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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Concern about politicians’ calls for a moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees leads to a critical response from the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission. Chairman Juan Miret fears statements from local, state, and federal elected officials are misleading and confusing citizens. He says there’s already a lengthy, thorough refugee processing system in place and it works.


It’s going to be an El Nino winter, but Tulsa street crews say they’re ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw at us. 12-thousand tons of salt, 64 truck mounted salt spreaders, and 46 truck mounted snowplows are only part of the armada waiting to keep Tulsa streets clear. City Streets Maintenance Manager Tim McCorkell says the last El Nino didn’t produce the bad winter weather predicted, but they’re ready if this one does.

Tulsa Jail

Tulsa County is seeking $9-million in back payments from the Department of Corrections and a daily rate of $55 a day for holding state inmates. Recent court rulings say the state must pay the actual cost of keeping DOC inmates in county jails, and Tulsa Commission Chairman John Smaligo says the state’s been under paying for years. The Commission is asking the Sheriff and the Criminal Justice Authority to join in a lawsuit.

DOC’s been paying $27 a day per inmate, less than half what a study by the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office shows it costs to hold an inmate in the county jail.

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One more case of hospitalization in Oklahoma because of the flu is reported in the past week. It’s still early in the season, so LeAnne Stephens with the Tulsa Health Department recommends taking steps to minimize your risk of getting the flu, including getting the vaccine which is the most effective way to protect yourself.

The very young and those over 60 are most susceptible. So far this year, 17 cases of flu hospitalizations have been reported in Oklahoma, with one in Tulsa County. No deaths are yet recorded in the state this flu season. 


Oklahoma’s largest Veteran’s Day Parade includes a controversy this year. On a warm, windy, springlike day, thousands turn out to watch the annual event. A handful of people hold signs protesting the inclusion of a float sponsored by a Muslim group. One man identifies himself as a voice for God and he says this is a ‘Christian Nation’ and Muslims are our enemies and should not be allowed in the parade.

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Tulsa is part of a national effort to house homeless veterans. At a time when thoughts turn to those who served the nation, The Project Zero goal in Tulsa of housing for veterans is within reach. Jeff Jaynes is chairman of A Way Home for Tulsa and director of Restore Hope, part of a housing homeless coalition.

Jaynes says the coalition is only about 60 vets away from housing 289 veterans by the end of the year.


Cadets are ushered into graduation ceremonies at the Tulsa Police Academy this morning. They take the oath, are given badges, and will be officers in training for the next 16 weeks. Then they become full-fledged officers and will be assigned to fill vacancies in the patrol divisions. There were 19 police officers and one fire marshal in the class graduating today. There is another class underway scheduled to graduate in the spring, but it still leaves the department understaffed and unable to keep up with attrition.

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A half-dozen new cases of flu in Oklahoma are reported in the past week, but no deaths in the state so far this year. Tony Sellers with the State Department of Health says it makes 16 hospitalizations to date, which is about on par with last year.

It’s not too late to get a shot. Sellers says choosing the right vaccine is a guessing game, but it’s expected this year’s batch will be more effective than last year’s. The very young and those age 60 and older are most vulnerable.

Tulsa International Airport

A special district on Tulsa International Airport land could help boost development there. Airport officials are taking the first steps to create a tax increment district giving breaks to businesses that expand or develop there. Airports Spokesperson Alexis Higgins says this special type development tool is something new for TIA, and is a long term tool for development

Tulsa County leaders give the go ahead today for a review committee to study the potential impact of the special district, one of the first steps in the process. 

Tulsa County

Despite being forced from office, out-going Sheriff Stanley Glanz gets to keep his badge and gun. The Tulsa County Commission votes to allow Glanz to retain his peace officer status. It comes over objections from a citizens’ group that circulated petitions leading  to a grand jury investigation. Spokesman Marq Lewis says Glanz failure to do his duty shouldn’t allow the law officer designation. He refers to the shooting of an unarmed suspect by Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a close friend of Glanz. The incident led to Glanz resignation and two grand jury indictments.