Matt Trotter

Reporter

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN. 

He has a master's degree from Arizona State University, where he spent a semester on the first reporting staff of Cronkite News Service's Washington, D.C., bureau. As a grad student, he won awards for multimedia journalism and in-depth TV reporting.

Matt is from Southern California, so he's slowly following Route 66 across the United States. He would have made it Chicago by now, but he's not a fan of long drives.

Ways to Connect

When Inola Public Schools students return tomorrow, they'll be among thousands across the state with four-day weeks.

Inola schools will be closed Mondays to save the district money on utilities. Superintendent Kent Holbrook said they chose Monday because it interferes the least with extracurricular activities.

Department of Tourism

The City of Tulsa effectively puts a hold on downtown businesses’ use of public space as more and more developments are incorporating it into their plans.

License agreements are used for a variety of things, including sidewalk cafes, planters, steps or ramps to buildings, railings, and signs. Policies on license agreements are being reworked and likely won’t be finalized until a walkability study is finished next month.

Tulsa County

Eight weeks after deciding the new family justice center will be built in the northwest corner of downtown, Tulsa County commissioners take the next step.

Chief Deputy Commissioner Michael Willis said they’ve started the process of hiring a construction manager.

"They're not necessarily the company that will actually build it, but they're the ones that oversee all of that," Willis said. "So, it's a little bit different than going out to bid for a contractor and have them submit a price on what it's going to cost to build your facility."

National Partnership for Women and Families

The grades are in from a study of how states are going above and beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and Oklahoma is one of 12 getting an F.

The National Partnership for Women and Families looked at how states have gone further than the 23-year-old federal law, which requires employers grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in certain circumstances.

Oklahoma has no laws past that.

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Major work is happening on bridges over the south leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop throughout the weekend.

With the deck being taken off the Main Street bridge over the IDL, south and westbound lanes are closed now until 7 a.m. Saturday. Then, north and eastbound lanes will close until 10 p.m. Sunday.

More major work is in store after this weekend.

PSO

Work continues to make more than $1.5 million worth of repairs needed to re-illuminate Tulsa highways.

City councilors formed a task force earlier this year to keep tabs on the efforts. Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball said all lights along the Gilcrease Expressway should be back on within two weeks, even though work has slowed from copper thefts and other mishaps.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber takes local teachers on a road trip.

They didn’t go far — just down Highway 169 to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The visit was part of the chamber’s Road Trip for Teachers program, which shows them opportunities and challenges in seven high-growth industries. The chamber’s Kuma Roberts said there are two main goals.

Cherokee Nation Welcome Center

Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in Oklahoma to join an online network aimed at helping foster children.

The tribe has joined CarePortal, a network that partners with churches. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said churches will receive alerts when foster children in Cherokee County have needs.

"For example, if it's something as simple as needing a new change of clothes for a toddler, I mean, we can have the faith-based community step up and get that resource to the child," Hoskin said.

Nine churches have signed up for alerts so far.

A coalition of business and community leaders in Oklahoma is calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Supporters launched the Reasons to Reform campaign Tuesday as part of a national effort to encourage Congress to work toward simplifying citizenship guidelines and creation of a guest worker program.

Republican state Sen. Brian Crain, whose Tulsa district includes a large Hispanic population, says the nation's immigration system is broken.

KWGS News

There’s been a delay in the lawsuit to halt sale of land at 71st Street and Riverside for a development anchored by outdoor retailer REI.

The lawsuit was filed nearly a year ago. Attorneys for both sides agreed to push the suit’s first hearing, which was set for Tuesday, back to Oct. 11 so talks can continue.

The lawsuit asks for a temporary halt in the process of the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority selling 12 acres of Helmerich Park to a Dallas-based developer.

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