Updated: Monday, April 24 An Oklahoman is now in charge of the nation’s space program. Former U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA administrator Monday, Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a party-line 50–49 vote last week. He had represented Oklahoma’s first congressional district since 2012 before being nominated to lead the space agency by President Donald Trump. "In these last few days I’ve heard numerous times, quote, welcome to the NASA family. I will...
When you hear John Moreland 's sweet voice, it's hard to believe he spent years singing in punk, metal-core and hardcore bands. You can still hear that passion in his music, only now it's punctuated by his acoustic guitar. At the Tiny Desk, Moreland gave nod toward the more visceral side of his music when, about a minute into "Old Wounds," he sang, "if we don't bleed, it don't feel like a song." It's a line I could imagine Steve Earle singing. In fact, John Moreland's dad was a big fan of...
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Every time there’s a budget shortfall, state legislators talk about consolidating Oklahoma’s 516 school districts as a way to save money. This year, legislators filed eight different school consolidation bills. They each had their own unique way to go about it, but overall the goal was to cut school administration costs. Oklahoma does have an abnormally high number of school districts compared to other states with similar student populations, but Dr. Gary Ritter, an education policy...