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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
2:23 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State, Local Officials Mark Completion of Crow Creek Flood Control Project

Florence Park South resident Patricia Seibert shows photos of various years' floods. She began working with the city to mitigate the flooding in 2007.
Matt Trotter KWGS

The City of Tulsa marks the completion of a $2.2 million flood control project.

For years, 62 homes in the Florence Park South neighborhood were at risk of flooding during heavy rains. The city pursued a federal grant for most of the cost and covered the rest with funds from utility fees. State emergency management director Albert Ashwood says Tulsa has had a get-it-done attitude since the 1984 flood.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

TPS Administrators: Reading Scores Release "Unethical," State Assessment "Not a Reading Test"

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard (right) speaks about the district's third-grade state reading test scores Friday afternoon. Chief Accountability Officer Chris Johnson and Chief Academic Officer Tracy Bales also spoke on the matter.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Up to 34 percent of Tulsa Public Schools third-graders are at risk of being held back after failing state reading tests.

Superintendent Keith Ballard spoke out against the way the state released the scores today. In a news conference this afternoon, Ballard said the scores were released to reporters before district staff.

"I consider that to be a highly unethical move, not to even communicate with the schools, thinking about how parents are hearing this for the first time," Ballard said. "We didn't even get the scores in a district report."

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Local & Regional
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Local Food Bank, Postal Service Partner to Stamp Out Hunger This Weekend

Tomorrow is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Development Manager Tara Harris says the annual partnership with the postal service makes it easy for people to donate food.

"You just set the donation out at your mailbox first thing in the morning, and the letter carrier will pick it up," Harris said. "And if for some reason they miss your donation, you can always call the food bank, and we can tell you how to make that donation."

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

City Council Looks to Save Community Theatre Programs

Cuts of $71,000 for building operations and $174,000 for employees at Henthorne Park would effectively end the Clark and Heller theatre programs as they currently exist.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa city councilors are trying to find a way to keep community theatre programs from closing due to budget cuts. 

Mayor Dewey Bartlett's budget cuts $245,000 from the Henthorne Park Performing Arts Center. Of that, $71,000 covers building operations, and $174,000 covers salaries and benefits for the three employees who run the Clark and Heller theatres there. 

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Local & Regional
2:42 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

TPD Hosts 10th Oklahoma SWAT Competition

Trevor Wauters with the Oklahoma City Police SWAT team shoots in the carbine competition Wednesday morning.
Matt Trotter KWGS

SWAT Teams from throughout Oklahoma converged on Tulsa today for a true test of their abilities.

Tulsa Police Department hosted the 10th annual Oklahoma SWAT Competition. The day-long games are designed to test tactical skills, marksmanship and teamwork in several different events. TPD Capt. Ryan Perkins says they’re having fun even though they can’t participate as hosts.

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Local & Regional
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Passenger Rail Supporters "Cautiously Optimistic" After Sooner Sub Sale

By early July, the 97.5 mile rail line between Midwest City and Sapulpa known as the Sooner Sub will be privately owned. Passenger rail advocates have fought the sale for years, but they’re feeling optimistic right now.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission knocked out all but the last item of its agenda in about 20 minutes Monday. After a 10-minute recess, Chairman Greg Love moved on to the topic most people came for: Discussion on the sale of the Sooner Sub line.

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Local & Regional
12:47 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Board Approves Sooner Sub Sale to Passenger-Friendly Company

Passengers waiting to board a demo train last winter at Sapulpa
Credit Eastern Flyer

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted unanimously this afternoon to sell the Sooner Sub Rail Line to the Stillwater Central Railroad. SLWC is considered a passenger rail–friendly company.

The motion to divest the 97.5 miles of track was made by District 2 Commissioner David Burrage.

SLWC offered the state $75 million for the line and wrote an additional $104 million in improvements into its bid, including $2.2 million for passenger rail implementation.

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

New Tulsa Zoo Exhibit Takes Visitors Back in Time

Tulsa Zoo's Zoorassic Park exhibit officially opens tomorrow. It features 11 different species of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Starting tomorrow, visitors to the Tulsa Zoo can have their own Jurassic Park experience.

The zoo's new Zoorassic Park exhibit features 11 species of dinosaurs,including a 40-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Spokeswoman Sarah Floyd said the dinosaurs have come a long way since the last time the zoo had this kind of exhibit.

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Local & Regional
4:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Three Tulsa Utility Rate Increases Proposed

Debt and aging infrastructure are two main drivers of proposed utility increases for Tulsa. Some of those infrastructure problems were apparent earlier this year as the city worked to repair hundreds of water main breaks.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsans may see their city utility bills go up in October.

There are three proposed increases: 7 percent for water, 9.75 percent for sewer and between 6 and 9 percent for storm water. Water and sewer rates have increased each of the last six years while storm water rates have not.

Streets and Storm Water Director Roy Teeters said the rate increases are needed to deal with a big problem.

"All the utilities are all in the same situation," Teeters said. "It's aging infrastructure and increased cost to maintain that aging infrastructure."

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Local & Regional
3:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Corrections Director Releases Timeline of Clayton Lockett's Execution

Oklahoma’s director of corrections released today a full timeline of Clayton Lockett’s failed execution, filling in the missing details from when the screens went down during the execution to when Lockett died.

Director Robert Patton's report said Lockett was tased earlier in the day for refusing to be restrained and was treated for a self-inflicted cut on his right arm. He also refused food and visits with his attorneys.

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