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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A pretty good crowd despite the cold for Tulsa’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Many waited in their cars until almost the minute the parade passed by, but several thousand still braved the bitter cold for the annual event. Parade Director Carmen Pettie says this year’s theme is ‘One race, the human race.’ She says the theme is especially important this year given recent events that show a racial divide continues in America all these years after the civil rights leader’s death.

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It’s NOT back to square one on the search for a location for a Family Justice Center, but the latest opportunity for a site has fallen through. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith says the long stalled jail negotiations got in the way. She says citizens are on board, but some in the city of Tulsa, specifically ‘the Mayor’ have unanswered questions. She is optimistic disagreements can be solved and a site chosen in the near future.

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Allegiant Airlines adds a fifth non-stop destination from Tulsa. The latest, which begins in May, is to Baltimore and Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. Mary Smith is head of the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. She says the more non-stops, the better for the area and business.

Allegiant is offering very low introductory fares for the new destination. All details and the latest information is available online at Allegiant.com.

The service begins May 19th on Thursday and Sundays only. It is seasonal, operating initially only from May to August.

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The coldest weather of the winter so far is expected next week in the Tulsa area. EMSA emergency personnel are ready. Paramedic Hannah Sherlock  says they have heavy jackets, woolen socks, and special shoes to deal with the cold and possible ice and snow.

Ambulances are also modified to make it easier to drive on ice and snow. Some this year are equipped with drop-down chains to use when necessary.

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Oklahoma legislators will try to address the contentious issue of modernizing state liquor laws in the upcoming session. Tulsa area Representative Glen Mulready has been attending multiple meetings on the subject during the interim. He says it’s a difficult issue since liquor laws are written into the constitution. Citizens will have to vote on changes and it can only get on the ballot through the legislature or initiative petition. He would prefer lawmakers agree on language since he believes that will better encompass all parties interests in the issue.

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Tulsa opens a year round facility for disposing of those environmentally damaging household pollutants. The permanent facility will replace those twice a year collection events at the fairgrounds. It’s been a long-time coming, according to the city of Tulsa’s Roy Teeters. He says people were dumping oil and grease down drains, in storm sewers, and elsewhere damaging the environment.

Backroad Anthem

The body of missing Arkansas musician Craig Strickland has been recovered. Strickland and a friend, Chase Morland, were reported missing December 27th after they failed to return from a duck hunt on Kaw Lake in Kay County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi says Strickland had been missing more than a week before his body was found this morning in the original search area known as Bear Creek Cove.

Morland’s body was recovered on December 28th. Strickland was a member of the country rock band Backroad Anthem.

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Tulsa County puts out a warning about removing or ignoring floodwater barricades. County Commission Chief Deputy Michael Willis says there are numerous instances of people moving or driving around barricades that alert drivers to high water on roadways during the recent floods. It’s a dangerous practice that can lead to water rescues or even injury and death. He says a moved barricade may be a factor in the drowning death of a woman in the Bixby area during this most recent flood event.

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One challenged candidate in the Tulsa Sheriff’s race will stay on the ballot. Three others, after hearings before the Election Board, are removed. Of the four challenged, only John Fitzpatrick was deemed qualified. He says he was surprised he was challenged in the first place, but confident he meet the requirements.

State of Oklahoma

It’s official, the state is headed toward budget failure. The $900 million dollar shortfall is blamed mostly on dropping oil prices, but the head of an Oklahoma think tank says bad policy has contributed to the crisis.

Oklahoma Policy Institute Director David Blatt says ‘we can’t make it through by doubling down on deep cuts and one-time fixes. The responsible path is to put new revenue on the table and reassess tax cuts and tax breaks granted by the legislature.’

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