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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
1:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tulsans to Celebrate the Center of the Universe

Second Center of the Universe Festival set Friday and Saturday.
Credit Center of the Universe Festival-Facebook

A big music and arts festival will be held in downtown Tulsa this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend the second annual Center of the Universe Festival which features more than a hundred bands over two days in the Brady Arts District. Co-Founder Phil Kaiser says a portion of the proceeds will go back into the community. Also some of the proceeds will go to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit that benefits Oklahoma music artists in times of need.                                 

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Local & Regional
1:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Beware of Scams Regarding the 'Border Kids'

Undocumented kids are being held at Ft. Sill.
Credit Fort Sill

Tulsans are being warned about scams surrounding human trafficking, especially in regard to undocumented children being held at Fort Sill. Sheriff’s Major Shannon Clark cautions citizens to be wary of groups claiming to be helping the children or any victims of human trafficking.

Clark says check out any organization soliciting funds to make sure they are legitimate before handing over any money.

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Local & Regional
11:29 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking Set for New Deputies Training Center

Ilustration of Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center
Credit Tulsa Sheriff's Office

Tomorrow ground will be broken for construction of Tulsa County’s new ‘Sheriff Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center’. Undersheriff     Tim Albin says the concept is for a regional facility to train Tulsa deputies, but also those from smaller jurisdictions.

The facility will include a dispatch center, a shooting range, a driver training track, classrooms, and living quarters. Construction on 66th Street North is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Port Reaches Tonnage Milestone

Port of Catoosa ships 75 million tons of cargo.
Credit Port of Catoosa

Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa reaches a milestone. Since opening more than 40 years ago, the inland waterway has now shipped 75 million tons of cargo. Port Director Bob Portiss says even building the facility showed a lot of faith because many didn’t think an inland waterway would work in Tulsa.

An upgrade to the dock is underway that should double the capacity for dry cargo shipments.

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Local & Regional
12:42 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Community Corrections Supervisors Honored

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Professionals
Credit KWGS News

Those who help keep criminal offenders out of jail or prison through a variety of pretrial, probation, and parole programs are recognized. An official proclamation honors those who are in charge of people on community supervision. Sherri Carrier is County Court Services Director. She says they’re responsible for helping people get on the right path and stay there by helping them find jobs, housing, treatment, and support.

In times of tight budgets and jail overcrowding, Tulsa County leaders say the pretrial, probation, and parole programs are more important than ever.

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Local & Regional
11:32 am
Thu July 10, 2014

West Nile Virus in Oklahoma

First case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Oklahoma.

The first West Nile case in Oklahoma this year has been confirmed in Major County. So far there are no reported infections in Tulsa County, but it is very early in the season. Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department says testing will continue for several months.

People are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, a mosquito-borne illness. Many people don’t even know when they’ve been infected, but in some, the disease can be extremely serious.

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Local & Regional
2:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

New Deputies for Tulsa County

New Deputies join Tulsa Sheriff's force.
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

Tulsa County gets a bunch of new deputies. More than 40 new deputies are coming on board, and most of them have just completed a four week jail academy. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says that will relieve some of the mandatory overtime seen at the Moss Justice Center recently.

In addition, 12 new deputies are being sworn-in this afternoon and they will begin work in the field immediately.

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Local & Regional
11:52 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Architect Contract for Jail Expansion Delayed Until Next Week

An architect's contract for jail expansion won't be awarded until at least next week.
Credit Tulsa Jail

Awarding a bid for an architect to design expansion of the Tulsa jail is taking longer than anticipated. The contract has been delayed about three times while a firm is decided upon by a committee studying bids. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says there were problems when a contract was awarded first time around when the lockup was originally built, and he wants to be sure the right firm is chosen this time.

He says a contract should be awarded next Monday, still in time to begin construction late this summer or in early fall.

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Local & Regional
11:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Task Force Will Take on Parks Consolidation

LaFortune Park is currently a county facility.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

More than 20 years ago, a study group recommended consolidating Tulsa city and county parks, but nothing came of it. Now a new task force will take on the same task. It will be led by Don Walker, who sees some positive possibilities. He believes some money, not a lot, can be saved, but there would be efficiencies and other benefits to the public from a combined park system.

Walker points to other successful collaborations between the city and county including the Health Department and the Library.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Political Signs Must Be Removed

Signs must come down within a week.
Credit KWGS News Photo

In advance of this week’s primary, political signs popped up everywhere, some in the right of way, some in yards and elsewhere. Bob Bledsoe with the city of Tulsa says candidates, even those still alive in the August runoff, only have a week to get the signs removed.

Since the runoff is more than 45 days away, signs may not be left out through that election. They must be taken down, and cannot be replaced until 45 days in advance of the August 26th runoff.

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