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Caroline Halter

KGOU Producer/Reporter

Caroline produces 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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This time last week Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Iowa after announcing her presidential bid. Her announcement came a few months after the Oklahoma-native released DNA test results to back up claims of Native American ancestry. The test was taken as an affront to many Native Americans, especially Cherokee citizens, one of the tribes Warren claims ties to.

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Muscogee (Creek) Nation recently repealed a 2015 law guaranteeing freedom of the press. The tribe backtracked just before the new year, but free press proponents suffered another setback late Friday when Principal Chief James Floyd vetoed legislation that would have restored the independence of tribally-funded Mvskoke Media.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss preparations for the 2019 legislative session, as well as Governor-elect Kevin Stitt's reorganization of the executive cabinet and his new hires.

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The 2018 midterm elections in Oklahoma confirmed hardened geographic divisions. The state's two largest metro areas favored Democrats, while rural Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly Republican. But rural counties are losing population, overall demographics are changing and redistricting is on the horizon. 

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Congress is updating the Stigler Act, the federal law governing the transfer of lands allotted to citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muskogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations, also known as the Five Tribes, before statehood. Amendments sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole passed the House and Senate, and are expected to be signed into law by the President.

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Oklahoma’s Board of Equalization says incoming lawmakers may have roughly $612 million more to spend in fiscal year 2020, which begins in July. That would be an increase of 8 percent compared to 2019, but the estimates don't reflect sliding oil prices.

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University of Oklahoma professor Meredith Worthen started an Instagram account in August called Me Too Meredith, where survivors of sexual violence can share their stories anonymously.  Worthen has posted hundreds of stories from across the globe, and her inbox is full of hundreds more waiting to be shared.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what's happening at the state capitol ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Over 4,300 bills have been requested, and the majority of Oklahoma lawmakers have two years of experience or less. Listen to learn about some notable bills that have already been filed. 

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As the state budget started shrinking, Oklahoma lawmakers began debating the value of economic incentives, such as tax credits for wind turbines. How do we know if an incentive is worth its cost? KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley spoke with Lyle Roggow, the person in charge of telling the legislature which incentives should stay and which should go.

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Moore became the sixth and final city to approve a new government entity called the Regional Transit Authority, or RTA, on December 3. Moore joined Edmond, Del City, Norman, Midwest City and Oklahoma City— a major milestone in an effort to connect the Oklahoma City metro through public transit.

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President Trump escalated his attacks on the press during the 2018 midterm election cycle, but Mendez says he's playing off longstanding skepticism of news media. In this episode of Capitol Insider Oklahoma State Professor Jeanette Mendez joins KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley to discuss media bias. Mendez's research confirms previous findings that people perceive the news according to their own biases. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Julian Guerrero Jr., the director of American Indian Education in Oklahoma, speaks with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley about how the state collaborates with tribal nations on education. Guerrero discusses strengthening tribal identities in the classroom and incorporating indigenous knowledge into state standards. 

Dr. Allyson Shortle (left) stands with students and Gov. Mary Fallin on election day, Nov. 6, 2018, when they conducted exit polling in Oklahoma County.
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In this episode of Capitol Insider, Dr. Allyson Shortle, a professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma, joins KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley to discuss exit polling she conducted on election day in Oklahoma County. Shortle's preliminary results indicate why voters--especially swing voters--in Oklahoma's most populous county chose Democrats this year. 

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There won’t be any major partisan shifts in the makeup of the Oklahoma legislature following the 2018 election. But, the gender balance has changed--more women were elected to the Oklahoma House and Senate on Tuesday.

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley are joined by Bryan Dean of the Oklahoma State Election Board. The three discuss new voter registration numbers, election security, expanding, early voting and whether you can snap a selfie with your ballot. 

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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK, is not up for reelection this year, but he visited Tulsa on Nov. 1 to talk about an issue that has resurfaced in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm election: immigration. Speaking at a press conference, Inhofe announced his plan to fund a wall along the U.S. Mexico border by eliminating public benefits for immigrants without work-authorized Social Security numbers.

 

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KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley spoke with all three Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates on Capitol Insider about where each stands on our state’s biggest issues like worsening teacher shortages, tax policy, government transparency, exemptions for childhood vaccinations, carrying out the death penalty and more.

Listen to our in-depth conversations with Libertarian Chris Powell, Democrat Drew Edmondson and Republican Kevin Stitt below.

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Ten percent of Oklahoma drivers are uninsured according to the Insurance Information Institute. That’s down from roughly 26 percent in 2012, but the state hopes to lower that figure using cameras that capture license plate numbers and run them through an insurance database starting November 1.

 

Oklahoma Republican candidate for Governor, Kevin Stitt, answers a question during a debate with Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.
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In the last of three interviews with each of Oklahoma's gubernatorial candidates, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley speak with Republican Kevin Stitt. Stitt discusses why he believes his business experience will help Oklahoma improve in areas like education, criminal justice and healthcare.

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A rare joint meeting between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration about meat grown through stem cell cultivation, or lab-grown meat, is being watched closely by livestock producers in Oklahoma. The two-day affair covers the product’s potential hazards, production regulations and, perhaps most importantly, labelling.

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