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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An increase in festivals and events in downtown Tulsa is helping with efforts to improve retail and residential living in the core area. Director of Downtown Development with the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Delise Tomlinson, says the events draw people who might otherwise never go downtown to show what’s available.

This month alone has seen Mayfest, Hop Jam, the Blue Dome festival, BOK Concerts, and two OSU-OU baseball games at OneOk Field.                           

With the resurgence of downtown Tulsa, an increased effort is being made to get the chronic homeless into permanent housing. The Better Box Project is an initiative using social media to educate people about the problem and get help for those who want to quit living on the streets. One organization behind the effort is Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Michael Brose is the Director. He says social media through facebook, twitter, or other methods is a better way to communicate with younger people to make them aware of the plight of the chronic homeless and how they can be helped.

Tulsa Jail

As the deadline nears, the city of Tulsa and county haven’t been able to agree on a jail contract. Sheriff Stanley Glanz argues that Tulsa County has been subsidizing the housing of municipal inmates, and he wants it to stop.

But there’s disagreement over when an inmate is actually the city’s responsibility or the county’s responsibility. And Mayor Bartlett isn’t sure all efficiencies and cost cutting possibilities have been considered in a study trying to determine daily inmate housing costs.

The current contract between the city of Tulsa and county expires June 30th.

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State agents and Enid police break-up a large drug trafficking ring. 30 people are arrested after early morning raids in Enid and Oklahoma City. Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says the busts are a result of an eight month long investigation. He says the organization was bringing in as much as two pounds of crystal meth and several ounces on heroin into Enid weekly.

Woodward says the arrests won’t end drug trafficking in Garfield County, but he believes they will put a significant dent in the drug trade there. More suspects are being sought.


Members of the Tulsa Police Organized Gang Unit bust a marijuana selling operation. Officer Leland Ashley says they recovered 22 pounds of high grade marijuana and almost 33-thousand dollars in cash. Also discovered in the raid on two residences and a storage facility, one and a half pounds of psychedelic mushrooms.

A narcotics officer and his K-9 partner ‘Buster’ helped in the investigation. Austin Hingey of Tulsa was arrested on several drug charges.

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The Tulsa Sheriff’s Office seeks bids for an architect to expand the jail. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says bonds to pay for the work have already been approved and are on the market. He says things are moving along quickly. Advertising for architectural bids was approved today, and are due by the end of the month. Glanz expects the project to begin by August or September, and it should be finished in about 18 months.

Four new jail pods will be constructed, adding some 300 beds to the Moss Center’s inmate capacity.


The latest Tulsa Park Rec Center to meet the wrecking ball is B.C. Franklin. The demolition comes despite protests from some neighbors and the Councilor for that area, Jack Henderson. They wanted to try and save the facility. Henderson is afraid the lack of a rec center will increase crime and vandalism in the neighborhood, because youngsters won’t have anything to do this summer.  


The renaissance in downtown Tulsa continues, but more investment and retail is needed. A forum is held focusing on retail development in the city’s urban core. CBRE Real Estate Broker Caitlin Boewe says smaller homegrown businesses are needed to spur development, then the big guys will follow. She points to Cherry Street and Brookside as examples where that has happened.

The forum, sponsored by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, follows one held earlier on attracting residential development to the downtown core.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing federal regulations on electronic cigarettes. They would ban sales to anyone under 18 and require makers to get FDA approval for their products. Chip Paul is CEO of Palm Beach Vapors, a Tulsa based e-cigarette retailer. He doesn’t oppose regulation, in fact, he believes the rules, especially in regard to the liquids inside the e-cigs, should be stricter.

The rules will not ban ads or internet sales or the use of flavors in e-cigarettes, which some critics say attract young users.


Injuries to city of Tulsa workers reach a six year low, and officials believe a new Safety First Program is mostly responsible. Since implementation of the safety transformation project, the city overall has reduced the number of serious work-related injuries by 22%. Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards says the numbers are even better in his department, worker injuries dropped by 36%.