Brian Hardzinski http://kgou.org en Senate Approves Gradual Oklahoma Public School Funding Proposal http://kgou.org/post/senate-approves-gradual-oklahoma-public-school-funding-proposal <p><em><strong>Updated at 11:57 a.m. following the Senate vote.</strong></em></p><p>The Senate unanimously approved a plan Wednesday morning designed to increase public school funding by $600 million annually.</p><p><a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB2642&amp;Session=1400" style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that passed Wednesday on a 43-0 vote initially diverted revenue used to repair state roads and bridges.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:47:37 +0000 Associated Press, eCapitol & Brian Hardzinski & Shawn Ashley 27819 at http://kgou.org Senate Approves Gradual Oklahoma Public School Funding Proposal UPDATE: Severe Weather Possible Today, But Watch The Weekend http://kgou.org/post/update-severe-weather-possible-today-watch-weekend <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Updated April 23, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scattered severe storms could develop along a dry line developing over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle Wednesday, but National Weather Service meteorologists are starting to predict the possibility of a more significant severe weather threat this weekend.</span></p><p>Forecaster Marc Austin says the main hazards Wednesday consist of baseball-sized hail, and damaging 70-80 mile-per-hour wind gusts.</p><div>http://youtu.be/ZCl86rjNvnI</div><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:17:19 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27758 at http://kgou.org UPDATE: Severe Weather Possible Today, But Watch The Weekend Glitches Prompt Suspension Of Oklahoma Tests... Again http://kgou.org/post/glitches-prompt-suspension-oklahoma-tests-again <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Updated at 2:26 p.m. after a State Department of Education&nbsp;press conference.</em></strong></p><p>For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:33:14 +0000 Associated Press, Oklahoma Watch & Brian Hardzinski & Nate Robson 27683 at http://kgou.org Glitches Prompt Suspension Of Oklahoma Tests... Again Three Reasons Why American Artists Rarely Painted The Civil War http://kgou.org/post/three-reasons-why-american-artists-rarely-painted-civil-war <p>The first two major American military conflicts produced some of the most important art of the 18<sup>th</sup> and 19<sup>th</sup> centuries. John Trumbull’s portraits of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Alexander Hamilton were later immortalized on the back of U.S. currency, and Thomas Birch documented the major navel battles of the War of 1812.</p><p>But there’s a void in cultural output when it comes to the Civil War. Princeton University art historian <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/artandarchaeology/faculty/wilmerdg/">John Wilmerding</a> argues there are three reasons: a high point of American literature, the rise of photography, and the American landscape as the definition of national identity.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27670 at http://kgou.org Three Reasons Why American Artists Rarely Painted The Civil War World Views: April 18, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-18-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis and Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> focus on the aggression in the east of Ukraine, and the well as the historical importance of Ukraine in Russian history. They also discuss how the war in Syria has affected the country’s ancient history and cultural heritage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And later, a conversation with Israeli scholar <a href="http://cmsprod.bgu.ac.il/Eng/Centers/bgi/Staff/zaki.htm">Zaki Shalom</a>.&nbsp;He says the Arab Spring has shifted focus away from the Middle East’s more long-standing&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discord.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 27552 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 18, 2014 Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War' http://kgou.org/post/devastation-syrias-culture-and-antiquities-price-war <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the Crusader castle </span>Krak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> des Chevaliers, which was reportedly damaged during air strikes in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://en.unesco.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (UNESCO) has expressed concern since the civil war began that the conflict could be devastating to the country’s important cultural sites.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:11:34 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27550 at http://kgou.org Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War' Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe? http://kgou.org/post/putin-peter-great-redux-or-modern-day-james-monroe <p>After hours of negotiations Thursday, top diplomats from the United States, Europe, and Russia agreed to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions in Ukraine.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:40:05 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27537 at http://kgou.org Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe? Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-public-medias-tornado-coverage-honored-national-journalism-award <p>On Wednesday, the Society of Professional Journalists honored <a href="http://kgou.org">KGOU</a>, <a href="http://kosu.org">KOSU</a>, and <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma">StateImpact Oklahoma</a> with a <a href="http://www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp">national Sigma Delta Chi award </a>for collaborative coverage during the immediate aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado that devastated Moore.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:11 +0000 Laura Knoll & Brian Hardzinski 27432 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award How Abraham Lincoln Used 701 Words To "Bind Up The Nation's Wounds" http://kgou.org/post/how-abraham-lincoln-used-701-words-bind-nations-wounds <p></p><p>A little over a month before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his <a href="http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/lincoln2.asp">second inaugural address</a> as the Civil War drew to a close.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27217 at http://kgou.org How Abraham Lincoln Used 701 Words To "Bind Up The Nation's Wounds" Bridenstine, Pruitt, Others Get Free Pass In November Elections http://kgou.org/post/bridenstine-pruitt-others-get-free-pass-november-elections <p>U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) won re-election to a second two-year-term Friday when no candidate filed to run against him at the end of the three-day filing period.</p><p>The freshman GOP House member who represents Tulsa and much of Northeast Oklahoma was among several candidates who did not draw an opponent in their race, and will take office immediately after the November elections.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:42:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 27211 at http://kgou.org Bridenstine, Pruitt, Others Get Free Pass In November Elections