Matt Trotter

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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.

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Tulsa Police appear set to begin the process of hiring civilians for certain positions.

"As soon as the next fiscal year starts and with the approved budget of this year, we're going to move forward on a few of the positions and be able to move in a pretty quick, timely manner on at least the analysts since those positions are already in existence," said Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks.

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The Warren Foundation and Saint Francis establish a $10 million scholarship endowment for the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.

Dr. Gerard Clancy is the vice president for health affairs at TU. He said a lot has been done to get the school’s facilities and an endowment for faculty set up.

"And now, this component adds scholarships for our students, that we can recruit some of the very best students to be in the medical school and to graduate and hopefully practice in Oklahoma — a state that is very short on physicians — as we look to the future," Clancy said.

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The National Weather Service declares the last week of June Lightning Awareness Week.

Lightning Safety Specialist John Jensenius said the rule is when thunder roars, go indoors.

"If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, you need to get inside right away," Jensenius said. "The reason for that rule is the fact that you can hear thunder about 10 miles from the storm, and lightning can strike outward for about 10 miles from the storm."

The best place to be is inside a substantial building.

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Oklahoma veterans can get help tomorrow filing for benefits they may not know they’ve earned.

Danny Oliver with the state’s Disabled American Veterans group said many veterans don’t think they’re entitled to benefits simply because they didn’t see combat or go overseas.

"An injury incurred in service, if there's residual effects from that and there's documentation for all that, could result in a service-connected disability, which would then entitle medical treatment and financial compensation," Oliver said.

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Ninth-graders from Jenks win their division in an Army competition for science, technology, engineering and math.

"We created a mechanism that would go into a revolving door and harness the kinetic energy of people walking through the revolving door to power an LED light or power a building or any light source," said team member Riya Kaul.

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Tulsa Police can begin the process of civilianization.

"Everything I've heard from the police department is the only thing preventing them from doing it is having the funds available to do it," said Councilor G.T. Bynum.

Councilors' biggest addition to the city budget is money for TPD to start hiring civilians for certain jobs currently done by officers. Bynum had stern words about the funding.

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Members of the River Infrastructure Task Force are certainly trying to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to the management of the endowment for a proposed series of low-water dams.

The trust that would oversee the dams in the Arkansas River will benefit from upcoming changes in Oklahoma's tax laws. The tax commission handles sales tax collections and charges an administrative fee of 1 percent to any entity levying a sales tax, as the trust will be set up to do. The fee drops to 0.5 percent July 1.

Youth Services of Tulsa

The Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau appears set to take over a 24-hour juvenile booking and referral facility.

Youth Services Tulsa declined to renew its contract running the Community Intervention Center because of funding issues.

"Assuming everybody came up with the same money as last year and the bureau covered the $101,000, I think, for the administrator of it, including cost in benefits, we're still running short the operating money," said Juvenile Bureau Director Justin Jones.

Bristow Medical Center

A 51,000 square foot, 25-bed hospital backed by a rural healthcare group opens in Jenks next month.

"I wouldn't call this a specialty hospital. This is a fully licensed acute-care hospital that does have a primary focus on orthopedics and spine, but it also has ancillary services that it will offer as well," said Bristow Medical Center CEO Jan Winter Clark.

Part of the plan is for the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence, or CORE, to help sustain the group’s rural hospitals.

Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma’s oil and gas injection wells are cleared to start accepting cities’ wastewater.

Tim Ward with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said there shouldn’t be any concerns about the new fluids.

"These waste streams are of much better quality in general than the waste stream that most of these injection wells are normally used to seeing," Ward said.

The wastewater isn’t suited for irrigation.

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