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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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate is continuing to climb, reaching 4.5 percent last month with major losses in the retail-trade sector.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June increased for the third straight month. It jumped two-tenths of 1 percent from 4.3 percent in May.

The commission reported Oklahoma shed a total of 2,100 jobs last month, with more than half of those in the retail-trade sector. Another 900 jobs were lost in the local, state and federal government.

City of Tulsa

Plans for an outlet mall near Turkey Mountain are off the table.

An attorney told the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission they could take Simon Property Group’s zoning change request out of consideration. No reason was given for the withdrawal.

The company is looking at other locations in the Tulsa area.

Tulsa Premium Outlets could have added $4 to $5 million dollars in sales tax revenue a year to the city budget.

It was going to be built on privately owned land near Turkey Mountain.

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What if Tulsa had more than one Golden Driller? One voter thinks that would put us on the map.

"A series of statues the size of the Golden Driller spread throughout our community would be unique, odd, memorable and affordable," said former environmental trust director Michael Patton. "It would inspire travel magazines to write of road trips and tourist selfies in front of the largest examples of art in our country."

Patton pointed out the current sales tax set aside $1 million dollars for the Meadow Gold sign on Route 66.

Tulsa's top stories this morning:

  • Sheriff Stanley Glanz says returning the Tulsa County Jail to a private operator would be a big mistake.
  • Seating a jury to investigate the sheriff's office continues today.
  • Oil and gas companies operating injection wells in certain areas must pull back under a new directive from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.   
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s second go in court at a proposed EPA rule has been dismissed.

A judge in Tulsa's U.S. District Court said her court doesn’t have jurisdiction. The suit challenged the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in emissions at coal-fired power plants and isn’t yet in effect. Pruitt spokesman Aaron Cooper said he may try again when it is.

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Oil and gas companies operating injection wells in certain areas must pull back under a new directive from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

The commission expanded its area of interest when it comes to induced seismic activity around the Arbuckle formation.

"For the most part, the biggest area is north central Oklahoma, and it extends east and west from there," said spokesman Matt Skinner. "East into Pawnee County, and west all the way to Woodward."

City of Tulsa

No Vision pitch? No problem. The City of Tulsa still wants your input.

Spokeswoman Michelle Allen said the city is looking for input at FeedbackTulsa.org.

"We have labeled eight categories so that citizens can go through and list their priorities in rank order," Allen said.

The categories are economic development, neighborhood beautification, public safety, quality of life, river development, street improvements, traffic improvements and transportation.

A mobile recovery center opens this week in Okmulgee to help county residents whose homes or businesses were damaged during a month of severe weather.

"It's kind of a one-stop shop where you can get assistance from state officials, federal officials will be there, the [Small Business Administration]," said Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton. "I wouldn't swear to it, but I think a Red Cross person will be there, also."

The mobile center will be at Green Country Technology Center, 1100 OK-56 Loop east of Highway 75.

In Tulsa news this morning:

  • Grand jurors convene to begin an investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
  • Gov. Mary Fallin issues order to allow the state's full-time guardsmen to carry weapons.
  • City councilors are working on a Vision renewal, but what if they just let the sales tax expire in Tulsa?   
City of Tulsa

Tulsa city councilors are trying to come up with a Vision sales tax renewal package, but what if they just let the tax expire?

Tulsa resident George McFarlin said when Vision expires at the end of next year, don’t renew it, and let the city’s sales tax fall to 7.917 percent.

"City taxpayers will have more money to spend, which is a problem for the city as you see your sales tax collections atrophy, flat line," McFarlin said. "They're not growing like the suburban cities."

He believes it would give Tulsa a competitive advantage over its neighbors.

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