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
12:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Tulsa County Commissioner Sworn-in to Office

Ron Peters takes the oath of office at the Tulsa County Courthouse
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Tulsa County’s newest elected leader takes the oath of office today. Republican Ron Peters, who won a special election last week, is sworn-in as District 3 County Commissioner. The former state legislator says important issues ahead include inadequate juvenile justice facilities and an overcrowded jail. When in the state house, Peters was known as an advocate for juvenile justice issues, and he says doing something about the cramped, outdated facilities here is a priority.

Peters will serve the remainder of Fred Perry’s term, who stepped down early due to health problems.

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Local & Regional
12:49 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

OHP to Crackdown on Drunk and Impaired Drivers

Tulsa Troop B Highway Patrol announces a 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign through Labor Day.
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As the last holiday of the summer approaches, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will participate in a crackdown on impaired and intoxicated drivers. OHP Captain George Brown says troopers will aggressively enforce drug and alcohol laws or any other criminal act they observe.                                    

Brown says 18 troopers from the Tulsa area division will participate in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, which begins tonight and runs through Labor Day.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Councilor Calls for Changes to Capital Improvements Package

Councilors consider changes to the tax extension package this week.
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As public neighborhood meetings on Tulsa’s proposed 900-million dollar capital improvements package wind up, one councilor proposes a change. District 9 Representative G.T. Bynum on Thursday will ask fellow councilors to drop projects for the BOK Center and Cox Convention Center. He says proposed maintenance upgrades to the buildings have met resistance, and he doesn’t want to jeopardize the entire 900-million dollar package. He thinks they should be taken out of the proposal.

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Local & Regional
1:56 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Study Shows Positive Results at Tulsa Juvenile Bureau

A study shows Tulsa County doing far better than the national average at keeping juveniles from repeat offending and winding up back before a judge. Director of the Juvenile Bureau, Brent Wolfe, says the study took a look at every probation case that had been closed over a two year period, and then followed each case out for two years beyond the closing date. It shows only a 6.5% rate of repeat offenders here.

Local & Regional
2:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Changes to the City of Tulsa's Pension System Contemplated

Mayor Bartlett and members of a study committee announce recommendations for changes to the city's retirement system
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Tulsa leaders look at pension reform as a way to shore up finances and avoid the possibility of a future bankruptcy. Mayor Bartlett says at the heart of many cities financial woes is an unwieldy employee pension plan that is no longer affordable. A committee‘s been studying the city’s pension plan to make recommendations to avoid the risk of a tax hike or service cuts to try and pay for pension benefits. He says it’s an issue all Tulsans should care about, we don’t want to wind up like Detroit or some other cities that have declared bankruptcy.

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Local & Regional
2:36 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mayor Reacts to Spirit Announcement

Mayor Bartlett talks to reporters about Spirit's sale announcement
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Mayor Bartlett and Tulsa business leaders try to put the best face on the announced intention of Spirit Aerosystems to sell the company’s Oklahoma operations. The mayor says he’s not all that concerned about the change because he believes much of the experienced workforce can continue to be employed in some aspect of Tulsa’s aerospace industry.  

And the mayor says Spirit has long term contract commitments at the airport so he expects there won’t be any immediate negative financial impact.

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Local & Regional
12:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Possible MRSA Cases at the Tulsa Jail

Some Tulsa County jail inmates are being tested for possible MRSA infections
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Test results are awaited on five Tulsa County inmates who may have the dangerous MRSA infection. Sheriff’s Captain Billy McKelvey says the five have been isolated from the rest of the jail population and are being treated.

McKelvey says it’s believed the inmates are suffering from the bacterial infection, MRSA, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Skin samples have been sent to a lab for testing. Results are expected tomorrow or Thursday. Doctors say MRSA, which can be deadly, is treatable if recognized early and if patients are started on the right antibiotics.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

A Campaign is Launched to Improve Tulsans' Health

An effort to improve Tulsa County residents health gets underway
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The Tulsa Health Department spearheads an effort to help county residents adopt healthier lifestyles. The plan focuses on six priority areas…poor diet and inactivity, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, chronic disease, tobacco use, and access to healthcare. Kaitlin Snider with the Health Department says the improvement plan was developed through 18 months of research into what health issues mattered most to citizens.                                

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tulsa County Seeks a Criminal Justice Tax

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and others announce plans for a tax initiative for criminal justice
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A petition drive is launched for a Tulsa County criminal justice tax. The announcement is made outside the Tulsa jail. It would provide one sixth of a penny for a new juvenile justice center and expansion of the county jail. It’s the same amount of the former 4-to-fix tax, but not the same tax. Sheriff Stanley Glanz admits though, if a Tulsa city ballot passes in November and this proposal passes, it would be a new tax. But he says it’s needed to address a growing safety problem.

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Local & Regional
12:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Work's Underway on a Librarium in Downtown Tulsa

Officials show off progress on a downtown Librarium
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Tulsa’s main central library will close next month for a two year renovation, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get library services downtown. A Librarium will open to continue library services during the renovation process. Work is underway at the location of an old supermarket at 11th and South Denver. While only a temporary facility, the Librarium will showcase the latest in equipment and technology. Kim Johnson, Library Deputy Director and Chief Innovation Officer, says the project will serve as a trial run for hi-tech services that could become of the new library’s menu.

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