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
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.

Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Tulsa County Landlords Order a Private School out of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Problems continue at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A private school that recently moved into the Union Depot where the Hall is located has been ordered to move out. Asking for an update on unresolved issues involving the Jazz Hall, Tulsa County leaders take a controversial step. Hall directors sublet part of the building to the Deborah Brown School without getting a necessary certificate of occupancy first. It prompted an order to relocate.

Local & Regional
11:53 am
Thu September 13, 2012

CNG Summit to be Held in Tulsa Next Week

KWGS News

The state of Oklahoma is making a push to get more vehicles converted to compressed natural gas. A Summit on the topic will be held in Tulsa next week with Governor Fallin as keynote speaker. The founder of a company that builds CNG fueling stations, Tom Sewell, believes Tulsa is positioned to be the leader in a compressed natural gas revolution.

The idea behind the gathering is to interest more public agencies and businesses in converting vehicles to compressed natural gas and make Oklahoma an example for the nation.                                 

Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Tulsa Councilors Want Vision 2 Assurances

Tulsa City Councilors are putting together a list of Vision 2 projects to be funded…should the measure pass in November. Council Chair G.T. Bynum says they’re asking for advice how to make the list as binding as possible. Since Vision 2 would tie up funding for 17 years, he wants to make sure commitments made now are honored by future elected officials.

He says there is concern future councils or mayors could ‘tinker’ with the list and make changes not wanted by voters.

Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Charities Get a Boost from a New Challenge Grant Program

Tulsa Community Foundation CEO Phil Lakin announces a challenge grant to area non-profits.
KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa Community Foundation is awarding one million dollars in grants to 44 eastern Oklahoma non-profits. The ‘Planned Giving Challenge’ is a program designed to encourage agencies to build long-term financial security. Phil Lakin, Community Foundation CEO, says selected non-profits are encouraged to build future financial security through agreements such as wills or trusts or annuities.

Then for every 100-thousand dollars in planned giving gifts raised by agencies, the Community Foundation will award a 20-thousand dollar grant.

Local & Regional
1:09 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tulsa County Leaders Okay Vision 2 for a November Vote

Tulsa County leaders hold a public hearing on the Vision 2 tax extension proposal.
KWGS News

Tulsa County leaders okay placing Vision 2 on a November 6th ballot.

After a public hearing at the courthouse, County Commissioners unanimously approve sending the Vision 2 tax extension to a vote in November. A dozen people spoke at the meeting, no one in opposition, although some changes were requested. The biggest chunk of the money requested by the county would go to replacing the Juvenile Justice Center. Chief judge Doris Fransein says the current facility just isn’t adequate. Money would also go for roads and bridges, Expo Square, parks, and river levees.

Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New CNG Fueling Station for Public Use Opens in Tulsa

The ribbon is cut on a new Tulsa CNG fueling station for use by the public
KWGS News

A 10th Compressed Natural Gas fueling station opens in Tulsa. This latest station, located on West 23rd near the Arkansas River, can be used by the public. Tom Sewell, with Tulsa Gas Technologies, says CNG is cleaner, safer, and can save you a lot of money at the pump. While gasoline is selling for about 3-dollars-70-cents at most Tulsa stations, the comparable amount of natural gas is selling for a dollar-fifty.

Anybody with a CNG powered vehicle can use the new station. All it takes is a credit card.

Local & Regional
1:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jazz Hall of Fame Given 30 Days to pay bills

Jazz Hall of Fame in old Union Depot downtown Tulsa
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Jazz Hall of Fame board members are given notice of default on their lease agreement. They have 30 days to pay overdue bills or make arrangements to pay them, or else. Members of the Tulsa County Industrial Authority, which oversees the Union Depot Station where the Hall’s located, vote today to send a notice of ‘failure to perform’ terms of the lease. Authority Chairman John Smaligo says trustees are frustrated by a lack of progress in paying what amounts to more than 70-thousand dollars in outstanding bills.

Local & Regional
10:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign in Effect This Holiday Weekend

Seven new Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers in the Tulsa area mean more resources to arrest drunk drivers over the Labor Day holiday period. O-H-P  Lt. George Brown says they’ll be participating in a national crackdown dubbed ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’.

Brown says a ‘no tolerance’ policy will be followed for anyone pulled over suspected of driving under the influence on this last holiday of the summer season.

Local & Regional
10:04 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Caution Urged on Oklahoma Lakes and Rivers this Holiday Weekend

Planning a trip to one of the state’s lakes, rivers, or streams this weekend? The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s Skylar McElhaney says they want you to have fun, but be cautious when swimming or boating in untreated waters. There are certain bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that could be harmful and cause anything from ear and eye infections to some forms of meningitis.

Suggestions to be safe include hold your nose or wear noseplugs when jumping into water, avoid swallowing water when swimming, and stay away from debris and storm drains.

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