Marshall Stewart

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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Cherokee Nation Health Services adopts a program to educate patients on alternative ways other than antibiotics to heal common illnesses. According to the U-S Centers for Disease Control, antibiotics are often misused for illnesses like flu and the common cold. Medical Director for W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital, Dr. Sharon Smallwood, says the tribe is using the CDC guidelines to help educate patients and staff on the proper use of antibiotics.

The tribe will use the guidelines to more closely monitor the use of antibiotics by patients in all Cherokee Nation health facilities.

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A ‘Walk for Freedom’ will be held Saturday in Tulsa, part of an international event to draw attention to victims of human trafficking. Meg Weinkauf is an organizer of this weekend’s Walk. She says OSBI statistics show nearly 100 men, women, and children were human or sexually trafficked in Oklahoma in 2016, and hundreds more cases go unreported.

Tulsa’s first ever Walk for Freedom is Saturday at Veteran’s Park beginning at 9am. Similar events are scheduled in hundreds of cities across 50 nations.

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Progress proceeds on Tulsa’s new Family Justice Center. An agreement is okayed this week to remove waste from the former Storey Wrecker site, which will be the new home of the Family Justice Center. Justin Jones is the current Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau Director. He says after an underground storage tank is removed, it’s full speed ahead with construction documents and then a ground breaking by spring of next year.

It’s taken years to get a site since voters okayed funds for a new justice center, but Jones says all is on track for a September 2019 grand opening.

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An interfaith vigil will be held in Tulsa tonight for victims of the Las Vegas shootings. The event at All Souls Unitarian Church is co-hosted by Moms Demand Action. Senior Minister at the Church, Reverend Marlin Lavanhar, says the vigil is to come together to grieve but also to demand action against senseless deaths and gun violence. Moms Demand Action is a group formed after the Sandy Hook shootings of 20 elementary school students. The organization calls for what group members term ‘sensible gun control’ measures.

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Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center in Tulsa opens a new simulation teaching facility containing the largest program of its’ kind in the state. The Tandy Simulation Center uses life-like computer programmed ‘manikins’ that can imitate almost any medical emergency.                                   

The four-story, 84-thousand square foot Tandy Building contains teaching exam rooms, a medicine lab, conference rooms, and lecture halls.

The grand opening and dedication were held today.

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With Fall officially here, the Tulsa Health Department will begin offering flu shots next week. Ellen Niemitalo is Health Department of Manager of Clinic Services. She says a vaccination is the best way to avoid or mitigate the effects of flu. A shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older.

The shots will be available at Tulsa County clinics beginning Monday. You can go online to the Health Department website or call to get hours or make appointments.

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Churches, a college, and businesses come together to form a Cathedral District on the southern edge of downtown Tulsa. The area, named for six historic churches located there, will join other districts downtown in an attempt at revitalization and to draw new development. Gordy Guest is  C-E-O of Cyntergy and co-chair of the group organizing the district.

While urban renewal decades ago eliminated a lot of historic buildings and infrastructure in the area, Guest says the parking lots and open spaces now make it attractive for new development.

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The latest numbers are in, and Tulsa County leads the state in the number of hospitalizations due to West Nile Virus. Jamie Dukes with the Oklahoma Department of Health says Tulsa is leading the way in the number of cases of the mosquito borne illness reported this year. Of the 19 cases reported statewide, five are in Tulsa County, four in Oklahoma County. The only death attributed to West Nile was in Pottawatomie County.

While we are moving into fall, the mosquito season isn’t over. Dukes says it’s still important to cover up, use Deet, and dump any standing water.

The largest small equine competition in the world will be held in Tulsa over the next several days. The American Miniature Horse Registry National Show is at Expo Square through September 17th. Susan Galloway is Marketing Manager for the American Shetland Pony Club. She says there will be 1700 horses competing in 435 different classes. The competition ranges from ‘beautiful halter’ to ‘driving classes’ and jumping. It’s held at Expo Square and admission is free.

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Hundreds of people line up at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa today to audition for the new season of American Idol. Hopefuls include people from all around the region. Some say they’re just there for the experience, others seek stardom like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Tulsa is one of 19 stops around the country. The show was cancelled before the 2015-2016 season, but ABC reached a deal to revive it for the new 2017-2018 season.

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There are nearly 40 unsolved homicides still being worked in Tulsa County, some dating back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. Members of a special Cold Case Task Force will be available to meet with members of the public or take information at the new Crimestopper’s Office in Promenade Mall through September. One of the investigators is former Tulsa Police homicide detective Mike Huff, along with former F-B-I, Sheriff’s, and other jurisdiction’s officers…more than 20 in all. Members of the team will be available at Promenade every Tuesday in September.                                      

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The federal government is offering loans to businesses and homes damaged or destroyed in this month’s tornadoes. While only a handful of homes were hit by the twisters, nearly 150 businesses sustained some sort of damage. They will be getting help in the form of low interest loans from the Small Business Administration. Joseph Kralicek is Deputy Director of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency. He says the loans are fast-tracked but since they are loans, although at low-interest, they will have to be paid back.

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There’s work underway on the third floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse. A holding cell facility is being constructed in response to the city of Tulsa’s decision to turn the current holding area into a municipal jail. County Commission Chairman Ron Peters says there’s not much time, the city wants the county out of the current holding facility by mid-September. Peters says they’re working on ways to keep inmate numbers down in the holding cell area by using teleconferencing and improving communication with the Public Defender’s Office.                                      

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Did you see it? Most Americans at least took a glance at the total solar eclipse. In Oklahoma there was about 90% coverage. We have been able to predict eclipses, their exact paths, and timing for many years. But Tulsa Planetarium Director Bob Ferguson says the Mayan Civilization was able to predict eclipses hundreds of years ago working with just sticks and stones and their primitive science.

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Law officers and safety agencies warn drivers classes are beginning this week and next in the Tulsa area, and it’s time to strictly obey laws in school zones. It’s not only speeding and reckless driving rules that will be enforced. The Triple A’s Mark Madeja says distracted driving while on an electronic device like an I-phone is a growing problem. He says focus on driving, especially around school zones and school buses.

Sheriff’s deputies and other law officers say there will be NO tolerance when enforcing laws in school zones.

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After providing all the security right after the Sunday tornado, Tulsa police are backing off some now that cleanup is well underway. Spokesman Sargent Shane Tuell  says the responsibility for security is falling to business and property owners. Many have hired private firms to provide 24-hour security on their damaged property.

Sargent Tuell says it doesn’t mean there isn’t a high profile police presence in the storm ravaged area. They will remain extra vigilant in the shopping and industrial business damage corridor as long as necessary.

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County Commissioners pass a resolution that would double the amount the city of Tulsa pays annually to hold municipal inmates. The vote wasn’t unanimous. The rate will be $69 dollars a day per inmate…the same fee U-S Marshals pay. Commissioner John Smaligo says it’s still not enough. He pushed for a flat rate that could have boosted the city share to $3.5-million annually.

But Commission Chair Ron Peters has been working with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum on the long running dispute, and he wants to resolve the issue.

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One more week! County leaders say they’ll give the city of Tulsa that much time before finally unilaterally imposing municipal inmate rates regardless of a new jail contract agreement. It’s a dispute that’s been going on for years, and all three County Commissioners say they’ve had enough. John Smaligo’s been pushing for a flat rate that is unacceptable to the city. Despite that, Commission Chair Ron Peters says he believes he will have a compromise agreement with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum by next week.

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At a time when cutbacks are hurting many medical facilities, a Tulsa psychiatric hospital is expanding.

Ground is broken for a new state-of-the-art patient care treatment center  at Parkside in Tulsa. Robert Farris is chairman of the campaign that raised $38-million for the new facility. He says at a time many hospitals are cutting back or curtailing some services, Parkside is doing just the opposite, stepping up and expanding to treat more patients.

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With less than a month until the start of classes, the Tulsa Public School District is still looking for teachers. Job hopefuls attend a TPS career fair at Rogers High School. There are still about 60 teaching positions to fill, according to the District’s Cherie Crosby. She says applicants don’t need to have a current teaching certificate, they can help qualified applicants with obtaining an emergency certificate.

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There is a critical blood shortage and the American Red Cross is putting out the call for donors. Jan Hale with the Red Cross in Tulsa says many people responded to a call earlier this month, but more blood is needed. Summer is a difficult time to keep supplies up because families are on vacation and kids are out of school.

Interested donors can go on-line at RedCross.org or call to make an appointment. Anyone who gives blood between now and August 31st will be mailed a $5 Target e-giftcard.

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A change in location for the District Attorney’s Supervision Office should make it easier to find and will save Tulsa County money. D-A Steve Kunzweiler says the relocation will save taxpayers $72-thousand a year.

The Supervision Department oversees defendants on court-ordered probation and provides bogus check collection services to business owners and victims. The move from 5th Street to the courthouse first floor was accomplished under budget and ahead of schedule.

Tulsa County

The Tulsa Sheriff seeks a grant to start a Community Engagement Board. The $125-thousand dollar grant would create a Community Engagement Advisory Board for Tulsa County. Sheriff Vic Regalado says it’s not exactly a civilian review panel, but it’s close. He says it will open up closer two-way communication directly with citizens.

The County has tried twice before to get the Oklahoma Attorney General Safe Oklahoma grant but has been turned down in previous attempts. Sheriff Regalado is hopeful third time is the charm.

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Results of a regional workforce study show Tulsa is poised for growth, but closer cooperation is needed between educators and business to meet needs. The study, commissioned by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, is by Site Selection Group of Dallas. Chris Schwinden with SSG says while entry level employees can be found, it’s tougher to get highly skilled workers. He says the report shows the area has a high number of under-employed at 13.5%...and that’s where companies will find workers to meet future needs.

Other benefits for Tulsa include short commute times and cost advantages.

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While more research is needed, efforts to manage the potential risk of induced earthquakes not associated with wastewater injection wells are showing some positive results, say officials with the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC).

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A study released today shows the economic impact of the non-profit arts industry on the Tulsa region. The bottom line, non-profit arts and culture organizations add $22-million-dollars to local and state government revenues, and support nearly eight-thousand jobs. Tulsa City Councilor  Phil Lakin says that’s important.

He says the arts are not only important to the quality of life of Tulsans, but also to the local economy. 

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Tulsa County settles with a former top deputy in the deposed Sheriff Stanley Glanz administration. An agreement is reached with former Captain Billy McKelvey in his lawsuit. Assistant District Attorney Doug Wilson says it allows the county to confess judgement without admitting any liability.

McKelvey was one of several administrators who were fired, retired,  or resigned after the Reserve Deputy Bob Bates scandal that led to the downfall of Glanz. McKelvey will get more than $137-thousand in the judgement.

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A Tulsa judge rules the lawsuit against the sale of Helmerich Park may continue. The judge today refused to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling against the city’s motion that the citizens did NOT have status to file the suit.

It means the challenge to selling a portion of the park along Riverside Drive for commercial purposes may go forward. A hearing is scheduled later this month.

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Tulsa’s Sheriff says last week’s officer involved deadly shooting shows why more funding and resources are needed to deal with the mentally ill. The investigation into the shooting death is continuing, but Sheriff Vic Regalado says it points out the difficulties in dealing with those suffering from mental illness. He says the workload for deputies in the mental health unit has doubled in the past few years, but resources and funding from state and federal government has been severely cut, ‘leaving us behind the 8-ball’.

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Tulsa police and sheriff's deputies, some in riot gear, were called to  the scene of a deadly officer involved shooting at 46th street north and MLK, Jr. Blvd. Reports are a man with knives entered a store there, and perceiving a threat to customers, officers fired. The man died later at a hospital. A large crowd gathered, at times shouting obscenities and surging toward  officers behind the crime scene tape. Things  escalated and then calmed , but the crowd and officers remained on the scene several hours after the shooting.    

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