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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Of nearly 8,900 signatures on petitions to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, the Election Board has verified more than 6,600. It’s more than enough to call a Grand Jury once they’re certified by a judge.

Patty Bryant is the Tulsa County Election Board Secretary. She says her office just verifies that names on the petitions are of registered county voters, then it’s up to a judge, who has 30 days to certify.

The Sheriff will likely challenge the way signatures were gathered, so it could be weeks or even several months before a grand jury is convened.

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The election board is counting and certifying signatures on a petition to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Glanz released a statement saying he has questions about the process protestors used, and will likely bring a challenge forward when the court gets the matter. He says there are precise requirements to the grand jury process, and he isn’t sure they were followed.

We the People Oklahoma turned in petitions last Friday with more than eight thousand signatures. Five thousand legal signatures are needed to call a grand jury.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is seeking recruits for the next Academy class coming up in January. OHP Recruiter Antonio Porter says time is running out to apply. The application period ends at the end of this month.

Porter says you must be a U-S citizen and have the equivalent of 62 college hours to be eligible. He points out the legislature recently passed a pay hike for troopers, so the OHP is among the highest paid law enforcement agencies in the state.

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The Governor comes to Tulsa as host of a job and resource fair to help people find employment or meet needs while seeking work. Nearly 40 companies and agencies were on site at the Tulsa Tech Lemley campus. Governor Fallin tells KWGS News employers from several different type businesses participated, but there is a focus on the energy industry, which has suffered several job losses due to the recent downturn.

The Tulsa job fair is the third sponsored by the Governor. More are planned in other communities across the state.

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An outside firm will take an in-depth look inside the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Dallas based Community Safety Institute was awarded the contract this week to do a comprehensive audit of the department, including the controversial reserve deputy program. It’s suspended since the death of an unarmed suspect by a reserve officer who mistook his gun for a taser.

Sheriff Glanz says the audit should take from 90 to 100 days.

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Tulsa becomes part of a national effort to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans. Jeff Jaynes, Chairman of ‘A Way Home for Tulsa’, announces the city is one of 71 communities across the nation selected for the ‘Zero:2016’ initiative. The aim is to work together to end veteran homelessness by December 31st of this year, and chronic homelessness by December 31st, 2016. Jaynes says the goal is ambitious, but achievable.

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The kind of flooding they’ve had in Texas and parts of Oklahoma could have been big trouble for west Tulsa County had it occurred here. Today, County Commissioners heard an updated report on problems with the levee system. Levee Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick says there are 450 potential risks of failure in the 20-mile system, compared with 50 to 80 that are usually found in similar systems when inspected. He says three million would fund a feasibility study needed before applying for federal dollars.

Kilpatrick says it would take $35-million to fix all the problems.

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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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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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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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