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
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

A National Expert Predicts Continued Economic Growth for Oklahoma and the Nation in 2015

The annual OSU Spears School of Business and Regional Chamber's Economic Outlook Conference is held in Tulsa.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa area business leaders hear a fairly rosy economic prediction for the state and nation in 2015. Growth will continue at an even faster pace through the next year is the expectation of Scott Colbert, Chief Economist for Commerce Bank.

He says the big driving factors are increasing employment and low interest rates. And he says even falling energy prices should not keep down consumer growth. Colbert was keynote speaker at the Tulsa Chamber and OSU Spears School of Business Economic Outlook Conference.

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Local & Regional
10:48 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Man Dies After a Fall from the Top of a Tulsa Hotel

Police investigate after a man's body is found in a downtown street.
Credit KWGS News

A man is dead after a fall from the top of the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. Police Captain Steve Odom says officers responding to calls of a body lying in the middle of Cheyenne Street found the man dead. He had suffered massive trauma. Odom says there’s no evidence of foul play,  and suicide is the most likely scenario, but investigators have to consider all options.

Detectives do apparently have surveillance video of the man on the roof of the hotel before his body was discovered on the street below.

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Fri December 5, 2014

An Official Announcement Is Made on a Planned Outlet Mall in West Tulsa

Illustrations show the proposed look for a new Tulsa Outlet Mall.
Credit KWGS News

Developers of one of the three outlet malls planned for Tulsa announce some details. Tulsa Premium Outlets is the only one of the three being built on the west side, at Highway 75 and 61st Street. Simon, the developer of Woodland Hills Mall, is behind this project. Company Exec Mark Silvestri says shops will be up-scale, but he isn’t ready to name any prospects yet. The 400-thousand square foot shopping mall will be built in two phases.

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Local & Regional
12:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Tulsa's Library System Gets a Prestigious Award

CEO Gary Schaffer talks about the Oklahoma Quality Award the Tulsa Library System received from the state.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa library system gets a prestigious award from the state. The Tulsa library is the first library system in the state to win an Oklahoma Quality Award for Pursuit of Excellence. It recognizes organizations and businesses for achievement in quality, performance, and best practices. Gary Schaffer is Library CEO. He says libraries are still very popular, and they’re always looking for ways to make each branch helpful and easier for users.

The Quality Award Foundation program helps both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

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Local & Regional
11:35 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Interim Public Defender Named

Rob Nigh.
Credit Brewster law firm

A well-known attorney is named interim Tulsa County Public Defender.    Rob Nigh has been associated with some high profile cases in the past,  including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Baby Veronica case, and the Good Friday shootings in Tulsa. He came to Tulsa 20 years ago to be an assistant public defender, now he will take the top job in the office on an interim basis.

Nigh will serve in the Chief Defender’s post while a search is on for a permanent successor. Nigh says he doesn’t intend to be a candidate for the post on a permanent basis.

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Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Citywide Holiday Food Drive Kicks Off

Tulsa city leaders, fire, and police officers kick off the 'Stock the Station' food drive.
Credit KWGS News

For the rest of the month, Tulsa police and fire stations, and other city facilities will accept donations for the ‘Stock the Station’ holiday food drive. The non-perishable items go to the needy served by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Director Eileen Bradshaw says it’s a time of year when people are thinking about those less fortunate. She says the need this year is greater than ever.

The food drive runs through the end of this month. 

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Edison Breaks Ground for a New Collegiate Center

Superintendent Keith Ballard and other Education Officials turn dirt for start of construction at Edison Prep School.
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Education leaders break ground on a new Collegiate Center for Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa.

The $4.4 million bond-funded facility will include lecture and testing halls, new classrooms, a computer research lab, and a study lounge. It’s designed for students preparing to transition to college. The building will also have two safe rooms built to FEMA standards to provide shelter during severe weather. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2015.

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Local & Regional
2:14 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma Justice Reform Being Revisited

Credit Justice Dept.

With Oklahoma’s prison population at 98% and county jails bulging, Governor Mary Fallin’s Office is re-visiting justice reform. She’s talking with a non-profit that helps states implement justice reinvestment programs. Gene Perry, with the Oklahoma Policy Institute, believes some lawmakers are taking a second look at the state’s approach to criminal justice.

Oklahoma locks up more people per capita than any other state.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thousands of Oklahomans to Travel Over Thanksgiving

AAA predicts higher numbers traveling this Thanksgiving holiday.
Credit AAA

This Thanksgiving holiday, Triple-A predicts more travelers on roadways and in airplanes than during any Thanksgiving in the past seven years. Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says the main reason, low gas prices. He says it’s likely there will be more than half a million Oklahomans driving, and another 50-thousand flying.

Predictions are more than 46-million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home over the holiday.

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Local & Regional
1:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Keystone Dam Bridge Re-Opens

A ribbon is cut to mark the re-opening of the Keystone Dam Bridge.
Credit KWGS News

After being closed to traffic more than a year, the Highway 151A Bridge over the Keystone Dam re-opens today. Chief of Operations for the Army Corps of Engineers, Earl Groves, says it was a complicated and expensive process, but the new bridge should greatly reduce vibrations and wear and tear from large trucks that travel over it. The $15.6 million dollar project was jointly funded by the Corps and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The original bridge over the dam lasted 50 years, and Groves hopes this one will last that long as well.

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