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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A $40-million bond issue for a new family justice center has been authorized, but the elusive search for a new location continues. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith says the bond issue action was taken because of favorable interest rates. It doesn’t mean a site search is over. Though locations until now haven’t panned out for one reason or another, Keith says about three are under consideration, and she hopes a deal is close.

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The effort to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws continues, but not everyone is on the same page. The Grocer’s Association is fighting the Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association’s initiative petition. Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom is also pursuing an initiative petition, and efforts are still underway in the legislature.

State Representative Glen Mulready of Tulsa is working on the issue on the house side. A proposal has cleared the senate, but is yet to be approved by the house.

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After the terrorist attacks in Belgium, Americans want to know could such a coordinated, devastating, attack happen here.

University of Tulsa Assistant Professor of Political Science Gaurav Kampani is an expert in US and foreign security policies. He says theoretically, it’s possible, but a lone wolf kind of attack is the more probable scenario, Similar to what took place in California.

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Investigators in Broken Arrow say what is first reported as a suicide is actually a homicide. Corporal Leon Calhoun says the evidence at the scene didn’t match the wife’s story of a suicide by the 69-year-old male victim. Calhoun says the suspect apparently at some point confided what happened with her two adult daughters.

The woman and one daughter have been arrested. The other daughter wasn’t immediately located. Police had been called to the residence previously for domestic related incidents.

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The Creek Nation’s 11th hour reluctance to agree to provide funding for a Vision River Proposal could negatively impact other river projects. The tribe is asked for $18-million, but now Creek leaders want to wait for the outcome of the Vision vote in Jenks and Tulsa on April 5th. Part of the Vision money would fund repairs on the levee system. County Commission Chief Deputy Michael Willis says that’s a priority for the county and having the Creek Nation on board improves chances for additional federal funding.

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It’s spring break time, and Oklahomans are being cautioned to take steps to try and avoid mosquito bites if traveling to certain locations. The Caribbean, Latin and South America are experiencing Zika Virus outbreaks. Tulsa County Health Department Epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli says if heading that direction, be cautious, and maybe consider an alternate destination. The three reported cases of Zika in Oklahoma are all in people who recently traveled to countries where outbreaks of the virus are prevalent.

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Prominent Hispanic community activist Francisco Trevino is upset over the Democratic Party’s call for an investigation into donors to Republican Sheriff’s candidate Vic Regalado’s campaign. The donors are Hispanic and Democrats believe they are ‘straw’ donors as a way to get around campaign laws. Regalado calls the Democrats’ move ‘political racial profiling’ and Trevino agrees.

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A new non-stop flight destination is added at Tulsa International Airport. New Orleans, the Big Easy, is the latest non-stop service added by Allegiant Airlines to and from Tulsa. The seasonal direct flights to New Orleans will begin in late May. Allegiant Station Manager in Tulsa is Kurt Harvey. He says the city has been good for the airline and vice-versa. This is the sixth non-stop destination that will now be flown by Allegiant to and from Tulsa.

The flight directly to New Orleans takes a couple of hours where it can take twelve hours or longer to drive the route.

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A bridge replacement will mean detours for drivers on a busy south Tulsa street. County Chief Engineer Tom Rains says the project on South Garnett between 81st and 91st begins next week and could take three weeks to finish.

You will be able to get through intersections at 81st and 91st, but you will not be able to go completely through that mile section on Garnett. The road will be closed to traffic between West San Antonio and West Urbana. There will be some access to neighborhoods and businesses. The project is scheduled to begin March 14th.

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A program to help small businesses based in Tulsa is launched. The Mayor’s Office of Human Rights is behind the new Small Business Enterprise Program. The goal is for the city to use small business for six to ten percent of goods and services. Spokesman Dr. Stacey Cole says it will make it easier for smaller businesses to get city contracts.

The Enterprise Program is free and open to any Tulsa based small business meeting the qualifying standards. The business must have 25 or fewer employees, and a Tulsa area office conducting core business activities.

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