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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
4:27 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bartlesville Doctors Struggle With Employer's Stance on Contraception

Contraception becomes a hot topic in Bartlesville after Saint John executives tell their doctors they can no longer prescribe birth control.

Bob Oliver is the town’s only independent OB-GYN. He said it forced his colleagues to prescribe it for other reasons, like acne.

"And then they were told that they would be audited, and if they wrote too many prescriptions for medical reasons other than birth control alone, that they would be, obviously, fired," Oliver said. "At the same time, actually, that would mean they were committing insurance fraud."

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Local & Regional
4:15 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Hispanic Immigrants More Likely to be Entrepreneurs Than Rest of U.S.

An organization promoting immigration reform makes the case for it with a report on immigrant entrepreneurship.

The Partnership for a New American Economy points to 20 years of strong growth in Hispanic entrepreneurship as a good reason for immigration reform. In 2012, nearly 12 percent of Hispanic immigrants owned their own businesses, compared to 10 percent of the entire U.S., and the gap is getting bigger.

Scott Kiplinger with the partnership says it covers a wide range of industries.

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Local & Regional
11:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Ballad of Oklahoma Education Funding

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's been decades since Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song, but his influence continues to reach people today — people like former teacher Robertson Brown, who taught art and art history for 14 years in Broken Arrow public schools.

A big Guthrie fan, Brown was a on a Tulsa Public Schools bus to the state capitol Monday when the inspiration for a song struck.

"There's a song called 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.' It has a really neat melody, and I just thought it kind of fit," Brown said. "We maybe messed with it for an hour.

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Local & Regional
7:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

VIDEO: TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard Speaks at Education Funding Rally

Dr. Keith Ballard spoke for nearly 10 minutes at today's education funding rally. He called teachers "heroes" and urged those at the rally to go into the capitol to talk to their representatives.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard gave an impassioned speech during today's education funding rally in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
7:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thousands Rally for State Education Funding at Oklahoma Capitol

Signs at Monday's education funding rally varied from anti-Janet Barresi slogans to pro-teacher messages, like this one.
Matt Trotter KWGS

Thousands of educators, parents and students rallied for more public school funding at the state capitol today.

Early estimates pegged the crowd around 25,000, and it looked every bit as large. Several educators and others spoke, but the standout was Warner Public Schools senior Erika Vinson, who compared her education to being a flower tended seed to blossom by master gardeners.

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Local & Regional
2:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

TU Computer Gaming Expo More Than Fun and Games

Credit Heartland Gaming Expo

The University of Tulsa hosts the second annual Heartland Gaming Expo this weekend.

It’s a showcase for computer game development in the state, and there’s a 24-hour competition for teams to build a game based on a surprise theme. Expo chair and computer sciences assistant professor Roger Mailler said those skills have scientific uses, too.

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Local & Regional
2:31 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Advisory Board Recommends Goal of Zero Traffic Deaths

Credit Vision Zero Initiative

  Tulsa’s Transportation Advisory Board recommends the city adopt an approach to traffic safety modeled after Vision Zero.

The traffic safety concept began in Sweden in 1997. Its goal is achieving zero fatalities through a combination of infrastructure improvements, vehicle technology, education and traffic monitoring.

TAB member Stephen Lassiter acknowledged that’s a lot to do.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ridesharing Service Uber Launches in Tulsa

Credit Uber

Tulsa joins nearly 90 markets worldwide covered by ridesharing service Uber.

Download Uber's Android or iPhone app, and a ride is a few taps away. The app connects riders with background checked, fully insured independent drivers. Uber Oklahoma General Manager Pooneer Kant said the company saw potential here.

"Tulsa's a growing city, it's a vibrant city, there's a lot of redevelopment going on, there's a lot of young professional activity going on, and so I think that people will really be surprised at how great this is as an alternative transportation option," Kant said.

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Local & Regional
3:38 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

River Task Force Talks Longterm Funding, Storm Water System

Credit KWGS News

Tulsa's river task force is trying to figure out how to pay for ongoing maintenance a system of low-water dams would need.

A tax increment financing district was one proposal, but those are better for building projects than they are for funding upkeep. Economic Development Coordinator Jim Coles said a business improvement district may work.

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Local & Regional
1:51 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Tulsa Chamber Workforce Initiative Gets Hard Data

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning helped crunch the numbers for the Tulsa Chamber's workforce analysis. The data show some imbalances within Tulsa, including in unemployment and labor participation rates.
Credit CAEL

Consultants working on the Tulsa Chamber’s workforce analysis project crunch the numbers to forecast growth through 2018 in different industries.

According to an analysis from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, aerospace is expected to grow 8 percent and manufacturing nearly 5 percent. Denise Reid with the chamber said the next step is finding workers for these jobs.

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