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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
1:24 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Verizon Brings Hundreds of New Jobs to Tulsa

The Governor is on hand for a big jobs announcement at Verizon in Tulsa.
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New jobs for Tulsa. Verizon today announced it’s adding 500 positions at its’ facility in the Cherokee Industrial Park. Verizon Vice-President Michelle Robinson says the company reviewed several locations across the country before choosing Tulsa for the expansion.

She says Verizon already has a long-standing relationship with Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma, and that played into the decision. The expansion will allow the company to create a financial services hub here. Chamber of Commerce officials estimate the new jobs will have a 60-million dollar economic impact for the area.

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Local & Regional
12:38 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

A Task Force Explores Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering to Help Police Solve Crimes

Members of a Special Public Safety Task Force meet at City Hall
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A special task force takes a look at improving intelligence gathering to help solve crimes like the recent quadruple homicide in South Tulsa. City, law enforcement, and citizen leaders gather for an initial meeting following the Fairmont Terrace killings. Police Captain Van Ellis talked to the group about the need to receive quality intelligence, not just a large quantity of information that may not be all that helpful.

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

LaFortune Park to Get New, Brighter Lighting

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The LaFortune Park jogging trail is getting new lighting. Tulsa County Parks Director Richard Bales says the new LED lights are brighter and more energy efficient, and they should make the area safer. County leaders voted today to seek bids on the project. Two new lights will also be added to the park’s picnic area along South Yale Avenue.

The lights were first installed in the 1980’s and haven’t been upgraded since. All the park’s 114 lights and light posts will be replaced.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tulsa City Leaders Will Address Growing Concern About Subsidized Housing in High Crime Areas

Tulsa Council Chairman David Patrick

In the wake of this week’s quadruple killings, Tulsa city leaders are looking at ways to deal with problems in low-income, high crime areas. City Council Chairman David Patrick says increased police presence is only part of the solution. He says more must be done to address the concentration of what are called Section 8 low-income multi-unit properties in certain locations.

Patrick says the council is considering a quicker process to demolish dilapidated housing that owners refuse to improve, and helping with tax credits for those who want to upgrade their properties.

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Local & Regional
10:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Tulsa Cops to Crack Down in School Zones

TPD Squad Car
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Monday, the kids are heading back to class after the holidays, and Tulsa police will crack down on speeders and reckless drivers in school zones. Officer Leland Ashley says drivers need to be aware as classes resume after winter break. He says no warnings will be issued, if stopped in a school zone, you will get a ticket..and fines can be hefty, up to 500 dollars.

Ashley says the special enforcement is organized by the Mingo Valley division on Tulsa’s east side, but other divisions will also be focusing on school zone enforcement.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Tulsa Courthouse Security Entrance Nears Completion

New Denver Avenue Courthouse entrance.
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There’s been a last minute delay in opening the new east security entrance to the Tulsa County Courthouse, but it should happen this week or next. County Commission Chief Deputy Mark Liotta says they’re waiting on hand rails that need to be installed before the new Denver Ave. entrance can open, a requirement by the Fire Marshal.

The entrance will lead courthouse visitors directly to the escalators that provide access to the second and third floors, and hopefully reduce congestion on the first floor around the elevators. 

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Tulsa County Leaders Take the Oath of Office

District 2 Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith takes the oath of office.
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Tulsa County leaders elected in November are officially sworn-in to office today. Four elected officials take the oath at the courthouse. They include District 2 Commissioner Karen Keith, County Clerk Pat Key, Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith, and Sheriff Stanley Glanz. It’s his seventh term, making him the longest serving sheriff in county history. He says better communication between jurisdictions helps in the fight against crime, and that cooperation has been a hallmark of his administration.

Glanz vows to further the cooperation between law enforcement agencies.

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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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