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
12:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Work on Tulsa Jail Booking Area Doors Begins

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The doors at the Tulsa jail where prisoners are delivered are being replaced. They were damaged in a police chase a decade ago. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says the so-called Sally Port doors where prisoners are loaded and unloaded need to be replaced. He says the repair done after the damage ten years ago has outlived its’ usefulness, and new doors with a better design are being installed.

The work could cost about 100-thousand dollars. Traffic into the prisoner area of the Moss Center will be re-routed while the doors are replaced to minimize safety concerns.

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Local & Regional
1:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

High Wildfire Danger Today

There is  a high fire danger in many parts of the state today, including here in Northeast Oklahoma. State Forestry Director George Geissler says even with recent rains, it’s still dry enough to provide plenty of fuel for wildfires.

He says there are no burn bans currently in effect, but cautions people to be careful to try and avoid any spark that could ignite a wildfire.

There have been several brush and grass fires in and around the Tulsa area the past couple of days.

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Local & Regional
10:45 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Tulsa Council Considering Separate Tax Extension Questions

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Most Tulsa City Councilors now favor two separate ballot initiatives going to voters…one for streets, one for other capital needs. Councilor G.T. Bynum proposed the idea after hearing from citizens who prefer a stand-alone  street question. He says voters are suspicious the package would be loaded up with fluff by elected leaders in the hope the popularity of streets would help with passage of other capital projects.

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Local & Regional
2:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bill to Ban Texting Flounders and Fails at the Capitol

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Supporters haven’t given up, but it appears the effort to pass a law banning texting while driving is dead, at least for this session. The failure to advance the measure by lawmakers disappoints AAA Oklahoma Spokesman Chuck Mai. He says it’s an important safety measure that the vast majority of people support. Mai says much of the blame for the failure can be laid at the feet of House Speaker T.W. Shannon. Mai says Shannon apparently doesn’t consider it a safety issue, and won’t let it advance to the floor for a vote.

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Local & Regional
1:26 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Affordable Housing Funding Cut

Credit HOPE 6 Tulsa

There’s a growing need for affordable housing in Tulsa County, but federal dollars for such programs have been greatly reduced over the last three years. This year, federal funds for HOME Consortium and Community Block Development needs will be cut between five and seven percent. It follows more drastic cuts the two previous years. The reduction is despite a continuing need for affordable housing for the poor, elderly, and young couples just starting out.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Move to Sell Rail Line Could Hurt Effort to Return Passenger Trains to Eastern Oklahoma

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A move contemplated by the State Department of Transportation could kill efforts to return passenger rail to eastern Oklahoma. Rick Westcott, Chair of Tulsa’s Rail Advisory Committee, calls ODOT’s proposed sale of the Sooner Sub line from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City ‘almost the worst news possible’.

The state owns the 97 mile long line, but a freight hauling company is interested in buying it and Westcott believes that would greatly diminish chances of returning passenger rail service to Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
12:50 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

New Training Facility Named for Tulsa Sheriff

Sheriff Glanz and family listen as a new law enforcement training center is named for him
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A regional law enforcement training facility is being built in Tulsa and it will be named after current Sheriff Stanley Glanz. A deal to purchase land at the U-S Shooting Academy range at 66th Street North is finalized, and Sheriff Glanz says the plan is for it to become a regional training facility for area law officers and agents.

Glanz hopes construction will begin within six months. Tulsa County leaders have officially named the new facility the Sheriff Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Training Center.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Tulsa Help Agency Prepares for Sequestration Cuts

CAP Director Steven Dow
Credit File Photo-Tulsa Area United Way

A Tulsa group that provides early childhood and pre-k programs is prepared should federal sequestration cutbacks impact its’ funding. Executive Director of Community Action Project, Steven Dow, says while federal Headstart dollars are important to the programs…there are other funding sources, including state pre-k and Oklahoma early childhood program dollars, the United Way and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Dow says there shouldn’t be any impact on services in the near term, but what might happen with future federal funding is a question mark right now.

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Local & Regional
10:12 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Tulsa City Bus Involved in Collision

A pickup is loaded onto a wrecker after colliding with a Tulsa Transit Bus
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A collision between a Tulsa Transit Bus and a pickup this morning injures four people, including the bus driver.

Police Officer J.D. Curran says none of the injuries are believed to be serious. He says the pickup driver, headed northbound on Utica, apparently ran a red light at the Third Street intersection and crashed into the bus. Traffic at the intersection was re-routed for a time until the wreckage could be cleared.

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Local & Regional
1:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Crystal City Auctioned

Crystal City Shopping Center Auction
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A shopping center along historic Route 66, once the jewel of West Tulsa, is auctioned to the highest bidder. Crystal City, built as an amusement park and shopping plaza in the 1920’s, is now nearly empty. Only a few businesses remain. Rich Leible owns Good Guys Gun and Pawn.

He says he hopes the new owners do a better job of taking care of things than the old owners. He believes the area is ripe for revitalization.

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