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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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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Driving Tips to Get You Through the Week

Even though snow isn't falling today, accumulation and ice resulting from thaws and refreezing can make for hazardous driving conditions.
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City crews started plowing and salting streets late Sunday night, but driving conditions are still hazardous.

Kurt Spitzner is an instructor at Bridgestone Winter Driving School. He says if you absolutely can’t avoid driving somewhere, slow down and don’t panic if you lose traction. 

"It's very common when you're on a low-traction surface, that if one control didn't work — say, steering — that you automatically just add in another control, like braking, which makes the likelihood of either of those two controls working well diminish significantly," Spitzner said.

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Local & Regional
3:07 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Park Project Director Says River Development Plan Needs an Update

A representative of A Gathering Place for Tulsa says the plan for the Arkansas River is out of date. 

The master plan for Arkansas River development was finished in 2005. Jeff Stava, the project director for A Gathering Place, says the plan is due for another look. 

"You know, when you have a 9- or 10-year-old plan, it needs to be refreshed and updated, and as time has gone on, our challenges have changed," Stava said. 

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Local & Regional
3:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Port of Catoosa Posts Near-Record Shipping Year in 2013

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The Port of Catoosa came very close to a record-setting year in 2013.

Last year, 1,494 barges moved 2,700,990 tons in and out of the port, 1,474 fewer tons than in 2012. But at today's State of the Port address, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority Chair David Page said one barge usually carries 1,500 tons.

"Just one more, and we would have had a record year," Page said. "I think if we'd known that on Dec. 28, we'd have made sure that one more barge got through here."

Page said shipments of crude oil helped set the 2012 record.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Tulsa Technical Training Program Gets $250,000 Donation

(From left) TCW graduate Brandon Fields, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, TCW Program Director with Madison Strategies Karen Pennington, TCW graduates Richard Calhoun and Porcha Thomas, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Director Ken Levit pose Wednesday with a giant check made out for the amount of The Common Bond Foundation's donation to the workforce development program.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A $250,000 donation will allow a program that trains workers for in-demand technical jobs to help more people in Tulsa this year.

Transportation Connection WorkAdvance trains workers in four cities nationwide for transportation, manufacturing and aerospace jobs. Karen Pennington is with Madison Strategies, the company that implemented Tulsa’s TCW program. She said they can give more unemployed and underemployed Tulsans opportunities this year.

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

TYPros Event Focusing on Underdeveloped South Downtown

TYPros' annual Street CReD event will focus on the southern part of downtown Tulsa this year. The group hopes it will spur development so the area around Ninth Street and Boston Avenue matches what is considered downtown's core.
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An annual event meant to draw attention to Tulsa's underdeveloped areas comes downtown this year. 

Tulsa Young Professionals' Street CReD event this May will focus on developing south downtown. 

TYPros Chair Isaac Rocha said the southern part of downtown Tulsa has too much space devoted to just parking lots. 

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Local & Regional
12:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Committee Reaches Decision on $2.8M in Federal HUD Funds

The committee tasked with recommending awards for Tulsa's federal Housing and Urban Development grants reached a decision today on one category of funding. 

Nine of 11 applicants for physical and economic development grants will get funding. Of those, just three will get the full amount requested. 

The committee received 11 applications totaling $5.8 million for just $2.8 million in funding. Chair Gail Rose said she's trying to teach programs not getting money or less money than they requested there are other sources of funding available. 

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Local & Regional
11:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

VisitTulsa Eyes Changes to Quality Events Incentive

VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission say the 2013 Bassmaster Classic had an economic impact of $26 million in the Tulsa area, but the state tax commission won't pay quality events incentives because sales tax revenue was higher the year before the event.
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VisitTulsa is working to change the state’s quality events tax incentive after the city’s application from the 2013 Bassmaster Classic was rejected this week.

VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission Senior Vice President Ray Hoyt said visitors bureaus statewide need the incentive fixed so they can continue to support big events.

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Local & Regional
5:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Tulsa Going Ahead With Change to City Employees' Pay

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Around 1,400 city employees will be changed from semimonthly to biweekly pay checks soon.

The change means employees will get paid for all of February next Friday and the first week of March two weeks later. The city offered to let employees sell back time off to make up for a small check.

Councilor Jeannie Cue said she'd like to see a way for employees without that time to sell get a normal check.

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Local & Regional
5:02 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

No More Parking Amnesty Periods Planned For Now

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Tulsa’s amnesty period for parking tickets is over, but speeding tickets could get the same treatment eventually.

City Manager Jim Twombly told the city council budget committee current enforcement efforts are bringing in more than they cost. Councilors asked if bad weather kept people from coming to pay their tickets. Twombly said a three-week amnesty period was enough time and residents got plenty of advanced notice.

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Local & Regional
3:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Geologists Think Injection Wells are Likely Cause of Earthquakes

Geologists are looking at waste water disposal wells as the main cause of earthquakes linked to oil production.
Credit OU

Geologists are increasingly looking at waste water disposal wells as the cause of earthquakes linked to oil drilling.

A report from the National Academy of Sciences says injection wells are the likely cause of earthquakes linked to oil production, including in Oklahoma. The state is on track for as many as 400 quakes this year, 20 times what was normal before a big jump in oil production five years ago.

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