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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Tulsa Jail

There are too many mentally ill inmates in jail and prison who should be in a diversion or treatment program elsewhere. Tulsa County is tackling the problem by joining the national ‘Stepping Up’ initiative.

Juvenile Bureau Chief and former Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones is one of those helping form an action plan for the county. He says government can’t do it alone, there aren’t enough resources, so community and non-profits will be part of the effort.

A study will analyze gaps in mental health treatment and how best to use resources in efficient ways.

State of Oklahoma

As oil prices remain the lowest they’ve been in years, the governor speaks to energy sector leaders at a Pipeline and Energy Expo in Tulsa. As the price hovers around $40 a barrel, Governor Fallin expects more cuts, closures, and mergers.

She says Oklahoma has been through these energy depressions before and the governor says the energy economy will eventually rebound, but in the meantime, expect another lean budget year with more cuts likely. She says state leaders are already working on a spending plan that will include cuts and efficiencies to make ends meet.

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Tulsa schools begin classes next week, and some suburban districts have already begun. Tulsa Police remind drivers those school zones will be active once again. Sgt. Shane Tuel says they will be patrolled closely and there’s no tolerance for speeding motorists, or those going around stopped school buses with lights flashing.

The speed limit in school zones when sign lights are flashing is 25mph.

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A change is made to try and capture more money for the Tulsa County jail. County leaders adopt a resolution assigning jail expansion use taxes to a contribution fund for jail operations. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says previously the use tax dollars have gone for fairgrounds improvements. He says they should be going to jail operations instead.

Glanz says it could mean several thousand dollars a year more for a jail budget that is financially strapped, and could use every dollar.

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Police are called to Ted’s Hamburgers this morning where the long-time owner is found stabbed to death inside the restaurant. When reporting for duty today, co-workers found the body of 65-year-old James Coulson. Officer Leland Ashley says no motive was immediately apparent, and they have scant suspect information. Anyone who might know something is asked to call Crimestoppers.

Coulson is Tulsa’s 39th homicide of the year.

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The latest stats show no cases of West Nile virus in the Tulsa area. The County Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider says traps have turned up nearly three dozen mosquitoes infected with the virus, but no people here yet. Still citizens are being urged to take precautions since August is a month for high mosquito activity.

There have been nearly a dozen cases of West Nile in humans in the state this year, but none so far in Tulsa County. No deaths have occurred.

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Tulsa County leaders recognize the effort to end homelessness in the area, especially among veterans. Several groups are involved in ‘Project Zero 2016’. Mike Brose is Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He says in the first 30 days of the effort, 32 homeless veterans and 19 chronic homeless people were moved off the streets and out of shelters into permanent housing.

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After weeks of sniping over who should control jail funds, an interlocal agreement is signed by the Criminal Justice Authority, but not before more fireworks.

The deal outlines how jail funds will be administered, but it’s not to the liking of mayors in some communities, and they argued for amendments today, changes the county’s attorney said he would recommend against accepting. The deciding vote came from Glenpool’s Vice Mayor Momadou Ceesay, who wanted to end the stalemate.

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A new report is out, and to almost no one's surprise, Tulsa roads are among the worst in the nation.

The findings, released by a national transportation research group, shows 45 percent of Tulsa roadways in poor condition, and it shows they cause area motorists to spend more than $900 in additional operating costs due to vehicle deterioration.

"Not only does the motorist feel that they're getting jarred around by those rough roads, also very critically, the vehicles are getting kicked around by those rough roads," said Rocky Moretti with transportation research group TRIP.

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Even as a grand jury investigates the Tulsa Sheriff for possible problems with the reserve deputy program, the Office receives an award for its’ handling of undocumented aliens who have been arrested.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, present two awards to the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office for two inspections with no deficiencies. The awards are for the years 2013 and 2014.

Sheriff Glanz says Tulsa County has one of the highest successful rates of immigration cases in the nation.

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