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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.


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

Tulsa Weather Coalition Needs Air Conditioners

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.

Local & Regional
3:01 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Tulsa Area Unemployment Rises

The latest figures show unemployment in the Tulsa Metro area up for the first time in several months. John Carpenter is with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. He says the rate for June rose four-tenths of a point to 5.7 percent. It’s the first rise in those out of a job in the Tulsa area in several months.

Carpenter says Tulsa’s unemployment rate is still much lower than the national average. Statistics for the entire state will be released later this month.

Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Electricity Use Soaring in the Heat Wave

PSO power plant
KWGS News File photo

Electricity use in Tulsa is near record levels. Tuesday was the second highest peak demand for power ever at PSO. Spokesman Stan Whiteford says there are a couple of good reasons to try and conserve electricity, it reduces strain on the system and it keeps bills lower.

He says air-conditioning is the thing that accounts for the most energy use, so it’s good to make sure air filters are clean to help keep costs down.

Local & Regional
1:30 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Tulsa Public Schools Get a Big Donation from the Electric Company

Schools Uniting Communities

Tulsa public schools get a 195-thousand dollar grant from PSO to boost a program helping students who live in poverty conditions. The money supports the Community Schools Initiative. Lucky Lamons is President of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. He says the program incorporates several elements of the community into the education of children, and can help those in difficult circumstances learn as well as improve their test scores.

Some of the funds will help expand literacy programs. The donation was made at the Schools Uniting Communities conference today at OSU-Tulsa.

Local & Regional
12:00 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Mechanics Local Urges Passage of Latest American Airlines Contract Offer

Local 514 Union Leaders

American Airlines mechanics are again voting on a contract. This time local union leaders are urging a yes vote. The last, best offer from the company was voted down, but after weeks of continued negotiating…a revamped contract is being decided upon. Last time around, union leaders didn’t make a recommendation one way or the other. This time it’s different. Sam Cirri is the local union president. He says this latest offer is only slightly better than the one turned down, but this time a yes vote is being recommended.

Local & Regional
8:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Educators Meet with City Leaders

Educators meet with city officials
City of Tulsa

Tulsa Public School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard says a meeting with city leaders surpassed his expectations. City Councilors met with area superintendents and school board members at an education summit.

Dr. Ballard says he sees the summit as part of a continuing dialog on the future of public education in the Tulsa area.

The struggle to deal with funding cuts on the state level while the student population continues to grow is a major topic. Dr. Ballard says city councilors are sympathetic to public education’s plight, and he’s encouraged by their support. 

Local & Regional
2:18 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Bug Sniffing Dog Checks out Tulsa Library

Miss Liberty Belle and handler

A special bed bug sniffing dog is brought in to check out Tulsa’s Central Library after some of the critters are found in chairs in the building. Library officials say it’s not an infestation, but the library was closed temporarily and chairs where bedbugs were found removed after a patron was bitten. Miss Liberty Belle, a beagle trained to sniff out bed bugs, was brought in to use her talents in the library. Glenn Collymore is her trainer. He says she sniffs out the bugs and then paws the area to alert when some are found.

Local & Regional
11:33 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Busy Bus Corridor to be discussed

Transportation experts are looking at changes for the busiest public transit corridor in Tulsa. INCOG planner James Wagner says a study of the important and crowded Peoria/Riverside corridor is underway.

Community and business leaders and citizens are invited to public meetings next week to discuss the Peoria/Riverside needs. They will be held Monday at the Tulsa Tech Peoria campus, and Tuesday at the South Brooke Church of Christ. 

Local & Regional
11:09 am
Thu July 12, 2012

It could be a Record Hot Summer in Tulsa

National Weather Service/Owasso 411

Already the Tulsa area has set records for high temperatures on several days this summer…and the hottest days of the season are still ahead. Meterologist in Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, Steve Piltz, says it could be a record breaking year, if the summer pattern continues.

Piltz says it has been drier than it was last summer, so mornings are a little cooler. But he says when it’s drier it also heats up faster…so we could have even hotter days in July and August than during the brutal summer of 2011.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Carts to be Delivered Starting Monday

Carts awaiting delivery at NewSolutions

Carts for the new trash collection system in Tulsa are arriving and the first group will be delivered to neighborhoods beginning Monday. Gary Percefull is with NewSolutions, the company that will operate the trash pickup service.


Percefull says with thousands of carts to deliver citywide, it’s a big job that will take some time to complete.


Chairman Jim Hinds of NewSolutions agrees it’s going to take time to get carts to everyone in every neighborhood.


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