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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It’s been several months since the March 30th tornado struck North Tulsa, and it will be months more before some victims are in their homes again. There is a special North Tulsa long-term recovery committee working on helping those without insurance who suffered damage. The city and county are working together without benefit of FEMA help this time, according to co-chair Linda Johnston.

Many churches and non-profits are assisting the 111 families without insurance who have requested help.


One of the state’s highest performing high schools gets help to make up for budget cuts by legislators. The Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence will take money from its’ rainy day fund to restore four teaching positions and reduce class sizes. State Representative Regina Goodwin, a BTW graduate, was on hand for the announcement, and lamented that lawmakers didn’t do more for education.

The foundation money will pay for teachers in math, science, social studies, and Chinese, and allow classes to be cut from 35 students to 25.

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Apparent confusion over the non-partisan nature of the Tulsa Mayor’s race led to some voters not getting a ballot for the chief executive’s post. Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says although volunteers received training about the change to non-partisan, some precinct workers did not understand that every voter, regardless of party, got a mayoral ballot.

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While there are no locally acquired cases of Zika in Oklahoma, there are now nine travel associated cases of the illness reported here. State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristi Bradley says it’s a bigger problem elsewhere, but with vacation season, more residents traveling could acquire it elsewhere. She says, for now, West Nile remains the bigger threat in Oklahoma. There has been at least one case of locally acquired West Nile from a mosquito in the state this year, in the McAlester area.


Hundreds of wrestlers, their families, and coaches are in Tulsa this week for the USA Wrestling National Junior Duals.

The kids for a free clinic range from seven years of age through high school, then the dual meet features athletes from middle schools and high schools from 35 states across the nation. Chris Forbes is with Oklahoma USA Wrestling. He says the Junior Duals bring the best grapplers in the country to town. Competition runs through Saturday.

The Tulsa Sports Commission is hosting the meet at the Cox Business Center downtown.


Despite community protests, Tulsa County leaders renew a controversial illegal immigrant detention program. Several people spoke against 287-G in which the federal government uses the Tulsa jail to hold people for Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement. One of the protestors is Jordan Mazariegos, who claims 287-G causes fear in the Hispanic community and leads to racial profiling.

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Most area cities don’t allow fireworks inside city limits, but Broken Arrow does. You need a permit though and they are now available for purchase. Spokeswoman Krista Flasch says you can buy the permits in person at City Hall or online. You must be 18 to buy a permit and they’re only good certain days and certain hours. To apply online go to

In person permits must be purchased by July 1st and online by July 3rd. They cost $20.


Tulsa County leaders will likely okay the continuation of a controversial program with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Sheriff Vic Regalado says there are a lot of misconceptions about the 2-87-G program which allows his office to hold undocumented aliens for ICE. He says they do not drive streets looking for possible illegals as some believe. He says authority for the program, which pays $54 a day to hold wanted undocumented inmates for a brief time, does not extend beyond the walls of the David L. Moss Justice Center.

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A woman is arrested after trying to break into a toll plaza building and apparently attempting to rob the attendants using a tire iron. Her plans went awry when an attendant was able to lock herself in a safe room and call law enforcement authorities. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent agrees it’s not your routine run of the mill robbery incidents.

The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, was taken to jail by Delaware County deputies. The attendant was not injured. The incident occurred on the Cherokee Turnpike near the Leach exit.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Tulsa Public Schools

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.