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
2:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Christmas Is Back in the Christmas Parade

Paul Ross announces his company, American Waste Control, will sponsor the 2014 downtown Tulsa Christmas parade.
Credit KWGS News

A new name, with Christmas included, and a new sponsor bring a unified downtown yuletide parade for Tulsa this year. For the past several years, dropping the word Christmas from the downtown event caused a split that resulted in two separate parades, one downtown, one at Tulsa Hills. This year there will be only one parade. Paul Ross is with American Waste Control, the new sponsor. He says this year's parade will officially be known as the 2014 American Waste Control Christmas Parade in Downtown.

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Local & Regional
11:21 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Tulsa Runway Lights Fail a Second Time

Runway light problems at TIA.
Credit Tulsa International Airport

The runway lights at Tulsa’s major airport fail again last night. It’s the second time this week, but Daniel Meier with Tulsa International says this time a staff electrician was on stand-by, just in case, so the problem was resolved in just a matter of minutes. He says the failure was traced to a new monitoring system.

Meier says no planes had to be diverted and any delays were minimal.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Early In-Person Absentee Voting Underway

Early voting begins.
Credit KWGS News

There’s been a steady stream of early absentee voters at the Tulsa County Election Board and the Hardesty Library satellite location today. Early voting in advance of next Tuesday’s primary is allowed at both sites today, tomorrow, and Saturday, according to Board Secretary Patty Bryant.

The Election Board is at 555 North Denver Avenue, Hardesty Library is on 93rd Street just east of Memorial Drive. Hours at both locations are until 6pm today, 8am to 6pm tomorrow, and 9am until 2pm Saturday.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Tulsa City and County Parks Consolidation to Be Studied, Again

City and County Parks consolidation will be considered.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

There will be another study of the feasibility of consolidating the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County Park and Recreation Departments. A group looked into the possibility more than two decades ago, but it went nowhere. Given today’s financial situation for many governments, conditions might be more favorable now. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith believes it’s worth a look-see, and county leaders are poised to pass a resolution of support for a feasibility study.

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Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Watch Out for Chikungunya

Health experts are watching for a mosquito borne illness showing up in the U-S, and it's NOT West Nile.
Credit National Geographic

Traps are out, but so far no sign of mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus in Tulsa County. However, there is another disease borne by mosquitos that has reached U-S shores, and health experts are monitoring for it as well. Nicole Schlaefli is an epidemiologist at the Tulsa Health Department. She says it’s called the Chikungunya Virus and is transmitted from mosquito to human, just like West Nile. The mosquito carried virus began in Africa, like West Nile, then migrated to the Caribbean, then the U-S.

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Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Early Voting Satellite Site Will Open

Early voting starts Thursday.
Credit KWGS News

For the first time in Tulsa County, early in-person absentee voting for the primary will be allowed in a location other than the election board. Secretary of the Board, Patty Bryant, says as a pilot project in the three counties with the largest number of eligible voters, satellite locations are designated. Hardesty Library on 93rd just east of Memorial is the site here.

You may still cast an early ballot at the Election Board at 555 N. Denver. Hours are Thursday and Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am until 2pm at both locations. The primary election is next Tuesday.

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Local & Regional
10:53 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Pinto World Championship is Underway in Tulsa

Pinto World Championship is this month at Expo Square
Credit Tulsa Chamber

An international horse show and competition that draws thousands is underway at the Tulsa fairgrounds. Darrell Bilke is Vice-President of the Pinto Horse Association of America. He says the Pinto World Championship is the Pinto horsemen’s Super Bowl.

The event, which runs through June 21st, includes everything from miniatures to thoroughbreds, and is free and open to the public. The Tulsa Regional Chamber says the two week show brings hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community.

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Local & Regional
11:37 am
Wed June 11, 2014

New Mulch Site Opens

Green waste.
Credit City of Tulsa

The city of Tulsa has opened a new mulch site where you may take your green waste. The new site is between 129th and 145th East Avenues just north of Pine Street. Streets and Storm Water Department Operations Manager Scott Van Loo says the new location is much larger.

The old mulch site on 56th Street North is now closed. The new site will take yard waste, but not other types of waste. You must be a Tulsa citizen to use the site, and you can also receive free mulch and firewood at the new city location.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lewis Avenue Bridge to Reopen in July

ODOT says Lewis Avenue bridge will soon be open.
Credit ODOT

The Lewis Avenue bridge over I-44 in Tulsa should reopen next month. It’s been closed nearly two years while the last phase of the widening of the interstate was constructed. It includes a new bridge on Lewis. Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesperson Kenna Carmon says the bridge was scheduled to open this month, but all the rain has slowed concrete work so it will take a while longer.

No specific date has been set, but it is expected the Lewis Bridge will once again be carrying traffic sometime in July.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Tulsa County Budget Is Almost Complete

Tulsa County works on a spending plan.
Credit Tulsa County

A new spending plan for Tulsa County is about ready, and unlike many area cities, it does not include many cutbacks. In fact, most department budgets are the same as the current fiscal year…and there is some improvement. Chief Fiscal Officer Tom Gerard says the county depends mostly on property taxes and not so much on sales taxes. With a slight improvement in the housing market, it’s a positive for the county and services it offers.

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