Marshall Stewart

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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There have already been cases of carbon monoxide poisonings in Tulsa this year, even though the first bitter cold weather has just arrived. Joe Ringer with EMSA in Tulsa says when homeowners first fire up the heater, it’s a dangerous time if there’s a leak. He says a working CO detector is a good idea to help keep the family safe. He also recommends having a professional check out your heating system. Symptoms of CO poisoning are nausea, headaches, dizziness, and eventually unconsciousness....

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Green is one of the colors of Christmas, and you’re being encouraged to ’go green’ as in environmentally friendly when buying gifts this year. The Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s Lauran Drummond says the 2016 top ten green gift list is out. The list includes a $25 donation to Up With Trees where the group will plant a tree in your gift recipient’s honor, a reusable water bottle, and a recycled Stupid Sock Creatures kit. The gift list can be viewed at METrecycle.com.

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City Hall, family and friends say "thank you" to Jack Henderson at his final Tulsa City Council meeting. After 14 years on the city’s governing board, Henderson is leaving, defeated in his last bid for re-election. He hasn’t decided for sure what he will do next, but says he intends to remain involved in the community. Henderson is the longest serving African-American in the history of Tulsa city government. He will be replaced in District One by Vanessa Hall-Harper who defeated him in the...

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The cash-strapped Oklahoma Highway Patrol, to save money, is limiting daily driving by Troopers. Starting this week, OHP officers can drive no more than 100 miles per day. OHP Trooper Dwight Durant says in Tulsa County they’ll still be able to patrol during heavy traffic times, but after that daily operations will likely be impacted. Durant says troopers will remain focused on public safety, and there will be some leeway in emergency situations. A hiring freeze is already implemented at the...

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A rally will be held Wednesday in support of Tulsa’s minority communities who feel they’re under attack in the current political climate. The rally will be held at 11am at Liberator’s Park on the Jewish Federation’s Zarrow campus. Tulsa Jewish Federation Director Drew Diamond says it’s in response to the increase in hate speech and harassment across the country. He says it’s a call to action for those who truly believe in the Golden Rule. The rally is sponsored by the Coalition for the...

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Tulsa County leaders will kick in some money for a park system master plan, but not without some controversy over possible consolidation. County Commissioners, in a split vote, agree to participate in funding a study, but there are concerns a park consolidation would benefit the city of Tulsa at the expense of the county. Private funds have been contributed, and chairman of Tulsa’s Leadership Vision, John O’Conner believes it’s important to finish the master plan. He says it could save...

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John 3:16 Thanksgiving food basket giveaway is underway. This year, the non-profit received enough donated turkeys for the baskets, but Pastor Steve Whitaker says they still need canned goods for all the trimmings. Things like green beans, dressing mix, cranberries, and other holiday goodies are still requested to fill all the baskets. The basket giveaways continue through Wednesday afternoon. Free meals at John 3:16’s shelter will be Tuesday evening through Sunday evening.

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Ground is broken for a new Osage Nation Casino and Hotel in north Tulsa. A prayer in the Osage language is said during groundbreaking ceremonies on 36th Street North next to the existing casino. Byron Bighorse is CEO of Osage Casinos, and he says the project will help spur development in an area of North Tulsa seeking growth. The new casino features 15-hundred state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines, a sports bar and restaurant, and full service brew pub. The hotel has 126 guest rooms....

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It’s the time of year when people order gifts online or through the mail and have them delivered. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when ‘porch pirates’ drive through neighborhoods and steal them. Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley says the package thefts do increase in the holiday season. He suggests having a trusted neighbor pick up your package or having it delivered at a time when you know someone is home. Or even have it held at the delivery company office until you can pick it up...

Thousands line the parade route. Planes leading colored smoke trails fly above Tulsa’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade. This year’s theme was ‘Strong then, strong now…honoring female veterans’. Brenda Baker is Senior Vice Commandant of Marine Corps League Albert E. Schwab Detachment #857. With women taking on an increasing role in the military, things are a lot different from when she was in during Vietnam. She says although she was in charge of the armory for the Security unit, she wasn’t even...

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Record early voting and high turnouts in the last two Presidential elections prompt optimism for lots of ballot casting Tuesday. While races for President always bring out voters, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says the top of the ballot race isn’t the only issue of interest. She mentions the seven state questions and some local and county races that have prompted lots of discussion. Bryant hopes for 75% turnout or better. The early voting ended Saturday, but polls are...

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Tulsa students attend a Mayor’s Police and Community Coalition forum with members of law enforcement. In these sometimes turbulent times, Coalition Member Hannibal Johnson says it’s a way for young people and officers to better understand each other. Well over 100 students and chaperones from Tulsa high schools and dozens of police officers attended the youth forum at the Education Service Center.

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The parking lot is jammed and the lines are long as early voting gets underway in Tulsa. As early in-person absentee balloting begins in Oklahoma, people wait outside the Tulsa County Election Board. The people in line have a variety of reasons for casting a ballot early, everything from I don’t have the time next Tuesday to I want to get it out of the way to make sure may vote counts and nothing last minute keeps me from voting. The issues with the most interest seem to be the Presidential...

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With only a few days before the Presidential election, a study is out showing Oklahoma as the least politically engaged state in the union. The Wallethub report used seven key indicators of political engagement. Of the seven, Oklahoma ranked last or next to last in three. Wallethub Analyst Jill Gonzalez says indicators ranged from the percentage of registered voters compared to how many actually voted to total political contributions per adult population. Young voters in the state are only...

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It’s still early, but Tulsa County has more cases of hospitalizations because of flu than any other county in the state. No deaths, but there are now 14 cases of flu reported in Oklahoma since the flu season began October 2nd. Tulsa County leads the state with three hospitalizations reported. Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department says getting a vaccine is the best way to try and avoid the influenza virus. Last year was a fairly mild season in Oklahoma. Health experts are hoping for...

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State Question 792, a measure to allow strong beer and wine to be sold in grocery and convenience stores gets support by Tulsa young professionals. TYPRO’s Adam Doverspike says modernizing liquor laws will help draw young professionals back to Tulsa and other Oklahoma cities. Doverspike believes passage of 792 would signal to the rest of the country ‘we are a business friendly-state that appeals to a young and diverse workforce.’

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A street rehabilitation project going on between 81st and 91st on South Sheridan will improve traffic flow and drainage. In the meantime though, City Field Engineering Manager Britt Vance says there will be inconvenience for motorists. There will be one northbound lane open for access by a fire station in the area, but southbound traffic will be blocked for the duration of the project. It’s scheduled to be finished in March.

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A new company is chosen to provide medical care for Tulsa jail inmates. Oklahoma City based Turn Key Medical will be the new provider. A special selection committee made the recommendation, and County leaders approved. Purchasing Director Linda Dorrell says it isn’t only about the money, it’s about providing the best care for inmates, but the county will save money with the Turn Key contract, a little over $300,000 a year. Also more medical staff will be provided. Turn Key did contribute to...

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Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to school funding, and the gap is widening. Gene Perry with the Oklahoma Policy Institute says per pupil spending has dropped nearly 27% since 2008, increasing the gap over Alabama, which is the second worst for education cuts. There is a state question on the ballot to boost school funding, but Perry says it isn’t enough. He says lawmakers must address the problem to help end the continuing crisis. The report from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy...

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An organization seeking to put more women in elected office in Oklahoma releases a list of endorsements for the November election. Kendra Horn is Executive Director of Sally’s List. She says the mission is to recruit, train, and help elect ‘progressive’ women to state office. Horn says although the population is more than 50% female, only 14% of Oklahoma’s legislature includes women lawmakers. The list of endorsements for state offices includes 15 women, and it can be found online at...

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Preliminary figures are in, and more than a million people attended this year’s Tulsa State Fair. Concession and ride totals are also higher. Numbers aren’t yet official, but Expo Square CEO Mark Andrus says everything looks really good…including the attendance which he pegs at 1,206,000. The total is slightly higher than last year, making this year one of the best attended fairs ever. Final dollar totals aren’t yet ready, all vendor invoices won’t be in until January, but Andrus says gate...

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Oklahoma’s two largest cities do poorly in the latest rankings of cities working to protect the environment. Wallethub Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tulsa and Oklahoma City were near the top of the list of those named as LEAST GREEN metropolitan areas. Only Baton Rouge did worse. Gonzalez says Wallethub looked at 20 key indicators of sustainability ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives. October is National Energy Awareness Month.

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Tulsa’s on the way to a record number of homicides this year. With only two and a half months left, the city is about a dozen away from the 2009 record of 71 murders. Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker says it is unusual to have this number of killings…when there doesn’t seem to be a common thread. He points to three murders on one day this week as an example. Two people intervene when a female bartender is harassed, and they’re shot to death. A man trying to sell a car in east Tulsa is shot in...

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Only 18 arrests over 11 days during the Tulsa State Fair. Pretty good numbers, according to Sheriff Vic Regalado, who says there were not any serious incidents on the fairgrounds this year. He does say there were 145 lost children reported, but the I.D. wristband campaign helped find them. That program will continue in future years. Regalado says there were negative comments made by some people directed toward deputies because of recent events across the country, but he says by far, most...

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Members of the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team are joining those of several other states to help out along the Hurricane Matthew battered East Coast. Oklahoma State Director Sam Porter says the primary job will be feeding victims and emergency workers. He says Oklahomans and teams from nine other states will be preparing 300,000 meals a day beginning on Tuesday. Porter says they’re anticipating millions of displaced victims and thousands of relief and recovery workers that will need to...

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Clown crime is a phenomenon across the country right now, and there have been incidents in Tulsa. Police Officer Jeanne MacKenzie says a facebook post from someone in a scary clown outfit threatened some students and a man in a red fright wig, with a clown suit and makeup, assaulted a man out walking his dog near 81st and Yale early Thursday morning. She says the time of year, October and the Halloween season, may have something to do with all the incidents across the country since it’s so...

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out another state law that would put new restrictions on abortion providers. In a unanimous opinion handed down Tuesday, all nine justices agreed that the statute adopted by the Legislature last year "contains different and unrelated purposes" in violation of the Oklahoma constitution's requirement that legislation cover a single subject. The law encompasses four abortion-related topics: minors and parental consent; tissue...

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The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is approaching. It’s Friday, October 14th. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says the ballot includes the Presidential race, federal, state, county, and local races…and seven state questions. You may register at the Election Board, or you can get the forms online or at any tag agency in the county.

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A 2016 voter guide will let people know who is running for state and federal office in Oklahoma and help explain the seven state questions. One of eight organizations contributing to the guide is the League of Women Voters, and Spokeswoman Mandy Winton says the exact language of the state questions is included and then explained to help people better understand exactly what the state question would mean. The guides have been published in various newspapers across the state, are available in...

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Getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent flu according to medical professionals…and the Tulsa Health Department will offer shots starting next week. Times and locations are listed on the Health Department website or by calling 918-582-WELL. The shots are available on a walk-in basis. Kaitlin Snider with the Health Department says the cost of the shot is $25, but children and adults over age 65 without insurance who qualify may get the vaccinations free.

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