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
11:53 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Economists at a Tulsa Conference Look Over the Fiscal Cliff

Tulsa Business Leaders attend an Economic Outlook Conference
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The uncertainty of the fiscal cliff looms over attempts to determine economic prospects for 2013. At an economic outlook conference in Tulsa, the keynote speaker is Anthony Chan, chief economist for JP Morgan. He sees some positives…growing consumer confidence and low inflation for example. But the big unknown is the fiscal cliff and whether agreement can be reached in Washington. He believes a deal will be made, although he doubts it will be before the end of the year…which is the deadline most are hoping to beat.

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Local & Regional
5:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Pay Hikes for County Workers

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A couple thousand Tulsa County employees are getting raises, not elected officials though. The Budget Board okays unanimously a plan to give workers who have not received increases in nearly four years a two percent pay hike. Board Chairman John Smaligo says the raises are deserved, and the money is there to give them.

A second vote on a two percent hike for elected leaders failed on a 4-4 tie vote.  The increases being given to employees will cost about 975-thousand dollars annually and will be retroactive to December 1st.

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Local & Regional
11:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

River Task Force Presents Recommendations to City Council

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Recommendations of a River Development Task Force are formally presented to Tulsa City Councilors. Task Force Chairman Herb Fritz says the report includes 30 points, but the most important by far is ‘keeping water in the river’ and moving forward with plans to upgrade Zink Dam and finding funding for dams near Jenks and Sand Springs. The report also recommends the city do all it can to support the Gathering Place development at 31st and Riverside, spearheaded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Local & Regional
4:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Naming Rights Approved, Horse Racing at Tulsa is Gone

One of the speakers at today's meeting.
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Despite objections from horsemen across the state, Tulsa Fairgrounds Trustees today give final approval to a deal that will halt live race meets.

Joe Lucas with the Thoroughbred Racing Association believes the naming rights agreement with the Creek-Muscogee Nation will be costly to the industry and also the fairgrounds. He was one of several protestors to speak against the deal.

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Local & Regional
11:22 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tulsa Holds a Job for Vets Fair

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From aerospace to trucking…a Tulsa job fair is helping find work for unemployed veterans. More than 80 companies are taking part in the Expo Square event. It’s part of a nationwide effort by the U-S Chamber of Commerce to help unemployed veterans and their spouses. Denise Reid is with the Tulsa Chamber and is helping coordinate the ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ job fair. She says veterans bring special skills that transfer well to many occupations.

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Local & Regional
2:45 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Fair Meadows Deal to be Discussed Thursday

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A deal that ends live racing at Fair Meadows will be revisited this week. Members of the Tulsa Fair Board take up an amendment to a naming rights agreement with the Creek Nation at a meeting Thursday. Board Chairman Fred Perry says it’s his intention to take public comment on the entire agreement, and that includes the controversial provision ending live racing.

Members of the horse racing community have been highly critical of the agreement and representatives will be in attendance at the Thursday meeting.

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Local & Regional
12:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

County Drug Program Reaches a Milestone

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A Tulsa County program to recycle unused prescription drugs reaches a milestone. Director of Social Services, Linda Johnston, says this year, for the first time in the history of the recycling program, two million dollars worth of drugs have been recycled. The program collects unused medications from nursing homes and assisted living facilities, then dispenses them to clients from the County pharmacy. Johnston says it provides needed medicine for those who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

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Local & Regional
10:08 am
Wed November 28, 2012

TCC Students Collecting Coats and Blankets for the Homeless

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This holiday season, Tulsa Community College students are gathering coats and blankets for the homeless. The coat and blanket drive is the idea of the TCC Student Government Association. Spokesman Anthony Burkes says it began as a coat drive, but someone pointed out there is also a great need for blankets.

Burkes says he has been homeless himself, so he understands the need. Donations may be dropped off at any Tulsa Community College campus through December 10th.

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Local & Regional
11:38 am
Tue November 27, 2012

The Town is Being Painted Blue in Honor of TU

Mayor Bartlett prepares to help paint the Blue Dome TU blue in honor of the football team playing for a conference championship
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City leaders and University of Tulsa officials team up to paint the iconic Blue Dome downtown as a symbol of True Blue TU Week. It’s in honor of the football team’s playing for a USA Conference Championship this Saturday. It’s televised by ESPN, and head coach Bill Blankenship would like to see a full stadium. He says there is a loyal fan base, but he’d like to expand it and this weekend is a good chance to show off the university and the town.

Mayor Bartlett has issued a proclamation officially declaring this True Blue TU Week.

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Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Naming Rights Deal Okayed to End Live Meet Racing at Expo Square

Expo Square
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Tulsa County leaders today okay a deal that will change the name of the largest  building on Expo Square and officially end live racing at Fair Meadows.The naming rights agreement with the Muscogee Creek Nation will put the tribe’s name on what had been known as the Quik Trip Center. Fairgrounds CEO Mark Andrus says the deal also ends live race meets, which were money losers in recent years.

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