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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Local & Regional
3:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Parks Consolidation Moves Into Second Phase

A consulting firm will take a deeper look at combining Tulsa’s city and county park systems.

A three-month feasibility study will start by the beginning of June. City and county officials can decide when it wraps up whether to keep going forward.

Terry Simonson with the sheriff’s office has been involved in the consolidation process from the beginning. He said his reading of the laws surrounding a combined park system means a city-county park commission would be created.

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Local & Regional
4:19 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

"Suggestion Box" Bill Goes to Governor's Desk

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State representatives send an employee incentive program to the governor’s desk.

Rep. Ken Walker says it would let state employees collect financial awards for finding ways to save their agencies money.

"Somebody can only receive one award per year based off an idea that they have," Walker said before a House vote on the measure. "I would imagine that [the Office of Management and Enterprise Services] would come up with the rules for when it would be given."

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Local & Regional
4:10 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Public Forum Will Cover East Tulsa Outlet Mall

The Outlet Shoppes at Tulsa are planned for an area near where I-44 and I-244 meet. There's a public forum about the proposed development tomorrow night.
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Tulsans can find out more tomorrow evening about a proposed east Tulsa outlet mall.

There will be a public forum at 7 p.m. at East Central High School, 12150 E 11th St., to discuss the Outlet Shoppes at Tulsa development.

"This one was the first one proposed in Tulsa, after which Simon came in behind discussing their mall, and then the Cherokee casino came in discussing theirs," said City Councilor Connie Dodson, who represents the district the mall is slated for. "Both of those seem to be kind of pulling back a little bit, but we're still moving forward and have been."

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Local & Regional
3:57 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

State Lawmakers Get to Work on Volunteer Officer Training Bill

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In the aftermath of a 73-year-old Tulsa reserve deputy shooting an unarmed suspect, state lawmakers introduce a bill to require more training for volunteer lawmen.

The bill would basically require volunteer officers to receive 50 percent of the training of full-time ones. That would mean 60 more hours in academy and 15 hours of annual continuing education.

Rep. Johnny Tadlock said they know there are just a few weeks left in the session.

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Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Utility Rate Increases Part of Tulsa Mayor's Proposed Budget

Water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent are proposed in next year's budget. The additional revenue would go toward infrastructure upgrades and repairs.
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Tulsa utility customers could see water and sewer rates go up 7 and 9 percent next year.

Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards said the increases will cost the average customer in a single-family home $5.20 a month. He told city councilors the city needs to invest heavily in its aging utility infrastructure, and it has fewer funding sources for that now.

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Local & Regional
4:01 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Manufacturer Asks Oklahoma to Return Midazolam

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As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs Oklahoma’s use of a controversial sedative for lethal injection, a manufacturer is trying to put a stop to its use.

Illinois-based company Akorn manufactures the sedative midazolam, which has been used in Oklahoma’s last two executions, as well as a form of hydromorphone that can also be used for lethal injections.

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Local & Regional
3:56 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Estimated Cost of Water in the River: $316M

The cost of building three low-water dams at locations shown on this map and renovating Zink Dam is estimated to be $316 million.
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Tulsa’s river task force has a comprehensive report on what it will cost to build a series of low-water dams and put water in the Arkansas River.

The best estimate is building three low-water dams and renovating Zink Dam will cost $ 316 million. At a total cost of almost $108 million, Sand Springs’ dam will be the most expensive.

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Local & Regional
4:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Execution Case

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U.S. Supreme Court justices heard from attorneys today on both sides of Oklahoma’s lethal injection case.

The justices spent just more than an hour questioning the attorneys. Several justices asked questions to get to the bottom of how the sedative midazolam works and whether its use presents an unconstitutional risk of pain and suffering.

Some justices compared feeling potassium chloride to being burned alive from the inside and asking whether that was an acceptable constitutional risk.

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Local & Regional
3:20 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Departments Present Capital Needs to Public Safety Task Force

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Tulsa’s public safety task force asks three departments about their capital needs a funding proposal may cover.

The fire department wants $20 million for the second phase of the fire training center and additional money for storage facilities and station renovations. Councilor G.T. Bynum said he wants to narrow the focus of the discussions.

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Local & Regional
3:40 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing Lethal Injection Case Wednesday

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An Oklahoma case that could change national standards for lethal injection goes before the Supreme Court this week.

Oral arguments are Wednesday in a review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure. Three death-row inmates argue the sedative midazolam is ineffective. Anesthesia specialist Dr. David Waisel spoke to KWGS after the case was first filed.

"Using this drug in the doses that are being used is purely experimental," Waisel said. "We don't know the effects of these drugs on the body or on the individual."

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