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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Stillwater imposes new rules on oil and gas drilling, but there are those who aren't sure it will meet the legal test under a new state law.

The final draft isn't as restrictive for the industry as it could have been. It imposes a 660-foot setback instead of 2,200 as originally discussed.

Consumer Energy Alliance spokesman Tommy Foltz said cities can pass limits on drilling as long as they are "commercially reasonable." The state attorney general has been asked to define what that means.

Tulsa Jail

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is highly critical of a move to begin looking at proposals from private operators to run the county jail.

"Having a private operator in the jail is really a bad idea," Glanz said. "If you don't manage your jail properly, you have major problems in your community, and you can have a lot of loss of life that occurs. So, they really need to think about what they're doing."

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Sand Springs moves ahead with plans for a Vision sales tax extension, but for now a proposed low-water dam and other aspects of river development are on the back burner.

"We continue to be supportive of river development, but it looks like that project itself has gone into some troubled waters," said Police Chief Mike Carter.

Carter said public safety was always the priority, and it will be the major focus of the tax initiative. Economic development building on the momentum of growth at the River West complex will also be a part of it.

National Geographic

The latest stats on West Nile in Oklahoma are in, and while half a dozen cases of infection in humans are reported, none so far are in Tulsa County.

Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Kaitlin Snider said it's important to take precautions to see that trend continue.

"Unfortunately for some, it can cause a severe neurologic disease, and we just don't know who's going to be in that unlucky group," Snider said.

Snider said get rid of any standing water where mosquitos may breed and wear a spray or product with DEET, especially during early morning hours and at dusk.

Tulsa County

The state supreme court will not halt a grand jury probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. In a unanimous vote, justices deny a request by Sheriff Stanley Glanz to stop the empaneling of a grand jury beginning Monday. Glanz argued signatures were gathered improperly, but judges refused to assume jurisdiction, allowing the grand jury to move forward. Marq Lewis is a spokesman for We the People Oklahoma, a group calling for the investigation of the Sheriff. He says it’s been a struggle to get this before a grand jury, and praises the Supreme Court decision.

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The Tulsa Zoo would like to have some Vision money, should the sales tax be extended.

City leaders are taking suggestions, and zoo Director Terrie Correll would like a new front door, an improved elephant area and a gorilla addition.

"This project will provide an expanded plaza to streamline guest entry into the zoo, an expanded elephant exhibit to meet evolving standards of care and herd management, and a new and expanded chimpanzee habitat and introduction of gorillas to our zoo," Correll said.

City councilors wanted to know what all that would cost.

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Tulsa County Commissioners won’t rescind a decision to allow public funds for the Sheriff to pay for attorneys during a grand jury investigation. Despite objections from a citizen’s group, Commissioners let the decision stand after hearing from Assistant D.A. Doug Wilson, who said under the law the payments were legal and allowed.

We the People Oklahoma filed a grand jury petition after unarmed suspect Eric Harris was shot and killed by 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates.

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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.

Tulsa County Sheriff

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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