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    An Oklahoma boy is recovering after suffering a serious injury in a restaurant bounce house.  >> Click here to watch the news report (WARNING: Linked video includes graphic images.) A trip to an Incredible Pizza location in Warr Acres on Nov. 5 ended with the Lambert family’s 5-year-old son Bentley, who had been playing in a bounce house, asking if he was going to die. >> Bounce house takes flight with children inside it Incredible Pizza, known fully as America’s Incredible Pizza Co., shows on its website that it offers both food and entertainment at its restaurants, listing a bounce house among the number of attractions. Shali Lambert spoke to KFOR about her son’s condition and said that, while he is on a long road to recovery, it was immediately clear to her and doctors how serious it was when a hook inside the bounce house came loose and tore into the child’s arm. >> Read more trending news  A hook inside of a padded wrecking ball came loose and seriously injured Bentley. “He was screaming, ‘I’m stuck!' I just remember picking him up, and I had to unhook the clip and slide it out of his arm,” Lambert said. “He was asking if he was going to die. He saw all the blood in his arm, and so he was asking if he was going to die.” >> 5 children hurt after bounce house goes airborne at church carnival The child had to be rushed from the pizza place to the hospital, where doctors performed an emergency surgery. The boy’s arm has since been sewed up, but he may have to undergo physical therapy and additional surgeries in the future. “No kid should have to go through that,” Bentley’s mother said. It’s not clear at this time if the cost of the child’s surgery will be covered by the company, but its insurance company is involved. On its website, Incredible Pizza says its mission is “to bring families and friends together through great food and fun,” adding that it operate its business “by Christian principles, delivering a positive family experience and a fair return to our company.”
  • A parenting story on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America website is discouraging parents from forcing their daughters to hug relatives at holiday gatherings -- and any time during the year. Titled, “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays,” the Nov. 2 article says encouraging young girls to go give a relative a hug or kiss as a greeting can lead to compromised views of consent. “Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life,” the article said. >> Read more trending news Girl Scouts parenting expert and developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald explained the impact of telling young girls, “Go give your relative a big hug!” or “Give them a big kiss!” “The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children, but the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older,” Archibald said. Archibald said that unfortunately, people who prey on children exist and young girls need to be taught at an early age what consent means and how to get help if their rights are violated. Comments on the organization’s Facebook post of the article were mixed. “No girl is going to seriously think she has to get physical with a guy to be polite, just because she had to give Aunt Betty a hug at Christmas when she was little,” one woman wrote. “Our kids deserve to decide what they do with their own bodies,” one mother commented. “Forcing them to give hugs takes that away from them. Sure, teach kids to be respectful. But give them choices for how they show affection.” “Please,You have gone overboard. One, no one MAKES a child gives a hug. Two, Don't assume physical affection leads to negative behavior,” a self-identified senior scout wrote. “Of course we all want our kids to be loving and kind,” another mother wrote. “But doing something that doesn’t feel right to them just because an adult wants you to is wrong.” “Boys don't owe hugs either. I only ‘made’ my kids hug and kiss my dad 1x...it was the day before he died...other than that, never have made them hug or kiss anyone if they weren’t wanting to,” another Facebook user commented. The Girl Scouts story says that the placement of boundaries isn’t meant for children to be rude, but that a high-five, a wave, or a “hello” or “thank you” can be alternatives to hugs and kisses. The organization also says that if a child decides to show affection in a hug or kiss on their own accord, that’s fine -- as long as it’s her decision. 
  • A couple is thanking their daughter for a surprise their family will cherish for generations. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news Jennifer and Timothy Bing tied the knot 38 years ago in Maryland, but all the photos from their wedding were destroyed in a fire at a pharmacy. “I felt devastated. That’s the only wedding I had,” Jennifer Bing, 65, told ABC News. Her daughter, Ashleigh Bing, decided to surprise her parents with something unforgettable for their 38th anniversary on July 7 — new wedding photos. >> See the photos here Ashleigh is a professional photographer and arranged a surprise photo shoot for her parents, complete with touching personal touches, including a framed wedding invitation from her parents’ big day — one of the only surviving mementos from their wedding. Ashleigh picked out two gowns for her mom and reached out to a florist and a makeup artist. She kept it all a surprise until the day before the shoot. “I told my parents that I needed them on Saturday, June 17. ... My mom kept asking me questions, but I would not tell her anything. I got great joy from her trying to figure it out,” Ashleigh told the Washingtonian. >> Read more trending news The night before the shoot, Ashleigh showed her mom the dresses and told her she had to be ready for makeup at 5:30 a.m. the next morning. “She cried, and could not believe it,” said Ashleigh. The photo shoot was held outside the Washington National Cathedral and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. On the day of their anniversary, Ashleigh gave them an album of the special anniversary photos. “She has made a wish come true of mine that I thought would never happen,” Jennifer Bing told ABC News. “She’s my favorite girlfriend in the whole wide world.”
  • A New Hampshire woman is demanding an apology and raising questions about the cleanliness of a Manchester McDonald’s after she says her son became covered in human waste in the playpen. Justina Whitmore said that when she let her son play, she knew he may be covered in germs, but she never imagined her 5-year-old would emerge from the yellow slide covered in another child’s waste. Gabriel said he was playing tag with another child, who apparently had a soiled diaper. “It was because he went down the slide first,” he said. “And then I couldn’t help it, and it went all over me.” >> Read more trending news But it’s what happened after the incident that the mother finds even more outrageous. She said there was no soap in the bathroom, and when she asked employees for help, she said they just laughed at her. “I went over to the counter and said, ‘Are you going to give me any paper towels or anything to help clean my son off?' and they were just laughing and arguing about who should clean it up.” For 10 minutes, Whitmore said she was pleading for assistance, only to have employees ignore her and take smoke breaks or act like a child. “I was at that point just using my bare hands and ... using his left sock to scrape it off his skin,” Whitmore said. Her friend started taking video when things got heated. Whitmore shared the encounter on Facebook. It’s now been shared more than 4,500 times, raising questions about the cleanliness of the fast-food favorite. “I’m sure employees go to the bathroom,” Whitmore said. “There’s no soap. How are they washing their hands?” Because her son has eczema, she had to take him to the emergency room to get checked out after the incident. She said she just wants an apology but hasn’t heard from the owner. WFXT received a statement from the owner, Michael Gambino, who said, “The safety and well-being of our customers are our top priorities. We are investigating the situation and will take any appropriate measures to address.”
  • Authorities in the state of Georgia are advising parents not to use allergy medications like Benadryl as a sedative for young children during summer trips. Both The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Poison Center have suggested against the practice. “Parents think it’s safe because you don’t need a prescription, but that's not the case. These drugs can be dangerous,” Georgia Poison Center Director Dr. Gaylord Garcia said. >> Read more trending news Many antihistamines contain an active ingredient, diphendramine, which has a sedative side effect. It can cause adverse reactions in children younger than 5. Most drug makers say infants and children younger than 2 should not be given an allergy drug. “Kids who have low doses can suffer from hallucinations, which is real scary for a parent. As the dose gets higher, you start worrying about tremors, convulsions and in the worst case scenario, rarely, death,' Garcia said. The GBI reports four infant deaths between 2015 and 2017 caused by acute antihistamine toxicity. Pharmacists said parents should carefully read all instructions on drug labels. including allergy medications. “It’s very clear: Children under 2, do not use. Two to 5, do not use unless you consult a physician. This should never be used as a sleep aide,” said  Ira Katz, owner of Little Five Points Pharmacy in Atlanta. “It’s not indicated as a sleep aide.” Some parents said they are careful not use allergy drugs to help children sleep or rest. “If they got stung by a bee, I would probably give them Benadryl for that, or an allergic reaction to shellfish, but not to go to sleep,' parent Samantha Bosley said. Pharmacists also warned parents to keep over-the-counter drugs out of reach of children. “Put it way up in the cabinet so no one can get ahold of it,” Katz said. 
  • A Washington mother is sharing the heartbreaking details of her infant son's death to warn other parents and prevent another accidental death from occurring. In a lengthy Facebook post, Jordan DeRosier explains how her 7-month-old son, Sloan, died on July 3. She says she put him to bed with two blankets, and when she went in the next morning to wake him, his head was caught in one of the blankets. His body was ice-cold. The blanket became tangled in the bed rails and her son’s head got stuck inside the blanket, DeRosier said. >> Read more trending news (DeRosier is pictured with her older son in the July 4 Facebook post.) Family and first responders attempted to revive Sloan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. In her post, she warns and pleads other parents: 'You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket.' She ends her post by saying, “Please learn from my world shattering mistake.” DeRosier also decided to go public about her son's tragic death because she said anti-vaccine activists were blaming her son's death on vaccines, so she felt the need to set the record straight. 
  • A university professor is getting a lot of praise after sending a heartwarming email to a hardworking student who is also a single mother. >> Read more trending news  Morgan King is studying Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. She had to miss class earlier this month because she couldn’t find a babysitter for her daughter, Korbyn. RELATED: Stolen wallet returned with honest note about why thief kept the cash  King’s mother recently passed away from breast cancer, and she sometimes struggles to find childcare for her daughter. She sent a note to her professor apologizing for missing class and was shocked at the response she received. RELATED: Newborn baby photographed with mother's IUD in hand “In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, feel free to just bring her with you to class,” professor Sally Hunter wrote in an email. “I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach, so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes.” RELATED: Malnourished baby dies after health-conscious parents fed him strict diet King shared the heartwarming response on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. “I’m literally crying,” wrote King.
  • A Columbus, Georgia, mother’s look of surprise after delivering her second child was caught on camera, and images of her expression are amusing the internet. Today reported that Dara Crouch, and her husband, Eric, 30, chose to keep the gender of her newborn a secret. Already a mother to 3-year-old daughter Neyland, the labor and delivery nurse didn’t know until April 25 that she broke a 50-year family history of baby girls. >> Read more trending news “I just knew I was having a girl,” Crouch, 29, told Today.com. As it turns out, Crouch delivered a boy. Her surprised reaction was caught by her friend and photographer Neely Ker-Fox. The images were posted on Ker-Fox’s Facebook page.  “All of our reactions were genuine that she thought it was a girl,”  Ker-Fox told ABC News. “We all saw that very vulnerable moment and we started crying when we heard it was a boy.” “I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they’re great,' Crouch told ABC News. “We have something to look back on; had we not had a photographer in the room, we would've never seen that.” The boy was a long time coming, according to Crouch, but that wasn’t why she was so surprised. “The last boy that we know was born on my side of the family is 50 years ago, but quite honestly, it has little to do with the shock in the picture. I really just thought it was a girl, I really did. We already had a girl and I guess I kind of saw us as ‘girl parents.’” Now 7 weeks old, Liam is “doing great,” Crouch says. “He loves to eat and watch his big sister play … and he loves to smile at his daddy.” Ker-Fox told CBS News that of the 100-plus births she’s photographed in six years, this one is extra special. “Never have I had a mom look directly into my camera,” she said. “It was such an unexpected photo to grab for me. Her face was genuine shock, which melted into pure and instantaneous love for her son.” Crouch told the 
  • A Bellevue, Washington, fourth-grader says she has been bullied since school started in September. After months of telling teachers, administrators and the district, feeling desperate, she posted a video on Facebook to get help for herself and other students who are bullied. >> Click here to watch the news report The video was shared more than 17,500 times and reached more than 670,000 people. >> See the video here Nasir Andrews, 9, is finishing fourth grade at Ardmore Elementary School in the Bellevue School District. Andrews, who is black, said she's been called 'Nutella' and 'servant.' 'I told my after-school teacher, and she said it wasn't racist and she made me write the definition of racist,' Nasir told KIRO on Wednesday. Andrews says she was picked on for buying her lunch and laughed at on the school bus. Her parents got her a lunch box and let her bring her lunch some days, and they started driving her to school every day. She said students in her class would take her snack and eat it or throw it away. At recess, she says classmates ran away from her. She says she’s been pushed, kicked and choked. The girl and her family moved to Bellevue last summer from Georgia, where her parents said she had no trouble making friends.  >> Read more trending news 'Everybody in my class does not like me, and I don't have any friends in my class or in the other fourth-grade classes,' Nasir said Wednesday. Chantey and Travis Andrews are upset the school didn't do more to help their daughter. They say they have complained to administrators for months.  'With so many things happening, our fear is there is a culture that has been established at the school where it is almost OK for the children to exercise different forms of treatment and bullying and harassment,' said her mother, Chantey Andrews. 'And there's not a conversation being had with them saying, 'No, this is unacceptable.'' In the video posted to Nasir's mother's Facebook page, the girl holds up cards with words on them to share her story. 'I think that we need to stop bullying and just know that if you're doing it, you're hurting people,' Nasir said when asked about her motivation to make the video.
  • Florida's Palm Beach Zoo on Tuesday banned a man from its grounds following a complaint that he was photographing another zoo patron’s child without permission. >> Watch the news report here West Palm Beach police questioned but neither arrested nor warned the photographer, a 48-year-old Broward County man who told police he had no malicious intent in taking the child’s photo. “He stated that he was simply capturing video of a joyful moment” between the man and his child, according to a city police incident report. Police noted in their report that the photographer — who The Post is not identifying because he is not facing criminal charges — had no history of either lewd or sexual incidents. Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said managers met Tuesday morning “and after further review of the information we have decided the patron is not allowed to return to the zoo.” The zoo also planned to meet with area parent groups to discuss the issue, Carter said. A civil liberties lawyer said Tuesday that the parent may have a right to feel suspicious about a stranger taking photos of his child, but he had no legal complaint against the photographer. The incident appears to be isolated and likely doesn’t constitute stalking or harassment, said James Green, a West Palm Beach-based lawyer who works with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. It would have to be a provable, repeated behavior to violate the law. “Stalking requires a willful, malicious and repeated following and harassing or cyberstalking of another person,” he said. “Harass means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes significant emotional distress to that person.” Cherie Benjoseph, co-founder of the South Florida KidSafe Foundation, said that despite the photographer not being charged with a crime, the man did the right thing in calling the police. She said similar incidents have been reported at public beaches where unsuspecting parents bathe their kids in the public showers and an observant family member notices someone taking pictures or video. >> Read more trending news “Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what’s going on in the area where you’re playing with your child,” Benjoseph said. “If you see something, say something. … We as parents and guardians of the children we care for need to be educated to be the first line of defense in our children’s safety.” According to the National Recreation and Park Association, several prominent cities have begun restricting adult entrance to children’s play areas unless they are accompanied by a child. Hollywood put the policy in place in 2015 and claimed the restriction would “put a little dent into getting rid of the undesirables in the park.” Green said personal privacy protections are strongest in a person’s home and are lessened in public places such as a zoo. The incident could theoretically raise privacy issues if video was taken and someone’s voice was captured, Green said, but he cautioned against unreasonable expectations of privacy in open, public places. “Video recording that includes audio capture could violate the Florida Security of Communications statute if the person whose voice was captured had a reasonable expectation of privacy,” he said. “(But) just because I don’t like it or I feel that my communication should not be recorded does not make it so. My expectation of privacy has to be objectively reasonable.”