Oklahoma U. offers space for donations to tornado victims

Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 3:54 PM
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 3:52 PM
By: Russell Mills

It's a problem one would imagine is a good one to have -- so many donated items coming in to help tornado ravaged Moore and Oklahoma City they don't have any place to put it all.

But actually, it's been a logistical nightmare, according to officials with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as well as government entities which truly appreciate the help, but don't know where to put everything nor how to best organize its distribution.

KRMG has learned that the University of Oklahoma has cleared about 100,000 square feet of space at the Lloyd Noble Center which can be used as a drop-off point for truckloads of donated items.

Local officials ask that people who want to make smaller donations take them to area churches and community organizations.

For those semi-trucks from around Oklahoma and out of state, they ask drivers to take I-35 to Highway 9 East, then proceed to Imhoff and follow the signs from there to the Lloyd Noble Center.

Report: 25-year-old scams Trump supporters out of $1M

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 10:24 AM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 10:15 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Report: 25-year-old scams Trump supporters out of $1M
PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 01: Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks to the media at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 1, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump held the press conference after the closing of Super Tuesday polls in a dozen states. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (John Moore)

A 25-year-old man is scamming thousands of Donald Trump supporters with a fake chance to win dinner with the Republican presidential nominee, according to a report from Politico.

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Ian Hawes runs dinnerwithtrump.org, a website that claims to offer a chance to win a meal with Trump. By Sunday, Politico reported the site had raised more than $1 million for Hawes' American Horizons PAC. Of that, none has gone to the Trump campaign.

On the homepage for dinnerwithtrump.org is a photo of the presidential candidate standing in front of an American flag. Atop the photo is an entry form for the contest to win dinner with Trump.

 "The flight, food and stay are on us," the site claims.

Lured by the chance for some one-on-one time with the business mogul, more than 410,000 people have signed up for the contest, Politico reported. Of those, more than 21,000 people have donated.

The contest, however, appears to be a scam. It's winner will not win a dinner with Trump but will instead get tickets for a "winner and guest to attend a Donald Trump fundraising event with other attendees," according to fine print, written in small gray letters on the homepage for dinnerwithtrump.org.

Many donors contacted by Politico believed the site was affiliated with the Trump campaign, an impression Hawes said is "simply a matter of pure chance."

He denied that dinnerwithtrump.org is a scam.

"I feel ripped off and taken advantage of. This is horrible. That was not my intent," Mary Pat Kulina, who donated $265 to Hawe's American Horizons PAC. She told Politico she believed her money was going to the Trump campaign.

"This is robbery," she told the news website.

American Horizons PAC registered with the Federal Elections Commission in June. Commissioner Ann Ravel would not discuss the PAC specifically with Politico, although she admitted the FEC had little options in the way of fighting fraud.

"That's the frustration I have, that there's very little recourse," she told Politico. "People give money thinking it's going to go to a particular person or a particular cause and it's a consumer protection issues as far as I'm concerned."

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Disney giving out free insect repellent to help keep visitors safe from Zika

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 8:39 AM
By: WFTV - Orlando

            Disney giving out free insect repellent to help keep visitors safe from Zika
New Fears: The Zika Virus

As the number of locally transmitted Zika virus infections continues to increase in Florida, Disney World has started to give all visitors and cast members free insect repellent.  

Disney announced the move on the Frequently Asked Questions section of its website as an answer to park goers’ questions about how to protect themselves from Zika.

“In an abundance of caution, we are taking additional measures and preventative efforts throughout our property, including providing complimentary insect repellent for guests and cast members,” the post said.

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Susan Conway came prepared when she visited Disney World over the weekend.

"This is what we were told, to put wipes (on her two sons). After 20 minutes left dry, then put the sun tan lotion on top," she said. 

Conway was in Florida from Great Britain with her husband and two sons.

Other Disney guests weren't concerned about getting Zika, but appreciated what Disney was doing. 

"I think it's good, it's a good thing to protect people from that," Victoria Strickland said. "For me, I'm not worried about it."

Disney said it was vigilantly tracking Zika infections in the state in an effort to keep visitors informed.

“At this time, the Florida Department of Health has reported that there are no reported cases of active transmissions of the Zika virus in the Orlando area and counties surrounding Walt Disney Resort,” the company’s website said.

Other tips Disney gave for the prevention of mosquito bites (from the CDC):

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks to cover skin, when possible.
  • Use Insect Repellent:
  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray insect repellent on the skin under clothing. Apply insect repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • For those using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
  • According to the CDC, insect repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective, for adults, when used as directed.


For Babies and Children:
  • Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
  • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
  • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
  • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

Amazon to expand physical bookstores

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:47 AM
By: Lindsey Pulse

Amazon is expanding its brick-and-mortar bookstores.

The e-commerce front-runner opened its first physical bookstore last year in Amazon's founding city, Seattle, and so far, reports say the store has been successful. 

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Now, the company is reportedly expanding Amazon Books to Chicago.

Amazon's claim to fame is its convenience. Customers can go online and find just about anything, so why move to physical bookstores? Some say it's about branding.

The stores stock their shelves based on data from Amazon.com. So reviews, number of sales and popularity decide what customers will see.

This is only the latest in a number of big steps to improve Amazon's reach.

Last month, the retailer unveiled its first branded cargo jet called Amazon One. The company plans to roll more jets out in the next several years.

Plus, the company's highly anticipated drone delivery service is finally going to be tested.

Amazon's expansion announcement comes after Barnes and Noble dismissed CEO Ronald Boire earlier this month. Barnes and Noble's stocks have plummeted recently, and the company determined Boire was "not a good fit" for the role.

Amazon's Chicago bookstore will join the ranks of other confirmed locations in San Diego and Portland.

Amazon experimenting with 30-hour work weeks for some employees

Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 9:15 AM
By: Briana Altergott

            Amazon experimenting with 30-hour work weeks for some employees
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 6: The Amazon logo is projected onto a screen at a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Amazon unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire HD in 7 and 8.9-inch sizes. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) (David McNew)

Amazon is will experiment with a shorter work week for specific employees.

According to a report from The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the company is launching a program that will give a few technical teams a 30-hour work week.

The Post says these select employees will be salaried and receive the same benefits as their 40-hour counterparts, but they will only earn 75 percent of the pay that full-timers make.

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Amazon already offers its part-time workers the same benefits as full-time employees, but this is the first time the company is giving that option to specific teams, including their managers.

A posting by Amazon for an informational seminar on the initiative said it was created with the company's "diverse workforce" in mind. 

"We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth," the post said. "This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model."

Many are speculating that the move is in response to The New York Times' derogatory investigation into Amazon's work culture last year, which labeled the company as a "bruising" workplace.

The idea of a shorter work week definitely isn't anything new.

Many companies all over the world have switched to a 30-hour week, and studies show it has increased productivity and happiness among employees.

According to the Post, Amazon doesn't have plans to reduce its work week for the entire company.