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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Tulsa Street School

A challenge gift is offered to Tulsa’s Street School as a way to help make up a shortfall of $107-thousand dollars. The Street School’s Community Relations Director, Kelly McElroy, says the shortfall is due mostly to state funding cuts.

The owner of the Canada Company, Carol Robinson, is making the challenge. She will match dollar for dollar all donations up to $50-thousand dollars made by June 30th to the alternative high school.

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Tulsa County Commissioners approve a resolution affirming results of the April 5th Vision sales tax extension election. Even though approved by 64% of voters, the validity of the election was called into question because not all legal notices required had been published. Assistant District Attorney Doug Wilson has researched the law, and says the county is in substantial compliance.

The county portion of Vision is expected to raise $75-million over 15 years. The city of Tulsa and other municipal votes were not in question.

KWGS News

No action is taken on a request to re-visit a north Tulsa site already bypassed for a new juvenile justice center. Several people told County Commissioners they still oppose using the site at 36th Street North and Martin Luther King for the facility. Former State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre claims the landowner tried a backdoor approach to get around the opposition.

County Commissioner Karen Keith denies it, but says officials felt they needed to listen to the request, however, she told protestors she ‘doesn’t see it happening’.

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The newest unemployment numbers are out for the Tulsa metro area. The jobless rate has declined slightly to 4.3%, but is still higher than last year at this time, and jobs have been lost since the first of the year. Most of it is due to the slump in the oil industry, according to Monty Evans with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. What’s the future hold? Evans says much of it depends on commodity prices, but the news is a little better in recent days.

KWGS News

A train derails in downtown Tulsa. Rail crossing warning bells sound where the derailed freight under Interstate 244 at Archer went off the tracks this morning. The exact cause wasn’t immediately determined, but it appears the rails separated for some reason, causing four or five cars to roll off the tracks. Traffic was blocked on the spur line under the interstate, and at a couple of nearby crossings when the arms went down because of the accident. No injuries are reported, but it could take some time to remove the rail cars and repair the tracks.

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.

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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.

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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.

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