Marshall Stewart

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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Next to New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day is a major focus of law enforcement on the lookout for drunk drivers. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown says troopers will join other agencies in a crackdown on impaired drivers. Saturation patrols and bar checks will be part of the effort.


Brown says the Patrol is urging anyone with Holiday party plans to include a designated non-drinking driver in those plans.

Tulsa city leaders are prioritizing needs and the councilor for district three says fixing unsafe intersections is high on his list. David Patrick says his area of town has some of the most dangerous intersections for drivers and pedestrians. He’d like money to start addressing the problem.


Patrick singles out Pine and North Yale as the most dangerous intersection in District Three, and one of the most dangerous intersections in the city.

Missing Bixby hiker found alive in state park

Mar 12, 2012
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BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — The search is over for a missing 37-year-old Bixby man who disappeared after going hiking in Greenleaf State Park over the weekend.  Jacob Stephens was found alive and well this afternoon, after a helicopter spotted him on the east side of the lake in the park. He not contacted his family since he left to go hiking Saturday morning in the Muskogee County park. Family members told police that Stephens is diabetic and not an experienced hiker. That caused concern and prompted a search. Again, Stephens was located this afternoon alive and okay.

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Tulsa Police hold a news conference to announce they have made arrests in a total of seven Tulsa  rapes. This includes last month's pre-dawn jogger attack at Tulsa LaFortune Park.  Suspect Willis McPherson, also known as Willis Sisco, has been charged in that attack as well as another at a nearby apartment complex. In custody in connection with five unrelated rape cases is Michael Ray Harris. Police say it's rare to have serial rapists attacking in Tulsa, and very unusual to have two operating in the area at the same time. Both suspects are now behind bars.

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Tulsa Police this morning are investigating a bank robbery that took place about 8:15 this morning.

The Arvest Bank and 15th and South Utica was robbed by a lone bandit. He entered the bank shortly after it opened this morning and presented the teller a note demanding cash.

He took the money and exited the bank. Police believe he left on foot. No weapon or get-away car was seen. Police tell KWGS  News,  at the scene, there were no injuries associated with the robbery.

Tulsa Councilors question EMSA officials about the ambulance service’s policies regarding billing and collection practices. Some citizens complain they’ve been wrongly billed for ambulance transportation. EMSA President Steve Williamson admits there may have been a few mistakes, but he believes the policies on collection are solid.


Mayor Bartlett says he wants EMSA to devise a way of running things to become more ‘customer friendly’, and he’s requesting several changes to current policies.

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A shootout on the Oakley Plaza in front of the Tulsa County Court House leaves for people injured, including a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Deputy. The shooting took place about 2:40 this afternoon. People rushed for cover from the busy court house plaza as the bullets were flying.

As part of the effort to become more environmentally friendly, the city of Tulsa is testing a new type of concrete. It’s called ‘pervious’ and it’s more porous and able to contain water runoff much better than most concrete materials. Jack Petreikis is Director of the state concrete association. He says the environmental properties of the product is the big reason why it’s getting so much attention.



Strong winds this afternoon caused scattered power outages in the Tulsa area. At one point, several thousand PSO customers lost power. There were reports of lines down in the area of 36th & Hudson, causing nearly a thousand people to lose electricity. A feeder line knocked out power to another thousand homes and businesses in Northwest Tulsa.  In all, more than four thousand homes and businesses, including St. John Hospital briefly, lost power.

Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain stumps in Tulsa on behalf of Newt Gingrich. Speaking at Joe Momma’s Pizza downtown, Cain talked about energy prices and Gingrich’s plan to return to $2.50 a gallon gas. Gingrich has made cutting the price of gas a centerpiece of his campaign.

The '$2.50 Gas Tour' included Cain, former Congressman J.C. Watts, and Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman.

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a 19-year-old woman who is accused in the theft of five rodeo horses from Southern Arkansas University.

Jaci Rae Jackson faces six felony theft counts in Magnolia, where she is to be tried in late July. Prosecutor David Butler tells Shreveport, La., television station KSLA that Jackson didn't steal the horses herself but created the scheme and got two other people to remove the animals.

Four of the horses were recovered in Oklahoma but one of them was killed.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters looking to get a jump on Super Tuesday can begin casting their ballots.

In-person absentee voting is beginning at county election boards across the state. Offices are open until 6 p.m. Friday.

Early voting also will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the state on Tuesday as Oklahoma joins nine other states in selecting presidential candidates as part of Super Tuesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An anti-abortion group that wants to ban abortions in Oklahoma launches a petition drive, with the goal of amending the state Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a human being.

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — Medford schools are closed Friday after a propane leak at a fuel-storage plant prompted a voluntary evacuation of the town's 1,000 residents.

The American Red Cross says two people checked into a shelter in nearby Wakita after the evacuation advisory was issued Thursday.

The leak started Tuesday at the ONEOK plant 2.5 miles south of town. ONEOK spokeswoman Megan Washbourne said crews are working Friday to fix the leak but they don't yet know when it will be contained. Washbourne says the vapors are at a "low and very safe level."

Gas Prices Jump

Mar 2, 2012

Tulsa gas prices jumped 13 cents at the pump overnight. Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says a false report of a Saudi Arabian pipeline explosion sparked the latest rise, but there are other factors involved, including the volatile situation in Iran, and Wall Street speculation.


Mai says it’s likely prices will increase another 25 or 30 cents a gallon in Oklahoma by summer, but very unlikely they will top $3.80 a gallon here. The price could reach four dollars a gallon in other parts of the country.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement agreement between the Department of Human Services and a national child advocacy group that sued the agency over the safety of foster children in its care.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell OK'd the settlement at a fairness hearing in Tulsa on Wednesday, ending nearly four years of litigation between the department and New York-based Children's Rights.

The settlement calls for the agency to prepare a plan to better prevent child abuse and neglect in care and make other improvements.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to cut the personal income tax rate for more than 60 percent of Oklahomans has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Republican House Speaker Kris Steele introduced the 100-page bill late Wednesday in the House Appropriations Committee, which passed the measure on an 11-6 vote, mostly along party lines.