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Russell Mills came to Tulsa in 1991 with an AA degree in Broadcast Journalism and a new family. He worked in local television for more than 20 years as a show producer, assignment editor, and online content director. He built one of the first television news websites in the country and helped pioneer streaming audio and video, especially as it related to weather and live news coverage on the Internet. Russell says working for KRMG fulfills a longtime dream. "I worked in newsrooms for a long, long time before finally getting the chance to get out and cover the news in person. I can't tell you how much I love doing just that -- driving toward the big story to talk to the people involved gets my adrenaline going like almost nothing else in life." Russell grew up in Bozeman, Montana then spent several years as an "itinerant musician and restaurant worker," living in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and California before finally starting college at 28 and discovering broadcasting as a possible career path. He is married to Shadia Dahlal, a nationally-known Middle Eastern Dancer and instructor, and has two stepchildren who both live and work in Tulsa. You can connect with Russell via Twitter, Facebook, or Linked In. After nearly a quarter century as a web developer, Russell began blogging in 2014. You can see his "Behind the Scenes" blog on reporting in Tulsa here.

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Earthquakes shake Oklahoma six times on Saturday

It was a shaky day in Oklahoma on Saturday.

U.S. Geological Survey say six different earthquakes shook our state.

The first three quakes happened during the morning hours, near Medford.  The quakes had magnitudes of 2.6, 3.3, and 3.2.

Once the afternoon rolled around, the ground started shaking again.

U.S.G.S states the fourth quake happened around 12:07 p.m., near Crescent.  It was a 2.6 temblor.

Less than 30 minutes later, the fifth quake struck near Cherokee.  This time, the quake had a 3.0 magnitude.

The final quake shook the ground near Guthrie around 3:31 p.m.  The temblor had a 2.9 magnitude.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Demolition of two Tulsa apartment complexes begins

Two large apartment complexes are coming down along Riverside Drive to make room for A Gathering Place for Tulsa.

Demolition began Monday on the Sundance and Legacy apartments near 31st and Riverside.

It will take eight to ten weeks to complete the demolition.

Construction crews will then use that land as a staging area for Phase I of the project.

The idea is to minimize the number of trucks on Tulsa's streets during the construction.

Eventually, Riverside Drive will have to be closed for about a mile from 21st to 31st; that's expected to happen some time this summer.

The entire $350 million project is expected to be complete in late 2017.

How to get around closures on Riverside Dr.

Riverside Drive will be closed for two years due to construction, and that’s if everything goes as planned.

Crews closed the section of road between 41st and 24th Monday.

An estimated 60,000 are on the road each day. That’s a lot of drivers who will need to find alternate routes.

The construction is part of the work for A Gathering Place for Tulsa. It’s a 100 acre and $350 million park.

Increased traffic is expected on Peoria, but business owners are hoping it could lead to more sales.

Neighbors want to urge drivers not to use residential streets to get around.

Here are the alternate routes:

From southeast Tulsa: Hwy. 169 to the Broken Arrow Expressway or Interstate 244 to downtown

From south central Tulsa: Harvard Avenue or Lewis Avenue to 15th Street, the Broken Arrow Expressway or 11th Street to downtown. A second option is I-44 to Hwy. 75 to downtown.

From southwest Tulsa: Creek Turnpike to Hwy. 75 to downtown

From midtown: Peoria Avenue, Lewis Avenue or Harvard Avenue to I-44, Broken Arrow Expressway, 15th or 11th streets to downtown

Poll: 3 of 4 Americans don't see Trump as a serious candidate

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Donald Trump may be doing well in some early Republican presidential polls, but according to new research he has a lot of work to do to convince more Americans his bid for the GOP nomination is realistic.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday indicates that 74 percent of Americans don't think he's a "serious" candidate.

Interestingly, a poll by Gallup in 1999, when Trump ran on the Reform Party ticket, found an identical 74 percent of Americans didn't take his campaign seriously.

But there has been a shift in the demographics.

In 1999, only 20 percent of Republicans responded that they considered the real estate mogul a serious candidate, while in the new poll 43 percent said they did.

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But among Democrats there was a significant drop, from 20 percent in 1999 to 12 percent now.

Gallup's polling shows 27 percent of independent voters saw his camdidacy as serious in 1999, compared to 25 percent currently.

Gallup's conclusion:

Donald Trump's candidacy has already shaped the presidential race in important ways, such as compelling other Republican candidates to address the issue of illegal immigration more forcefully. Yet even as Trump appears to be a prominent voice in the Republican race, nearly three-quarters of Americans do not take his candidacy for president seriously. The public sees his candidacy as no more credible now than in 1999, despite his decision to run for a major-party nomination this time around and his promise to spend his ample personal wealth in pursuit of his political ambitions.

You can see more details on the poll and its results on the website.

Earthquake felt in Tulsa, social media lights up

An earthquake shook northeast Oklahoma early Monday afternoon.

The preliminary estimate of the quake lists it as a 4.5 on the Richter Scale.

The tremblor is believed to have been centered near Crescent, Oklahoma, roughly 3.2 kilometers below the surface and occurred at 1:12 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

KRMG has heard from people as far away as Wichita, Kansas who also felt the shaking.

It shook the building and rattled a few nerves at the KRMG studios near E. 71st Street and South Yale Avenue.

It's apparently the second quake of approximately 4.0 or better to hit the area Monday.

The earlier quake hit about 12 minutes earlier, also near Crescent, Oklahoma.

That one is listed as a 4.0 on the Richter Scale, and is believed to have occurred roughly 5.6 kilometers below the surface.

Crescent is northwest of Guthrie, in Logan County.

We are awaiting additional information from the Oklahoma and US Geological agencies.

So far, there are no reports of damage or injuries.

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