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.

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The Tulsa Shock's majority owner has cleared the final hurdle with the league before he moves the team to Dallas.

WNBA owners approved relocation on a unanimous vote. The Shock's home next year will be College Park Center at the University of Texas in Arlington if the university system's board of regents approves it.

"The WNBA is extremely grateful to the city of Tulsa and the team’s loyal fans," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie in a statement. "The support they have shown for the Shock and women’s professional basketball over the past six seasons has been tremendous."

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)— Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry warn that issuing a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells could hurt Oklahoma's economy.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is investigating whether the wells are triggering earthquakes in the state.

Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes last year. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says there have been more than 500 earthquakes so far this year.

Broken Arrow Police

Broken Arrow Police have released the name of the 18-year-old suspect in a family homicide that happened late Wednesday night.

Robert Bever, 18, is in custody along with his 16-year-old brother. They are suspected of stabbing their parents, 52-year-old David Bever and 44-year-old April Bever, and three of their siblings to death with knives and hatchets. Police have tentatively identified the other victims as a 5-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year old boy.

In the news this morning:

  • Broken Arrow police name one suspect, two victims in family homicide.
  • A new report ranks Tulsa's roads among the worst in the nation.
  • Arkansas River task force members react to a new dam proposal.   

Thursday's top stories:

  • Five people are dead and two teenagers are in custody after a late-night incident in Broken Arrow.
  • Even with a grand jury investigation underway, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office receives an award.
  • The Oklahoma National Guard is already arming some soldiers under an executive order from Gov. Mary Fallin.   

Broken Arrow Police responded to a late night call Wednesday and found five family members dead.

A sixth victim, a 13-year-old girl, was still alive and taken to the hospital in critical condition. She is out of surgery and in serious but stable condition.

Another child, a 2-year-old girl, was found unharmed. She is in state custody.

Police arrested two brothers, a 16- and and an 18-year-old. The victims and the suspects are related. No names have been released, because the family's next of kin has not been notified.

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The Oklahoma National Guard is reviewing all its facilities in the state as it arms some soldiers and airmen.

In the wake of a shooting that killed five service members last week at a Tennessee recruiting center, Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order saying full-time soldiers and airmen may be armed for their safety. Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss hopes citizens aren’t getting the wrong idea.

Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum wants $75 million out of a potential Vision sales tax renewal.

Director James Pepper Henry asked city councilors if they knew what the city’s most valuable asset is.

"It's the collection of the Gilcrease Museum," Pepper Henry said. "The Gilcrease Museum collection is valued at over $2 billion — that's two followed by nine zeroes — and it's time we put that asset to use for the people of Tulsa."

Dr. Jen Kilburn / Tulsa Zoo

It was another big year for the Tulsa Zoo.

Attendance for the 2014–15 fiscal year was just under 637,700, the second-highest total in the zoo’s 87-year history. Its highest March attendance, 92,000, was set this year.

Spokeswoman Sarah Floyd said people wanted to see the new Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, temporary dinosaur exhibit Zoorassic Park and zoo babies, including three tiger cubs.

In the news this morning:

  • State funding woes are affecting county road and bridge improvements.
  • Stillwater passes new oil and gas drilling restrictions.
  • Tulsa city officials get a big vision pitch: a series of statues throughout town similar to the Golden Driller.   

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