Marshall Stewart

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter & All Things Considered anchor

Marshall Stewart comes to KWGS after more than 30 years in radio news. He’s been an anchor, editor, producer, and reporter with a focus on government stories. He’s the recipient of numerous state awards and a 2006 Edward R. Murrow national award.

The Air Force veteran is a Ponca City native and Oklahoma State University alum and the proud father of three children and granddad to three granddaughters.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tulsa Police Set Gun Recovery Record

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Tulsa Police set a record for recovering guns from lawbreakers with a crackdown on gangs. Officer Leland Ashley says the Organized Gang Unit has confiscated 177 firearms this year, beating the previous record of 163 in 2009.

A Safe Tulsa grant helped pay for officers’ time in the gun recovery effort. The grant money is earmarked strictly for fighting criminal street gangs.

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Local & Regional
1:15 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Meeting Set on Skiatook Lake Water Level Woes

Skiatook Dam
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Skiatook Lake keeps shrinking, recently reaching its’ lowest level since the mid-80’s impoundment of the lake. Sara Goodeyon with the Army Corps of Engineers, says the drought is mostly to blame. She says a meeting will be held later this month with stakeholders to talk about the situation.

The October 24th meeting will include stakeholders such as water users, marina owners and the like, along with representatives of federal, state, and tribal agencies. It is not open to the public however.

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Local & Regional
10:58 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Another 4.3 Quake Strikes in the Cushing Area

A second 4.3 earthquake is recorded in the Cushing area this week.
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A 4.3 earthquake strikes near Cushing, the second 4.3 magnitude this week in the Cushing area. Those quakes are strong enough to be felt miles away, and are of concern to emergency managers. Jeff Kuhn is Emergency Management Director for Payne County. He says with cooler weather, people are being asked to check chimneys for damage before lighting them up.

There are also a lot of pipelines in the Cushing area, and there is worry they could be damaged by one of these larger quakes. Kuhn says crews check the lines after any quakes large enough to possibly do damage.

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Local & Regional
10:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tulsa Health Leaders Seek to Calm Fears about Ebola

There’s renewed concern now that the first person on U.S.  soil diagnosed with Ebola has died in Dallas. There’s concern, but also a lot of misinformation is going around about the lethal virus.

The Tulsa Health Department has facts and what you need to know on its’ website at www.tulsa-health.org. Elizabeth Nutt with the Tulsa Department agrees with the experts that a large outbreak in the U.S.  is unlikely.

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Local & Regional
12:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

A Tulsa Company Related to the Petroleum Industry Expands

The ribbon is cut on an expansion and renovation of D&L Tool.
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A Tulsa company that provides tools for oil exploration dedicates an eight million dollar renovation and expansion. With business booming in the petroleum industry, D&L Tool needed more room and an equipment upgrade. Dan Eslicker is D&L’s Vice President of Operations. He says the current facility has been expanded, a new warehouse and new state of the art machinery have been added.

The company has also experienced a 250% increase in employees in the past five years. State and area officials attended the company’s ribbon cutting ceremony in West Tulsa.    

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Time Running Out to Register to Vote

Registration deadline one week away.
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Time is running out for you to register if you want to vote in the November 4th general election. Congressional, state, and local races are on the ballot, but Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you only have a week left to register. She says you can get the proper forms at any tag office, the board headquarters, or online at tulsacounty.org. Registration forms must be into the election board by midnight Friday, October 10th.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Tulsa Councilor is Learning Ways to Spend Tax Dollars More Efficiently

Councilor Bynum studies Money Ball for Government.
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A Tulsa leader studies ways to better spend your money. District 9 Representative G.T. Bynum is the only city councilor in the nation invited to be part of Money Ball for Government. It’s a program used successfully elsewhere, finding more efficient ways to spend tax dollars by finding strategies than work and discarding those that don’t. Bynum says it’s a practice used successfully in several other cities.

He says being part of this program should make Tulsa one of the national leaders in performance based budgeting.

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Local & Regional
3:10 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Grant to Help Fight Crime at 61st and Peoria

A Bryne Crime Innovation Grant is awarded to analyze problems in a South Tulsa neighborhood.
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The city gets a grant to analyze crime and form a plan to reduce it in a troubled South Tulsa neighborhood.The $100,000 Byrne Crime Innovation grant for the 61st and Peoria neighborhood is announced at the South Tulsa Community House. Police Major Jonathon Brooks says some headway’s already been made in reducing crime in the area, but this study will give an in-depth look at underlying problems and what to do about them. After a stragetic plan is developed, Tulsa will apply for an implementation grant which could be up to a million dollars.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tulsa County Sets Rates, but Still Can't Agree with the City Over Inmate Costs

An extension for jail costs causes a new argument over how much the city of Tulsa should pay.
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Tulsa County leaders establish daily jail costs and booking fees, and argue over what the city will pay for a one month extension of the jail contract. The current agreement between the city of Tulsa and County’s been extended through October, but Commissioner John Smaligo isn’t happy with what the city will pay for housing inmates during the extra month. He says the city’s offer of $50-thousand for the one month is unrealistic, and should be based on the rates set by the county. Other commissioners agreed to the city offer for the month extension.

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Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

At a Tulsa Pharmacy, Oklahoma Kicks Off an Anti-Smurfing Campaign

Officials launch the Anti-Smurfing Campaign outside a Tulsa pharmacy.
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Oklahoma embarks on an anti-smurfing campaign. Smurfing is the criminal practice of buying cold or allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to knowingly or unknowingly sell them to meth cooks. The anti-smurfing initiative is kicked off in Tulsa with State Senator Rick Brinkley, author of a law limiting pseudoephedrine sales.  He wants people to know smurfing is a serious criminal offense.

The campaign will inform consumers about smurfing through signs and handouts displayed at pharmacies throughout the state.

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