Marshall Stewart

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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AAA

You’ll be paying more for gasoline, but it’s not expected to keep people off the roadways this Memorial Day weekend. Some will be partying on this first holiday of the summer, and Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says the tipsy tow free service is available again. It’s free and you don’t have to be a member of the motor club to take advantage of the offer.

Triple A’s tipsy tow begins Friday at 6pm and runs through Tuesday at 4am. Again, you do not have to be a Triple-A member to use the service.

Matt Trotter / KWGS

A public hearing is held on the budget for fixing the damaged Tulsa County river levees. A feasibility study is needed before the county can apply for federal dollars to start repairs on the aging levee system on the Arkansas River. Levee Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick says big time repairs are necessary to make the 70 year old system safer. A feasibility study is the next step in the process.

Matching funds are needed for the feasibility study and Kilpatrick says the county has the money to proceed with that step.

AAA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The AAA says more Oklahomans are expected to head out of town this Memorial Day weekend than last year.

AAA Oklahoma expects that 657,500 residents will travel over Memorial Day, which is an increase of 1.3 percent from the year before. Auto travel is predicted to be up by 1.6 percent and air travel is projected to be up by 0.6 percent.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A boat collision and at least three drownings around the state just this week point out the need for safety on the water. Abby Jones with the Army Corps of Engineers says check out your boat and make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment, including life jackets for ALL those aboard. And she says make sure they are the right size for the occupants of the craft.

She says boaters also need a fire extinguisher, a horn or whistle to make sound for warnings and if there’s trouble, and a seat cushion or something that can be thrown to someone in the water.

NPR

There are victims or potential victims of an IRS phone scam making the rounds in the Tulsa area. Justin Green with the Sheriff’s Office says investigators have received several calls recently from someone claiming to be from the IRS. They tell whoever answers they owe back taxes and must pay immediately or be arrested.

It’s a scam. Green says don’t fall for it. He says the IRS will never contact you and demand payment over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, you are asked to report it to the IRS.

Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport has big plans for economic development. A public hearing at the courthouse outlined five proposed tax increment financial districts to support the project. Airports Director Jeff Mulder says the project could mean $900-million dollars in new economic growth.

Target developments are industrial, aerospace, hotels, and retail. Tulsa County and city leaders must sign on to create the TIF districts for development. TIF’s have been used before, but since this is public land and a city-county project, it is new to the state of Oklahoma.

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With the warmer weather, more motorcycles are on the roads and highways. Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley says it’s incumbent on the motorcycle riders and OTHER Drivers to be extra cautious. He recommends a helmet, even though Oklahoma law doesn’t require it for most riders. And Ashley says a refresher course is a good idea, even for experienced riders.

There have been several fatality wrecks involving motorcycles in the state this spring, including one this week near the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Friends of the Eastern Flyer

With the on-going budget crisis, there’s talk of eliminating state funding for the Heartland Flyer…the passenger rail service from Oklahoma City to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If that were to happen, it would make it difficult to move forward with the proposed Eastern Flyer…a passenger train from Tulsa to OKC. Evan Stair is President of Passenger Rail Oklahoma and he claims the Heartland Flyer brings millions of dollars to the state and the appropriation should stay.

City-Data.com

An expert in how to make cities more ‘walkable’ comes to Tulsa to speak about resurgent downtowns. Author and urban planner Jeff Speck is known for his book…Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.

Speck says there are four things that must be done simultaneously to make cities more walkable…the walk has to be useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting. He will speak tomorrow night at the Cox Business Center. The presentation is free. It starts at 6:30, and you are asked to RSVP in advance.

KWGS News

The bridge just west of Mingo on 86th Street North will be closed to traffic starting tomorrow morning just after 9am. Chief Tulsa County Engineer Tom Rains says the structure has severe slab settlement that presents a potential danger, so it must be repaired as quickly as possible. Detours are marked.

Rains says the work should take no longer than a couple of days maximum, but drivers must find an alternate route during the repairs. Traffic should be flowing again by Thursday morning.

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