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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
12:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Tulsa Police Enter Into Agreement With Cherokee Nation

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Tulsa Police Department becomes the 25th local law enforcement agency in Oklahoma to enter into an agreement with Cherokee Nation for mutual assistance.

TPD Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said the arrangement is beneficial to both agencies.

"It just gives us firm legal standing that, if they ask for our help, we can assist them and vice versa," Larsen said. "If we're on a street that's touching their property, we could say, 'Hey, could you come out and help us?' like with a drunk driver. They can come out, and they're on firm legal grounds being there assisting us."

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Local & Regional
3:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Arrest Made in Rape of Union High School Student

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Tulsa Police have made an arrest in the rape of a Union High School student who was attacked while she walked to school early last Wednesday morning. 

Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said it took a lot of effort, but detectives were motivated to catch the suspect. 

"By the nature of that assault, we knew this person was prone to commit violent acts in the future just by the details of that assault," Larsen said. "So we had focused in on making — identifying and apprehending that person, and it took about five or six days of really, really good detective work."

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Local & Regional
12:59 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Historical Society Surprised by Fallin Budget

The Oklahoma Historical Society is among five state agencies Gov. Mary Fallin has proposed consolidating into the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. OTRD would receive less funding under Fallin's proposed budget than the six agencies get altogether now.
Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

Gov. Mary Fallin's proposed budget includes a big change for a handful of agencies, including the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The historical society, Oklahoma Arts Council, J.M. Davis Memorial Commission, Will Rogers Memorial Commission and the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission would be consolidated into the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. 

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Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dorman Joins Gubernatorial Race, Harshly Criticizes Fallin

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) formally announces Tuesday he will run for governor. Dorman made campaign stops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Gov. Mary Fallin has a new, Democratic challenger in the gubernatorial race.

State Rep. Joe Dorman decried Fallin's "divisive manner" and "failed policies" as he announced Tuesday he will run for governor. 

During a speech at the Tulsa Press Club, Dorman blasted Fallin on everything from infrastructure to crime, and the lawmaker says he's not going to hold back on criticizing her.

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Local & Regional
1:10 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Dozens Graduate From Tulsa County Drug/DUI Court

Honors graduates of the Tulsa County Drug/DUI Court gather on stage for recognition during the program's graduation ceremony Friday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A total of 61 defendants graduated from Tulsa County's Drug/DUI and veterans' treatment court programs this morning.

The alternative program to keep people out of prison and in treatment lasts a minimum of 18 months. Participants move through five phases of increasing responsibility, ultimately leaving at least six months sober and with their GEDs or better. 

Erik Eldorado told his fellow graduates during the ceremony at OSU-Tulsa that he's learned discipline and made amends with his family.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

County Commissioners Put Sales Tax Measures on April Ballot

Tulsa County commissioners John Smaligo (left), Ron Peters and Karen Keith at the board's vote on two sales tax measures Wednesday. The proposals, which would collect money to improve the juvenile justice center and county jail, will be voted on April 1.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa County residents will vote on two sales tax measures in April after county commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday afternoon to put them on the ballot.

One measure is for a 0.041 percent sales tax to collect money for improvements to the Juvenile Justice Courts and Detention Center. The money could be used for acquiring property, construction, remodeling and similar purposes.

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Local & Regional
11:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

HUD Committee Begins Difficult Award Process

Tulsa's Housing and Urban Development Community Development Committee begins the difficult task of awarding grants from its federal funds.

The HUD committee has about $1 million less to give out this year, and more than 50 organizations are asking for funds. Committee chair Gail Rose said it's a tough process.

"It is very difficult, and not only do we look at the statistics and the logistics of people served, we have to look at the individuals that we meet and our own conscience of are they actually going to be able to do what we are charging them to do?" Rose said.

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Local & Regional
6:55 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Trash Board Takes Actions on Green Waste

Tulsa's trash board suspended the requirement for green waste stickers, which would have gone into effect Feb. 1. Residents can continue to leave green waste at the curb in clear plastic bags for pickup.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa residents won't need a sticker for their yard waste after the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy board unanimously voted Tuesday to suspend the requirement.

Stickers would have been required starting Feb. 1. Vice chairman Paul White said they're trying to make it easy on residents while they figure out a long-term solution for the city's green waste program.

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Local & Regional
2:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Downtown Tulsa Housing Gap Could Use Mixed Solution

Panelists at a Tulsa Regional Chamber event Tuesday morning pointed to mixed-use development as a possible solution to a downtown housing shortage. Greenarch at Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street is a current example.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Plenty of people want to live in downtown Tulsa, and it may be time for a new approach in creating residential space. 

The Tulsa Regional Chamber hosted a panel on downtown residential development today, and the discussion focused on the gap between demand for living space downtown and the supply. 

Just one in seven apartment units to be completed this year will be downtown, which has the city's highest occupancy rate. Tulsa's overall occupancy rate is 92 percent; downtown, it's 97.5 percent.

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Local & Regional
4:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Filed Bill Would Defund Oklahoma Arts Council

State lawmakers will consider a bill this session that would completely defund the Oklahoma Arts Council in four years.

The bill calls on the arts council to replace its state funding with private funding. 

"If you've got XYZ arts organization over here requesting a grant or corporate support from a big company, then you would have the arts council also asking for that support," said Jennifer James, director of Oklahomans for the Arts, an advocacy group supporting the state arts council. "It would dilute the pot of money that's already out there."

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