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
1:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Tulsa's Annual Greek Festival Is Underway Downtown

Students dance at the 2014 Tulsa Greek Festival.
Credit KWGS News

There are many ethnic festivals in Tulsa throughout the year, but the ‘Granddaddy’ of them all is this weekend. Tulsa’s Greek Festival is billed as the city’s oldest. Reverend Deacon Michael Stevenson says this is the 54th year, and several thousand people attend the annual event each September, with as many as ten thousand or more served meals every year.

The festival also includes a live band, dancing, crafts, and costumes. It runs until 10 tonight and from 11am until 10pm tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th and Guthrie.

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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahomans Urged to Mail In Votes

Absentee ballots now available.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

With the mid-term congressional elections coming up, Oklahomans are being urged to vote by mail to avoid long lines on election day. Absentee applications are now being taken. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, you don’t need a special reason to do so.

You may download an application from the Tulsa County Election Board site or pick one up in person at the Board at 555 North Denver Avenue.

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Local & Regional
3:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Grades for Tulsa Public Schools are Out, and There are Too Many F's

State grades are in for TPS.
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The new district report cards are out, and Tulsa Public Schools didn’t do well. TPS has a total of 49 schools with failing grades, up from 36 last year. But District Spokesman Chris Payne says it’s not an apples to apples comparison because special ed and English language students weren’t given modified versions of achievement tests as in the past. He says it makes comparisons meaningless.

Payne calls the school grading system ‘deeply flawed’. Five schools received A’s, four got B’s, and seven C’s.

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tulsa County Looking for Federal Funds to Improve Owasso Intersection

Owasso City Hall
Credit Cowen Construction

Funds are being sought to improve an intersection in a rapidly growing area of Owasso. The intersection at 116th Street North and 129th East Avenue is owned and maintained by Tulsa County. Chief Engineer Tom Rains says it’s not adequate to handle the amount of daily traffic.

Traffic is controlled by a flashing yellow and red light, but Rains says widening and signalization is needed. Total cost of the project is more than $3.5 million.

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Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Vacant Problem Housing Being Demolished

One of the vacant quadplexes to be demolished.
Credit KWGS News

The city of Tulsa begins demolishing vacant dilapidated structures in an area frequented by criminals and vagrants. The abandoned quadplexes on 63rd just west of South Peoria are unkempt and unsafe, according to police and city leaders. Major Jonathan Brooks is with the division that patrols the area. He says the vacant run-down structures are havens for vagrants and criminal activity and make the entire neighborhood less safe.

The city started this week demolishing the first of several of the quadplexes which will be coming down.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Fatal Fire Termed Suspicious

Police are called in to investigate after a body is found in a burning house.
Credit Tulsa Fire Department

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in west Tulsa as a homicide. Firefighters found a person dead after being called to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 35-hundred block of West Easton this morning. Captain Stan May says investigators found some things just didn’t add up, so police were called.

Firefighters found the body in a bed at the back of the house. The victim was badly burned. It also appears utilities in the house weren’t hooked up and working. The investigation continues.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

The Jury Remains Out on Whether Jurors Will Be Called Next Week

No Tulsa County juries this week, and maybe not next week.
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There’s no jury duty call at the Tulsa County Courthouse this week, but there should be one next week. The cancellation comes because a faulty drainpipe flooded the courthouse basement during the big rainstorm last week. County Spokesman Michael Willis says it looks like all is on track to summon jurors next week as scheduled.

No one should report for jury duty this week. When a decision is made about next week, the information will be available by calling the court clerk or going to the Tulsa County website.

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Invited to 'Gathering Place' Groundbreaking

The Gathering Place groundbreaking is free and open to the public.
Credit A Gathering Place for Tulsa

If you want to get an idea what the ‘Gathering Place’ will look like and actually walk the grounds, later this month is your chance. Director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place project, Jeff Stava, says a groundbreaking for the $350 million park project is set for September 20th, and the public is invited.

It will be a picnic style event with food trucks, live music, and activities for children and families. It’s free and open to the public.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Jury Duty for Next Week Cancelled

Jury duty next week cancelled because of basement flooding.
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No jury duty in Tulsa County next week. The flooded basement has caused court officials to cancel the jury call for September 8th through the 12th. Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith says jurors who were summoned for next week should NOT report to the jury assembly room Monday.

The jury assembly room is in the basement which was flooded because of a faulty drainpipe and heavy rains earlier this week. Howe Smith says there is a chance jury duty for other weeks could be cancelled depending on how long clean-up and repair takes.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Those Cleaning Up After Storms Urged to Be Cautious in Heat and Humidity

Bartlesville area storm damage.
Credit American Red Cross-Tulsa

As a result of Monday night’s storms in Washington County, some are still without power, and some without homes. Initial assessments show 25 homes destroyed or with major damage and 128 others affected. A concern is for people out trying to clean up in this heat and humidity. Brian Jensen is Regional Red Cross Disaster Officer for Eastern Oklahoma. He says it’s important to stay hydrated and rest frequently. The Red Cross is providing a cooling station.

The cooling station where people can rest and get a meal is at the Bluestem Baptist Church in Dewey.

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