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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Oklahoma-DOC

A delay in approving new execution procedures means no lethal injections in Oklahoma for at least two years since the last execution. Opponents of the death penalty are glad to see the delay, but want the larger question of should the state still be implementing executions at all answered. Brady Henderson is Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. He says a hiatus in executions should help opponents get the word out about why the death penalty should be eliminated in Oklahoma.

Right to farm, or right to harm? You’ll hear a lot both pro and con on State Question 777 between now and November. Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan’s organization wholeheartedly supports 777. He says it’s a proactive measure to head off unnecessary regulations that would hurt farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is a spokesman for those opposing 777. He believes it would give farming and ranching operations, including those of large corporations, carte blanche to pollute and use harmful practices.

Tulsa County Sheriff

Three bids are received for the buildout of what could become an area wide dispatch center for the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. The center is a subject of some controversy because it was a pet project of former Sheriff Glanz. Director of Governmental Affairs for the Sheriff’s Office, Terry Simonson, says current Sheriff Vic Regalado hasn’t made a final decision on what to do with the empty building, although planning for the dispatch center is farther along than the training center aspect.

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Recent events show the need for those living in eastern Oklahoma to have an earthquake plan. Most of the big quakes have been in central and western parts of the state, but the newly discovered fault line in the Pawnee area indicates larger magnitude shakers could occur in eastern Oklahoma. Tulsa Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says look to California for tips. Strap tall bookcases to the wall, don’t leave things lying loose on top of high shelves, and take other precautions Californians have been taking for years.

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The latest unemployment statistics in Oklahoma show the state with a larger number of people out of work percentage-wise than the nation.   Lynn Gray with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says it’s been a long time since that happened. The last time was in 1990, more than 25 years ago.

The state’s unemployment rate from July is five percent, one-tenth of a point higher than the national rate of 4.9%. Gray says it’s the continuing slump in the oil and gas industry that’s the major factor in the rising rate.

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A major step is taken toward start of construction of the new Family Justice Center. Tulsa County Commissioners approve opening negotiations with Manhattan Construction as project manager for the center. Commission Chief Deputy Michael Willis says they’re a little behind schedule, but should still be on track for a ground breaking in the spring.

Once a contract is signed with Manhattan, the company will work with architects to finalize plans for the Justice Center.

KWGS

The day after Labor Day, work begins on one of the busiest intersections in Broken Arrow. Some lanes will be closed, but Krista Flasch with the city of Broken Arrow says the improvements at Aspen (145th East Avenue) and Kenosha (71st Street) are badly needed. The intersection hasn’t been upgraded to meet increased traffic in years.

Only a single lane of traffic in all four directions will be open and no left turns will be allowed. The work should take about 45 days. You are asked to plan extra time or use an alternate route.

National Geographic

Two months into the typical season, the first cases of West Nile virus are reported in humans in Tulsa County. While Zika is getting most of the publicity nationwide, West Nile remains a much bigger threat in Oklahoma and this area of the state. Kaitlin Snider is with the Tulsa Health Department and she says while there are no cases of Zika being spread by native mosquitoes in Oklahoma, the same isn’t true for West Nile. For the past several years mosquitoes in the state have infected people with cases of West Nile virus.

KWGS News

County leaders would like to find ways to save more money at the financially strapped Tulsa jail. Commissioner Ron Peters is requesting a study to form a strategic energy and maintenance program to save dollars on utility bills. He believes that could cut costs at the lockup.

One suggestion is to investigate a new power plant for both the jail and the yet to be built Family Justice Center. It could possibly also serve the County Annex. Peters has no estimate yet on how much money could be saved through energy improvements, but believes it could be substantial.

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Action is taken to settle with a former Major in the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. County leaders agree to a judgment without admitting liability in a lawsuit filed by Major Shannon Clark. He was fired by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz before Glanz was forced out for wrongdoing. New Sheriff Vic Regalado says it’s in the best interest of the county and citizens to resolve the Clark issue. Clark had been the administrator in charge of jail operations and the Office Public Information Officer.

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