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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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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A mobile exhibit featuring black history artifacts dating from slavery to present day is in Tulsa this week.

Around 150 pieces of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s 5,000 artifact collection are on display at the Greenwood Cultural Center through Saturday. Museum founder Khalid El-Hakim said there are important civil rights figures other than Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Junior and Malcolm X.

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EMSA had an unexpectedly busy weekend, and not just because of the heat.

They were called to respond to a Denver-bound Delta flight from Atlanta diverted to Tulsa International when several passengers felt ill.

EMSA spokesman Adam Paluka said they evaluated everyone on board — 152 people — and were ready for such an incident.

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Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is overseas this week banging the drum for Tulsa’s aviation industry.

His first stop is near London for one of the world’s biggest air shows.

"What's interesting is there's a very, very large number of companies that manufacture and sell and operate drones, and that's a real, real up-and-coming business that we've been trying to get interest in coming to Tulsa," Bartlett said. "I think that that'll come and bear fruit here, one of these days."

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The average full-time college student spends around $1,300 a year on books and supplies, according to the College Board.

Tulsa Community College has joined a partnership to drastically reduce those costs for students.

TCC will use materials from OpenStax, a Rice University—based nonprofit. Associate professor Jennifer Kneafsey started using their textbooks last year and says the price difference for printed books is incredible.

In Monday's news:

  • The heat wave continues.
  • Oklahoma attorney general may be investigating urine testing labs.
  • Tulsa Community College joins partnership to drastically reduce students' textbook costs.  

A researcher at Northeastern State University found drug cartels are more frequently operating in Indian Country.

Amy Proctor surveyed police, social service and health leaders in 10 tribes near known drug corridors or known to be struggling with meth. Her findings: Tribal officials know cartels are trafficking drugs and often use casinos to facilitate it through money laundering and human trafficking, tribal law enforcement is generally shorthanded, and drug abuse is still a significant problem.

Tulsa County Sheriff

A significantly whittled down Tulsa County volunteer deputy class is set to begin training.

Sgt. Mike Moore said 41 have met physical readiness requirements to move ahead, and five more should soon.

"So, they've actually started training to bring their hours up that they need for the reserve academy requirements or to begin their operational refresher phase that the sheriff requires prior to beginning their field training," Moore said.

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Fosters recruitment initiative appears to have reached its goal.

The Department of Human Services certified nearly 1,100 new families from November through June. The initiative’s goal was 1,000.

Tom Bates is Fallin’s child welfare adviser. He said a key piece of foster care reform is having enough families in the system.

"That's what allows you to, when kids are brought into care, to put them in a place where they can receive the care that they need, the compassion that they need, the stability that they need," Bates said.

A comprehensive look at working conditions for early childhood care workers and educators finds Oklahoma is slipping.

Marcy Whitebook led the study at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. She said Oklahoma was making the best progress among 17 states addressing early educators’ low wages.

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