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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The state health department is working to identify potential travel-related Zika Virus cases in Oklahoma. Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley says any cases here so far are in people who traveled to Zika prone areas, and did not originate in mosquitoes here. The Department is working closely with health and medical professionals throughout the state on mosquito testing and surveillance.

There is concern because Zika infection in pregnant women can result in death of the fetus or severe birth defects. One pregnant woman in Oklahoma has been diagnosed with Zika.

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Construction’s underway in Tulsa for a new center to help victims of abuse and sexual assault.

A soggy groundbreaking is held for Domestic Violence Intervention Services new counseling center. Tracey Lyall is Executive Director of DVIS. She says the facility will help meet a growing need for women, children, and men who are victims of domestic violence.

The new 32-thousand square foot counseling center will offer services to victims and also for offenders. It’s scheduled to open in early 2017.

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It’s a case that’s already garnered national and international attention, and now the Robert Bates’ manslaughter trial is getting underway. With jury selection beginning, there’s visible enhanced security in the Tulsa County courthouse. Sheriff Vic Regalado says he wants to be prepared for any possibility, so the increased security will be in effect for the duration of the trial.

Bates, a reserve Tulsa deputy at the time, is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed suspect Eric Harris last April.

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Three of the new police officers sworn in today at the Tulsa police academy are second-generation. They’re following in the footsteps of older relatives who served or are serving. One of them is Kyle Staats, whose Dad, Kevin, will retire in December after 35 years on the force.

Kevin says he didn’t have to encourage or discourage Kyle…his son just decided law enforcement was what he wanted to do.

Tulsa Public Schools

The hope is a ‘teacher caucus’ will take over the state legislature to halt the bleeding of education funding that’s occurred the past several years. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice-President Shawna Mott-Wright believes people are fed up with what’s been happening at the capitol…and she hopes getting more educators and friends of education into the legislature will make a difference.

At least two Tulsa public school teachers and some area advocates for education are among the nearly 30 members of the ‘teacher caucus’ filing for office. 

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Tulsa County has a new sheriff….for a few months anyway. Vic Regalado is sworn-in as the new Sheriff at the Tulsa Courthouse. He will finish out the unexpired term of Stanley Glanz, who resigned after being indicted by a grand jury. Regalado will have to run again in the June primary, and if he gets past that race, again in the November general election. He has said he will run for a full term.

USA BMX

There are $15-million dollars in the Vision economic development package to facilitate the move of USA-BMX bike racing headquarters to Tulsa. Now, that it’s passed, Ray Hoyt, President of Visit Tulsa and the Sports Commission, says BMX will move  here from Phoenix.

Plans are to turn the old Driller Stadium and Health Department facility on the fairgrounds into the new BMX headquarters. The complete relocation is expected to take some time, possibly a few years. 

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Crews from the federal emergency management agency and the small business administration are in Tulsa, assessing damage from last week’s tornado. Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says around ten homes in the county were destroyed and well over 100 damaged, some significantly. Businesses and churches also sustained damage.

The feds will decide what if any federal government aid is available to Tulsa County, and Joliffe says that may take a while to assess.

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At a time only four in ten Oklahomans get the mental health help they need, state cuts are slashing more clients from mental health roles. CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Mike Brose, wants the business community and politicians to get on board with new reforms and initiatives. He calls it a mindset change from punitive justice to restorative justice.

Brose says too often politicians are afraid of being labeled soft on crime to embrace reshaping the mental health climate to make outcomes more effective. He calls the current system ‘a failure.’

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North Tulsa community leaders urge a yes vote for Vision. With a week to go before the Vision election, several high profile North Tulsa leaders plead for passage. District One City Councilor Jack Henderson says there are some naysayers, but believes this is the best package he’s seen go before voters in his 14 years in city government. He says he’d hate to see the package go down because some didn’t get everything they wanted in the proposal. He joined several other North Tulsa civic leaders in urging passage of Vision Tulsa.

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