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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The state of Oklahoma has a dedicated source of funding for replacing or fixing outdated bridges. The same is not the case for county and municipal bridges that also need a lot of work.

"The thing is, when you hear about the state bridge list, those are bridges on state highways," said Tulsa County Chief Engineer Tom Rains. "They don't include the municipal and county bridges."

State efforts to balance the budget are having a negative impact on improvements to county and municipal transportation projects.


Stillwater imposes new rules on oil and gas drilling, but there are those who aren't sure it will meet the legal test under a new state law.

The final draft isn't as restrictive for the industry as it could have been. It imposes a 660-foot setback instead of 2,200 as originally discussed.

Consumer Energy Alliance spokesman Tommy Foltz said cities can pass limits on drilling as long as they are "commercially reasonable." The state attorney general has been asked to define what that means.

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Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is highly critical of a move to begin looking at proposals from private operators to run the county jail.

"Having a private operator in the jail is really a bad idea," Glanz said. "If you don't manage your jail properly, you have major problems in your community, and you can have a lot of loss of life that occurs. So, they really need to think about what they're doing."


Sand Springs moves ahead with plans for a Vision sales tax extension, but for now a proposed low-water dam and other aspects of river development are on the back burner.

"We continue to be supportive of river development, but it looks like that project itself has gone into some troubled waters," said Police Chief Mike Carter.

Carter said public safety was always the priority, and it will be the major focus of the tax initiative. Economic development building on the momentum of growth at the River West complex will also be a part of it.

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The latest stats on West Nile in Oklahoma are in, and while half a dozen cases of infection in humans are reported, none so far are in Tulsa County.

Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Kaitlin Snider said it's important to take precautions to see that trend continue.

"Unfortunately for some, it can cause a severe neurologic disease, and we just don't know who's going to be in that unlucky group," Snider said.

Snider said get rid of any standing water where mosquitos may breed and wear a spray or product with DEET, especially during early morning hours and at dusk.

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The state supreme court will not halt a grand jury probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. In a unanimous vote, justices deny a request by Sheriff Stanley Glanz to stop the empaneling of a grand jury beginning Monday. Glanz argued signatures were gathered improperly, but judges refused to assume jurisdiction, allowing the grand jury to move forward. Marq Lewis is a spokesman for We the People Oklahoma, a group calling for the investigation of the Sheriff. He says it’s been a struggle to get this before a grand jury, and praises the Supreme Court decision.

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The Tulsa Zoo would like to have some Vision money, should the sales tax be extended.

City leaders are taking suggestions, and zoo Director Terrie Correll would like a new front door, an improved elephant area and a gorilla addition.

"This project will provide an expanded plaza to streamline guest entry into the zoo, an expanded elephant exhibit to meet evolving standards of care and herd management, and a new and expanded chimpanzee habitat and introduction of gorillas to our zoo," Correll said.

City councilors wanted to know what all that would cost.


Tulsa County Commissioners won’t rescind a decision to allow public funds for the Sheriff to pay for attorneys during a grand jury investigation. Despite objections from a citizen’s group, Commissioners let the decision stand after hearing from Assistant D.A. Doug Wilson, who said under the law the payments were legal and allowed.

We the People Oklahoma filed a grand jury petition after unarmed suspect Eric Harris was shot and killed by 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates.

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Of nearly 8,900 signatures on petitions to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, the Election Board has verified more than 6,600. It’s more than enough to call a Grand Jury once they’re certified by a judge.

Patty Bryant is the Tulsa County Election Board Secretary. She says her office just verifies that names on the petitions are of registered county voters, then it’s up to a judge, who has 30 days to certify.

The Sheriff will likely challenge the way signatures were gathered, so it could be weeks or even several months before a grand jury is convened.

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The election board is counting and certifying signatures on a petition to investigate the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Glanz released a statement saying he has questions about the process protestors used, and will likely bring a challenge forward when the court gets the matter. He says there are precise requirements to the grand jury process, and he isn’t sure they were followed.

We the People Oklahoma turned in petitions last Friday with more than eight thousand signatures. Five thousand legal signatures are needed to call a grand jury.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is seeking recruits for the next Academy class coming up in January. OHP Recruiter Antonio Porter says time is running out to apply. The application period ends at the end of this month.

Porter says you must be a U-S citizen and have the equivalent of 62 college hours to be eligible. He points out the legislature recently passed a pay hike for troopers, so the OHP is among the highest paid law enforcement agencies in the state.


The Governor comes to Tulsa as host of a job and resource fair to help people find employment or meet needs while seeking work. Nearly 40 companies and agencies were on site at the Tulsa Tech Lemley campus. Governor Fallin tells KWGS News employers from several different type businesses participated, but there is a focus on the energy industry, which has suffered several job losses due to the recent downturn.

The Tulsa job fair is the third sponsored by the Governor. More are planned in other communities across the state.

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An outside firm will take an in-depth look inside the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Dallas based Community Safety Institute was awarded the contract this week to do a comprehensive audit of the department, including the controversial reserve deputy program. It’s suspended since the death of an unarmed suspect by a reserve officer who mistook his gun for a taser.

Sheriff Glanz says the audit should take from 90 to 100 days.


Tulsa becomes part of a national effort to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans. Jeff Jaynes, Chairman of ‘A Way Home for Tulsa’, announces the city is one of 71 communities across the nation selected for the ‘Zero:2016’ initiative. The aim is to work together to end veteran homelessness by December 31st of this year, and chronic homelessness by December 31st, 2016. Jaynes says the goal is ambitious, but achievable.


The kind of flooding they’ve had in Texas and parts of Oklahoma could have been big trouble for west Tulsa County had it occurred here. Today, County Commissioners heard an updated report on problems with the levee system. Levee Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick says there are 450 potential risks of failure in the 20-mile system, compared with 50 to 80 that are usually found in similar systems when inspected. He says three million would fund a feasibility study needed before applying for federal dollars.

Kilpatrick says it would take $35-million to fix all the problems.


Sand Springs is the only Tulsa suburb without an aquatics feature in any of its’ city parks. That will soon no longer be the case. Ground is broken today for a new Super splash pad in Sand Springs River City Park. Director of Parks Grant Gerondale says it features something unique, a large dumping bucket with hundreds of gallons of water that gives a Tsunami effect, one of only three in the state.

A G-O bond and the Rotary Club funded the Super splash, located next to an area recently damaged by a March tornado. A second splash pad is being built in Pratt-Civitan Park.   

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Three bidders want the job of an intensive review of the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. Bids were opened this week. What is being called an operational assessment of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Services comes about partly because of the killing of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy. Sheriff Glanz says it will be a comprehensive study of his office, including the reserve deputy program.

Glanz’ office has been under fire since the fatal shooting and allegations of falsifying training records. 

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A city of Tulsa misdemeanor ticket amnesty program this month is wildly successful, getting overdue fines off the books much more than anticipated.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A top administrator in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is set to resign after an internal memo was leaked indicating he had covered up the inadequate training of a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a restrained man.

Sheriff's office attorney Meredith Baker said Tuesday that Maj. Tom Huckeby plans to resign on Aug. 1. Baker did not explain why.

Huckeby didn't return requests for comment by the Associated Press. Baker says Huckeby is on vacation.

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Another seminar is set this week to make Oklahomans aware of the problem of human trafficking and how best to deal with it. Hosting the seminar in Sallisaw is the State Bureau of Narcotics. Bureau Director  Darrell Weaver says the meeting is to help people learn about the various types of human trafficking, how to recognize it, and ways to report it.

The Thursday seminar begins at 7pm at the People, Inc. Convention Center in Sallisaw.