Brian Hardzinski

KGOU Digital News Editor/Morning Edition Host

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered.

Brian joined KGOU full time in 2009 as the station's Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015. Brian’s work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brian graduated from OU in 2008 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. A Norman resident, Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier named Bucky.

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma, following his victory in Tuesday's primary election over conservative challenger Frank Volpe. Russell will face the winner of the Democratic primary runoff and Libertarian Zachary Knight.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Polls have closed across Oklahoma in a statewide primary election that will narrow down all five Congressional seats, Oklahoma's only U.S. Senate race, 101 state House seats, half of the Senate, and numerous county and local races.

We're going to be updating this post through the evening with results and reaction as they come in. You can also follow us on Twitter. We'll be using the hashtags #OKPrimary and #OKVotes16.

Campaign supporters held signs and waved to motorists Thursday as they passed the Oklahoma County Board of Elections.
Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

Polls open Tuesday morning for Oklahoma’s statewide primary election. Every Republican and independent voter in the state has a contest to decide, along with most registered Democrats.

“Independents have the choice to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Libertarian primary, because those parties opened their primaries to independents,” State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

Robert Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year, is escorted from the courtroom following his sentencing at the courthouse in Tulsa, May 31, 2016
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Former Tulsa County reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates says he doesn't expect to survive his four-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an unarmed suspect during a sting operation last year.

Bates says he suffers from an enlarged heart, and that it's a "good possibility" he will die in prison. The 74-year-old former insurance executive was convicted in April of second-degree manslaughter for the April 2015 death of Eric Harris. He says he mistook his gun for his Taser.

A laptop computer with the Twitter hashtag #11BillsIn11Days
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

State Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, is using social media to pull back the curtain for his constituents on the nearly a dozen bills he authored last session that were signed into law.

He's using the hashtag #11BillsIn11Days to explain the origin of each piece of legislation, how it progressed through the chambers, and how it affects Oklahomans. He goes into much more detail on his blog.

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka celebrates a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Antonio.
Eric Gay / AP

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded popular power forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic Thursday night for three players.

The Thunder acquired Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis of Gonzaga University.

In a post Friday on his Instagram account, Ibaka said the team and fans in Oklahoma City will “be in his heart forever.”

Two women pass by the shuttered Pita Pit on Campus Corner in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

If you graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and haven’t been back for a couple of years, you might not recognize Campus Corner. Over the past decade it’s been a revolving door of burrito restaurants (Moe’s Southwest Grill, Freebird’s, Chipotle, Chimy’s…) and many longtime staples (Cookies ‘n’ Cards, Pita Pit) no longer occupy the space along Asp Avenue north of Boyd Street.

This fall, former University of Oklahoma head football coach Barry Switzer will become a regular presence just north of campus as his “Coach’s Cabana” color commentary program moves to the parking lot of Hideaway Pizza along Buchanan Ave. As The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming reports, it’s part of a growing trend of activity in the restaurant and entertainment district:

Jake Cross pours a mixed drink at The Pump Bar at 2425 N. Walker Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The manager of The Pump Bar near the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City was recently arrested for infusing the bar's liquors with other flavors, including bacon, jalapeños, and garlic.

Updated June 27, 11:59 a.m.

According to documents provided by the Oklahoma City Police Department, the municipal code violation that triggered the arrest was Article 5, Section 30-97 as defined in Section 30-96: Maintaining a disorderly house by violation of the state's prohibition laws by the unlawful refill of a liquor bottle.

The referenced state law is found in Title 37, Chapter 3, Section 584. 

Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight told The Journal Record that the opened bottles contained bacon, vegetables and pickle juice.

Oklahoma state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, gestures as he speaks during a public forum on earthquakes and fracking at the state Capitol on June 14, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, has dropped out of the race for Corporation Commissioner, which means incumbent Dana Murphy will win reelection to the regulatory post this fall.

In an email from his campaign Wednesday morning, Morrissette said his father’s death earlier this year affected him more deeply than he expected.

Capitol Hill Elementary School in south Oklahoma City.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The Oklahoma City school district says seven campuses will start and end their classes later in the upcoming school year, which will save about $700,000 in transportation costs.

The Classen School of Advanced Studies will now start classes at 9:10 a.m., along with Capitol Hill, Cleveland, Horace Mann, Kaiser, Mark Twain, and Westwood elementary schools. School will let out at 4 p.m.

Aubrey McClendon watches an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City, Sunday, February 19, 2012.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The death of Oklahoma energy giant Aubrey McClendon left many questions about how his assets will be divided. One of the companies in line to claim part of McClendon’s debt says it wants to be notified before the estate sells any assets worth more than $1 million.

Wilmington Trust told the court that McClendon personally guaranteed nearly $500 million that hasn’t been paid off yet. Last month, the court ruled that McClendon’s business interests could proceed as usual, but Wilmington said it has a right to make sure the assets aren’t sold at less than fair market value.