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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
1:54 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Violent Crime Initiative Results in More than 100 Arrests

Law Agency Representatives announce Violent Crime crackdown results
Credit KWGS News

Jurisdictions from the FBI to the U-S Attorney to Tulsa police join forces to crackdown on violent crime in a troubled neighborhood. The Violent Crime Initiative, focused on the 61st and South Peoria area, began in April. The crime sweep that resulted in 110 arrests was prompted by a quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace. U-S Attorney Danny Williams says it was designed to get the worst of the worst off the streets.

But Williams says another element of the initiative is to help non-violent criminals get resources they need to break the often generational cycle of crime.

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Local & Regional
2:16 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Cherokees React to Baby Veronica Ruling

Chief Bill John Baker speaks to reporters at Tribal Headquarters in Tahlequah
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‘Deeply, deeply disappointed’ is how Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker describes tribal reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the Baby Veronica case. The court decided in favor of the adoptive parents in a custody battle with Veronica’s biological father, Dusten Brown, a Cherokee tribal member. The decision has far reaching implications for the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives tribes and relatives a say in decisions affecting children with Native American heritage…but the Supreme Court ruled the act doesn’t apply in this case.  

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Tulsa Councilors to Make Important Capital Improvements Decisions Tonight

Tulsa Councilors discuss capital improvements package
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After Tulsa City Councilors make some decisions at tonight’s meeting about how to proceed, you get a chance for input into plans for an $818-million capital improvements package. One issue that needs to be decided, whether to divert $60 million in sales taxes to public safety. Task Force Chairman G.T. Bynum says the decision will let people know whether the former 4-to-fix county tax will be part of the capital plan or will be diverted to fund public safety, as the mayor proposes. A series of public hearings will then be held across the city in July.

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Local & Regional
1:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

City Surplus Auction Goes On-line

The coming city of Tulsa surplus property auction goes on-line
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For the first time, you’ll be able to go on-line and bid in the city of Tulsa surplus property auction. Purchasing Services Coordinator Patricia Cummings says it’s an attempt to see if going on-line will lower costs and hike revenue.                              

The website is www.purplewave.com. Bidding starts this week and runs to July 12th. You can view items on-line or at the city’s surplus property warehouse at 108 North Trenton.

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Local & Regional
12:32 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

A Simulated Chemical Leak Provides Training for Tulsa Area Emergency Responders

Victims are decontaminated at a simulated chemical emergency at the Port of Catoosa
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Firefighters in haz-mat suits surround a smoking rail car at the Port of Catoosa. Nearby, people are being hosed down in a decontamination area. It looks like a real chemical spill, but it’s actually a training simulation. Lead exercise controller Sean Hagerty says it’s designed to promote cooperation between emergency responders.                                  

The Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa police and fire, Verdigris and Claremore fire, and Port personnel all took part in the exercise.        

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mayor Urges Public Safety Tax Approval

Mayor Bartlett makes a plea for public safety funds
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Mayor Bartlett makes a plea for support of his plan to extend a tax and dedicate it for public safety. The proposal, in the mayor’s words, would re-purpose the former .167 percent ‘4 to fix’ county tax and extend it beyond its’ current expiration date next year. Mayor Bartlett says it would provide a sustainable source of revenue for police, fire, and street maintenance needs. The mayor says it’s not a new tax, only an extension of a current tax.                              

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Local & Regional
11:53 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Dental Patient Testing Will End this Month

Testing for Scott Harrington's patients will end soon
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Testing of former patients of Tulsa Dentist W. Scott Harrington will end two weeks from today. Kaitlin Snider with the Health Department says the number coming in for testing has dwindled the past couple of weeks, so it was decided to set an end date of June 28th.

To date around four thousand patients have been tested for blood borne diseases. No new positive results are reported in the past week of testing.

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Local & Regional
10:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

It's Ozone Alert Season

Tulsa's first Ozone Alert of the season
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The first ozone alert of the year in Tulsa brings reminders how you can help keep down pollution. Nancy Graham, Air Quality Program Manager for INCOG, says try and keep car trips to a minimum, don’t fill your tank on Alert Days, put off lawn mowing or other chores using gas powered tools.                              

She says dirty air hurts those with asthma and other health problems, and could mean forcing costly steps like mandated inspections and more expensive gasoline.

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Local & Regional
2:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Tulsa County Property Auction Underway

There's a big crowd for the Tulsa County delinquent property tax auction
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Hundreds of properties with delinquent taxes are being auctioned off by the Tulsa County Treasurer’s Office. The properties being auctioned owe back taxes from 2009 and will be sold to the highest bidder. Treasurer Dennis Semler expects to get more than 400 properties, ranging from vacant lots to businesses off the delinquent list.

The sale is underway at the downtown Convention Center, and will continue until the entire list of delinquent properties have been offered.

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Local & Regional
11:05 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Early In-Person Absentee Voting Underway at Tulsa County Election Board

Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is among the first to cast an in-person absentee ballot for Tuesday's city and county election
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In-person absentee voting is underway for the Tulsa Mayor, Auditor, and County Commission District 3 races. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says you may vote today and Monday in advance of Tuesday’s election. She says there were 20 people lined up outside Election headquarters when doors opened this morning, and there’s been a steady stream of voters coming in to vote.

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