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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Flaherty and Collins

An expected vote Monday afternoon on a development proposal that would bring a grocery store downtown didn't happen.

The Performing Arts Center Trust had the vote on its agenda, but several members still had questions about the deal that would sell the PAC parking lot at Third Street and Cincinnati Avenue to Indiana-based Flaherty and Collins, ranging from the parking lot's value to what happens if the developer goes bust mid-project.

Past PAC Trust chairman Ken Busby said economic development outside the arts isn't their area of expertise.

USFWS

The lesser prairie chicken could go from threatened to not threatened to endangered all in a matter of months.

Conservation groups are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give the birds endangered status, saying there’s scientific proof the likelihood its extinction is becoming more likely.

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Volunteers across the Tulsa area mark a quarter century of service.

Today was the 25th annual Day of Caring through Tulsa Area United Way. Several companies were represented at Domestic Violence Intervention Services' emergency shelter, where employees were landscaping, cleaning and holding a cookout for residents.

Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

Planning commissioners approved measures this week to address concerns from neighbors of a proposed north Tulsa industrial park.

Vision Tulsa will provide $10 million toward the development of the Peoria-Mohawk employment center. Julian Wilson is among residents worried about noise, traffic and what exactly will be built on the 112-acre site.

"I didn't buy that property to come out and see buildings and such," Wilson said. "I bought the property because of the wooded area, the homes and the community."

KWGS News

River Parks Authority will contract out mitigation work required to renovate Zink Dam.

Through a fee-in-lieu-of program, the authority will pay The Terra Foundation nearly $250,800 to create wetlands equal in area to what the renovations will disturb. Consultant Gaylon Pinc said the foundation was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set amount of credits, with one credit equivalent to one acre.

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Tulsa hosts a video game festival conceived by VisitTulsa later this month.

XPO Game Festival is inspired by the highly successful Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, which launched in Washington 12 years ago and has grown to five events worldwide.

XPO Event Manager Matt Stockman said it will be fun, but it’s also a chance to show off Tulsa to a multibillion dollar industry.

"This was just one more way to show Tulsa is progressive, cutting-edge, and bring something in the tech industry to the central U.S. for people locally to enjoy," Stockman said.

Broken Arrow Police

The older Bever brother admitted guilt in killing five of his family members last year in Broken Arrow.

Robert Bever, 19, entered guilty pleas during arraignment this afternoon in Tulsa District Court.

April, David, 12-year-old Daniel, 7-year-old Christopher and 5-year-old Victoria Bever were found stabbed to death July 22, 2015. A 13-year-old sister survived the attack, and a 2-year-old was unharmed.

Health

New health care rankings are in, and Oklahoma is still near the bottom.

WalletHub crunched the numbers to come up with scores for health care costs, health care access and health outcomes. Overall, they rank Oklahoma health care 44th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Out of those three broad measures, Oklahoma scored the worst on health outcomes, ranking 47th.

Oklahoma Historical Society

The home site of one of history’s most famous Cherokees is going to his tribe.

Cherokee Nation is buying Sequoyah’s Cabin near Sallisaw from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Sequoyah is credited with developing the written Cherokee alphabet, which was completed in the 1820s. Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin said that caused literacy rates to soar.

"We've always been firm and great believers in education, and this syllabary only enhanced that and gave our people an opportunity not only to survive, but to thrive in modern civilization," Hoskin said.

Collision prevention systems will soon be on all Tulsa Transit buses, but it’s costing a bit more than expected.

There are 21 fixed-route buses left to install Mobileye systems on. This week’s transit board agenda asked them to approve $12,000 for the work, but they approved up to $33,000.

Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright said the supplier’s installation estimate was below the installer’s actual rate.

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