Kate Carlton Greer

KGOU News Reporter

Kate Carlton Greer is a general assignment reporter for KGOU. She previously covered Oklahoma's efforts in tornado response and recovery as part of KGOU's "Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project." Kate also served as the Community Calendar Producer from January to August in 2013. She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, and studied broadcasting and electronic media at the University of Oklahoma. 

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Daniel Holtzclaw is led to the coutroom before his sentencing Thursday. He received 263 years in prison after being convicted of 18 counts of rape and sexual assault last month.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The Oklahoma County District Attorney's office released video Thursday of the nearly two-hour interrogation of the former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of sexually assaulting several women during a series of traffic stops.

The questioning of Daniel Holtzclaw took place June 18, 2014. Detectives Kim Davis and Rocky Gregory ask Holtzclaw about the traffic stop of Jannie Ligons early that morning. She was the first victim to report her assualt to police.

“When you put her in your car, did you pat search her?” Kim Davis asks.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2016 State of the State address before Monday's joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin proposed bold changes to Oklahoma's budget, the criminal justice system, and said she wants lawmakers to get behind a $3,000 pay raise for teachers during her 2016 State of the State address.

The $900 million-and-counting budget shortfall lawmakers will have to deal with hangs over everything this session, but Fallin remained optimistic even as she cited a two-year, 70 percent drop in oil prices that's affected state revenue.

"We can do it," the governor repeated.

Kris Steele introduces members of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

A new coalition aimed at reforming Oklahoma's criminal justice system launched a ballot initiative Wednesday morning. Business, legislative and faith leaders joined together with corrections reform experts to reduce the prison population and save money. 

From left to right: David Prater, Kris Steele, John Whetsel, Terri White and Clay Bennett participate in a forum Wednesday, Dec. 2, about Oklahoma County's criminal justice system.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Last month the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber outlined a new approach to decrease Oklahoma County’s overcrowded jail population and increase public safety.

Joe Allbaugh
Greg Schaler / FEMA

A former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be the new interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The Board of Corrections named Joe Allbaugh to the post at its meeting on Thursday in McAlester.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats
U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma is stepping down, effective next Friday.

Sanford Coats served for over six years as the chief federal law enforcement officer for more than half of Oklahoma’s counties.

President Obama nominated Coats in September 2009 after Coats had served five years as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the same district. The U.S. Senate confirmed Coats on Christmas Eve of that year, and he was sworn in a week later.

Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr Creative Commons

Under Congress’s new Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, Oklahoma is set to receive millions of dollars in mass transit funding. At an Oklahoma WatchOut event in December, transportation leaders in central Oklahoma gathered to discuss challenges and goals for the area’s transit system.

Jason Ferbrache is the administrator of Embark and director of Oklahoma City's Public Transportation and Parking Department. He insists Oklahomans are ready to start using more mass transit services.

Traffic moves along I-44 just west of a syrup spill that shut down one lane of the highway Wednesday morning.
Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation

Nearly one million Oklahomans are expected to travel more than 50 miles this holiday period, according to AAA Oklahoma, and that means a record-breaking number of drivers are taking advantage of year-end travel opportunities.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says more than 900,000 Oklahomans plan to get out of town, a nearly 1.5 percent increase from the same time last year.

AshleyDeee_ / Flickr.com

After taking a major hit on Black Friday, Oklahoma retailers are hoping to use these final days of holiday shopping to bounce back and recoup some sales. Many are relying on the fact that – nationwide – most people prefer an in-store shopping experience.

A sign advertising career opportunities at the prison in Helena, Oklahoma
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

 

Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton announced his resignation earlier this month, and he’ll begin taking leave at the end of this week. Under his watch, the state gained national attention for multiple execution snafus. But Patton’s tenure goes beyond the death chamber.

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