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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Green the Vote Oklahoma

The Tulsa State Fair has animals, rides, and unusual foods…but not the opportunity to sign a petition to legalize medical marijuana as supporters originally intended. Green the Vote Oklahoma volunteers claim they went through the process to get a fairgrounds booth, but were frozen out. Spokesman Josh Lewelling assumes it’s because of the subject matter.

Fairgrounds Spokeswoman Sarah Thompson denies that’s the case. She says it’s more about the best use of available space and safety of petitioners and patrons.


Construction begins next week on a project touted as a way to improve access to the courthouse, main library, and new Aloft Hotel. The extension of West 5th between South Denver and Elwood has been in the works for years, but redesigns and cost challenges have delayed the project…until now. City of Tulsa Engineering Director Paul Zachary says construction begins next Monday.

The plan is to finish up the six million dollar road project and open it at the same time as the central library renovation in summer of next year.

Oklahoma Municipal League

Oklahoma cities are in trouble because of the limited ways they have of raising revenue. It’s the message city leaders are trying to get out during the Oklahoma Municipal League meeting going on this week in Tulsa. 66% of city and town revenues are from sales taxes. Oklahoma is the only state where municipalities don’t receive ad valorem, or property taxes. It’s creating a crisis, according to Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson, the Oklahoma Mayor’s Council President.


The lunar eclipse Sunday night will occur while there is a Supermoon in the sky, one closer to the Earth than usual when an eclipse happens. National Weather Service Meterologist in Charge at the Tulsa Office, Steve Piltz, says it could also be what’s referred to as a ‘Blood Moon’ because of a possibly reddish tinge. Piltz says it’s been 32 years since the last Supermoon eclipse and will be 18 years before another.

Skies are predicted to be clear Sunday night. The eclipse is expected to begin at 9:11pm Oklahoma time and last until just after 10pm.

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Tomorrow it’s been seven years since TransCanada applied to build the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s a process that usually takes a couple of years, not seven, and it’s still not approved. Cindy Schild with the American Petroleum Institute calls the delay unreasonable and politically motivated.

She says numerous studies show the pipeline is the most effective and cost efficient way to get Canadian tar sands oil delivered to refineries, and claims it would reduce dependence on unfriendly oil and create jobs. 

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Get behind on your state taxes and now owe hundreds in penalties and interest? Now is your chance to catch up and avoid paying interest and penalties on those back taxes. Spokeswoman Paula Ross with the Oklahoma Tax Commission says until November 13th you may take advantage of the ‘Payright OK’ program.

It’s only state taxes, not federal. Information about the amnesty is available on the Tax Commission website.


An animal rights group is protesting Senator Jim Inhofe’s pigeon shoot fundraising event. The group, SHARK or Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, claims the pigeon shoot in Southwestern Oklahoma violates the state’s animal humane laws. President Steve Hindi says they’ve asked law enforcement to halt the fundraiser, with no result. He has harsh words for those who take part, calling them cowards and serial animal killers.


An animal rights group is protesting Senator Jim Inhofe’s pigeon shoot fundraising event. The group, SHARK or Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, claims the pigeon shoot in Southwestern Oklahoma violates the state’s animal humane laws. President Steve Hindi says they’ve asked law enforcement to halt the fundraiser, with no result. He has harsh words for those who take part, calling them cowards and serial animal killers.


Route 66, America’s Mother Road, holds great interest for Europeans. Every year several travel all or part of the iconic roadway. In Tulsa recently were Corin Minshall from London and Estella Vall of Barcelona, about halfway through their trip along the entire route from Chicago to Santa Monica.

They say many Europeans consider it the ‘road trip of a lifetime’. They’re taking in the tourist stops like the Blue Whale and the Cadillac Ranch, but also staying in some homes and B and B’s along the route to get a feel for what it’s like for those living along the famous roadway.


Law agencies in Tulsa County come together to try and end impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. Attending an announcement of a countywide crackdown with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols is ‘Doc’ Livingston with Victims Impact of Oklahoma. His son is serving 40 years in prison after killing a man while driving drunk. ‘Doc’ says two men lost their lives that day, the victim killed in the crash, and his son, who ‘threw his life away.’

The holiday weekend ENDUI enforcement effort begins Friday and runs through Monday.

Tulsa Jail

There are too many mentally ill inmates in jail and prison who should be in a diversion or treatment program elsewhere. Tulsa County is tackling the problem by joining the national ‘Stepping Up’ initiative.

Juvenile Bureau Chief and former Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones is one of those helping form an action plan for the county. He says government can’t do it alone, there aren’t enough resources, so community and non-profits will be part of the effort.

A study will analyze gaps in mental health treatment and how best to use resources in efficient ways.

State of Oklahoma

As oil prices remain the lowest they’ve been in years, the governor speaks to energy sector leaders at a Pipeline and Energy Expo in Tulsa. As the price hovers around $40 a barrel, Governor Fallin expects more cuts, closures, and mergers.

She says Oklahoma has been through these energy depressions before and the governor says the energy economy will eventually rebound, but in the meantime, expect another lean budget year with more cuts likely. She says state leaders are already working on a spending plan that will include cuts and efficiencies to make ends meet.

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Tulsa schools begin classes next week, and some suburban districts have already begun. Tulsa Police remind drivers those school zones will be active once again. Sgt. Shane Tuel says they will be patrolled closely and there’s no tolerance for speeding motorists, or those going around stopped school buses with lights flashing.

The speed limit in school zones when sign lights are flashing is 25mph.

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A change is made to try and capture more money for the Tulsa County jail. County leaders adopt a resolution assigning jail expansion use taxes to a contribution fund for jail operations. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says previously the use tax dollars have gone for fairgrounds improvements. He says they should be going to jail operations instead.

Glanz says it could mean several thousand dollars a year more for a jail budget that is financially strapped, and could use every dollar.


Police are called to Ted’s Hamburgers this morning where the long-time owner is found stabbed to death inside the restaurant. When reporting for duty today, co-workers found the body of 65-year-old James Coulson. Officer Leland Ashley says no motive was immediately apparent, and they have scant suspect information. Anyone who might know something is asked to call Crimestoppers.

Coulson is Tulsa’s 39th homicide of the year.

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The latest stats show no cases of West Nile virus in the Tulsa area. The County Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider says traps have turned up nearly three dozen mosquitoes infected with the virus, but no people here yet. Still citizens are being urged to take precautions since August is a month for high mosquito activity.

There have been nearly a dozen cases of West Nile in humans in the state this year, but none so far in Tulsa County. No deaths have occurred.


Tulsa County leaders recognize the effort to end homelessness in the area, especially among veterans. Several groups are involved in ‘Project Zero 2016’. Mike Brose is Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He says in the first 30 days of the effort, 32 homeless veterans and 19 chronic homeless people were moved off the streets and out of shelters into permanent housing.

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After weeks of sniping over who should control jail funds, an interlocal agreement is signed by the Criminal Justice Authority, but not before more fireworks.

The deal outlines how jail funds will be administered, but it’s not to the liking of mayors in some communities, and they argued for amendments today, changes the county’s attorney said he would recommend against accepting. The deciding vote came from Glenpool’s Vice Mayor Momadou Ceesay, who wanted to end the stalemate.


A new report is out, and to almost no one's surprise, Tulsa roads are among the worst in the nation.

The findings, released by a national transportation research group, shows 45 percent of Tulsa roadways in poor condition, and it shows they cause area motorists to spend more than $900 in additional operating costs due to vehicle deterioration.

"Not only does the motorist feel that they're getting jarred around by those rough roads, also very critically, the vehicles are getting kicked around by those rough roads," said Rocky Moretti with transportation research group TRIP.


Even as a grand jury investigates the Tulsa Sheriff for possible problems with the reserve deputy program, the Office receives an award for its’ handling of undocumented aliens who have been arrested.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, present two awards to the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office for two inspections with no deficiencies. The awards are for the years 2013 and 2014.

Sheriff Glanz says Tulsa County has one of the highest successful rates of immigration cases in the nation.