Oklahoma Voices http://kgou.org en Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum http://kgou.org/post/norman-residents-hear-about-possibilities-banning-fracking-public-forum <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Lowry Room at the Norman Public Library filled to capacity Monday night, and a mass of people packed into the hallways to listen to a forum on hydraulic fracturing that included an OU scientist, an assistant city attorney, and a lawyer from upstate New York who’s helped communities there ban fracking.</span></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:46:05 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Logan Layden 35704 at http://kgou.org Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum Coburn Addresses Leadership, Gaza, Ebola, Marijuana At Final Oklahoma City Town Hall http://kgou.org/post/coburn-addresses-leadership-gaza-ebola-marijuana-final-oklahoma-city-town-hall <p></p><p>In January, U.S. Sen. <a href="http://coburn.senate.gov/">Tom Coburn</a> (R-Okla.) surprised political observers and constituents when he announced he would step down with two years left on his second term.</p><p>The state’s junior Republican – who’s also a practicing physician – has earned the nickname “Dr. No” for being one of the chamber’s most ardent budget and debt hawks.</p><p>Coburn will return to private life at the end of the current session before the first of the year, and throughout August he’s holding his final series of town hall meetings across Oklahoma.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:15:10 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 35233 at http://kgou.org Coburn Addresses Leadership, Gaza, Ebola, Marijuana At Final Oklahoma City Town Hall Two Decades Later, Still Questions About The Oklahoma City Bombing http://kgou.org/post/two-decades-later-still-questions-about-oklahoma-city-bombing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, unanswered questions resurfaced last week. A four-day trial in Utah sought to determine if the FBI has done an adequate search for additional videos of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murrah</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Federal Building.</span></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:19:02 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Scott Gurian 34738 at http://kgou.org Two Decades Later, Still Questions About The Oklahoma City Bombing Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival http://kgou.org/post/three-tales-told-well-2013-oklahoma-city-storytelling-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Storytelling is an innate human trait.</span></p><p>Long before the written word, stories were conveyed audibly through voice and music, and/or visually through art. They were used to explain significant events like natural disasters, conflicts, and histories. Myths, legends, fairytales, fables, ghost stories, heroic tales, epic adventures, religions, and origin stories grew from acts of storytelling. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:20:32 +0000 Jim Johnson 34284 at http://kgou.org Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival Why Oklahoma City, Other Metropolitan Areas Are Crucial To The Economy http://kgou.org/post/why-oklahoma-city-other-metropolitan-areas-are-crucial-economy <p>Author and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program fellow <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/bradleyj">Jennifer Bradley</a> argues that cities like Oklahoma City are vital to a post-recession economy. During Oklahoma City’s <a href="http://www.okc.gov/planning/roundtable/">2014 Mayor’s Development Roundtable</a> in May, she said she admires Oklahoma’s progress and improvement.</p><p>“When it comes to building a livable, sustainable, and economically viable place, there’s no such thing as finished,” Bradley says.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:29:56 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Trevor Ford 33815 at http://kgou.org Why Oklahoma City, Other Metropolitan Areas Are Crucial To The Economy VIDEO: Canadian City Planner On What Oklahoma City Can Learn From Vancouver http://kgou.org/post/video-canadian-city-planner-what-oklahoma-city-can-learn-vancouver <p>Since 2002, Oklahoma City’s mayor has hosted a <a href="http://www.okc.gov/planning/roundtable/">Development Roundtable</a> to bring together local leaders and outside experts for conversation about the city’s expansion, progress, and improvement.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:01:43 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 33332 at http://kgou.org VIDEO: Canadian City Planner On What Oklahoma City Can Learn From Vancouver Oklahoma Forum: Primary Election Wrap-up http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-forum-primary-election-wrap <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" seamless="" src="http://videos.oeta.tv/viralplayer/2365281310" width="590"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">We analyze Tuesday’s Oklahoma Primary Election results and discuss campaign strategy and issues for the 2014 election season with:</span></p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">​</span><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://psc.ou.edu/ronald-keith-gaddie">Keith Gaddie</a>, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma</span><br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Sheryl Lovelady, former political pollster and campaign strategist</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li><li><span style="color: rgb(116, 116, 116); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Nate Webb, political analyst and former Congressional Chief of Staff for Mary Fallin</span> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:52:00 +0000 KGOU Staff 32376 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Early Banking An Era Of 'Wild West Capitalism' http://kgou.org/post/oklahomas-early-banking-era-wild-west-capitalism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Overzealous railroad builders and near-constant debates over the merits of gold vs. silver led to the worst financial crisis the United States had ever seen toward the end of the </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century.</span></p><p>By the time the dust had settled after the Panic of 1893, the U.S. comptroller of the currency's annual report indicated 573 national, state, private, and savings banks as well as loan, trust and mortgage companies failed during the year.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 32369 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Early Banking An Era Of 'Wild West Capitalism' Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/primary-preview-four-oklahoma-races-watch-tuesday <p>The retirement of U.S. Sen. <a href="file:///C:/Users/Brian/Dropbox/coburn.senate.gov'">Tom Coburn</a> (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.</p><p>KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director <a href="https://twitter.com/eCapitol_Shawn">Shawn Ashley</a>, Watchdog.org Oklahoma bureau chief and <a href="file:///C:/Users/Brian/Dropbox/capitolbeatok.com">CapitolBeakOK</a> writer <a href="http://watchdog.org/author/patmcguigan/">Patrick McGuigan</a>, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO <a href="http://soonerpoll.com/author/bill-shapard/">Bill Shapard</a> to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:06 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press & Keith Gaddie 31892 at http://kgou.org Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus http://kgou.org/post/two-oklahoma-s-major-philanthropies-stay-grounded-through-local-focus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://philanthropy.com/section/How-America-Gives/621?cid=megamenu" style="line-height: 1.5;">2012 study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by the Chronicle of Philanthropy </span><a href="http://philanthropy.com/article/Sharing-the-Wealth-How-the/133605/" style="line-height: 1.5;">ranked Oklahoma 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 31423 at http://kgou.org Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus