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Caroline Halter

KGOU Producer/Reporter

Caroline produces World Views and Capitol Insider and does general assignment reporting. She joins KGOU from Marfa Public Radio, where she covered a wide range of local and regional issues in far west Texas. Previously, she reported on state politics for KTOO Public Media in Alaska and various outlets in Washington State.

Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Seattle University and speaks Spanish proficiently. As part of her degree, she edited for a Tibetan newspaper in Northern India and conducted independent research in rural Kenya.

When Caroline’s not producing radio, she’s usually listening to it! To keep up with Caroline’s stories and programs, follow her on Twitter: @carolinehalter.

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Christine Pappas is a professor and department chair of the Department of Political Science at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
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The chair of the political science department at East Central University in Ada challenges her students to enroll their peer to vote.

“Instead of me an old person or some other professor asking a student to register if they're asked by a friend or a classmate they're much more likely to register,” Christine Pappas told KGOU’s Capitol Insider.

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The Oklahoma Ethics Commission passed a rule barring elected officials and agency heads from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving their positions. It’s the same rule lawmakers rejected during the 2018 legislative session.

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On this episode of Capitol Insider, Dr. Amy Goodin of OU Poll joins KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley to discuss polling and focus groups commissioned for Oklahoma Engaged, a collaboration between NPR member stations in Oklahoma. Goodin talks about the general “disillusionment” of voters throughout the state, as well as some of their ideas about how to fund public education, the leading political concern in the 2018 election cycle.

 

Laron Chapman visited the KGOU studios in Norman to talk about his film, "You People."
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Oklahoma City filmmaker Laron Chapman premiered his first feature film, "You People," at the deadCenter Film Festival in June and won the award for Best Oklahoma Film. It’s the story of an adopted black college student in Oklahoma named Chad who grew up in a white, middle class family coming to terms with who he is.

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The Oklahoma Veterans Commission met Tuesday to review a recent audit alleging a culture of “fear and intimidation” within the agency.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Dr. Michael Crespin of the University of Oklahoma joins KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley to discuss new research on why some legislators refuse to compromise.

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Before it happened to her son, Donna Tocknell thought addiction was something that happened to other people.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley discuss the results of the August 28 primary runoff. More incumbents were defeated, but looking at non-legislative races complicates the picture. Plus, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson ramps up his campaign for the general election, hoping to sway Republicans who voted for Mick Cornett in the primary runoff.

 

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Edmond resident Jay Mandraccia casts her primary ballot during early voting Thursday at the Oklahoma County Board of Elections. Regular voting will be held Tuesday.
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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley discuss the high number of runoff races on Tuesday’s ballot, including the race between Republican gubernatorial candidates Kevin Stitt and Mick Cornett. 

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The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is investigating one of its former priests accused of sexual abuse in the 1980s. The organization made the announcement on August 22, after receiving a letter from a former Oklahoma City resident a few days earlier.

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The tiny southern Oklahoma town of Achille made national headlines last week when schools closed after adults made threatening comments online about a 12-year-old transgender student named Maddie. Now Maddie is receiving financial support from people across the world, thanks to social media.

 

 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Sooner Poll’s Bill Shapard joins KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley to assess the Republican gubernatorial runoff and other races. Shapard also shares his thoughts on large numbers of undecided voters in the electorate and how people are waiting longer and longer to make decisions about candidates.

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James Gallogly has focused on cost-cutting since becoming the University of Oklahoma’s 14th president on July 2. But at a press conference Thursday Gallogly announced how he plans to grow the university by investing in “human capital.”

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s new president, J.D. Greear, has been vocal about diversifying church leadership. Before assuming the position in June, Greear wrote the following:

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Oklahoma State University political science professor Jeanette Mendez joins KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley to discuss her research on voter decision-making. Mendez explains that voters often use short-cuts called heuristics to make decisions about candidates, whether they realize it or not. The most common heuristics, according to Mendez, are political affiliation, gender and race.

 

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Tyler Clifton collapses onto a couch after a long day at the furniture store he manages in downtown McAlester. It’s the same couch where he occasionally interviews people for Facebook videos he calls “The McAlester Leadership Series.”

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Oklahoma’s economy is tracks closely with the price of oil, which have risen significantly since the 2014 downturn. In this episode of Capitol Insider, Bob Dauffenbach, the Senior Associate Dean for Economic Development and Impact at the University of Oklahoma, joins KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley to discuss the state’s economic outlook. Dauffenbach also offers his thoughts on what policymakers should be doing to harness the state's economic growth.

 

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State Auditor Gary Jones released a special audit of the Dept of Veterans affairs Wednesday. The report details “a culture of fear and intimidation” stemming from the agency’s top management that ultimately worsens care for veterans.

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In a lawsuit filed against Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission alleges that its appropriation for the current fiscal year is insufficient and therefore violates the state constitution.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley discuss ongoing meetings about Oklahoma’s medical marijuana rules. They also give an update on the Oklahoma Ethics Commission’s lawsuit against Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials ahead of its July 31 hearing in the state Supreme Court.

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Dick Pryor: Shawn, the Oklahoma summer of marijuana continues with more developments in the regulation of medicinal marijuana.

 

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