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
1:05 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Sand Springs Finally Gets Aquatics Play for Its Parks

Ground is broken for a new Super Splash Pad at River City Park.
Credit KWGS News

Sand Springs is the only Tulsa suburb without an aquatics feature in any of its’ city parks. That will soon no longer be the case. Ground is broken today for a new Super splash pad in Sand Springs River City Park. Director of Parks Grant Gerondale says it features something unique, a large dumping bucket with hundreds of gallons of water that gives a Tsunami effect, one of only three in the state.

A G-O bond and the Rotary Club funded the Super splash, located next to an area recently damaged by a March tornado. A second splash pad is being built in Pratt-Civitan Park.   

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Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Bids Opened for Sheriff's Office Review

A Sheriff's Office review will soon begin.
Credit Tulsa County

Three bidders want the job of an intensive review of the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Bids were opened this week. What is being called an operational assessment of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Services comes about partly because of the killing of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy. Sheriff Glanz says it will be a comprehensive study of his office, including the reserve deputy program.

Glanz’ office has been under fire since the fatal shooting and allegations of falsifying training records. 

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Local & Regional
2:31 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Hundreds Answering Ticket Amnesty Call

Amnesty.
Credit KWGS News Photo

A city of Tulsa misdemeanor ticket amnesty program this month is wildly successful, getting overdue fines off the books much more than anticipated.

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Local & Regional
2:29 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Another Member of the Tulsa Sheriff's Top Command is Leaving

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is set to resign after an internal memo was leaked indicating he had covered up the inadequate training of a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a restrained man.

Sheriff's office attorney Meredith Baker said Tuesday that Maj. Tom Huckeby plans to resign on Aug. 1. Baker did not explain why.

Huckeby didn't return requests for comment by the Associated Press. Baker says Huckeby is on vacation.

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Local & Regional
10:25 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar Set for Sallisaw

Human trafficking in Oklahoma.
Credit file photo

Another seminar is set this week to make Oklahomans aware of the problem of human trafficking and how best to deal with it. Hosting the seminar in Sallisaw is the State Bureau of Narcotics. Bureau Director  Darrell Weaver says the meeting is to help people learn about the various types of human trafficking, how to recognize it, and ways to report it.

The Thursday seminar begins at 7pm at the People, Inc. Convention Center in Sallisaw.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Another Top Sheriff's Official Put on Administrative Leave

Shannon Clark.
Credit TCSO

A news release from Sheriff Stanley Glanz announces that Major Shannon Clark has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending further review and evaluation of the job duties and work performance of Major Clark. Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette will assume Clark's administrative duties over operation of the jail and Terry Simonson will assume public information officer responsibilities. It's the latest in a shake up of the Sheriff's Office following the shooting of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Petition Drive for Grand Jury Okayed

A judge allows a petition seeking the Sheriff's ouster to proceed.
Credit KWGS News

A judge says a civil rights group can collect signatures for a grand jury investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Presiding District Judge Rebecca Nightingale today approved ‘We The People Oklahoma's’ petition. It asks for an investigation into whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether some reserve deputies who gave gifts to Glanz were given special treatment.

Robert Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 shooting death of Eric Harris.

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Local & Regional
3:03 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Mosquito Control Program Set to Begin in Tulsa County

Spring mosquito testing about to begin.
Credit KWGS News

It's mosquito season again, and the Tulsa County Health Department is getting ready for testing to try and control West Nile virus. The mosquito borne disease shows up every year now in the Tulsa area. Health Department Environmental Services Manager Bernard Dindy says traps will be set out next week to test for samples of mosquitos that may be carrying the virus. 50 traps will be set out at various locations throughout the county. Last year there were only a couple of cases of West Nile, but with a wet spring, it's expected this year could be much worse.

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Local & Regional
2:30 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

A Letter to Lawmakers Asks for a Tax Cut to be Halted

Lawmakers are asked to stop a scheduled tax cut.
Credit KWGS News Photo

A letter has gone to Oklahoma political leaders calling for a halt to a tax cut set to go into effect in January. Those behind the letter believe it is irresponsible to continue with the cut given the current budget crisis. The Oklahoma Policy Institute’s David Blatt says it’s unfair for the state to require the faith community, businesses, non-profits, and philanthropists to take up more and more of the burden.

He says the cut to the ‘top income tax rate will add millions of dollars to the budget shortfall…and will benefit very few Oklahomans.’

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Local & Regional
11:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Tulsa Sheriff's Office to Undergo Outside Review

Sheriff's Office to get outside look.
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

An outside consultant will look into the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, including the embattled reserve deputy program. County Commissioners today okay going out for proposals to conduct an in-depth look into everything from reserve deputy officer training to use of force. Even before the shooting of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy that focused criticism on the department, Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he was already planning for a review by law enforcement consultants.

Bids are due by the 22nd of this month, and a contract is scheduled to be awarded on the 26th.

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