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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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Election
1:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Voter Deadline Approaches

The Tulsa County Election Board on North Denver Avenue
KWGS News File photo

If you want to vote in the November 6th presidential election, then you only have through Friday to register. Assistant Election Board secretary Shelly Boggs says the office on North Denver Avenue will stay open late Friday.

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Election
12:57 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Mayoral Candidate Opposes Vision 2

KWGS News

The only announced candidate for Tulsa Mayor in the next election says he can’t support Vision 2. Republican Bill Christiansen says the process has been rushed and there hasn’t been nearly enough citizen participation.

Christiansen says there’s a difference between wants and needs, and he would like more attention paid to streets, public safety, and the like. He says while many Vision 2 projects would be nice to have, they are not essential needs. He’ll be voting against both Vision 2 propositions on November 6th. 

Local & Regional
1:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Fried Everything at the Fair

KWGS News

As Tulsa State Fair food booths prove, you can deep fry just about anything. Deep fried pickles, cheesecake, pumpkin balls, ice cream, candy bars, and kool-aid. That’s right, even kool-aid can be deep fried. At her booth on the midway, Cecelia Kenna sells fried kool-aid.

She says it looks like a hushpuppy and tastes like cherry kool-aid…and it’s a popular item…she says they sell a lot. Kenna says the donut cheeseburgers at the booth are also popular, but they’ve been available on the fairgrounds for a few years, so they’re not as new an experience as fried kool-aid.

Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

A Tulsa County Leader Favors Hiking Rents for Airport Tenants who receive Vision 2 Funds

KWGS News

One Tulsa County official favors hiking rents and seeking commitments from airport tenants if they receive Vision 2 funds. Commissioner Fred Perry says he wants to have facilities to keep and attract companies, but if Vision improvements contribute to profitability, it’s fair to expect some return from businesses that benefit. He says that would include re-negotiating rents and seeking commitments to stay in Tulsa.

Proposition 1 of the Vision 2 plan would provide millions for airport building and infrastructure improvements.

Local & Regional
1:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Fallen Claremore Soldier Comes Home to Be Laid to Rest

Patriot Riders at Tulsa International Airport
KWGS News

Patriot Guard motorcycle riders escort the body of Army PFC Jon Townsend, killed earlier this month in Afghanistan. The procession travels from Tulsa International Airport to Claremore, Townsend’s home town, and where his funeral will be held. Lining the route are people waving flags…one of them is Sgt. 1st Class Chad Broughton with the Oklahoma National Guard. He says he’s been deployed overseas three times, and it’s always tough to see a young soldier like Townsend die in the war. He says he came to the airport to show respect for Townsend and his family.

Local & Regional
1:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State Inspectors Check Tulsa State Fair Rides

Comet II Coaster on the Tulsa State Fair midway
KWGS News

Inspectors are at Expo Square checking midway rides for safety. Every year, state inspectors from the Labor Department look over rides and scan operators’ paperwork. Labor Commissioner Mark Costello says there are five inspectors here, with two on duty at all times the rides are operational during the entire run of the fair.

Costello says there are federal regulations governing carnival ride safety, but Oklahoma also has what he calls some of the highest standards in the country.

Local & Regional
1:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Tulsa Takes Part in National Voter Registration Day

KWGS News

This is "National Voter Registration Day", and you can get your name on the rolls in time to vote in the presidential election by going to any of the YWCA’s in Tulsa. Mana Pahaie is Director of Racial Justice at the YWCA. She says the Y is also providing information on the six state questions that will be on the ballot in November.

The voter registration drive is being held at the YWCA’s midtown, downtown and east Tulsa locations. The presidential election is just 41 days away, and you have only until October 12th to register.

Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Burn Ban Lifted for Tulsa County

Forestry Service

For the first time in several weeks, the burn ban in Tulsa County is not extended. Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says expectations are there will be half an inch or more of rain this week. And he says falling short of meeting fire department criteria is a contributing factor to the removal of the burn ban.

The county is still in the extreme drought category, and this afternoon conditions are right for a red flag fire warning. Joliffe says people still need to be very cautious and try to avoid outdoor burning if possible.

Local & Regional
1:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Advocates for More CNG Fleets are Heard at a Tulsa Summit

A Dixie Chopper than runs on CNG
KWGS News

A summit calling for conversion of more vehicles to compressed natural gas is held in Tulsa.The goal of the summit is to provide information about the advantages of using CNG in the hope more companies will decide to convert their fleets. There are also individuals at the summit like Craig Dixon, who is an advocate of using CNG in personal vehicles. He says he’s saved thousands of dollars in the three years he’s been using a CNG powered Honda Civic. Also in attendance is Marcus James, fleet maintenance manager for Tulsa Public Schools.

Local & Regional
2:37 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

The Tulsa County Burn Ban Continues, Despite Action to Lift the State Ban

The governor lifts the burn ban issued by her office for Tulsa County and several other counties across the state, but you still can’t burn outdoors here. Tulsa County leaders, on advice of area fire department chiefs, are continuing the ban. Deputy Emergency Manager Jamie Ott says despite recent rains, it’s still too dry.

You may use charcoal, gas, and electric grills but only on non-flammable surfaces. The ban will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

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