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.


Local & Regional
3:10 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Grant to Help Fight Crime at 61st and Peoria

A Bryne Crime Innovation Grant is awarded to analyze problems in a South Tulsa neighborhood.
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The city gets a grant to analyze crime and form a plan to reduce it in a troubled South Tulsa neighborhood.The 100-thousand dollar Byrne Crime Innovation grant for the 61st and Peoria neighborhood is announced at the South Tulsa Community House. Police Major Jonathon Brooks says some headway’s already been made in reducing crime in the area, but this study will give an in-depth look at underlying problems and what to do about them. After a stragetic plan is developed, Tulsa will apply for an implementation grant which could be up to a million dollars.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tulsa County Sets Rates, but Still Can't Agree with the City Over Inmate Costs

An extension for jail costs causes a new argument over how much the city of Tulsa should pay.
Credit Tulsa Jail

Tulsa County leaders establish daily jail costs and booking fees, and argue over what the city will pay for a one month extension of the jail contract. The current agreement between the city of Tulsa and County’s been extended through October, but Commissioner John Smaligo isn’t happy with what the city will pay for housing inmates during the extra month. He says the city’s offer of $50-thousand for the one month is unrealistic, and should be based on the rates set by the county. Other commissioners agreed to the city offer for the month extension.

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Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

At a Tulsa Pharmacy, Oklahoma Kicks Off an Anti-Smurfing Campaign

Officials launch the Anti-Smurfing Campaign outside a Tulsa pharmacy.
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Oklahoma embarks on an anti-smurfing campaign. Smurfing is the criminal practice of buying cold or allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to knowingly or unknowingly sell them to meth cooks. The anti-smurfing initiative is kicked off in Tulsa with State Senator Rick Brinkley, author of a law limiting pseudoephedrine sales.  He wants people to know smurfing is a serious criminal offense.

The campaign will inform consumers about smurfing through signs and handouts displayed at pharmacies throughout the state.

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Local & Regional
2:38 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Governor Fallin Keynotes Tulsa CNG Expo

Governor Fallin addresses those at a Tulsa CNG Expo and leads a panel discussion.
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Governor Fallin told those at a Conference in Tulsa the state is meeting goals to convert more vehicles to compressed natural gas and build more CNG filling stations. She says the move is good for Oklahoma and taxpayers. She also led a panel discussion with several experts in the field.

More than 500 people from across the U-S, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand attended the Natural Gas Vehicles Conference and Expo.

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Local & Regional
1:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Hundreds in Tulsa for CNG Expo

Oasis is one exhibitor at the Tulsa CNG Conference and Expo.
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More than 500 people from across the U-S and several foreign countries are in Tulsa for a conference on using natural gas as a transportation fuel. One exhibitor is Oasis from New Zealand. Manager Kevin Flint says the company makes a product that allows vehicles to be fueled with CNG quickly, much faster than earlier technology, and just about as fast as it takes to fill-up with diesel.

Governor Fallin is scheduled to give the keynote address and lead a panel discussion during the Wednesday session.

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Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Tulsa Courthouse Repairs Nearly Complete

Basement cleanup and repair nearly finished.
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The jury assembly room at the Tulsa County Courthouse is back in order, but there’s still some cleanup to do in the basement. County Buildings Operation Director Dan Belding says there is still air quality testing to do, but results should be in by the end of the week.

The basement should be reopened to the public early next week. It’s been closed because of damage done by a faulty drainpipe earlier this month. Jury selections will NOT resume until next month.

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Local & Regional
1:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Tulsa's Annual Greek Festival Is Underway Downtown

Students dance at the 2014 Tulsa Greek Festival.
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There are many ethnic festivals in Tulsa throughout the year, but the ‘Granddaddy’ of them all is this weekend. Tulsa’s Greek Festival is billed as the city’s oldest. Reverend Deacon Michael Stevenson says this is the 54th year, and several thousand people attend the annual event each September, with as many as ten thousand or more served meals every year.

The festival also includes a live band, dancing, crafts, and costumes. It runs until 10 tonight and from 11am until 10pm tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th and Guthrie.

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Local & Regional
2:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahomans Urged to Mail In Votes

Absentee ballots now available.
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With the mid-term congressional elections coming up, Oklahomans are being urged to vote by mail to avoid long lines on election day. Absentee applications are now being taken. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, you don’t need a special reason to do so.

You may download an application from the Tulsa County Election Board site or pick one up in person at the Board at 555 North Denver Avenue.

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Local & Regional
3:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Grades for Tulsa Public Schools are Out, and There are Too Many F's

State grades are in for TPS.
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The new district report cards are out, and Tulsa Public Schools didn’t do well. TPS has a total of 49 schools with failing grades, up from 36 last year. But District Spokesman Chris Payne says it’s not an apples to apples comparison because special ed and English language students weren’t given modified versions of achievement tests as in the past. He says it makes comparisons meaningless.

Payne calls the school grading system ‘deeply flawed’. Five schools received A’s, four got B’s, and seven C’s.

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tulsa County Looking for Federal Funds to Improve Owasso Intersection

Owasso City Hall
Credit Cowen Construction

Funds are being sought to improve an intersection in a rapidly growing area of Owasso. The intersection at 116th Street North and 129th East Avenue is owned and maintained by Tulsa County. Chief Engineer Tom Rains says it’s not adequate to handle the amount of daily traffic.

Traffic is controlled by a flashing yellow and red light, but Rains says widening and signalization is needed. Total cost of the project is more than $3.5 million.

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