On Thursday, we posted two videos about travel delays at the airport due to fog: Fog closes Will Rogers to incoming flights and Fog in OKC (catchy headline, eh?) . This morning, NewsOK.tv’s Tanner Herriott was at Will Rogers World Airport as soldiers returned home for the holidays.
And holiday travel has resumed.
Tanner’s video will post later today. Here’s the accompanying story from Brian Sargent on NewsOK:
About 420 solders from Fort Sill are scheduled to leave from Will Rogers World Airport today for two weeks of holiday leave. Soldiers also are departing from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
About 2,700 soldiers from Fort Sill’s 434th Field Artillery Brigade are participating in the annual event, commonly known as ‘exodus’ or winter block leave, fort spokeswoman Emily Kelley said.
“I told my family all I wanted for Christmas was to come home,” said National Guard Pvt. 2nd Class Joshua Bliss.
Bliss, 23, hasn’t seen his family in Columbia, S.C., in about three months. He said he is looking forward to spending time with his family, especially his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
We taped four videos this morning in the OPUBCO Studios. Ed Kelley’s Oklahoma Matters commentary was about Pete Maravich. He was there to watch Pistol Pete’s performance at the State Fair Arena in 1968.
And we just wrapped up the daily energy update. It usually airs live at 2 pm. Yesterday, Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge spoke about touring an Arkansas nuclear plant, so we included a clip from Benge.
George Lang, of StaticBlog fame, stopped by today. Click below as George discusses why Robert Plant and Alison Krauss decided to play OKC at the Zoo Amp to raise money for Houston’s victims of Hurricane Ike.
A renewable energy company founded by Oklahoma native T. Boone Pickens says it’s buying 667 wind turbines from General Electric. The longtime Texas oilman’s company, Mesa Power, plans to use the turbines to start what it expects will be the world’s largest wind energy project. The Pampa Wind Project will be located in Texas.
At 19, mayor-elect’s the pride of Muskogee. The Oklahoman’s Julie Bisbee reports John Tyler Hammons may have already performed his grandest feat as mayor, even before taking office. He put Muskogee in the national spotlight. Hammons, 19, beat his 70-year-old opponent in a runoff election Tuesday, getting nearly 70 percent of the vote.
Six children were taken into custody by the Department of Human Services after Oklahoma County sheriffs raided a Del City home for drugs Wednesday morning.
Tulsa’s David Cook will face off against 17-year-old David Archuleta for the grand prize on American Idol next week. The Oklahoman’s George Lang reports “American Idol” viewers made it official Wednesday: the seventh-season finale next week will be an all-David competition.
Mostly Cloudy, before turning partly cloudy in the late morning and afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Northerly winds about 10 mph. Twenty percent chance of isolated rain in the morning.
As you know, Britney Spears bombed in her much-hyped MTV Video Music Awards performance. Or so say the critics. The Oklahoman’s George Lang blogged on NewsOK during the 2 hour show. Here’s George’s take on Brit: “when you’re going to wear an outfit designed to fit a Bratz doll, you might want to start the Pilates regimen earlier.” The NY Times? “She was awful. Visibly nervous, she tottered around the stage, dancing tentatively and doing nothing that sounded or looked like real live singing.”
Apple has sold its one-millionth iPhone, just days after it cut the price of its smartphone by $200. That’s 1 million sold in just 74 days. Apple says it will sell 10 million by the end of next year. It took Apple two years to sell one million iPods.
And in related news, the recoding industry has come up with a new format. It’s called the “ringle.” It combines the mostly defunct single format with ringtones. Each ringle will contain three songs – one hit, maybe a remix and an older track – along with one ringtone, all on a CD. Sony is set to release 50 ringle titles beginning in October.