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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Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Oklahoma finance officials have announced an additional $235 million in cuts amid the slump in oil and natural gas prices, saying schools, prisons and other state agencies will have their budgets slashed by 7 percent for the rest of the year.


Public schools alone will have nearly $110 million cut from their budgets for the fiscal year that ends June 30.


American Energy Partners, LP founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake Energy in 1989.
Provided / The Journal Record

Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy who was indicted by federal authorities Tuesday, died Wednesday morning in a single vehicle accident, Oklahoma City police confirmed Wednesday afternoon. 

The accident occurred just after 9 a.m. along Midwest Blvd. between Memorial Road and NE 122nd Street. A Chevy Tahoe reportedly hit a bridge, and television helicopter footage showed the charred remains of a vehicle.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stumps in Oklahoma City on 2/28
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won Oklahoma’s Democratic Primary Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Vermont Senator spoke with KGOU over the phone to talk about his policies. 

Sanders acknowledged Oklahoma’s dependence on fossil fuels, but he reiterated his stance that the country should move toward renewable energy.

2016 presidential candidate collage
Photos by Kate Carlton Greer, Emily Wendler, and Brian Hardzinski. / KGOU/Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Four presidential candidates visited Oklahoma over the course of a 48-hour period between Friday and Sunday, and KGOU made sure to cover them all.

Here's a roundup:

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stumps in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made an appearance Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City. The Vermont Senator cheered a “political revolution” during his most recent visit to the Sooner State, which drew thousands of young voters.

Sanders’ appearance in Oklahoma was the second within a week as he tried to gain voters ahead of Super Tuesday.

During his speech at the Cox Convention Center, Sanders highlighted differences between himself and his opponent Hillary Clinton. He boasted the average contribution for his campaign is $27.

Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio during a rally Friday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio visited downtown Oklahoma City Friday in advance of the state’s primary election on Tuesday.

During a standing-room only event at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, Florida’s junior Republican U.S. Senator launched attacks at Donald Trump, calling him a “con artist” and urging supporters to encourage their Trump-supporting friends to pick another candidate. At one point during the rally, Rubio took out a cell phone and read a series of misspelled tweets from the New York businessman.

Kathryn Decker / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order Wednesday changing the application process for state agency positions. The governor is now requiring all agencies to remove questions regarding felony convictions. 

Oklahoma State Capitol
mrlaugh / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A bill allowing the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to waive payments by felons before they can receive a provisional license passed out of the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee Wednesday. 

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A third high-ranking official associated with Oklahoma’s death penalty protocols stepped down Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin's legal counsel Steve Mullins announced his resignation after working for the governor since February 2012.  

Joe Allbaugh
Greg Schaler / FEMA

State agency heads went before the Budget and Appropriations’ Public Safety Subcommittee meeting Thursday to argue their case as lawmakers try to close a huge budget hole. 

Department of Corrections Interim Director Joe Allbaugh spoke candidly about many of the challenges his department faces. The state prison system is currently at 122 percent capacity, and he said DOC might need to convert current classrooms to open-bay dorms to house offenders.

State Representative Pam Peterson

The House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee passed legislation this morning that would increase the value of some property crimes before they could be prosecuted as felonies. The measure is part of a package of bills Governor Mary Fallin proposed. 

Under the legislation by State Representative Pam Peterson, the threshold for property theft crimes would be raised to $1,000 for a felony.

The Price Tower in downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Just 20 miles south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border lies a structure that can’t be missed. The tower draws crowds from around the world and has given a little city a big name.

Bartlesville’s Price Tower is an anomaly. In an oil and gas town filled with short red­, orange­-and-brown ­brick buildings, its 19 ­stories stand tall with green patina copper and cantilevered floors.

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.