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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
11:33 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lewis Avenue Bridge to Reopen in July

ODOT says Lewis Avenue bridge will soon be open.
Credit ODOT

The Lewis Avenue bridge over I-44 in Tulsa should reopen next month. It’s been closed nearly two years while the last phase of the widening of the interstate was constructed. It includes a new bridge on Lewis. Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesperson Kenna Carmon says the bridge was scheduled to open this month, but all the rain has slowed concrete work so it will take a while longer.

No specific date has been set, but it is expected the Lewis Bridge will once again be carrying traffic sometime in July.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Tulsa County Budget Is Almost Complete

Tulsa County works on a spending plan.
Credit Tulsa County

A new spending plan for Tulsa County is about ready, and unlike many area cities, it does not include many cutbacks. In fact, most department budgets are the same as the current fiscal year…and there is some improvement. Chief Fiscal Officer Tom Gerard says the county depends mostly on property taxes and not so much on sales taxes. With a slight improvement in the housing market, it’s a positive for the county and services it offers.

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Local & Regional
10:35 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Tulsa Sheriff Dismisses Lawsuit Against DOC

State Prison at McAlester run by DOC.
Credit File photo

The Tulsa Sheriff’s Office has decided NOT to pursue a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Corrections further. Major Shannon Clark says Sheriff Glanz has decided to dismiss the pending lawsuit against the DOC. Clark says since the takeover of Robert Patton as DOC Director, state ready inmates have been accepted in a more timely manner.

The backup of state inmates was costing Tulsa County money, but Sheriffs in smaller population centers complained they counted on the DOC money paid to hold state ready inmates, and the speed-up hurt their budgets.

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Local & Regional
10:24 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Tulsa's Sheriff Takes a Bold Step in the Spat Over Inmate Costs

Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Credit Tulsa County

Tulsa’s Sheriff says, starting July 1st, he won’t accept any inmates from municipalities who are not formally charged, unless he’s paid for holding them. It’s the latest round in the battle over pay for municipal inmates in the Tulsa County jail. Sheriff Stanley Glanz has notified area cities his office won’t accept inmates on open state charges unless agreed to by a memorandum of understanding or contract. He claims the jail isn’t being fairly compensated for the cost of holding inmates.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Tulsa Police Crack Down on Speeders in Construction Zones

Enhanced enforcement in construction zones.
Credit File Photo

There is a crackdown on speeders in construction zones this month. The Tulsa Police Department Mingo Valley Traffic Unit is concentrating on drivers speeding or committing other moving violations in construction areas. Sergeant Stephan Boyes says in the past year or so, two people have been hit and killed in construction zones in east Tulsa, so they want drivers to be aware and slow down in road work areas.

A citation for speeding issued in a construction zone could cost you up to 500 dollars, and Boyes says NO warnings will be issued.

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Local & Regional
1:27 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tulsa County Joins a Lawsuit Against the DOC

Overcrowded lockups.
Credit File photo

Tulsa County joins with Bryan County in a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections over payment for holding inmates. Both counties allege DOC isn’t paying the true cost of keeping state inmates until there is room for them in prisons. Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says Bryan County’s lawsuit is pending before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, so it’s farther along in the process than his lawsuit. He believes that will render a quicker decision.

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Local & Regional
1:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Task Force to Tackle Retail Store Theft Gangs

Dollar General Stores have been victims of theft along with several other kinds of stores of organized shoplifting crews.
Credit comex.com

A task force made up of Tulsa Sheriff’s deputies and Tulsa police officers will focus on a rash of retail store robberies that have been occurring recently. Undersheriff Tim Albin says organized crews of thieves have been going into convenience and department stores, and strip shopping malls and swiping everything from expensive perfume and clothes to cases of beer.

Albin says some of the thieves on surveillance video are known to law enforcement as having gang affiliations or records for similar crimes in the past.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Save the Arts Effort Continues

Credit Shusterman.org

As budget talks continue, the effort to save the arts in Tulsa builds. There have been demonstrations, email campaigns, and personal appeals at city council meetings by supporters of the arts since the news they’re in for drastic cuts in the city’s proposed budget. Ken Busby, Director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, argues quality of life is a driving factor in economic growth, and the arts contribute to quality of life and deserve to be maintained.

Current plans could potentially eliminate nearly all arts programs affiliated with the city of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tulsa County Leaders Open Bids for Jail Architects

Tulsa County Jail
Credit KWGS News Photo

A half-dozen companies want to provide design and oversight for the expansion of the Tulsa jail. Bids for architectural services have been opened. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says the next step is to evaluate them.

Voters approved tax money to construct four new inmate pods. One will house those deemed to have mental health problems, and another will be strictly for juveniles, where special rules must be followed for those under 18.

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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Bixby Flood Control Project to Hamper Traffic This Summer

A project along 131st Street in Bixby will impact traffic this summer.
Credit KWGS News

A project to control flooding in a low-lying area of Bixby begins this week, and it will impact roadways on and off throughout the summer. Vision 2025 Program Director Kirby Crowe says the Haikey Creek Flood Protection Project will increase drainage capacity for three bridges on 131st Street.

Phase one involves bridge work between Garnett Road and Mingo Road. The project is expected to last all summer and each phase will require closure of 131st to through traffic on either side of the bridge replacements.

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