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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After weeks of sniping over who should control jail funds, an interlocal agreement is signed by the Criminal Justice Authority, but not before more fireworks.

The deal outlines how jail funds will be administered, but it’s not to the liking of mayors in some communities, and they argued for amendments today, changes the county’s attorney said he would recommend against accepting. The deciding vote came from Glenpool’s Vice Mayor Momadou Ceesay, who wanted to end the stalemate.

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A new report is out, and to almost no one's surprise, Tulsa roads are among the worst in the nation.

The findings, released by a national transportation research group, shows 45 percent of Tulsa roadways in poor condition, and it shows they cause area motorists to spend more than $900 in additional operating costs due to vehicle deterioration.

"Not only does the motorist feel that they're getting jarred around by those rough roads, also very critically, the vehicles are getting kicked around by those rough roads," said Rocky Moretti with transportation research group TRIP.

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Even as a grand jury investigates the Tulsa Sheriff for possible problems with the reserve deputy program, the Office receives an award for its’ handling of undocumented aliens who have been arrested.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, present two awards to the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office for two inspections with no deficiencies. The awards are for the years 2013 and 2014.

Sheriff Glanz says Tulsa County has one of the highest successful rates of immigration cases in the nation.

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The state of Oklahoma has a dedicated source of funding for replacing or fixing outdated bridges. The same is not the case for county and municipal bridges that also need a lot of work.

"The thing is, when you hear about the state bridge list, those are bridges on state highways," said Tulsa County Chief Engineer Tom Rains. "They don't include the municipal and county bridges."

State efforts to balance the budget are having a negative impact on improvements to county and municipal transportation projects.

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Stillwater imposes new rules on oil and gas drilling, but there are those who aren't sure it will meet the legal test under a new state law.

The final draft isn't as restrictive for the industry as it could have been. It imposes a 660-foot setback instead of 2,200 as originally discussed.

Consumer Energy Alliance spokesman Tommy Foltz said cities can pass limits on drilling as long as they are "commercially reasonable." The state attorney general has been asked to define what that means.

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Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is highly critical of a move to begin looking at proposals from private operators to run the county jail.

"Having a private operator in the jail is really a bad idea," Glanz said. "If you don't manage your jail properly, you have major problems in your community, and you can have a lot of loss of life that occurs. So, they really need to think about what they're doing."

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Sand Springs moves ahead with plans for a Vision sales tax extension, but for now a proposed low-water dam and other aspects of river development are on the back burner.

"We continue to be supportive of river development, but it looks like that project itself has gone into some troubled waters," said Police Chief Mike Carter.

Carter said public safety was always the priority, and it will be the major focus of the tax initiative. Economic development building on the momentum of growth at the River West complex will also be a part of it.

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The latest stats on West Nile in Oklahoma are in, and while half a dozen cases of infection in humans are reported, none so far are in Tulsa County.

Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Kaitlin Snider said it's important to take precautions to see that trend continue.

"Unfortunately for some, it can cause a severe neurologic disease, and we just don't know who's going to be in that unlucky group," Snider said.

Snider said get rid of any standing water where mosquitos may breed and wear a spray or product with DEET, especially during early morning hours and at dusk.

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The state supreme court will not halt a grand jury probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. In a unanimous vote, justices deny a request by Sheriff Stanley Glanz to stop the empaneling of a grand jury beginning Monday. Glanz argued signatures were gathered improperly, but judges refused to assume jurisdiction, allowing the grand jury to move forward. Marq Lewis is a spokesman for We the People Oklahoma, a group calling for the investigation of the Sheriff. He says it’s been a struggle to get this before a grand jury, and praises the Supreme Court decision.

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The Tulsa Zoo would like to have some Vision money, should the sales tax be extended.

City leaders are taking suggestions, and zoo Director Terrie Correll would like a new front door, an improved elephant area and a gorilla addition.

"This project will provide an expanded plaza to streamline guest entry into the zoo, an expanded elephant exhibit to meet evolving standards of care and herd management, and a new and expanded chimpanzee habitat and introduction of gorillas to our zoo," Correll said.

City councilors wanted to know what all that would cost.

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