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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Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Vacant Problem Housing Being Demolished

One of the vacant quadplexes to be demolished.
Credit KWGS News

The city of Tulsa begins demolishing vacant dilapidated structures in an area frequented by criminals and vagrants. The abandoned quadplexes on 63rd just west of South Peoria are unkempt and unsafe, according to police and city leaders. Major Jonathan Brooks is with the division that patrols the area. He says the vacant run-down structures are havens for vagrants and criminal activity and make the entire neighborhood less safe.

The city started this week demolishing the first of several of the quadplexes which will be coming down.

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Local & Regional
9:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Fatal Fire Termed Suspicious

Police are called in to investigate after a body is found in a burning house.
Credit Tulsa Fire Department

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in west Tulsa as a homicide. Firefighters found a person dead after being called to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 35-hundred block of West Easton this morning. Captain Stan May says investigators found some things just didn’t add up, so police were called.

Firefighters found the body in a bed at the back of the house. The victim was badly burned. It also appears utilities in the house weren’t hooked up and working. The investigation continues.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

The Jury Remains Out on Whether Jurors Will Be Called Next Week

No Tulsa County juries this week, and maybe not next week.
Credit KWGS News

There’s no jury duty call at the Tulsa County Courthouse this week, but there should be one next week. The cancellation comes because a faulty drainpipe flooded the courthouse basement during the big rainstorm last week. County Spokesman Michael Willis says it looks like all is on track to summon jurors next week as scheduled.

No one should report for jury duty this week. When a decision is made about next week, the information will be available by calling the court clerk or going to the Tulsa County website.

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Invited to 'Gathering Place' Groundbreaking

The Gathering Place groundbreaking is free and open to the public.
Credit A Gathering Place for Tulsa

If you want to get an idea what the ‘Gathering Place’ will look like and actually walk the grounds, later this month is your chance. Director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place project, Jeff Stava, says a groundbreaking for the $350 million park project is set for September 20th, and the public is invited.

It will be a picnic style event with food trucks, live music, and activities for children and families. It’s free and open to the public.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Jury Duty for Next Week Cancelled

Jury duty next week cancelled because of basement flooding.
Credit KWGS News

No jury duty in Tulsa County next week. The flooded basement has caused court officials to cancel the jury call for September 8th through the 12th. Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith says jurors who were summoned for next week should NOT report to the jury assembly room Monday.

The jury assembly room is in the basement which was flooded because of a faulty drainpipe and heavy rains earlier this week. Howe Smith says there is a chance jury duty for other weeks could be cancelled depending on how long clean-up and repair takes.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Those Cleaning Up After Storms Urged to Be Cautious in Heat and Humidity

Bartlesville area storm damage.
Credit American Red Cross-Tulsa

As a result of Monday night’s storms in Washington County, some are still without power, and some without homes. Initial assessments show 25 homes destroyed or with major damage and 128 others affected. A concern is for people out trying to clean up in this heat and humidity. Brian Jensen is Regional Red Cross Disaster Officer for Eastern Oklahoma. He says it’s important to stay hydrated and rest frequently. The Red Cross is providing a cooling station.

The cooling station where people can rest and get a meal is at the Bluestem Baptist Church in Dewey.

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Local & Regional
12:30 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Water Line Break Info Now Available On-Line

Water line break in Tulsa
Credit KWGS News

It’s a time of year when there are still a lot of waterline breaks in Tulsa. Now you can go on-line and check the status of active line breaks. The City’s Michelle Allen says the active break report is available on-line for people to view.

The report on the city of Tulsa website gives info like where the break is located, when it was reported, businesses and residences affected, and an approximate time on how long it will take to fix the break.

You can report a water line break by calling the 24-hour Water Emergency Line at 918-596-9488.

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Local & Regional
1:21 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Tulsa Cops Cracking Down on DUI Drivers this Weekend

Drunk Driving crackdown this weekend.
Credit File photo

On this last holiday weekend of the summer, Tulsa Police will be on the lookout for drunk and impaired drivers. A DUI checkpoint will be set up near a busy Memorial Drive intersection. Craig Murray is the police department’s traffic safety officer, and he says there will be no tolerance for anyone arrested on suspicion of driving impaired…they will go to jail.

The special enforcement crackdown is part of the ‘Safer Summer in Tulsa’ campaign.

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Local & Regional
2:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Area Leaders Tour Low Water Dam Sites and the Levees

Gates on Zink Lake low water dam.
Credit KWGS News

The river task force takes a bus tour of the sites for proposed low-water dams and the levee system along the Arkansas. Tulsa City Councilor Jeannie Cue’s district includes much of the east and west river bank area. County and city leaders went along on the tour, and Cue says that’s important because all jurisdictions involved have to be on the same page.

A tax is being considered that would impact citizens in communities affected by projects that would help keep water in the river.

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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Nonprofits and Government Agencies Get Free CNG Conversions

Compressed Natural Gas selling for $1.87 in Tulsa.
Credit KWGS News

Eleven non-profits and government agencies get grants from the Apache Corporation to convert vehicles to compressed natural gas. It’s part of Apache’s neighborhood giving program. One recipient is the Tulsa Dream Center. Director Wendall Hope says the conversion is not something they could afford on their own.

Another non-profit getting the grant is the Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children. Spokesman Neal Wooldridge says he knows it will save money.

CNG is selling for less than two dollars for an equivalent gallon of unleaded gasoline which is above three dollars right now.

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