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    It wasn’t ever close. North Texas raced to a 17-0 lead over Arkansas just 15 minutes into the game. During that start, it was a trick play punt return that solidified the win and demoralized the hogs.  Leading 7-0 the Mean Green forced a Razorback punt. Returner Keegan Brewer didn’t make a fair catch but pretends to do so. Watch below.
  • Republican Nebraska senator Ben Sasse paused only momentarily when called upon for his input during opening remarks of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Sasse opened by calling congress “impotent,” and then explaining why. “The reason these confirmation processes largely don’t work is because they’ve been hijacked by theatrics,” he began. Sasse then ripped into his colleagues for making shirking their jobs, saying all they do is “decide to give permission to the secretary or the administrator of bureaucracy X, Y, or Z to make law-like regulations.” Sasse calls the confirmation process an opportunity to teach civics with a “School House Rock,” approach. Listen to the entire speech here.
  • 3:55PM -  The wait begins as KRMG arrives to set up for the night as Oklahoman's choose between either Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Jenks businessman Kevin Stitt as the republican candidate for governor. The winner will face democrat Drew Edmondson in the November mid-term. 4:35PM - The candidate made a quick run though the watch part area at his Gateway Mortgage building in Jenks. Stitt visited briefly with staff and left to take care of other business until he returns after 7PM. The room is set up with standing level tables draped with white tablecloths and topped by red, white, and blue balloons. 5:00PM - Fox23 and KRMG’s Jackie DelPilar is with the Mick Cornett campaign in Oklahoma City. Jackie tells us the room is mostly empty other than media as we prepare for the polls to close. 6:05PM - Mick Cornett stopped through his watch party and quickly visits with reporters expressing confidence his team has done all it can to win the race. 6:12PM - The room is still 99% media for now but the catering is here and when the food arrives, can crowds be far behind? 7:00PM - It’s game time! The polls are closed and numbers will start to trickle in, then come fast and furious until we have a winner! 7:25PM - Kevin Stitt popped back into the room and came straight to the KRMG broadcast location to join us. He told me he’s relaxed and feels confident but understands it’s out of his hands now. His greatest hope is rural Oklahoma will vote for a person who does not have a political past. 8:01PM - A graphic flashed up on a screen here at the watch party showing Kevin Stitt with an 8-9 point lead statewide over Mick Cornett. That brought a cheer from this big crowd and it only amped up this group even more.  8:30PM - It’s over, Kevin Stitt is declared the winner of the GOP run-off and the crowd here us ecstatic. Stitt will join the KRMG Morning News live at 7:40AM Wednesday morning to talk about his win and look forward to the general election in November.
  • Races span the state from a chance to be Oklahoma’s next governor and the Tulsa County district attorney. National eyes will be on the state as voters choose the replacement for Jim Bridenstine, who left his office as the First District congressman to take over as the director of NASA.  In Broken Arrow the focus will include a huge bond package covering roads, safety, and parks. Check the links below for more and remember to tune in for complete coverage of the election beginning with a special edition of the KRMG Evening News from 5PM-7Pm followed by wall-to-wall coverage hosted by KRMG Morning News host Dan Potter with reporters at watch parties and events around the state. Find your polling place and see sample ballots. Election Board county by county races. List of precincts. Broken Arrow bond package.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • After posting a schedule for a Monday morning vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, unable to work out an agreement for testimony from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct back when they were teenagers, Republicans gave extra time to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to consider testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) tweeted late Friday night from his home state of Iowa, as he tried to both press ahead with a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, and hold open the possibility of testimony from Ford. The late night change of heart created an odd mixture of reaction, as even after Grassley said he was giving more time to Ford’s legal team, Democrats were still churning out news releases after midnight criticizing Republicans for their treatment of the allegations against Kavanaugh. “By blocking both an FBI investigation and a hearing where all three witnesses present during the assault could answer questions under oath, the Senate will fail in its duty to the American people,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 As the sun rose on Saturday morning, it still wasn’t clear whether Ford would testify. “Dr. Blasey Ford has been clear in her desire to testify following an independent, thorough investigation by the FBI,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). But Republicans were still suspicious of the allegations brought by Ford, who says she was sexually attacked by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the 1980’s. “Their decision to reveal this allegation at the most politically damaging moment reeks of opportunism,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Under the timeline originally unveiled by the Judiciary Committee on Friday night, Republicans scheduled a vote for Monday morning on a list of judges, with one prominent name at the top of the list: “Brett M. Kavanaugh, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” it read. The recalcitrance, stubbornness and lack of cooperation we’ve seen from Republicans is unprecedented. And candidly, the dismissive treatment of Dr. Ford is insulting to all sexual assault survivors. — Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 22, 2018 Ford’s lawyers wanted her to testify next Thursday – Grassley and Republicans were offering Wednesday. There was also talk of Ford talking directly to investigators in California, instead of traveling to Washington, D.C.
  • Officially at the airport, the Tulsa area received 2.34 inches of rain on Friday and there is more in the forecast for today. Parts of Tulsa County received a whole lot more rain.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Plate breaks down who received the most. “In the Tulsa area, the heaviest rain was in the southern part of the city,” Plate said.  “It was in the south Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Bixby areas where four to six inches fell.   Statewide, areas around Ada were slammed by showers.  Plate tells us Fittstown received close to 14 inches of rain.  Road Flooding:  Showers in south Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Bixby caused multiple closures in the area. Police confirm South Yale Avenue between 61st and 51st was closed for some time because of water over the road. The same was true for 101st and Garnett in Broken Arrow. The roads have since been reopened. Savastano's at 106th and Memorial in Bixby announced on their Twitter page they were closed due to flooding.
  • Don't put away those umbrellas just yet. National Weather Service Meteorologist Sarah Corfidi says we have a chance for more showers in the Tulsa area today.  Right now, the NWS is predicting a 40 percent chance of rain.   “For Tulsa, it’s going to be mostly cloudy, with some showers still in the area,” Corfidi said.  “The high will be in the low 70’s.” Today is the first day of fall, but the temperature will be below normal for this time of year in our area.  Corfidi tells us the normal high is close to 82 degrees. Any rain we see today should stop by the evening hours.  The low Saturday night will be close to 60 degrees.
  • Ending several days of increasingly political battles over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee declared Friday night that they were unable to reach an agreement for the testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser, and set a committee vote for Monday over the heated objections of Democrats. “It’s Friday night and nothing’s been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Democrats sternly disputed those assertions, charging that Republicans were doing all they could to avoid hearing from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party during their high school years in the early 1980’s. “It’s clear that Republicans have learned nothing over the last 27 years,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), referring to the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, which featured accusations of sexual harassment leveled against him by law professor Anita Hill. Just before the deadline, Ford’s lawyers asked for extra time. Ford lawyer: “The 10:00 p.m. deadline is arbitrary. Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family. She has already been forced out of her home…” — Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) September 22, 2018 But Republicans said enough was enough. “Chairman Grassley has made every effort all week to find a comfortable way for the Senate to hear Dr. Ford’s story, including sending staff to her,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “Delay, delay, delay,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as the Senate Judiciary Committee website listed a 10 am Monday “Executive Business Meeting,” where Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination was the first on the list. Democrats said like with Anita Hill, Ford’s charges merited a review by the FBI, and then hearings by the Judiciary Committee; but the White House and Senate Republicans resisted those calls. “This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” a group of Democratic Senators wrote in a joint letter. “The 11 Republican men on the committee are treating this like a hostage situation,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). “They just don’t get it.” Democrats also expressed outrage about President Trump’s first real comments directed at Kavanaugh’s accuser, as the President took to Twitter on Friday morning to say that Ford should have gone to the police 36 years ago if something bad happened. “When women speak up about sexual assault they should be listened to and supported, not bullied, rushed, or given artificial deadlines,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who was elected partly in 1992 because of the political backlash to how Republicans dealt with Anita Hill’s allegations against Justice Thomas. To every survivor of sexual assault: WE BELIEVE YOU. WE HAVE YOUR BACK. https://t.co/Zx23ePG1ez — Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) September 22, 2018 If Republicans move ahead with a vote in committee on Monday, they could push the Kavanaugh nomination through the full Senate – even with Democrats using every delaying tactic in the book – by the end of next week, just in time to get the judge confirmed before the Supreme Court’s term begins on the First Monday in October.
  • A ferry that overturned on Lake Victoria has resulted in 100 deaths so far and hundreds feared missing, the BBC reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  Only 37 people were rescued Thursday before poor visibility ended the search, CNN reported. Forty-four bodies were recovered Thursday and the rest were recovered Friday, Reuters reported. The MV Nyerere ferry was headed from Bugorora when overturned near Ukara island, the BBC reported. The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish, officials said, but it was believed that at least 300 people were on board. Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, touches the borders of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.