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
12:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Quik Trip Opening Marks an Expansion of Stores and Food Offerings for the Tulsa-Based Corporation

QuikTrip opens new stores.
Credit facebook

The newest Quik Trip opens tomorrow, and it includes the latest innovation from the Tulsa-based company: an in-house kitchen. QT Corporation Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says all new stores include kitchens, and older stores are being retrofitted with working kitchens. He says gasoline sales peaked several years ago, and tobacco sales have dropped significantly, so expanding food offerings is the next logical step.

Tulsa’s newest store is at 91st and South Mingo. The company now has 700 stores in eleven states.

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Local & Regional
2:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Friday is Voter Registration Deadline

Friday is registration deadline.

If you want to cast a ballot in the August 26th run-off election, you have only until Friday to register. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you may sign up to be on the voting rolls at tag offices, at the Election Board headquarters on North Denver, or by going on-line to the Election Board website. The forms must be mailed by midnight Friday or in the office by the 5pm closing time Friday.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s race will be decided in the Republican run-off. It’s Steve Kunzweiler versus Fred Jordan.

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Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Police Looking to Bust Copper Thieves

Police want to solve a rash of copper wire thefts.
Credit KWGS News

Police are on the lookout for copper thieves who have been stealing wires from street lights on highways. Officer Leland Ashley says there have been at least a half dozen reports recently of copper wire thefts. He says it presents a hazard to citizens by reducing needed highway lighting and also can be dangerous for the thieves themselves.

It’s also costly for the city of Tulsa to have to repair the lights. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Botched Arizona Execution Renews Death Penalty Debate in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Execution viewing area at McAlester State Penitentiary.
Credit Oklahoma DOC

Another botched execution, this time in Arizona, renews debate over the death penalty. The condemned inmate, Joseph Wood, took nearly two hours to die, gasping and snorting after lethal drugs were administered. Tulsa Law Professor Lyn Entzeroth is a recognized national expert on capital punishment. She agrees this latest episode, three months after a botched execution in Oklahoma, will add to the scrutiny over the death penalty in the U-S.

                              

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Local & Regional
1:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tulsans to Celebrate the Center of the Universe

Second Center of the Universe Festival set Friday and Saturday.
Credit Center of the Universe Festival-Facebook

A big music and arts festival will be held in downtown Tulsa this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend the second annual Center of the Universe Festival which features more than a hundred bands over two days in the Brady Arts District. Co-Founder Phil Kaiser says a portion of the proceeds will go back into the community. Also some of the proceeds will go to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit that benefits Oklahoma music artists in times of need.                                 

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Local & Regional
1:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Beware of Scams Regarding the 'Border Kids'

Undocumented kids are being held at Ft. Sill.
Credit Fort Sill

Tulsans are being warned about scams surrounding human trafficking, especially in regard to undocumented children being held at Fort Sill. Sheriff’s Major Shannon Clark cautions citizens to be wary of groups claiming to be helping the children or any victims of human trafficking.

Clark says check out any organization soliciting funds to make sure they are legitimate before handing over any money.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking Set for New Deputies Training Center

Ilustration of Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center
Credit Tulsa Sheriff's Office

Tomorrow ground will be broken for construction of Tulsa County’s new ‘Sheriff Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center’. Undersheriff     Tim Albin says the concept is for a regional facility to train Tulsa deputies, but also those from smaller jurisdictions.

The facility will include a dispatch center, a shooting range, a driver training track, classrooms, and living quarters. Construction on 66th Street North is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Port Reaches Tonnage Milestone

Port of Catoosa ships 75 million tons of cargo.
Credit Port of Catoosa

Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa reaches a milestone. Since opening more than 40 years ago, the inland waterway has now shipped 75 million tons of cargo. Port Director Bob Portiss says even building the facility showed a lot of faith because many didn’t think an inland waterway would work in Tulsa.

An upgrade to the dock is underway that should double the capacity for dry cargo shipments.

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Local & Regional
12:42 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Community Corrections Supervisors Honored

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Professionals
Credit KWGS News

Those who help keep criminal offenders out of jail or prison through a variety of pretrial, probation, and parole programs are recognized. An official proclamation honors those who are in charge of people on community supervision. Sherri Carrier is County Court Services Director. She says they’re responsible for helping people get on the right path and stay there by helping them find jobs, housing, treatment, and support.

In times of tight budgets and jail overcrowding, Tulsa County leaders say the pretrial, probation, and parole programs are more important than ever.

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Local & Regional
11:32 am
Thu July 10, 2014

West Nile Virus in Oklahoma

First case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Oklahoma.

The first West Nile case in Oklahoma this year has been confirmed in Major County. So far there are no reported infections in Tulsa County, but it is very early in the season. Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department says testing will continue for several months.

People are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, a mosquito-borne illness. Many people don’t even know when they’ve been infected, but in some, the disease can be extremely serious.

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