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    Bixby Public Schools released the district’s final decision regarding new school schedules Friday. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the school hours for Bixby Public Schools will be as follows: All Elementary and Intermediate Schools, 8:00 am – 3:05 pm (early release Fridays – 2:05 pm) Middle School, Ninth Grade, and High School, 8:45 am – 3:46 pm (early release Fridays – 2:50 pm) Bixby Superintendent Rob Miller commented on the change. “The new school hours will be a change from what many have become comfortable with over the years, but it is an update that places our students’ health and academics first.” More here
  • Tulsans will soon have a new healthy dining option. Coolgreens, an Oklahoma City-based fast-casual restaurant, is opening in midtown next week. “It’s meant to be light and fresh.” Owner Chris Gates said. “It’s food that makes you feel good.” Coolgreens has been exclusively in OKC until now, making Tulsa the first franchise location. The company plans to move into Dallas and other markets soon. Gates said Tulsa will eventually have three locations. Coolgreens is located at 5501 E. 41st Street.  The grand opening is Monday, February 18th. Coolgreens is hiring - Click here to apply
  • A lab in Tulsa is offering a way for parents to see if their kids have been using e-cigarettes, or any form of tobacco. Any Lab Test Now is located at 38th and Peoria and can run 8,000 different types of tests. Owner Tom Powers told KRMG parents are coming to them for this test more and more. “We can find out, of course privately, if the child has been consuming nicotine in any way, shape or form.” Powers said. The test can be done in one of four ways: oral, hair, urine or nail. Powers said the urine tests start at $19. The Surgeon General reported an increase in the number of children and young adults using e-cigarettes. “E-cigarette use among both youth and young adults has increased considerably in recent years. In 2015, more than a quarter of students in grades 6 through 12 and more than a third of young adults had ever tried e-cigarettes.” According to the Surgeon General. It’s also reported that e-cig usage can lead to problems in brain development, as well as addiction and respiratory issues. Click here for more on the reported dangers of e-cigarettes Click here for more about Any Lab Test Now
  • Tulsa International Mayfest announced some big changes for 2019. The biggest is the location of the event. Mayfest is moving to the Tulsa Arts District. The festival is also going from four days to three days. Organizers said the festival will put more focus on local artists in 2019. “We are beyond excited about the 2019 festival and the future of Mayfest,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest. “The board of directors and our event chair have worked tirelessly over the past months to present a re-imagined festival to the Tulsa community. Tulsa lost a treasure with the discontinuation of the Blue Dome Arts Festival, and we hope to help fill the gap for both local artists and the community as a whole.” Another change for 2019, you will no longer be required to buy coupons for food and beverage purchases at Mayfest. Mayfest is set for Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2019. More here
  • The BOK Center set a new attendance record Friday night when Metallica returned to Tulsa. According to the arena. 19,228 fans attended the heavy metal band’s show at the BOK Center. Metallica last played the BOK Center in 2008. They first played in Tulsa at Cain’s Ballroom in 1986. Metallica was one of 10 acts to perform at the BOK Center as part of the arena’s ‘10 for 10’ series celebrating the BOK Center’s 10th anniversary. The 10th show in that series will be Elton John February 9th, 2019. Get tickets here
  • Update: At 10:14 pm Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to home in near 76th Street North and  Madison Ave. in response to a 911 call for a violation of a protective order.  When Deputy Mic Bonin arrived at the home, the victim stated she was asleep in her recliner, when she awoke to find her ex-boyfriend, 57 year old Terry Lee Cockrell, standing over her. She stated that Cockrell was armed and was in the backyard of her home.  Dep. Bonin found Cockrell hiding in the backyard. He ignored commands to stop and fled into a wooded area near the home. Bonin deployed his taser, but it was unsuccessful, because the probes didn’t penetrate the suspect’s coat.  Throughout the foot pursuit, Bonin gave Cockrell multiple commands to stop and show his hands. Cockrell stated the gun was in his pocket and that he wanted the Deputy to shoot him. As the suspect reached for his pocket, Bonin fired his weapon.  Cockrell died from his injury. A handgun was recovered at the scene.  Deputy Mic Bonin has been placed on paid administrative leave, as the shooting is investigated. He was hired by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office on 8/1/2005.  The backdoor of the victim’s home showed signs of forced entry. TCSO has been dispatched to the home on previous occasions for domestic violence calls.  TCSO arrested Cockrell for violation of a protective order on 12/26/18. The mug shot from that arrest is attached. Original Story: A man is dead after apparently violating a protective order.  The victim called deputies after waking to find her ex-boyfriend standing over her with a gun around 10 p.m. Wednesday.  He took off running outside, but refused to cooperate when the deputy found him in a wooded area.  “The suspect resists he makes a motion toward his pockets and our deputy opened fire,” Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Casey Roebuck told KRMG.  The suspect died at the scene.  His gun was recovered, but no names were released at the scene near 7600 North Madison Avenue.
  • Air travelers will soon have a new destination choice from Allegiant. Beginning June 2019, Allegiant will offer a non-stop flight from Tulsa International Airport to Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport. The company is offering fares on the new route as low as $59 each way. “We’re very excited to announce this brand-new service from Tulsa,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re sure area travelers will take advantage of our friendly, nonstop, ultra-low-cost service to enjoy all that the Emerald Coast has to offer.” The route will be offered twice weekly.  Allegiant now offers non-stop flights from Tulsa to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Tampa/St. Pete and now Destin. More here
  • Gillette is facing some backlash after a new TV commercial takes aim at the #MeToo movement. Gillette's 'We Believe,' commercial now viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube, starts by showing scenes of bullying, implied sexual harassment and other aggressive male behavior. “Is this the best a man can get?” The ad asks. The commercial then transitions to show men on their best behavior, stopping fights and thinking twice before approaching women. Watch the commercial and let us know what you think of Gillette’s new ad.
  • The 33rd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals began inside the River Spirit Expo Monday. The event has grown to be one of the largest indoor midget car racing events in the world. More than 300 drivers come to Tulsa from all over the world to compete for the title of Chili Bowl Champion. The 6-day event brings around 15,000 race fans to the Tulsa Fairgrounds.  The Chili Bowl is well known to attract NASCAR drivers to Tulsa, including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and more. More here
  • Oklahoma lawmakers are offering their thoughts on President Donald Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night. The president speaking on the issue of border security and the government shutdown. Senator James Lankford called the KRMG Morning News Wednesday to say he thought President Trump gave a common sense statement. “He focused a lot on technology and tried to open up the lens for everyone to be able to see  this is not just about fencing.” Lankford said. “This could really be solved in 45 minutes, as the president said last night... We just don’t seem that far away.” Click here to listen to our full interview with Sen. Lankford Oklahoma Congressmen Markwayne Mullin also offered his thoughts following the presidential address. “President Trump’s message to the American people was abundantly clear,” said Mullin. “We cannot ignore the facts any longer. There is a humanitarian and national security crisis at our country’s southern border.
  • Skyler Cooper

    Skyler started his radio career at KRMG in 2012. He started as a board operator on Sunday mornings and was quickly moved into the producer role for the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter.

    Skyler became a reporter in 2014 and now works as KRMG Morning News Producer and Reporter.

    With both of his parents and a grandmother having all worked in the business, Skyler was hooked on radio from an early age.

    In his free time, Skyler enjoys playing guitar and spending time outdoors.

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  • Just a few years after boasting that tickets for his appearance on Saturday Night Live were the “hardest to get in the history of this great show,” President Donald Trump on Sunday morning again expressed his unhappiness with his portrayal on the long time NBC comedy program, as he issued a familiar blast, saying the “RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.” “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC,” the President tweeted early on Sunday morning, before he left his Florida retreat at Mar-a-Lago for a round of golf, as Mr. Trump again complained about his treatment by the press. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?” the President tweeted. While Mr. Trump did not specify what had earned his ire, Saturday Night Live began its latest show with actor Alec Baldwin portraying the President at his Friday news conference, where the President announced a national emergency to funnel money from the Pentagon into a border wall. It was a different story for President Trump back in November of 2015, when his appearance helped the show’s ratings. “Thank you to all of those who gave me such wonderful reviews for my performance,” the President said a few days after his NBC appearance – before many people gave him a serious chance to win the White House. But by October of 2016 – as the election approached – the President did not like what he was seeing on Saturday Night Live, and that has kept going in 2017 and 2018 as well, no matter how many times he’s tuned in, or seen highlights aimed at him. Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016 I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016 Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 . @NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017 Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018 A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018 Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 The President’s last two tweets – on Sunday morning, and back in December, both used the word “Collusion” in his attacks on Saturday Night Live as well. It was different when he was Candidate Trump – in November of 2015. Thank you to all of those who gave me such wonderful reviews for my performance on @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live. Best ratings in 4 years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2015 They are saying that tickets to tonight's Saturday Night Live are the hardest to get in the history of this great show! Off to a good start! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2015
  • Broken Arrow police were called to a home near Kenosha and S. 145th E. Ave. on Tuesday night. The victim says three males kicked in the front door. The three people took off running when the victim fired a gun. Two of the suspects were armed with a handgun.  Friday morning police released that they arrested 20-year-old Zackary Mosley. Investigators are still looking for the other two suspects. No one was hurt.
  • On July 24th, 1969 Navy frogman John Wolfram was the first person to greet Apollo astronauts back to earth after they became the only humans to have walked on the surface of the moon. But that is only part of Wolfram’s story, which he will share this Sunday at a Tulsa church (see details below). His participation in the Apollo 11 mission to the moon happened in between two deployments to Vietnam. On that second deployment, he was injured and received the Purple Heart. He also had a drug habit, and tells KRMG a bad LSD trip brought him close to suicide. [Hear our full interview with John Wolfram and Pastor Don Martin] He returned to the states and eventually, found himself at a Pentecostal revival meeting. “I went back to my apartment that night and I took a pillow case and filled it up with marijuana and pot and LSD and pills and all the drug paraphernalia, and took it down to the San Diego Bay and baptized them - threw them away,” he told KRMG. He’s spent the next several decades as a missionary around the world, but his primary focus is on Vietnam. He helped build a church there, dedicated to the memory of his friends who died in the war. The public is invited to meet Wolfram and hear his story Sunday (Feb. 17th, 2019) at the Metro Pentecostal Church in Tulsa, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 8611 E. 21st Street.
  • The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor’s office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people. “These are early estimates, but they are encouraging,” said Dr. Alicia Fry of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Somewhere between 10,000 and 16,000 people have died from flu and its complications so far this season, according to new estimates released Thursday. Last winter was dominated by a nasty kind of flu, and the vaccine’s weakness against it was one reason it was the deadliest flu season in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications. This winter, in most parts of the country, most illnesses are being caused by a somewhat milder virus that vaccines tend to perform better against. Overall, flu is widespread in 47 states, according to the most recent CDC data. Health officials don’t know if flu season has peaked yet, Fry said.
  • As President Donald Trump on Friday announced a pair of executive actions and declared a national emergency to funnel more money into border security, lawmakers in both parties in Congress were left in the dark on how the Pentagon would deal with the largest part of the President’s declaration, carving $3.6 billion out of military construction projects authorized and funded by the U.S. House and Senate. “I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), whose district is home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, which received $116 million in 2019 for construction of a new building for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. “We certainly cannot allow him to rob our military of $3.5 billion for critical construction projects that serve our troops, support our allies, and deter our adversaries,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). Congress approved $10.3 billion for military construction for Fiscal Year 2019, doling out money to dozens of domestic and overseas military facilities, projects which are often prized as bring-home-the-bacon items for Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress. The list of military construction projects in each year’s budget runs the gamut of military needs – from an F-35 maintenance hangar at Camp Pendleton in California, to a training facility at the Mayport Naval Base near Jacksonville, Florida, to a reserve training center at Fort Benning in Georgia, to a dry dock facility at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and much more. In all, military construction money was approved last fall by lawmakers for defense installations in 38 different states, and at least 14 overseas locations, some of those U.S. possessions. You can read through the list of projects from the bill here. A quick look at the list of military facilities with 2019 funding shows that many of them are located in House districts held by Republican lawmakers – who could find money for their local military project in jeopardy, as the President tries to funnel more money to his signature border wall. Democrats from around the country were quick to issue statements asking that their home state military construction projects be spared from any cuts, and challenging their GOP colleagues to do the same. Trump’s “National Emergency” strips billlions of dollars from base housing construction. Martha will you join me in opposing this farce? Who is more important the military spouses or your obedience to the President? https://t.co/Z56pZ9VRYr — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2019 The President's unconstitutional action threatens to take money away from construction at Nellis Air Force Base, and local national security activities that keep Nevada families safe. I will support the House’s actions to restore order and protect Nevadans. — Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) February 15, 2019 Since Trump reportedly plans to take money from existing military construction projects for his #nationalemergency, this could steal millions in approved & necessary funding away from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. #mepolitics My full statement on his authoritarian power grab pic.twitter.com/djQdIcHmub — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) February 15, 2019 The Pentagon and the White House had no answers for reporters on Friday on which military construction projects would be put on hold, whether from the 2019 budget, or from money approved by Congress, but not yet spent from previous years. “We would be looking at lower priority military construction projects,” a senior administration official told reporters on a Friday conference call before the President’s announcement. That official – and another senior White House official on the call – both downplayed the amount of money being taken from military construction, with one saying the budget was ‘substantially’ more than the $3.6 billion being diverted by the President. But that’s not the case. “I sit on the committee that funds Military Construction,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted on Friday. “Trump is taking $3.5 billion out of the $10 billion that’s in the account. That’s 35%.” Earlier this month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee specifically said his biggest concern about an emergency would be taking money out of military construction, a point Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) emphasized again this week. “As I heard in a hearing yesterday, military housing and all military installations are facing disrepair and poor conditions,” Inhofe said. “We cannot afford to allow them to be further impacted.”