Oklahoma Voices http://kgou.org en 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" Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season http://kgou.org/post/six-ways-prepare-oklahoma-s-tornado-season <p><a name="top"></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s little doubt </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across </span>Pottawatomie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since September, </span>KGOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been </span><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/about-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">working to prepare for severe weather in 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 26274 at http://kgou.org Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season Immigration Inspiration: Oklahoma Novel Framed By Controversial 2007 Law http://kgou.org/post/immigration-inspiration-oklahoma-novel-framed-controversial-2007-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2007,&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brad Henry signed some of the country’s strictest anti-immigration legislation into law.</span></p><p><a href="http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2007-08HB/HB1804_int.rtf">House Bill 1804</a>&nbsp;by state Rep. Randy&nbsp;Terrill&nbsp;(R-Moore) made it a felony for the state to provide education and health care services to illegal immigrants, and requires police to investigate the immigration status of anyone “suspected” of being in this country illegally.</p><p>Seven years later, the controversial law and its effect on&nbsp;<em>people&nbsp;</em>form the basis for Oklahoma native&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rillaaskew.com/">Rilla&nbsp;Askew’s</a>&nbsp;fourth novel&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Kin-Rilla-Askew/dp/0062198793/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_har?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370620224&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=rilla+askew">Kind of Kin</a>, </em>now out in paperback.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 25801 at http://kgou.org Immigration Inspiration: Oklahoma Novel Framed By Controversial 2007 Law OKC, Tulsa Superintendents Weigh In On Read-Or-Fail Law, Common Core, The Arts http://kgou.org/post/okc-tulsa-superintendents-weigh-read-or-fail-law-common-core-arts <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Third-grade reading, new education standards, teacher pay and the arts were among key issues addressed by superintendents from Oklahoma’s two largest public school systems during an education forum last week.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 25337 at http://kgou.org OKC, Tulsa Superintendents Weigh In On Read-Or-Fail Law, Common Core, The Arts Government Budget Hurting Again In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/government-budget-hurting-again-oklahoma <p style="margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 16px; color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><a href="http://okpolicy.org/events/2014-budget-summit">The Oklahoma Policy Institute</a> says although Oklahoma is now several years removed from the worst of the fiscal crisis that accompanied the Great Recession, the state continues to face significant budget challenges.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:37:53 +0000 KGOU Staff 23910 at http://kgou.org Government Budget Hurting Again In Oklahoma VIDEO: Capitol Reporters Discuss Start Of 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session http://kgou.org/post/video-capitol-reporters-discuss-start-2014-oklahoma-legislative-session <p></p><p>The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session kicked off two weeks ago Monday, with an income tax cut, reduced agency budgets, repairing the state Capitol, and employee compensation all facing lawmakers as they return to NE 23<sup>rd</sup> Street and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:35:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 23439 at http://kgou.org VIDEO: Capitol Reporters Discuss Start Of 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session OSU Economist, OU President Question Governor's Tax Cut http://kgou.org/post/osu-economist-ou-president-question-governors-tax-cut <p></p><p><a href="http://ok.gov/governor" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mary </span>Fallin</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took her policy priorities to the overall friendly audience of the <a href="http://www.okcchamber.com/">Greater Oklahoma City Chamber</a> last week. Speaking to the pro-business group’s members, </span>Fallin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reiterated her call for a cut to the state income tax rate and the graduation of more “job ready” residents.</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:30:13 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 23445 at http://kgou.org OSU Economist, OU President Question Governor's Tax Cut Five Things To Watch In The 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session http://kgou.org/post/five-things-watch-2014-oklahoma-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">The first Monday in February means the parking lots are full surrounding the domed building at the intersection of NE </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> Street and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Here are five things political scientists and state capitol reporters expect to see between now and the end of May.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:44:19 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 22452 at http://kgou.org Five Things To Watch In The 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session Native American Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medal http://kgou.org/post/native-american-code-talkers-receive-congressional-gold-medal <p>During Native American Heritage Month last November, Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, to American Indians who used their native languages to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:44:38 +0000 Susan Shannon 20577 at http://kgou.org Native American Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medal Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats http://kgou.org/post/changing-demographics-may-help-recovery-southern-democrats <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three political scientists who study the politics of southern states in the U.S. say shifts in population from rural areas to urban centers could help Democrats win more elections.</span></p><p>Scott Buchanan of the <a href="http://www.citadel.edu/root/symposiumonsouthernpolitics">Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics</a> says there is evidence the move is already taking place in Florida and Virginia.</p><p>Buchanan also says the coast of South Carolina is seeing an influx of immigration from other states, changing the politics of the area.</p><p>The Democrats lost the south, in part, because they failed to develop their party, according to the University of Georgia’s <a href="http://cbullock.myweb.uga.edu">Charles S. Bullock III</a>. He says they took their dominance for granted and did not develop candidates in the face of a rising GOP presence.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:14:36 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 16943 at http://kgou.org Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats