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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A proposal made last month would put the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture next to ONEOK Field, but someone else wants to build there, too.

A developer wants to build a nine-story, mixed-use office complex on a 1 acre parcel owned by the Tulsa Development Authority. Oklahoma Historical Society Director Bob Blackburn said if TDA picks the commercial building, it’s not the end of the long-awaited OKPOP.

Thursday's top stories:

  • A new partnership lets Tulsa Public Schools high school students ride Tulsa Transit buses for free on weekdays.
  • The City of Tulsa is hosting several workshops to gather public comments on land use along the future Peoria Avenue rapid bus route.
  • State oil and gas regulators turn their attention to a town 30 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City after a cluster of quakes there.
City of Tulsa

The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding the City of Tulsa $300,000 to help clean up an old industrial site city officials want on the market.

The money is in addition to $600,000 the city already has to clean up the Evans-Fintube site north of downtown. Previous estimates put the total cleanup cost at more than $2 million.

Tulsa Transit

With the wheels turning on a future Peoria Avenue rapid bus route, the City of Tulsa will look at how to use land around the stations.

Public comments will go toward recommending policies on development around stations. Tulsa Transit’s Debbie Ruggles said the big deal is the rapid bus route has more permanent stations than ordinary routes.

"So we're looking for opportunities around those major stations to get the kind of business development and growth that we see at some of the other transit agencies across the nation," Ruggles said.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools’ 8,500 high school students can ride Tulsa Transit buses for free starting Aug. 1.

Through a partnership called TPS Rides, students just need their school ID to ride for free any weekday.

"Our students are busy people, they have active lives, and we want to encourage them to be able to be active throughout our community," said TPS Superintendent Deborah Gist. "Mobility is really key, and this is something that so many people in the community have been promoting."

Wednesday's top stories:

  • Union Public Schools leaders and students break ground on a new elementary school in east Tulsa.
  • The first Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy under a revamped program enters the final stage of training.
  • Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum picks two top staffers.
Matt Trotter / KWGS

District officials break ground for a new Union elementary school that will eventually accommodate 1,000 students in rapidly growing east Tulsa.

Superintendent Kirt Hartzler said the district has desperately needed the new school but couldn’t find land within its boundaries.

Courtesy OCCA

Oklahoma’s budget crisis will affect work to plug abandoned oil wells in the immediate future.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said last year’s revenue failures and this year’s appropriations have taken away about $2 million dollars for that work.

"There will be a continued delay in the plugging of certain classifications of abandoned wells that may otherwise get plugged more quickly," Skinner said. "Those are classifications where they're not a direct threat to health and human safety."

Public Radio Tulsa

Though he’s five months from taking office, Tulsa mayor-elect G.T. Bynum has named two key members of his administration.

"There were a couple people that as soon as we knew that we'd won the election, I wanted to approach about coming to work in the administration, people who are amongst the most effective folks I've ever met in public service," Bynum said.

Former policy adviser to Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Michael Junk served as Bynum’s campaign manager. Junk will be Bynum's deputy mayor.

In today's news:

  • Tulsa County leaders move ahead on Family Justice Center.
  • Mayor Dewey Bartlett is overseas to act as Tulsa's aviation industry booster.
  • A mobile collection from a vast black history museum stops in Tulsa.

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