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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
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

Credit Day Center for the Homeless

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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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Disaster Cleanup Company Donates Turkeys to Tulsa Charities

Tulsa Street School loads up donated turkeys
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A company that cleans up after fires, tornadoes, floods, and other disasters donates hundreds of turkeys to Tulsa charities. Chrystal Kline is spokesperson for TRC Disaster Solutions. She says the company gives away 100 turkeys for every year it’s been in business. This year, that means 26-hundred turkeys going to organizations like John 3:16, the Salvation Army, Street School of Tulsa, and Catholic Charities.

Kline says it’s hoped the donations will help feed those who otherwise might not get a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Local & Regional
8:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

160 Workers in Tulsa Hit by Hostess Liquidation

One of the strikers in front of the Tulsa bakery, this morning, at 11th and Sheridan
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Wonder Bread bakery in Tulsa is among the facilities affected by Hostess Brands Inc.'s announcement Friday that it's going out of business.

Hostess announced Friday its plans to lay off its 18,500 workers and sell its snack cake and bread brands.

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products, which also include Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Home Pride bread.

The Tulsa bakery employs about 160 workers.

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Local & Regional
2:58 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tulsa Holds 94th Annual Veteran's Day Parade

Spectators watch Tulsa's Veteran's Day Parade
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On a cold morning, people line the parade route in downtown Tulsa. There are vets of several wars, but fewer and fewer World War II vets take part in Tulsa’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Most of them are in their late 80’s or early 90’s, but some like G.K. Gentis of Glenpool, who served in the 8th Air Force, try to make the parade every year. He’s sad that so many youngsters today don’t really know what World War II was all about, but says it’s as much the veteran’s fault as those who write the history courses. He believes many vets still don’t want to talk much about the war.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Winterfest Will be Back in Downtown Tulsa

The audience listens to the announcement of Winterfest's return
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Winterfest is back for year number five in downtown Tulsa. One of the sponsors is Arvest Bank, and spokesman Kirk Hays says Winterfest has rapidly become a holiday tradition for many families. More than 130,000 people attended the event last year.

Winterfest, located just outside the BOK Center, features ice skating, outdoor shops, concessions, entertainment, and the state’s tallest Christmas tree. It begins November 23rd and runs through January 6th.

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