Marshall Stewart

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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Police have discovered a second victim of apparent celebratory gunfire from the Tulsa Freedom Fest Monday night. Officer Leland Ashley says this victim is a 35-year-old man who attended the fireworks display. When walking to his car, he felt a pain and thought someone had thrown something at him.

The hospital staff indicated the wound was consistent with a bullet falling from the sky. A nine-year-old boy who also attended Freedom Fest was hospitalized Monday with a bullet wound to the head. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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It’s been several months since the March 30th tornado struck North Tulsa, and it will be months more before some victims are in their homes again. There is a special North Tulsa long-term recovery committee working on helping those without insurance who suffered damage. The city and county are working together without benefit of FEMA help this time, according to co-chair Linda Johnston.

Many churches and non-profits are assisting the 111 families without insurance who have requested help.

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One of the state’s highest performing high schools gets help to make up for budget cuts by legislators. The Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence will take money from its’ rainy day fund to restore four teaching positions and reduce class sizes. State Representative Regina Goodwin, a BTW graduate, was on hand for the announcement, and lamented that lawmakers didn’t do more for education.

The foundation money will pay for teachers in math, science, social studies, and Chinese, and allow classes to be cut from 35 students to 25.

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Apparent confusion over the non-partisan nature of the Tulsa Mayor’s race led to some voters not getting a ballot for the chief executive’s post. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says although volunteers received training about the change to non-partisan, some precinct workers did not understand that every voter, regardless of party, got a mayoral ballot.

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While there are no locally acquired cases of Zika in Oklahoma, there are now nine travel associated cases of the illness reported here. State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristi Bradley says it’s a bigger problem elsewhere, but with vacation season, more residents traveling could acquire it elsewhere. She says, for now, West Nile remains the bigger threat in Oklahoma. There has been at least one case of locally acquired West Nile from a mosquito in the state this year, in the McAlester area.

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Hundreds of wrestlers, their families, and coaches are in Tulsa this week for the USA Wrestling National Junior Duals.

The kids for a free clinic range from seven years of age through high school, then the dual meet features athletes from middle schools and high schools from 35 states across the nation. Chris Forbes is with Oklahoma USA Wrestling. He says the Junior Duals bring the best grapplers in the country to town. Competition runs through Saturday.

The Tulsa Sports Commission is hosting the meet at the Cox Business Center downtown.

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Despite community protests, Tulsa County leaders renew a controversial illegal immigrant detention program. Several people spoke against 287-G in which the federal government uses the Tulsa jail to hold people for Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement. One of the protestors is Jordan Mazariegos, who claims 287-G causes fear in the Hispanic community and leads to racial profiling.

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Most area cities don’t allow fireworks inside city limits, but Broken Arrow does. You need a permit though and they are now available for purchase. Spokeswoman Krista Flasch says you can buy the permits in person at City Hall or online. You must be 18 to buy a permit and they’re only good certain days and certain hours. To apply online go to brokenarrowok.gov/fireworks.

In person permits must be purchased by July 1st and online by July 3rd. They cost $20.

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Tulsa County leaders will likely okay the continuation of a controversial program with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Sheriff Vic Regalado says there are a lot of misconceptions about the 2-87-G program which allows his office to hold undocumented aliens for ICE. He says they do not drive streets looking for possible illegals as some believe. He says authority for the program, which pays $54 a day to hold wanted undocumented inmates for a brief time, does not extend beyond the walls of the David L. Moss Justice Center.

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A woman is arrested after trying to break into a toll plaza building and apparently attempting to rob the attendants using a tire iron. Her plans went awry when an attendant was able to lock herself in a safe room and call law enforcement authorities. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent agrees it’s not your routine run of the mill robbery incidents.

The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, was taken to jail by Delaware County deputies. The attendant was not injured. The incident occurred on the Cherokee Turnpike near the Leach exit.

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