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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
12:06 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Oklahoma Breweries May Start Offering Free Samples

Eric Marshall holds his 1-year-old daughter while Taylor Owens (left) and Garrick Ritzky (background) tend to their duties at Marshall Brewing Company. Marshall was heavily involved in the push to get a law passed allowing the state's breweries to offer samples.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's Wednesday morning, and Garrick Ritzky has a plastic graduated cylinder in front of him.

"Everything is measured," he said. "Your temperatures have to be spot-on, your volumes have to be spot-on. There's a lot of science behind it all."

Except he's not in a laboratory.

"Today we're brewing Big Jamoke, which is our next seasonal to be released," Ritzky said. "It's a robust porter, so a lot of chocolate, a little roasted undertones, still quite a bit of hops to balance it out, though. A decent amount of alcohol as well, so a good cooler-weather beer."

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Local & Regional
3:29 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Jury Duty Will Change Friday as New Laws Take Effect

Starting Friday, jurors serving at Tulsa County District Court and across the state will have a slightly different oath to swear and more time between jury duty.
Credit KWGS File Photo

Amendments going into effect Friday to Oklahoma's laws on jurors will change the oath, how it may be sworn and how much time people get off from jury duty.

Tulsa County District Court Administrator Vicki Cox said changes to the oath have been in the works for some time. 

"The oath had some odd language in it about mental status, and the judges had long hoped that, that would get changed," she said.

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Nonstop Service From Tulsa to Orlando Takes Off

Passengers board Allegiant flight 705 from Tulsa International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport Friday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Allegiant's first nonstop flight from Tulsa to Orlando took off just before 3 p.m. today.

Planes will fly between Tulsa and Orlando twice a week. The company is offering one-way fares on the route for $59 until Nov. 1, for travel by April 29. 

During the ribbon-cutting event at the gate before passengers boarded, city and airport officials said they're excited to have nonstop service to Tulsans' No. 1 vacation destination.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

TSA Precheck Comes to Tulsa International Airport

TSA's Precheck line at Tulsa International Airport is open to invited frequent fliers on American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Transportation Security Administration's Precheck line at Tulsa International Airport opened today.

Passengers eligible for the line don't have to remove their shoes, belts or light jackets, or take laptops or toiletries out of their bags.

TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon says the agency has moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach in the last few years.

"What we've moved toward is an intelligence risk–based system," she said.

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Local & Regional
1:11 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Common Core Standards May Cost Gov. Fallin Votes in Next Year's Gubernatorial Race

A small group of protesters stand outside the Tulsa bagel shop where Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday she will run for re-election in 2014.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Gov. Mary Fallin's support for Common Core State Standards may cost her the votes of more-conservative Republicans when she runs for re-election next year.

A small group of protesters gathered Tuesday morning outside the Tulsa bagel shop where Fallin kicked off her 2014 campaign. While their signs addressed multiple issues, the most common was Fallin's support for the K-12 standards for academic proficiency, coordinated by the National Governors Association, which Fallin chairs.

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Local & Regional
4:10 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Creek Nation's Margaritaville Casino Seen as Key to Water in the River

County and city officials, tribal leaders and business executives stand ready to turn over shovelfuls of dirt Tuesday at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Creek Nation's Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino.
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"Water in the river" has been a mantra among Tulsans for years, and local leaders believe the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's new resort development at River Spirit Casino may make it happen.

Between the second phase of the River Spirit Casino, which will cost $335 million, and A Gathering Place for Tulsa, which has a $200 million price tag for its first phase, investors are pumping more than half a billion dollars into riverside developments.

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Local & Regional
1:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Plan to Educate Oklahoma Energy Workers Isn't Concrete, Has Surprises

(From left) Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Chairman Tim Munson, Oklahoma State University Burns Hargis, Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry and Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Robert Sommers participate in a panel discussion on educating the state's future energy workers on Oct. 9 at the Governor's Energy Conference.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

"We have to have a highly skilled, educated workforce to take care of our energy jobs," Gov. Mary Fallin said in her speech opening her third-annual energy conference.

Oklahomans hear these words often. They're not often accompanied by a plan, however, because the problem is complex. But a group of the state's top figures in education sat down at the conference for a panel discussion on the topic.

First, some surprising problems.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Thu October 10, 2013

"Baby Veronica" Case Comes to an End

(From left) Robin Brown, Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo, Dusten Brown and attorney Robert Nigh sit at a press conference announcing Dusten will drop all litigation pending in Oklahoma and Cherokee courts involving his biological daughter, Veronica.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The custody dispute that's lasted for the entirety of Veronica Brown's four-year-old life is officially over.

"As of today, Dusten Brown and Cherokee Nation have jointly moved to dismiss all pending litigation in Oklahoma and in Cherokee courts," said Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo. 

Cherokee Nation will not pursue any further appeals in the case.

Reading from a statement, Nimmo called for adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco to honor an agreement allowing Brown contact with Veronica.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Tulsa Trash Hauler Dedicates Oklahoma's Largest CNG Fueling Station

Blue Energy Fuels President Tom Sewell (left) and NeWSolutions President Jason Kannady (right) hold the ribbon Monday for Mayor Dewey Bartlett to cut at the companies' CNG fueling station dedication.
Matt Trotter KWGS

NeWSolutions, the company contracted by the City of Tulsa for trash and recyclable collection, dedicated Tulsa's newest compressed natural gas fueling station Monday.

The fueling station at 41st Street and Galveston Avenue is a joint effort between NeWSolutions and Blue Energy Fuels. The waste management company's contract with the city requires its trucks to run on CNG.

Unlike the city facility at 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue, this facility — said to be the largest in Oklahoma — is not open to the public.

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Local & Regional
2:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Taylor Unveils Plan to Fight Crime if Elected

(Foreground) Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police President Ron Bartmier speaks Thursday at a press conference announcing the union's endorsement of Kathy Taylor in Tulsa's mayoral election as (background, from left) union spokeswoman Jessica Caswell, former Tulsa police officers Joe Perkins and Rex Berry, and Taylor look on.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

If elected mayor of Tulsa in November, Kathy Taylor has a three-point plan for fighting crime at the ready.

Taylor unveiled her plan Wednesday at a press conference also used to announce her endorsement by the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing city police officers. With its endorsement, Taylor has the backing of both unions representing the city's public safety workers.

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