,” at a news conference Friday morning. 'It's been a long night,” Rader said. “It's been a very trying night.” Rader said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died but that the captain survived. Update 10:05 a.m. EDT July 20: Authorities are expected to provide an update on the investigation into Thursday's deadly duck boat accident in Missouri at a news conference Friday. Update 9:55 a.m. EDT July 20: President Donald Trump shared sympathies Friday to the families and friends of the people involved in Thursday’s deadly duck boat accident in southwest Missouri. “Such a tragedy, such a great loss,” the president wrote Friday in a tweet. “May God be with you all!” Update 8:15 a.m. EDT July 20: Officials with the State Highway Patrol said Friday that two more bodies have been found after Thursday’s duck boat accident in southwest Missouri, bringing the death toll to 13.  >> On AJC.com: Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said four other people remained missing. Original report: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. Seven were being treated early Friday, he said. The boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area around 7 p.m. Thursday. Rader said weather “was a factor” in the incident. Authorities said the boat had 31 people on board, including children, when it capsized.  The boat had life jackets on board, according to CNN. The news network reported that other boats on the water docked before the bad weather hit. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate and are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward. A dive team and rescue officials worked through the night to find survivors. They ended the search around 11 p.m., according to KY3. Emergency responders set up a staging area overnight on the lakeshore near the Showboat Branson Belle, local media reported, although the Belle was not involved in the accident. Branson officials opened an emergency shelter inside city hall for the victims. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport.  “There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is watching the developments. DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.  Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama. Ripley Entertainment acquired the Ride The Ducks in Branson in late 2017 from Ride the Ducks International, a subsidiary of Norcross, Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. Ride the Ducks International manufactures amphibious vehicles and licenses them for tours at affiliates. It also operates duck tours at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. The company formerly operated tours in several other cities, including Baltimore, San Francisco and Philadelphia. But in recent years it ended operations following deadly accidents.  In 2015, a Ride the Ducks tour bus collided with a charter bus carrying student on the Aurora bridge in Seattle. Five students were killed and several others injured. The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.
  • Tulsa detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning homicide. The fatal shooting happened around 2:18 a.m. outside of a club near Apache and Yale. Sgt. Dave Walker says everything started with a disturbance at another bar. “The disturbance carries over into this parking lot where he ends up shot several times,” Walker said.   It’s believed the shooter wasn’t involved in the disturbance at the bar.  Instead, Walker states the suspect may have been called to the club parking lot to play the role of cavalry.   So far, the shooter is still on the loose. Police are interviewing witnesses downtown.   Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.  
  • A man is said to have non-life threatening injuries after getting shot in the shoulder late Saturday night. The shooting happened around 11 p.m. outside of a QuikTrip near 41st and Memorial. An officer at the scene reports an altercation occurred between four people in a champagne colored car and two people inside of a truck. “One of the individuals kicked the back of the truck,” the officer said.  “Another one gets out with a pistol and fires one round into the truck, striking the driver in the shoulder.” The shooter then jumped back in the car and took off down the road. A female inside the truck wasn't hurt. Police have not released a description of the shooter.  We do know investigators have plenty of witnesses and surveillance video from the store.   Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
  • It didn't take Tulsa investigators long to find a stabbing suspect on Saturday.  That's because Leon Davis called police to report he had stabbed the victim in self-defense and the knife was in his pocket.  He apparently made the call after leaving the scene.   The stabbing allegedly happened around 3:43 p.m. at the Cove Apartments near 11th Memorial. A police supervisor reports the victim was stabbed in the abdomen and it's believed his injuries are non-life threatening.  After speaking with detectives, Davis was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. “The suspect's claim of self-defense was not supported by the evidence and his statement to detectives,” the supervisor said.   Davis has been booked into the Tulsa County Jail.  
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday released a highly redacted copy of the application made by the bureau to a special intelligence court, asking to establish surveillance in the fall of 2016 on Carter Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, showing officials feared that Page was working with Russia to undermine the Presidential election. “The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian Government,” the document states – interrupted by redactions – but then continues, “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election in violation of criminal law.” The FBI released an unclassified version of the FISA application document after requests under the Freedom of Information Act. At one point, the 412 page document states that “the FBI believes that the Russian Government’s efforts are being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1’s campaign.” “Page has established relationships with Russian Government officials, including Russian intelligence officers,” the documents states, before additional evidence was redacted, in order to protect intelligence sources and classified information.