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    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.”
  • Schools in the Tulsa area responding to Wednesday’s shootings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “We are on top of this” Tulsa schools superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist told us early Thursday morning. “We take these situations seriously and prepare for them” she continued. “Because we have a campus police department, we are able to have and practice our emergency plans.” Each school has an armed officer on-location and the district continues to make each physical location safer. “We have more and more buildings with more modern, secure entrances.” We asked Gist to explain how their system works. “Entrances have a buzzing system” she began explaining.   “The system allows you into a secured area that accesses the office but not the rest of the building.”  When asked what she’d like to say to parents and lawmakers Gist took a deep breath and began. “There’s no one thing that can be done to prevent these incidents, but there are a combination of things.” She explains some of those include “security, mental and emotional health, and gun security while figuring out what we can do together to prevent these things.” Gist closed with a message about money. “It requires funding,” she said flatly. “It requires us to maximize the funding we have but it does require funding.” Do your kids feel safe at school? Use this link to download the KRMG app and leave us your thoughts using the open mic.
  • 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 days of uncertainty about a planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump on Thursday told Kim in a letter that because of hostile statements from the Pyongyang regime in recent days, the summit in Singapore would not take place. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is in appropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” the President wrote in his letter to Kim. The decision came as North Korean officials seemed to back away from public assurances that they would give up on their nuclear weapons program, which had been Mr. Trump’s demand from the start – as the President delivered a clear warning to Kim about a possible conflict. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Mr. Trump wrote. Here is the President’s letter to Kim Jong Un.
  • 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.
  • President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey. “The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” the President said. “James Comey was one of them.” “I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of him,” the President said in a recorded interview aired on the Fox News morning program, “Fox and Friends.” Mr. Trump and his allies have been on a public blitz in recent days against the Russia probe, trying to cast the actions of the FBI – and the Obama Administration – as an effort to infiltrate his campaign, in order to dummy up charges of collusion against his campaign and top aides. “The firing of Comey is a good thing”: President @realDonaldTrump discusses former FBI Dir. James Comey & possible spying by the FBI pic.twitter.com/7J4lS7PG40 — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2018 Democrats though point out that while the FBI was investigating the Trump Campaign during the 2016 election, news of it never leaked, even as Comey was publicly inserting himself into the campaign with announcements about Hillary Clinton and her email troubles. On Thursday afternoon, officials at the Justice Department will brief lawmakers in both parties about how the FBI used an informant to check out reports of ties between Russia and the Trump Campaign in 2016. Originally, only House GOP lawmakers were going to be involved, but protests from Senators forced that to change; the briefings will involve the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence. Those three officials met earlier this week with President Trump at the White House, as Mr. Trump has charged the FBI basically planted a ‘spy’ in his campaign, an allegation that has so far gained little traction outside a group of more conservative House Republicans. As for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, his office provided an update of sorts on the investigation while submitting documents to a federal judge handling criminal charges against Paul Manafort, once the head of the Trump Campaign in 2016. “The Special Counsel’s conduct of the investigation remains ongoing,” the Mueller team reported, saying the probe continues to look at “links and/or coordination between Russia and individuals affiliated with the campaign of President Trump.” “The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public,” the Special Counsel’s office stated, in arguing against the public release of search warrants involved in the Manafort case. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Mueller’s office started moving toward the final stages in the guilty plea of one-time foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. “The parties respectfully request that the Court refer this case for the preparation of a presentence investigation report, and that the parties provide a joint status report within thirty days, no later than June 22, 2018,” the two sides agreed in a court document. Legal experts said that showed the feds were ready to have Papadopoulos sentenced, and that he likely had no more information to offer to investigators. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to investigators, when asked about Russian contacts who had told him they had negative information on Hillary Clinton. The Special Counsel’s office outlined their indictments and guilty pleas this way in their Manafort case submission:
  • President Donald Trump will discuss North Korea, immigration and the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests in an interview airing this morning on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends.' >> PREVIOUSLY: Trump slams Comey, DOJ in wide-ranging 'Fox & Friends' interview Brian Kilmeade's interview with Trump was taped Wednesday in Bethpage, New York, after the president appeared at a forum about MS-13, The Hill reported.  Trump tweeted about the interview Wednesday night. >> Read more trending news  'Will be interviewed on @foxandfriends tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. Enjoy!' he wrote. >> See the tweet here Please return for updates.
  • The National Weather Service issued issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tulsa Creek and Rogers counties until 6:15 Wednesday evening.  Meteorologists say the biggest hazard with the storm is 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. Tune to NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG for the latest on the severe weather threat.