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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
11:51 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Grant Sought to Reduce Tulsa Jail Population

Tulsa's jail is frequently crowded.
Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa County applies for a grant to help reduce the jail population by developing more community based alternatives. Sheriff’s Governmental Affairs Director Terry Simonson says the MacArthur Foundation will choose 20 semifinalists to come up with a plan.

Applications are due the end of this month. In December, 10 finalists will be chosen to receive at least two million dollars a year for two years to implement the plan.

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Local & Regional
1:14 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

New Vision 2025 Tax Extension Proposed

Tulsa and area city leaders gather in Jenks to announce a new Vision Plan.
Credit KWGS News

Leaders of cities in Tulsa County announce a plan for a Vision 2025 tax extension that could finally get water in the river. There is a new approach this time that would allow each community to determine its’ projects and vote on them independently. Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum says it gives hope for low water dams and other river projects that have failed in the past. Other cities may have other priorities, and that would work in this approach to a tax renewal.

Specific projects are yet to be determined, but the vote should be scheduled sometime this fall. 

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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tulsa County Swimming Pools Will Open

O'Brien Park pool had been targeted for closing.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

Despite a recommendation three of four should be closed, all Tulsa County swimming pools will open this summer. Due to costly maintenance and low attendance, Parks Director Richard Bales requested LaFortune, O’Brien, and Chandler pools be closed permanently. Commissioners said ‘not this year’. All three plus the south county pool in Glenpool will open at the end of May. The issue will be revisited next year, after this year’s season is reviewed.

Last year, all county owned pools lost money, and increasing maintenance costs and dwindling attendance prompted the call for closing.

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Local & Regional
2:07 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Three Tulsa County Cities Transfer Vision Funds

Broken Arrow transfers Vision funds.
Credit City of Broken Arrow

Three Tulsa County towns are transferring surplus Vision funds to fit better with projects in their communities. Broken Arrow Councilman Mike Lester says the exchange won’t negatively impact any proposed projects in B.A., and will help finish some improvements in Collinsville and Skiatook.

The money is payback for funds the suburban communities gave to the city of Tulsa to complete the BOK Center.

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Local & Regional
1:31 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Tulsa Forum Tackles Health Care Issues

Oklahoma Hospital Association President and CEO, Craig Jones.
Credit KWGS News

There are more than 630-thousand Oklahomans without medical insurance coverage. It impacts those that do have insurance, and the issue is a major topic discussed at a health care forum in Tulsa today. President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Craig Jones, says in 2013 hospitals in the state gave over $550-million in care to those without insurance. He says that cost has to be shifted, so it’s borne by those with insurance and companies that privately insure their employees.

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Local & Regional
12:48 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

The Long-Awaited Jail Deal Between the County and City of Tulsa Should Be Finalized This Week

Tulsa County jail.
Credit KWGS File Photo

One-on-one negotiations between County Commissioner Ron Peters and Tulsa City Manager Jim Twombly appear to have finally overcome arguments on a jail deal. Peters says there is agreement on all issues that had been holding up a contract for months.

Peters expects involved parties will review the terms and, barring any last minute snags, he believes an agreement on a contract will be reached this week, probably by Wednesday.

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Local & Regional
2:21 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Plane Crashes Near Bixby

Crashed plane southeast of Bixby.
Credit KWGS News

A pilot and passenger walk away uninjured from this crash today just north of Leonard. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Paul Timmons says the pilot managed to make a forced landing after a mechanical problem. The small single engine aircraft flipped over, but the pilot and passenger were not injured. The plane went down in a field near the Arkansas River between Bixby and Leonard, just off 161st East Avenue. An investigation will try to determine the exact cause of the crash.  

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Local & Regional
12:55 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Temporary Tulsa Public Defender Gets the Job Permanently

Rob Nigh, Jr.
Credit File photo

Tulsa County district judges vote to make Rob Nigh Chief Public Defender permanently. He’s been running the office since December, after the Chief P-D then, Jack Zanerhaft, resigned. Judges on Wednesday took the ‘interim’ off Nigh’s title. Nigh first came to Tulsa to work for the Public Defender twenty years ago, before leaving for private practice…now he’s back as the Chief of the office.

Nigh will serve only part-time until he disposes of his remaining private practice and federally appointed cases.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Presley Family Ministries Plans Unique Berryhill Development

Dr. Richard Presley of Presley Family Ministries.
Credit KWGS News

Presley Family Ministries gets approval for a unique, mixed-use development in West Tulsa County where not much has been built for decades. Dr. Richard Presley says plans for the nearly 22 acres at West 41st and the Gilcrease Expressway include homes, green space, two lakes, a community meeting area, and even a chapel.

He sees it as kind of a mini-gathering place for the Berryhill area. The development would take place in phases and isn’t scheduled for completion until 2020.

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Local & Regional
12:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Muslim Day at the Capitol

Muslims will rally at the state capitol.
Credit State of Oklahoma

Muslims and members of other faith groups will rally and meet with lawmakers Friday. It’s the first annual Muslim Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Extra security will be on hand, and protests are expected. But Adam Soltani with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says there’s been an outpouring of support for the Muslim community.

Soltani says the goal is to encourage Oklahoma Muslims to be active participants in the democratic process.

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