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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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.

Tulsa Street School

A challenge gift is offered to Tulsa’s Street School as a way to help make up a shortfall of $107-thousand dollars. The Street School’s Community Relations Director, Kelly McElroy, says the shortfall is due mostly to state funding cuts.

The owner of the Canada Company, Carol Robinson, is making the challenge. She will match dollar for dollar all donations up to $50-thousand dollars made by June 30th to the alternative high school.

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Tulsa County Commissioners approve a resolution affirming results of the April 5th Vision sales tax extension election. Even though approved by 64% of voters, the validity of the election was called into question because not all legal notices required had been published. Assistant District Attorney Doug Wilson has researched the law, and says the county is in substantial compliance.

The county portion of Vision is expected to raise $75-million over 15 years. The city of Tulsa and other municipal votes were not in question.

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No action is taken on a request to re-visit a north Tulsa site already bypassed for a new juvenile justice center. Several people told County Commissioners they still oppose using the site at 36th Street North and Martin Luther King for the facility. Former State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre claims the landowner tried a backdoor approach to get around the opposition.

County Commissioner Karen Keith denies it, but says officials felt they needed to listen to the request, however, she told protestors she ‘doesn’t see it happening’.

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The newest unemployment numbers are out for the Tulsa metro area. The jobless rate has declined slightly to 4.3%, but is still higher than last year at this time, and jobs have been lost since the first of the year. Most of it is due to the slump in the oil industry, according to Monty Evans with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. What’s the future hold? Evans says much of it depends on commodity prices, but the news is a little better in recent days.

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A train derails in downtown Tulsa. Rail crossing warning bells sound where the derailed freight under Interstate 244 at Archer went off the tracks this morning. The exact cause wasn’t immediately determined, but it appears the rails separated for some reason, causing four or five cars to roll off the tracks. Traffic was blocked on the spur line under the interstate, and at a couple of nearby crossings when the arms went down because of the accident. No injuries are reported, but it could take some time to remove the rail cars and repair the tracks.

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