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
10:47 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Unemployment in Oklahoma drops slightly

The latest Oklahoma statewide unemployment figures are out, and more people had jobs. John Carpenter with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says in February the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 6.0 percent.

                      

It’s the second straight month unemployment has dropped in Oklahoma.The county by county unemployment numbers won't be out until April 10th.

Local & Regional
10:47 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tulsa students rally in memory of slain Florida teen

Tulsa Central students rally for Trayvon Martin

Wearing hoodies and holding signs, Tulsa Central High School students rally in support of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and his family. The killing of Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer has sparked a national debate. President of the Central student council, Berthaddaeus Bailey, calls the gathering a ‘Hope in Hoodies’ rally. He says the idea is to show people stereotyping can be dangerous and end in tragedy. Bailey told the crowd there is hope in every situation, it doesn't have to end in violence.

                             

Local & Regional
5:23 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tulsa Judge rules special needs scholarship law unconstitutional

A Tulsa District Judge strikes down a law allowing state funds to be used for special needs students at private schools. Judge Rebecca Nightingale says the law is unconstitutional, based on separation of church and state. Jenks and Union schools sued, claiming the measure was unconstitutional. Union Superintendent Cathy Burden says the judge agrees.

 

The attorney for the parents of the special needs children says he plans to appeal. Burden says the district is prepared to battle all the way to the State Supreme Court.

Local & Regional
11:12 am
Tue March 27, 2012

EMSA files motion seeking lawsuit dismissal

EMSA Attorneys file a motion seeking dismissal of a class action lawsuit alleging patients have been wrongfully charged for ambulance transportation. EMSA attorney Kris Koepsel says the facts don’t support claims by those suing for alleged wrongful billing.

 

The motion also disputes that the plaintiffs have the status to constitute a ‘class’. And EMSA also denies claims that the alleged wrongful billing is widespread. The plaintiffs will have a chance to respond to the motion to dismiss, and then a judge will decide the issue.

Local & Regional
10:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Woodward & Bernstein on the TU campus

Woodward and Bernstein on "Meet the Press"
NBC

Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak together tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus. This event is free & open to the public; no tickets, registration, or reservations are required.

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Local & Regional
12:46 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Upgrade of Tulsa Courthouse Entrances Delayed

A contract is delayed on upgrading security entrances at the Tulsa County Courthouse. The Sheriff says parts of the plan are being re-thought because of the shootout earlier this month. Sheriff Glanz says they’re looking at bullet resistant glass for the renovated entrance on the plaza side of the courthouse and the new entrance on the east side.

                            

Glanz says the new entrances, depending on the cost, would have bullet resistant or bullet proof glass installed.

Local & Regional
12:03 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

President Obama speaks on energy in Cushing

In Oklahoma to tout his energy policy, President Obama announces he wants to expedite work on a pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast.

                       

He wants to speed the southern leg of the pipeline to ease the glut of oil at the Cushing hub, but says the northern leg…from Canada to Oklahoma… needs more study. He also took a swipe at those blaming his policies for rising gas prices, saying it's concern over the Mideast and not domestic production driving the increase.

                                          

Local & Regional
7:38 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Committee makes rail recomendations

A committee has submitted recommendations on bringing back passenger rail service to and from Tulsa. Advisory Committee Chairman Rick Westcott says the state should re-establish passenger rail connections between Tulsa and the rest of the nation. He calls the lack of such service ‘an emergency’.

                  

The committee believes passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa could revitalize economically depressed areas between the state’s two largest metropolitan cities.

Local & Regional
11:03 am
Wed March 21, 2012

State lawmakers are urged to adopt 'Pay As You Go'

As tax cut measures move through the state legislature, the head of an Oklahoma think tank calls for lawmakers to adopt ‘Pay as you go’. Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, David Blatt, says pay as you go, or paygo, requires policymakers to pay for the cost of any tax reduction or service expansion. He says state leaders should not cut taxes this year without first identifying how to pay for them.

Blatt says Paygo was used effectively in the late 1990’s to return the federal budget to a surplus, but has never been implemented at the state level.

Local & Regional
11:06 am
Tue March 20, 2012

A project replacing Tulsa Park Rec Centers moves ahead

Maxwell Park Rec Center

Several of the older recreation centers in Tulsa Parks are coming down to be replaced with splash pads and new playgrounds. It’s a controversial plan that has upset some citizens, but park officials say some of the centers are in such bad shape they’re too costly to repair. Special Projects Manager Gary Shellhorn uses the Maxwell Park rec center as an example. He says it would cost two million dollars to renovate the center and make it meet regulations for those with disabilities.

                           

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