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
12:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Muslim Day at the Capitol

Muslims will rally at the state capitol.
Credit State of Oklahoma

Muslims and members of other faith groups will rally and meet with lawmakers Friday. It’s the first annual Muslim Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Extra security will be on hand, and protests are expected. But Adam Soltani with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says there’s been an outpouring of support for the Muslim community.

Soltani says the goal is to encourage Oklahoma Muslims to be active participants in the democratic process.

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Local & Regional
10:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Precinct Officials on Alert for Illegal Electioneering

March 3rd special election coming up.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Voters, candidates, and campaign volunteers are being warned not to violate state election laws during the March 3rd special elections. You cannot work for or against any particular candidate, political party, or issue within 300 feet of the ballot box. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says that includes signs, buttons, and the like.

The March 3rd election includes Tulsa Public School bond issues, as well as questions for a handful of other school districts and cities in the county.

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Thu February 19, 2015

No New Flu Deaths in Tulsa County

The flu stats are in for Oklahoma.
Credit File photo

No new deaths from flu in Tulsa County in the past week, but statewide the number increased by two up to 84 deaths in Oklahoma this flu season. Those 65 and older have been hit hard this year, according to the Tulsa Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider.

The Health Department does have vaccine available free to those without insurance or the ability to pay.

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Local & Regional
10:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Jail Deal Reaches Impasse

Credit KWGS File Photo

Negotiations on a jail deal reach an impasse that prompts Tulsa County to drop talks on an agreement. County leaders say proposed changes by the city of Tulsa are unacceptable. Commissioner Ron Peters says while the county and Criminal Justice Authority have signed off on a deal, the city has refused to do so.

Peters says the jail will continue to house municipal inmates as long as the city pays the daily rate determined by county commissioners.

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Local & Regional
2:25 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Texting While Driving Ban Passes Committee

Lawmakers take on texting while driving.
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee. Triple-A Oklahoma has been lobbying for such a ban the last several legislative sessions. Spokesman Chuck Mai is glad to see movement on the measure, which has failed in each past attempt at the state capitol. He says statistics show those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, and it’s one of the most dangerous things you can engage in while behind the wheel.

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Local & Regional
12:14 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa County Leaders Consider Closing Swimming Pools

O'Brien Park Pool is one of those recommended for closing.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

Tulsa County leaders have through March to decide whether to close three of the county owned and operated outdoor swimming pools. Parks Director Richard Bales made the difficult decision to recommend closing because of the cost and dwindling use of the pools for a few weeks each summer.

In addition, the pools are old, and Bales says they need thousands of dollars in repairs. If County Commissioners say yes…O’Brien, LaFortune, and Chandler pools would not open for the summer season. Only the Glenpool facility would open.

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Local & Regional
12:11 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Tulsans Get Free Dental Care

Patients wait at the Cox Center for free dental care.
Credit KWGS News

More than two thousand people are expected to get free dental care in Tulsa today and tomorrow at the Mission of Mercy’s annual event for Oklahomans. You don’t need insurance and you don’t need an appointment. Tulsa Dentist Dr. Riger Wood is Chairman of the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy. He says the clinic provides care for those without resources or insurance to get needed dental work.

The event is today and tomorrow at the Cox Business Center downtown. Care is provided on a first come, first served basis.

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Local & Regional
5:51 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Former Arrow Chief Headed to Prison

File photo of potential buyers look off Arrow Trucking tractors at Fair Meadows in 2010.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Former Arrow Trucking CEO, Doug Pielsticker, changes his original plea on two federal charges.

At a change of plea hearing in Tulsa federal court Wednesday, Pielsticker changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on a $25.6 million conspiracy charge as well as to a charge of lying on his taxes. 

He originally faced 23 federal charges, but according to an U.S. assistant district attorney, his charges were reduced to only these two in a plea deal. 

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Local & Regional
12:07 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Tulsa's New Superintendent Visits Schools, Parents, and the Media

New School Superintendent Deborah Gist at Disney Elementary.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa’s soon-to-be School Superintendent is in town visiting schools and meeting parents. Dr. Deborah Gist met with the media while touring Disney Elementary. She comes here from Rhode Island, but attended Memorial High School and has family in Tulsa. She says first priority is to listen to what Tulsans have to say about public education. As a large urban district, Tulsa presents challenges, but Gist says she’s had a passion for urban districts throughout her career.

Gist will take over when Keith Ballard retires at the end of the school year.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Body Found Floating in Tulsa Park Pond

Tulsa police wait for the dive team at an Owen Park pond.
Credit KWGS News

A man walking his dog spots a body floating in a pond at Owen Park near the IDL. George Hickle says at first he thought the nude man’s body was a mannequin, but when he realized it was a human body he called 9-1-1. He’s lived in the area 20 years, and says it’s usually pretty quiet…but admits nothing surprises him anymore.

Police say there did appear to be some trauma to the body, but the medical examiner will have to determine the exact cause of death.

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