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
12:32 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Candidates Push for Donations as Election Day Nears

Joe Dorman talks to supporters at Tally's Restaurant in Tulsa.
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The candidates for Governor are busy with last minute fundraising with next week’s general election only days away.

Democrat Joe Dorman comes to Tulsa to meet with supporters less than a week before the polls open. He is well behind incumbent Republican Governor Mary Fallin, with a total of nearly one and a half million raised compared to her four and a half million. He says he’s not phased though, he believes Oklahomans are tired of business as usual at the capitol.

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Local & Regional
10:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Early In-Person Absentee Voting Starts Thursday

Early voting begins Thursday.
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In-person absentee voting starts tomorrow in Tulsa County. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says there are now two locations where early ballots may be cast, the Election Board on North Denver Avenue and Hardesty Library near 93rd and South Memorial.

Hours are Thursday and Friday from 8am until 6pm and Saturday from 9am until 2pm. In-person absentee voting is no longer allowed on Monday.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Tulsa County Leaders Okay Vision Surplus

Vision Surplus approved by Tulsa County Commission.
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Tulsa County leaders officially declare excess funds from Vision 2025 taxes a ‘surplus’. It means cities can use the money for new projects. The figure okayed is $45.5 million. Kirby Crowe is Vision 2025 Program Director. He says the money is there because taxes came in above what’s needed to finish all the original Vision projects.

Commissioner John Smaligo voted for the surplus resolution, but says he has concerns about only a small reserve to cover any future problems. Seven million is the amount left to cover any possible emergencies.

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Local & Regional
2:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Women's Commission Wants to Reduce Number of Incarcerated Females

Commission on Status of Women presented to Mayor.
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Oklahoma is still number one in the rate of incarcerating women, and a Tulsa panel wants to do something about it. In a report to Mayor Bartlett, members of the Commission on the Status of Women say the high rate of incarceration of females will be their focus in 2015. Oklahoma puts 127 women per 100-thousand population in prison, almost double the national rate. Women’s Commission Communications Chair Becky Dixon says sentencing guidelines in Oklahoma are too strict.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tulsa Police Set Gun Recovery Record

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Tulsa Police set a record for recovering guns from lawbreakers with a crackdown on gangs. Officer Leland Ashley says the Organized Gang Unit has confiscated 177 firearms this year, beating the previous record of 163 in 2009.

A Safe Tulsa grant helped pay for officers’ time in the gun recovery effort. The grant money is earmarked strictly for fighting criminal street gangs.

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Local & Regional
1:15 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Meeting Set on Skiatook Lake Water Level Woes

Skiatook Dam
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Skiatook Lake keeps shrinking, recently reaching its’ lowest level since the mid-80’s impoundment of the lake. Sara Goodeyon with the Army Corps of Engineers, says the drought is mostly to blame. She says a meeting will be held later this month with stakeholders to talk about the situation.

The October 24th meeting will include stakeholders such as water users, marina owners and the like, along with representatives of federal, state, and tribal agencies. It is not open to the public however.

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Local & Regional
10:58 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Another 4.3 Quake Strikes in the Cushing Area

A second 4.3 earthquake is recorded in the Cushing area this week.
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A 4.3 earthquake strikes near Cushing, the second 4.3 magnitude this week in the Cushing area. Those quakes are strong enough to be felt miles away, and are of concern to emergency managers. Jeff Kuhn is Emergency Management Director for Payne County. He says with cooler weather, people are being asked to check chimneys for damage before lighting them up.

There are also a lot of pipelines in the Cushing area, and there is worry they could be damaged by one of these larger quakes. Kuhn says crews check the lines after any quakes large enough to possibly do damage.

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Local & Regional
10:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tulsa Health Leaders Seek to Calm Fears about Ebola

There’s renewed concern now that the first person on U.S.  soil diagnosed with Ebola has died in Dallas. There’s concern, but also a lot of misinformation is going around about the lethal virus.

The Tulsa Health Department has facts and what you need to know on its’ website at www.tulsa-health.org. Elizabeth Nutt with the Tulsa Department agrees with the experts that a large outbreak in the U.S.  is unlikely.

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Local & Regional
12:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

A Tulsa Company Related to the Petroleum Industry Expands

The ribbon is cut on an expansion and renovation of D&L Tool.
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A Tulsa company that provides tools for oil exploration dedicates an eight million dollar renovation and expansion. With business booming in the petroleum industry, D&L Tool needed more room and an equipment upgrade. Dan Eslicker is D&L’s Vice President of Operations. He says the current facility has been expanded, a new warehouse and new state of the art machinery have been added.

The company has also experienced a 250% increase in employees in the past five years. State and area officials attended the company’s ribbon cutting ceremony in West Tulsa.    

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Time Running Out to Register to Vote

Registration deadline one week away.
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Time is running out for you to register if you want to vote in the November 4th general election. Congressional, state, and local races are on the ballot, but Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you only have a week left to register. She says you can get the proper forms at any tag office, the board headquarters, or online at tulsacounty.org. Registration forms must be into the election board by midnight Friday, October 10th.

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