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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
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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Local & Regional
1:36 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Third Penny Tax Extension Hearings Scheduled

Tulsa Leaders announce hearing schedule for 3rd penny
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Tulsa city leaders announce a series of neighborhood meetings to get input about improvements that would be funded by a third penny tax extension. The announcement was held in one of the city’s newest fire stations, one paid for by the third penny. Inside is a new ladder truck, also paid for with third penny money. Steve Gage is Deputy Chief of Field Operations, and he says public safety would have trouble meeting the needs of its’ mission without the third penny funding.

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Local & Regional
11:24 am
Wed February 20, 2013

EMSA Answers Slippery Sidewalk Calls

Stop sign at 5th Place and Florence
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The winter weather means slippery roadways, but sidewalks are also a danger. EMSA has been busy responding to quite a few more traffic collision calls than normal since the winter weather moved into the area.

Kelli Bruer with EMSA says they’ve also responded to people slipping and falling inside and outside. She says be careful when walking on untreated walkways, wear good shoes, and dry shoes off once you get back inside.

She says it’s been a while since we’ve seen any real snow accumulation in the Tulsa area, so people need to be extra cautious on roads and sidewalks.

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Local & Regional
2:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Crossbow Convict Up for Parole

Jimmie Dean Stohler
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A former Tulsa policeman convicted in one of the city’s most infamous murder cases has a parole hearing tomorrow. Jimmie Dean Stohler, the only man of three tried in the 1982 Crossbow Case to be convicted, faces the parole board. Rochelle Ruth is the twin sister of the victim, Michelle Rae Powers. Ruth will be there to argue against letting Stohler out of prison. Assistant Tulsa County D.A. James Dunn will also argue against parole. He cites the heinous nature of the crime, and says Stohler should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Merger Means Another Attempt at Funding Airport Improvements

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Now that the merger of American Airlines and U-S Airways is moving ahead, Mayor Bartlett wants to revisit plans for upgrading airport facilities. He says the need is still there and it’s even more important because of the merger and the possibility of more planes coming here for maintenance.

Airport improvements were included in last year’s failed Vision 2 proposal. The mayor wants to form a committee with community and government leaders and work on formulating a different approach.

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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Tulsa Joins a Pilot Program to Encourage and Train Entrepreneurs Around the Globe

Mayor Bartlett and Councilor Blake Ewing announce the global business effort
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Tulsa joins sister cities, the U-S State Department, and a local company in a pilot program designed to encourage start-up companies around the globe. The goal is to help create businesses, grow jobs, and boost entrepreneurs. Sean Griffin is co-founder of StartUp Cup, the Tulsa based organization involved in the pilot program. He’s already established a global network.

The State Department is involved as part of an effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world.

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Local & Regional
10:20 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Governor's Budget Plan Called 'Disappointing'

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The head of an Oklahoma think tank says the Governor’s agenda disappoints in many key areas. Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, David Blatt, calls it a positive sign that Governor Fallin has significantly scaled back her tax cut proposal, however, he says there should be no tax cuts unless they are revenue neutral and unless the overall issue of tax reform is addressed.

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Local & Regional
12:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Tulsa Jail Overcrowded

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There’s no room at the lockup. Daily inmate populations at the Moss Center are around 18-hundred…several hundred above the average covered in the budget. Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says such a high population makes it less safe for staff and inmates.

Glanz says much of the increase is due to people arrested who have outstanding warrants. When somebody is picked up and is found to have a warrant, they go to jail. He says he’s meeting with judges to see what can be done to reduce the jail numbers.

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Local & Regional
12:06 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Public Safety Group Has Recommendations for Tulsa City Leaders

Public Safety Intelligence Group holds final meeting
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A special task force has recommendations to improve the gathering of tips to help solve crimes. The public safety intelligence group formed after the murders of four women at Fairmont Terrace. Chairman G.T. Bynum says a major finding of the group is that an upgrade of the system used to process tips and other intelligence is sorely needed. The current system was put in place in 1976.

The upgrade would be costly, but Bynum believes it’s needed. A list of about a half dozen recommendations will be presented to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Thursday.

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