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
2:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Area Leaders Tour Low Water Dam Sites and the Levees

Gates on Zink Lake low water dam.
Credit KWGS News

The river task force takes a bus tour of the sites for proposed low-water dams and the levee system along the Arkansas. Tulsa City Councilor Jeannie Cue’s district includes much of the east and west river bank area. County and city leaders went along on the tour, and Cue says that’s important because all jurisdictions involved have to be on the same page.

A tax is being considered that would impact citizens in communities affected by projects that would help keep water in the river.

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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Nonprofits and Government Agencies Get Free CNG Conversions

Compressed Natural Gas selling for $1.87 in Tulsa.
Credit KWGS News

Eleven non-profits and government agencies get grants from the Apache Corporation to convert vehicles to compressed natural gas. It’s part of Apache’s neighborhood giving program. One recipient is the Tulsa Dream Center. Director Wendall Hope says the conversion is not something they could afford on their own.

Another non-profit getting the grant is the Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children. Spokesman Neal Wooldridge says he knows it will save money.

CNG is selling for less than two dollars for an equivalent gallon of unleaded gasoline which is above three dollars right now.

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Local & Regional
1:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Tulsa County Commissioners Okay Pay Hikes

All eight elected Tulsa County leaders are getting pay hikes.
Credit Tulsa County

Following up on action by the budget board, Tulsa County Commissioners today okay pay hikes for elected leaders, including themselves. The move gives eight county officials a salary boost of more than two thousand dollars annually to $104,498. Only John Smaligo’s deputy on behalf of his boss, voted against the hike. The deputy for Karen Keith and Commission Chairman Ron Peters voted yes. Peters says he feels like the increases are deserved, considering the work load and comparable salaries in the private sector. The pay hikes are retroactive to July 1st.

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Local & Regional
11:40 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Early Voting Starts Today

Early voting for runoff election set to begin.
Credit KWGS News

Early in-person absentee voting for the runoff election begins today. You may cast a ballot at 555 North Denver at the Tulsa County Election Board or at the satellite location at Hardesty Library on 93rd Street, just off Memorial. Hours are from 8am to 6pm Thursday and Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturday.

Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says this is the second time a satellite location…Hardesty Library…is being used for early voting. There is no early voting Monday. Polls will open on Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Depression Seminar Set for Tulsa

Seminar on Depression will be held in Tulsa.
Credit MHAO

The recent suicide of Robin Williams has people asking questions about depression. In Tulsa tomorrow afternoon, a seminar, free and open to the public, will teach people how to recognize the symptoms and what to do about it. Michael Brose is Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He says it’s important that people be able to ask THE QUESTION…Are you thinking about harming yourself or killing yourself?

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Local & Regional
1:48 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Tulsa County Leaders Discuss Jazz Hall Financial Woes

Members of the Tulsa County Industrial Authority hear a report on Jazz Hall of Fame late payments.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa County leaders get a report on the Jazz Hall of Fame lengthy record of late payments. The non-profit’s history of paying downtown assessments and property insurance months late frustrates county officials. Ron Peters is Chairman of the County Industrial Authority, and asked for a report on the Jazz Hall’s financial difficulties.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Marijuana Petitioners Near Goal

A booth for signing the medical marijuana petition
Credit Facebook

Signatures are being gathered up until almost the last moment, but those seeking legalization of medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma intend to turn in petitions tomorrow. Lisa Bowman is a spokeswoman with the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma. She believes the number of just over       150-thousand signatures will be reached, but they will have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Those supporting legalizing marijuana for medical purposes will rally at the state capitol tomorrow afternoon as petitions are turned over to the Secretary of State.

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Local & Regional
2:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In a Tulsa Visit, the Governor Details her Position on Cannabis Oil

Governor Mary Fallin at a Tulsa news event.
Credit KWGS News

In Tulsa today, Governor Mary Fallin clarifies her position on a call for a study on possibly legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes. Research shows it can be effective for treating some children who suffer seizures and strokes. She says it does NOT mean she is for legalizing medicinal marijuana.

She says she is just asking for a legislative study on the possible use of non-intoxicating cannabis oil for medical purposes and a recommendation from lawmakers.

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Local & Regional
2:40 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Video Gamers to Invade Tulsa Next Year

Charles McNamara with New Medio at the announcement of a Video Gaming Convention for Tulsa in 2015.
Credit KWGS News

Next year, Tulsa will host a Video Gaming Convention expected to bring thousands of people to town. Along with Visit Tulsa, one of the partners in the exposition is New Medio. Spokesman Charles McNamara says the XPO will connect video game makers and product makers with fans.

Up to five thousand people are expected to attend the gaming convention next October 1st through the 4th at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
7:35 am
Wed August 13, 2014

AUDIO: Hear Our Report on Emergency Responder Stress

In several recent cases, Oklahoma law officers have been arrested or investigated for everything from murder to rape to DUI. Michael Brose, Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, agrees law men and women, who are public figures, are held to high standards. Then there’s the life or death job pressure.

Brose says many larger metro departments provide help through employee assistance programs, but some officers are reluctant to seek that help, afraid it will adversely affect their careers or reputations.

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