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
12:00 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Mechanics Local Urges Passage of Latest American Airlines Contract Offer

Local 514 Union Leaders
KWGS News

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
KWGS News

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
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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Local & Regional
7:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

AA and Tulsa Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Facility in Tulsa
KWGS News photo

DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.

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Local & Regional
10:46 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Discussions are on-going about how best to fund aerospace upgrades

Talks continue about how to fund aerospace improvements in Tulsa County. No final decision is yet made on what package,if any,to bring to voters. Business and political leaders agree something must be done to upgrade facilities for the airport and aerospace companies located in the area. County Commission Chairman John Smaligo believes his idea to extend the Vision 2025 program is gaining momentum.

Whatever decision’s made, time’s running out. Smaligo says to make the November ballot, action must be taken on a plan no later than early August.

Local & Regional
11:43 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Courthouse work will affect Denver Avenue traffic

More construction will slow pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Denver Avenue in downtown Tulsa. Crews are pouring piers for the entryway upgrade on the east side of the Tulsa County Courthouse. Project Manager Kirby Crowe says the sidewalk and one lane of Denver will be closed all week. The outside southbound lane is blocked off to vehicles. Crowe says it’s a good time to do the noisy work of pouring piers because there are no jury trials at the courthouse this week, so it won’t be too disruptive to court business.

Local & Regional
9:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Fake Cops target Hispanics

TPD

Tulsa Police are searching for some fake cops who robbed a man at the Bristol Park Apartments on East 45th Street South. 

Authorities say a man noticed he was being followed to his home at the apartments around midnight Sunday. Two men in a van got out and approached him.

The victim said the two men appeared to be law officers. They carried guns and radios and had badges attached to their belts.

Police say"Clearly they were impersonating officers.”

The fake cops are apparently targeting Hispanics, a group that detectives say often carry a lot of cash.

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