White Water opens Saturday
The Big Kahuna and Mega Wedgie return as White Water Bay opens for the season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The water park at 3908 W Reno will welcome guests this weekend and daily beginning May 25. Daily tickets are available at www.whitewaterbay.com for $25.99 for people 48-inches or taller and $21.99 for people less than 48-inches tall. Double park season passes, which include entry to Frontier City, are $69.99.
Red Mango to open new store
EDMOND — Red Mango frozen yogurt will give away free yogurt with toppings during its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The first 100 guests will also receive a free T-shirt. The new store is at 1585 S Broadway. Red Mango has more than 170 locations across North America.
Whole Foods celebrates grilling
Whole Foods Market at 6001 N Western is celebrating the grilling season with a three-day event starting Friday. During “Grills Just Want to Have Fun,” shoppers can watch grilling demos and enter to win a grill. A grilling cook-off will also be held Saturday.
Tulsa center plans events
TULSA — Utica Square will host “Spring in the Square” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The center will give away prizes and have seminars with gardening experts. Shoppers can view the gardens in full bloom and purchase flowers for their own gardens. A photography contest will also be held. Utica Square is at 21st and Utica in Tulsa.
Spending increase is slight
WASHINGTON — Lower gas prices in April weren't enough to embolden U.S. consumers to spend much more elsewhere. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose only 0.1 percent last month. After excluding gasoline station sales, consumers increased their spending on retail goods by just 0.2 percent. That followed two stronger months in February and March. Some economists say a mild winter led consumers to make purchases earlier in the year, effectively stealing sales from April. Still, there were positive signs suggesting that tepid spending in April might prove to be a temporary lull. Americans spent more on autos, furniture and electronics, big purchases that help drive growth. They also spent more at restaurants and bars — generally a sign of confidence in the economy. Excluding autos, gas station sales and spending on building materials, so-called core retail sales increased 0.4 percent.
Company to pay $40M settlement
WASHINGTON — The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke's toned tush. Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the footwear company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their butt, leg and stomach muscles. Kardashian, Burke and other celebrities endorsed the shoes in Skechers ads. Wednesday's settlement also involves the company's Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes and claims of deceptive advertising for those shoes as well. Consumers who bought the shoes would be eligible for refunds, though it's not clear how much money they'll get. The FTC says that will depend on how many claims are received in the eight-month filing period.
From Staff and Wire Reports