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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Those seeking to save Helmerich Park at 71st and Riverside ask the Trust for Public Land for help. Ernest Cook is Senior Vice-President of the Trust and oversees the national division. He says he’s here on a fact-finding mission.

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The state health department is working to identify potential travel-related Zika Virus cases in Oklahoma. Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley says any cases here so far are in people who traveled to Zika prone areas, and did not originate in mosquitoes here. The Department is working closely with health and medical professionals throughout the state on mosquito testing and surveillance.

There is concern because Zika infection in pregnant women can result in death of the fetus or severe birth defects. One pregnant woman in Oklahoma has been diagnosed with Zika.


Construction’s underway in Tulsa for a new center to help victims of abuse and sexual assault.

A soggy groundbreaking is held for Domestic Violence Intervention Services new counseling center. Tracey Lyall is Executive Director of DVIS. She says the facility will help meet a growing need for women, children, and men who are victims of domestic violence.

The new 32-thousand square foot counseling center will offer services to victims and also for offenders. It’s scheduled to open in early 2017.


It’s a case that’s already garnered national and international attention, and now the Robert Bates’ manslaughter trial is getting underway. With jury selection beginning, there’s visible enhanced security in the Tulsa County courthouse. Sheriff Vic Regalado says he wants to be prepared for any possibility, so the increased security will be in effect for the duration of the trial.

Bates, a reserve Tulsa deputy at the time, is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed suspect Eric Harris last April.


Three of the new police officers sworn in today at the Tulsa police academy are second-generation. They’re following in the footsteps of older relatives who served or are serving. One of them is Kyle Staats, whose Dad, Kevin, will retire in December after 35 years on the force.

Kevin says he didn’t have to encourage or discourage Kyle…his son just decided law enforcement was what he wanted to do.

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The hope is a ‘teacher caucus’ will take over the state legislature to halt the bleeding of education funding that’s occurred the past several years. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice-President Shawna Mott-Wright believes people are fed up with what’s been happening at the capitol…and she hopes getting more educators and friends of education into the legislature will make a difference.

At least two Tulsa public school teachers and some area advocates for education are among the nearly 30 members of the ‘teacher caucus’ filing for office. 


Tulsa County has a new sheriff….for a few months anyway. Vic Regalado is sworn-in as the new Sheriff at the Tulsa Courthouse. He will finish out the unexpired term of Stanley Glanz, who resigned after being indicted by a grand jury. Regalado will have to run again in the June primary, and if he gets past that race, again in the November general election. He has said he will run for a full term.


There are $15-million dollars in the Vision economic development package to facilitate the move of USA-BMX bike racing headquarters to Tulsa. Now, that it’s passed, Ray Hoyt, President of Visit Tulsa and the Sports Commission, says BMX will move  here from Phoenix.

Plans are to turn the old Driller Stadium and Health Department facility on the fairgrounds into the new BMX headquarters. The complete relocation is expected to take some time, possibly a few years. 

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Crews from the federal emergency management agency and the small business administration are in Tulsa, assessing damage from last week’s tornado. Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says around ten homes in the county were destroyed and well over 100 damaged, some significantly. Businesses and churches also sustained damage.

The feds will decide what if any federal government aid is available to Tulsa County, and Joliffe says that may take a while to assess.


At a time only four in ten Oklahomans get the mental health help they need, state cuts are slashing more clients from mental health roles. CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Mike Brose, wants the business community and politicians to get on board with new reforms and initiatives. He calls it a mindset change from punitive justice to restorative justice.

Brose says too often politicians are afraid of being labeled soft on crime to embrace reshaping the mental health climate to make outcomes more effective. He calls the current system ‘a failure.’


North Tulsa community leaders urge a yes vote for Vision. With a week to go before the Vision election, several high profile North Tulsa leaders plead for passage. District One City Councilor Jack Henderson says there are some naysayers, but believes this is the best package he’s seen go before voters in his 14 years in city government. He says he’d hate to see the package go down because some didn’t get everything they wanted in the proposal. He joined several other North Tulsa civic leaders in urging passage of Vision Tulsa.

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A $40-million bond issue for a new family justice center has been authorized, but the elusive search for a new location continues. Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith says the bond issue action was taken because of favorable interest rates. It doesn’t mean a site search is over. Though locations until now haven’t panned out for one reason or another, Keith says about three are under consideration, and she hopes a deal is close.

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The effort to modernize Oklahoma liquor laws continues, but not everyone is on the same page. The Grocer’s Association is fighting the Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association’s initiative petition. Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom is also pursuing an initiative petition, and efforts are still underway in the legislature.

State Representative Glen Mulready of Tulsa is working on the issue on the house side. A proposal has cleared the senate, but is yet to be approved by the house.

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After the terrorist attacks in Belgium, Americans want to know could such a coordinated, devastating, attack happen here.

University of Tulsa Assistant Professor of Political Science Gaurav Kampani is an expert in US and foreign security policies. He says theoretically, it’s possible, but a lone wolf kind of attack is the more probable scenario, Similar to what took place in California.

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Investigators in Broken Arrow say what is first reported as a suicide is actually a homicide. Corporal Leon Calhoun says the evidence at the scene didn’t match the wife’s story of a suicide by the 69-year-old male victim. Calhoun says the suspect apparently at some point confided what happened with her two adult daughters.

The woman and one daughter have been arrested. The other daughter wasn’t immediately located. Police had been called to the residence previously for domestic related incidents.

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The Creek Nation’s 11th hour reluctance to agree to provide funding for a Vision River Proposal could negatively impact other river projects. The tribe is asked for $18-million, but now Creek leaders want to wait for the outcome of the Vision vote in Jenks and Tulsa on April 5th. Part of the Vision money would fund repairs on the levee system. County Commission Chief Deputy Michael Willis says that’s a priority for the county and having the Creek Nation on board improves chances for additional federal funding.

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It’s spring break time, and Oklahomans are being cautioned to take steps to try and avoid mosquito bites if traveling to certain locations. The Caribbean, Latin and South America are experiencing Zika Virus outbreaks. Tulsa County Health Department Epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli says if heading that direction, be cautious, and maybe consider an alternate destination. The three reported cases of Zika in Oklahoma are all in people who recently traveled to countries where outbreaks of the virus are prevalent.

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Prominent Hispanic community activist Francisco Trevino is upset over the Democratic Party’s call for an investigation into donors to Republican Sheriff’s candidate Vic Regalado’s campaign. The donors are Hispanic and Democrats believe they are ‘straw’ donors as a way to get around campaign laws. Regalado calls the Democrats’ move ‘political racial profiling’ and Trevino agrees.


A new non-stop flight destination is added at Tulsa International Airport. New Orleans, the Big Easy, is the latest non-stop service added by Allegiant Airlines to and from Tulsa. The seasonal direct flights to New Orleans will begin in late May. Allegiant Station Manager in Tulsa is Kurt Harvey. He says the city has been good for the airline and vice-versa. This is the sixth non-stop destination that will now be flown by Allegiant to and from Tulsa.

The flight directly to New Orleans takes a couple of hours where it can take twelve hours or longer to drive the route.

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A bridge replacement will mean detours for drivers on a busy south Tulsa street. County Chief Engineer Tom Rains says the project on South Garnett between 81st and 91st begins next week and could take three weeks to finish.

You will be able to get through intersections at 81st and 91st, but you will not be able to go completely through that mile section on Garnett. The road will be closed to traffic between West San Antonio and West Urbana. There will be some access to neighborhoods and businesses. The project is scheduled to begin March 14th.


A program to help small businesses based in Tulsa is launched. The Mayor’s Office of Human Rights is behind the new Small Business Enterprise Program. The goal is for the city to use small business for six to ten percent of goods and services. Spokesman Dr. Stacey Cole says it will make it easier for smaller businesses to get city contracts.

The Enterprise Program is free and open to any Tulsa based small business meeting the qualifying standards. The business must have 25 or fewer employees, and a Tulsa area office conducting core business activities.

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The state senate passes a measure to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell strong beer and wine. It now goes to the house, where Tulsa Representative Glen Mulready is one of those working on language for a bill. At least two groups are circulating petitions to get measures on a statewide ballot. Mulready would prefer the legislature do it, but says the people will make the ultimate decision. Since Oklahoma liquor laws are incorporated into the state constitution, it will take a vote of the people to amend them.

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Three are in custody after a Monday night shooting that sent two people to the hospital. Officer Leland Ashley says a father and son were shot in an attempted robbery in the parking lot of a busy shopping center in East Tulsa.

Both victims’ wounds are described as non-life threatening. Ashley says there were plenty of witnesses and security cameras in the area. It led to a quick round-up of three persons of interest, and after interviews with investigators…they were arrested.

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The Tulsa City-County Health Department gets a grant from the Public Health Institute to study the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. The Division Chief for Environmental Public Health in Tulsa is Elizabeth Nutt. She says the grant is actually a climate change grant that will allow the study of the impact of a warming climate on the mosquito that causes Dengue fever, Chikungunya, and Zika.  


There’s a line outside the door before it opens on this first day of business for Trader Joe’s in Tulsa. Among the first in line is Sharon, formerly from L.A. and an experienced Trader Joe’s customer. She says she lived in L.A. for 28 years and frequently shopped at the specialty grocer. She and friends are glad to see one open in Tulsa.

Well known in other parts of the country as a popular specialty grocery, the Tulsa Trader Joe’s in Brookside is the first to open in Oklahoma. A Costco is scheduled to open in Tulsa in April.

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16 more hospitalizations from flu are reported in Oklahoma in the past week, and for the first time this season, three people died from the illness. They are the first deaths reported this year, and one of the fatalities was in Tulsa County. Health Department Spokesperson Kaitlin Snider says the number of reported cases is increasing. The other deaths were in Rogers and Harper Counties. More than 200 people have been hospitalized with flu symptoms in Oklahoma this year, 41 in Tulsa County…a number which leads the state.

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The initiative is called makeOKbetter, and it’s an effort to broaden health care coverage under Insure Oklahoma. Craig Jones, President of the Hospital Association, says it would take federal dollars normally targeted for Medicaid expansion and put them instead into an Oklahoma based plan. He says it could create jobs and help save rural hospitals.

He says for each dollar invested with Insure Oklahoma, nine more would come back to the state…money now being left on the table.

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Early in-person absentee voting begins later this week for the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary and the Republican race for Tulsa Sheriff.

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Transportation and juvenile justice are two areas where Tulsa County should see cutbacks from the state because of the budget shortfall. County Commission Chief Deputy Michael Willis says while it isn’t yet known exactly how much or where the cuts will come, they are inevitable, so department heads are preparing as much as possible.

Willis says county leaders will lobby lawmakers to try and keep cuts to a minimum, but it’s likely they will have to do more with less and some projects may be delayed or put on hold.

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The latest flu statistics are out, and there are still no deaths from the illness in Oklahoma this year. While Tulsa County leads the state in number of hospitalizations with 31, the good news is there are far fewer this flu season than in the past two years. Nicole Schlaefli is Epidemiologist with the Tulsa County Health Department. She says the vaccine is much more effective this year.