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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
10:45 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Atheist to Give Council Invocation

The opening prayer will be delivered by an atheist at Thursday night’s Tulsa City Council meeting. Dan Nerren, a founder of the Humanist Association of Tulsa, says it’s a ‘first’ as far as he knows. He says he will not be praying to a deity, but instead will address the invocation to the councilors themselves.

He says several groups for years have attempted to get the council to halt sectarian prayers. Failing that, Nerren says councilors have agreed to allow an invocation from his non-theist group.

Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Increasing Ambulance Response Times Under Consideration

KWGS News File Photo

The Board governing Tulsa’s ambulance service is considering increasing response times. If the recommendation is accepted, response times for life-threatening emergencies would increase two minutes. Non-threatening emergency times would also increase two minutes.

EMSA’s Kelli Bruer says the change would not impact patient care….it would not affect first responders who are required to be on scene within five minutes.

Local & Regional
1:51 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

An Abandoned Apartment Complex Dubbed a 'Public Nuisance' is demolished

Oakwood Apartment complex
KWGS News

An abandoned Tulsa apartment complex that neighbors call a blight and a public safety nuisance is demolished.

The Oakwood Apartments on 62nd street just off South Peoria, abandoned since 2009, are coming down. Police have been called numerous times to the property since the abandonment. Tom Sanderson’s children attend school in the area…and he called city leaders to ask that it be torn down to rid the area of the problem structure.

The city and county worked together on the demolition. With the structure gone, officials say revitalization in the area can move forward.

Local & Regional
11:12 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Tulsa Courthouse Security Entrance Upgrades Enter a New Phase

KWGS News

A major step in upgrading Tulsa Courthouse security entrances gets underway this week as a couple of high profile trials begin inside.

The steel structure for the new entrance on the Denver Avenue side of the County Courthouse is going up this week. Kirby Crowe is with the company managing the project, and he says this is an important phase in the work, which is about a week behind schedule.

Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Action on Tulsa County Projects deferred until September

KWGS News

Tulsa County leaders will wait until September 10th to designate projects they’d like to see on the Vision 2 ballot in November. Commission Chairman John Smaligo says the needs are no secret….juvenile justice, expo square, and roads and bridges.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing before taking action on the project list. The issue goes to the voters on November 6th.

Local & Regional
1:38 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Tulsa Firefighters Warn Drivers to be Careful in School Zones

Firefighters at Jenks Back to School
KWGS News

With classes going back into session, Tulsa firefighters start a very visible campaign to remind people to drive carefully in school zones.

Traffic is very heavy in front of Jenks elementary at 101st and Yale as parents and buses drop off kids for the first day of class. Fire trucks and other department vehicles are parked near the campus with big banners that say ‘Drive Safely, School’s Open’.

Assistant Fire Marshal Captain Ray Evins says the firefighters will be at school sites throughout the various districts as they open for class this week and next.

Local & Regional
9:08 am
Fri August 10, 2012

A Call for a Tax Extension to Pay for Airport and Tulsa County Projects

Tulsa Airport

A plan is unveiled in Tulsa County to raise about 750-million dollars over 13 years for airport, aerospace, and other infrastructure projects. If County Commissioners say okay, you will be asked to approve extending the sixth-tenths of a penny ‘Vision 2025’ tax when it expires in December 2015.

Co-chairman of the Vision 2 campaign, Don Walker, says the improvements are needed to attract and keep jobs. County Commissioners will decide Monday whether to send the resolution to voters in November.

Local & Regional
12:45 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

American Airlines Unions Ratify Latest Contract Offer

American Airlines Tulsa Union Leaders
KWGS News

The votes are in, and American Airlines mechanics and warehouse workers have okayed a contract offer from the company. The same two groups were the only unions out of seven to turn down an earlier offer. Voting had been going on the past couple of weeks on this new offer, which union leaders describe as slightly better than the offer that was turned down by their members. If the agreement had been rejected, the matter would be in the hands of a bankruptcy judge. Under terms of this contract, there will still be more than a thousand jobs cut at the Tulsa maintenance base.

Local & Regional
11:49 am
Fri August 3, 2012

A Flood Control Facility is Dedicated in Memory of a Former Tulsa Councilor

In the midst of this drought, a flood control project is dedicated in memory of a former Tulsa City Councilor. Today, the mayor and other city officials honored the late Dennis Troyer at a large stormwater detention facility in the 6th District. His widow, Nancy, was on hand for the ceremony. She says he would be very proud of this gesture from the city he loved.

Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Tulsa Weather Coalition Needs Air Conditioners

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The Tulsa Weather Coalition is asking for help to get air-conditioners for those who can’t afford them. In this brutal heat, there are low-income, frail elderly, and others who need life-saving air-conditioners, but don’t have funds to buy them. The Tulsa Weather Coalition has an air-conditioner loaner program to help. Spokesman Jim Lyall says they’ve already installed nearly 100 units, but more will be needed to get through the season.

Lyall says anyone wanting to help can call the 2-1-1 number to get information about the Weather Coalition program.

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