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Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff.

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Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent.

Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament.

Wrestlers will need to contact the coach about scheduled meets.

The district asks that ill students stay home when school resumes.

CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic

The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been planned for several weeks. 

RELATED: CDC prepares for nuclear attack

The CDC says the previous event, titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” will be held at a future date. The session will focus on local, state and federal preparations in the event of a nuclear attack. 

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“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC said before the event was changed. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles.

The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease.

The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from.

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The unnamed passenger arrived at Terminal 5 and left via a domestic flight from Terminal 1, but may have been in other areas of the airport.

The person was infectious that day, according to Health Department officials.

Officials are most concerned about people who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time on Jan. 10, especially those who have not been vaccinated.

The Department of Health says that those exposed, and who have contracted measles, could see symptoms as late as Jan. 31.

Symptoms include: 

  • Rash
  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes

Health Department officials say if you experience the symptoms, call a doctor before going to an office or emergency room so precautions can be taken to protect other patients from possible exposure since measles is highly contagious and can be spread through the air when someone either coughs or sneezes.

WGN reported that there is no risk for travelers currently using O’Hare. The Health Department told the television station, “If you weren’t at O’Hare on Jan. 10 there’s no concern. Even if you were, the risk was very, very low, and ... if you’ve been vaccinated it’s next to nothing.”

Mary B's frozen biscuits recalled due to listeria concerns

Be sure to check your freezer because there’s a new recall on frozen biscuits that were sold in nearly two dozen states.

>> Biscuits recalled over listeria concern

Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B’s brand biscuits due to listeria concerns. The biscuits were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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Company officials said the problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside company that manufactured the product.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The Mary B’s products affected are frozen bagged biscuits. All have “Best If Used By" dates before Sept. 23, 2018, and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.

UPC codes affected by the recall:

  • 2059300007 MARY B’S JUMBO BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 35OZ 10 / 3.5OZ
  • 2059300015 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300018 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300020 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300021 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300022 MARY B’s BUTTERMILK TEA BISCUITS 24OZ 24 / 1OZ
  • 2059300023 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300028 MARY B’S THIN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 28.6OZ 22 / 1.3OZ
  • 2059300033 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059300034 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059300035 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059383000 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK 0 TRANS FAT 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059383004 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059387000 MARY B’S MADE WITH WHOLE GRAIN 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 3059320583 MARY B’S 3.5 OZ JUMBO BUTTERMILK 144CT BULK BISCUITS 144 / 3.5OZ

Customers are urged to return affected products to the store for a full refund.

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WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

Exhibitor Information: The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

The first nine years of the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma have been tremendous, with tens of thousands of people attending each year. Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden show in Green Country, coming up July 27th through 29th in the River Spirit Expo Center at Expo square.  We bring in qualified buyers (new and existing homeowners) who are committed to finding ideas and answers to their home & garden questions. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought after group of consumers.

 An estimated $700 billion is spent on home and garden-related products and services each year. According to the NAHB (National Assoc. of Home Builders), the average zip code in America will see over $5 million spent on home improvement this year. That’s a lot of new roofs, landscaping, and remodels! Experts are projecting home improvement spending to increase 6% this year over last, with the average home improvement project costing around $4,000.

With this growing demand for these types of products/services, the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma has had proven success here in northeast Oklahoma. With such a vast array of products and services, The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma creates the ultimate source for consumers to fill many of their home & gardening needs under one roof! 

  Some ways "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma" can work for you...

• Increase business • Improve customer relationships • Create an expanded mailing list • Sell your services or products at the show • Distribute coupons, samples and brochures • Showcase new products • Demonstrations • In store promotions and tie-ins • Door prize exposure • Hands-on activity at your boothBuying a Booth Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden event in Green Country! We bring in qualified buyers (homeowners) who are looking for ideas and solutions to their decorating, gardening and home-related questions. For example, did you know that:

 

*92% of consumer event attendees evaluate the companies they do business with by visiting a trade show?

*64% of attendees said that as a result of visiting a company's booth, they bought more of that company's product within 12 months?To help you reach this market, this event offers sponsors and exhibitors many one-to-one marketing opportunities with pre-qualified customers.As a part of "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma", you'll get unparalleled exposure through our strong promotions packages. This event will be highly-publicized on 4 of the top-rated radio stations in Tulsa, on Fox 23 (the local FOX-TV affiliate) as well as through cable TV advertisements, local newspaper coverage and social media.You can be a part of this winning team of highly successful exhibitors if you hurry and contact us today to reserve your space! Booth SpaceEach 10' by 10' booth comes with:

  • 8' tall back drape and 3' tall side rails.  (Due to the intracacies of the layot, some booths may end up with 8’ tall drape on one or boths sides of the booth as well)
  • 1 6' skirted table
  • 2 premium folding chairs
  • 1 wastebasket
  • Access to 110v electricity (you must provide your own extension cords and power strips)
  • Additional items (extra chairs, tables, carpeting, easels, TV-VCR combos, counter high stools, etc.) may be ordered directly through the show decorator, Event 1 or by calling 918-245-8006.

    Exhibitor Info 

    Show dates: Friday, July 27, 2018 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 

    Show hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on SundayShow location: The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (at the fairgrounds) at 4145 E 21st St. in Tulsa, Oklahoma 

    Load-in/set-up: Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday, July 26th from 8:00am - 7:00pm each dayAll exhibitors are required to provide us with proof of liability insurance before exhibiting at the show. If you do not have this coverage in place, Cox Media Group has made arrangements so that all of our exhibitors can instantly acquire this coverage at a significant savings from Rainprotection Insurance. Your cost will be just $84 for the entire week of the show. Please contact the show ofice if you need more information on this coverage.The River Spirit Expo Center has multiple drive-in bays with 16' and 21' high doors, a dock height loading platform and an available forklift for moving in large/heavy display items.Each booth comes with access to 110v electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own 16-gauge extension cords and power strips (all booths shouldn't be more than 30 feet from the nearest electrical box - located in the floor). 220 power is available and must be arranged before your move-in date by contacting the show office staff at (918) 523-2067.

    Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?  Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

     

    HGS Exhibitor Resource Center

    SHOW FEATURES:

    * FREE parking and FREE admission - It’s the largest FREE winter-time Home & Garden show in Northeast Oklahoma!

    * Now in its 15th year - the show features nearly 170 unique exhibitors with numerous displays highlighting home decorating and design ideas for inside and outside, plus so much more! 

    * Tens of thousands of homeowners who are seeking experts, services and products.

    * A live radio broadcast of KRMG’s “The Gardening Show” with Allan Storjohann from 9am-noon on Saturday morning, January 27, 2018.

    * Multimedia promotional plan includes live and recorded promotional announcements and live-on-location broadcasts on 4 of the top 6 adult-oriented radio stations in the market, plus TV spots on the Cox cable system and on KOKI-Fox 23, through social media and by newspaper coverage in the Tulsa World.

    JANUARY 26-28, 2018 The Exchange Center at Expo Square 4145 East 21st Street Tulsa, OK 74112

    SHOW HOURS: Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 11am-5pm

    The Green Country Home & Garden Show is brought to you by A-Best RoofingEden’s Structural SolutionsDolphin Pools and Amini’s Galleria.

    IMPORTANT LINKS FOR  EXHIBITORS:

    Do you know of someone who owns their own company or works for a business that would benefit from being in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Have them call Steve McDonald at (918) 523-2067 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

    SHOW OFFICE: Green Country Home & Garden ShowC/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial DrTulsa, OK 74129(918) 523-2067 - show office(918) 493-5357 - show fax line

    Experts: Parents feed babies solid food too soon

    Are Americans feeding their babies solid foods too early?

    One group of child-feeding advocates say yes and that the move to feed babies solids early can follow them for the rest of their lives.

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    The group, called thousanddays.org, examined nutrition for babies in America.

    Thousand days refers to pregnancy through the first two years after birth.

    Its research found that nearly 40 percent of parents are introducing solids too early and that only 22 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed for six months.

    Thousanddays.org said that more than half of moms say they are getting mixed messages on what to feed their babies.

    So what are parents feeding their children and when?

    Chloe Barrera with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevents said that she oversaw a study that took a look at what 1,482 babies from the age of 6 to 36 months ate. Parents told researchers when they first ate food that wasn’t formula or breast milk. Other foods included juice, cow’s milk, baby food or other solids. About two-thirds of families were not following official recommendations. Some parents introduced foods too early, or before 4 months (16.3 percent) , many (38.3 percent) gave food to their babies between 4 and 5 months, while some held off solid foods until 7 or more months (12.9 percent), Huffington Post reported.

    Barrera’s study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    But study authors say the numbers may be worse than reported since research depended upon self-reporting and that parents who know the recommendations may have under-reported the ages of their children and when they fed them solid foods, Huffington Post reported.

    Experts say babies should be either breast fed or fed for their first 6 months because those foods have the nutrients babies need for development. 

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are both working on federal guidelines for children under 2 years old. The guidelines are expected to be released in 2020, Huffington Post reported.

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    Oklahoma family seeking medical marijuana for child hopes for legalization

    As Oklahoma voters prepare to make a decision on legalizing medical marijuana, one family is using cannabis oil to help a young girl with a rare medical condition.

    >> Watch the news report here

    >> On FOX23.com: Oklahoma Gov. Fallin sets election date for medical marijuana measure

    KOKI has been following the story of Jaqie Angel Warrior for years now. Her mother, Brittany Warrior, said she needs cannabis oil to help with the seizures she has every day.

    >> On FOX23.com: New poll finds 62 percent of Oklahomans support medical marijuana measure

    Jaqie Angel Warrior suffers from a rare and potentially deadly form of epilepsy. Traditional pharmaceuticals haven't worked well for her, the family says.

    She started having seizures at 5 months old. At 20 months old, the family put her on cannabis oil at the advisement of her neurologist. Since then, she has been weaned off all pharmaceuticals.

    Jaqie's mother, Brittany Warrior, said they were losing all hope before they tried cannabis oil.

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    "Prior to starting cannabis, Jaqie had anywhere from 150 to 300 seizures a day. She was catatonic and life was fading out of her before my eyes," she said.

    The family has traveled back and forth, and even temporarily moved to states with legalized medical marijuana.

    Now that State Question 788 is on the ballot in Oklahoma, Brittany Warrior hopes that voters will support the measure to help her child.

    Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

    A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport.

    According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The airport was closed temporarily.

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    Authorities said they did not know what caused the incident involving the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, which was traveling from Ankara to Trabzon, the AP reported.

    Dramatic photos from the scene quickly circulated on social media. Take a look at some of them below:

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