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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
10:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

A Private Company Will Manage Tulsa School Buses

A Missouri company will take over management of the Tulsa Public Schools transportation department.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa School Board is contracting out management of the district’s transportation department. There were some complaints from the support workers’ union, but Schools Spokesman Chris Payne says no one is losing their job and the deal will save time and money, more than $250,000 a year, plus a minimum of an additional $130,000 in the first year of the contract.

The vote was unanimous to contract with Missouri based TransPar for transportation management services. The district will continue to own the school bus fleet.

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Local & Regional
2:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Library Renovation Progress Updated

Tulsa Library CEO Gary Shaffer gives of tour of renovation progress on the downtown Central Library.
Credit KWGS News

Demolition of the interior of the Central Library in downtown Tulsa is about 25 percent complete. The work is part of a 50-million dollar, two year renovation of the building to modernize it and make it more environmentally friendly. On a tour today, Library CEO Gary Shaffer said it will be a hi-tech facility for the 21st century when finished.

The restoration is scheduled for completion in spring of 2016.

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Local & Regional
4:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

I-44 Progress in Tulsa Reviewed

Senator Jim Inhofe speaks from the I-44 bridge over Lewis Avenue.
Credit KWGS News

Federal, state, and local leaders deliver a progress report on one of the largest Tulsa road projects in recent history.

The gathering on the almost completed Lewis bridge was to display the final phase of the widening of I-44 from Riverside to Yale. Instrumental in the more than five year, 400 million dollar project is U-S Senator Jim Inhofe, who helped with federal funding to complete the work.

The final phase at Lewis Avenue, including a new bridge over I-44, is scheduled for completion this summer.

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Local & Regional
7:45 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Candidate for Governor Supports Tulsa Passenger Rail

Joe Dorman
Credit State House

A Democratic lawmaker running for governor gets on board the Eastern Flyer Express.

Representative Joe Dorman says he is against the proposed sale of the Sooner Sub Rail Line. It aligns him with most groups supporting the return of passenger service to Eastern Oklahoma.

Dorman claims Governor Fallin is going forward with what he calls an       ‘ill-advised’ sale that many oppose.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City Hall Candidates File for Office

Credit KWGS News

Auditor Cathy Criswell, District 5 City Councilor Karen Gilbert, and District 8 Councilor Phil Lakin are all returned to office for two more years because no one filed against them.

All other incumbent councilors, all of whom filed for re-election, will have to run at least in the primary because they had at least one other candidate file against them.

City of Tulsa elections are now non-partisan, so if any one candidate can muster more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, they win the office.

CITY AUDITOR-2 (Two Year Term)

     

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Local & Regional
2:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government

Tulsa County loses some copper tubing that services condensers cooling computers to theft.
Credit KWGS News

A copper theft shuts down much of Tulsa County government operations over the weekend. Thieves ripped out copper tubing from condensers used to cool computers. It caused temperatures inside to soar and forced a partial shutdown, according to Information Technology Director Tom Trimble. He says had it occurred during the week, it could have been devastating. Trimble says they were able to keep systems to the Sheriff’s Office going for emergencies.

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Local & Regional
11:39 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18

Doug Cox
Credit State of Oklahoma

Under a compromise bill passed by the Oklahoma House, sales of electronic cigarettes or similar vapor products to those under 18 would be banned. Representative Doug Cox of Grove is a doctor. He says he does recommend e-cigs as a way for people to reduce tobacco usage and eventually quit smoking, however, he says to claim electronic cigarettes with nicotine are not tobacco products is like saying red salsa is not a tomato product.

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Local & Regional
2:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention

Task force to study ways to reduce juvenile crime
Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa Leaders are taking on juvenile crime. City Council Chair Karen Gilbert says a task force focusing on juvenile crime prevention has begun meeting. She says the idea is to bring together groups and organizations that deal with juvenile crime and enhance existing programs and expand the effort. Members of the District Attorney’s office, the police gang unit, the Juvenile Bureau, and those who work with at-risk youth are on the task force.

Gilbert says task force members want to focus on a small area at first and then expand throughout the city.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail

Sheriff Glanz
Credit File photo

An order to more than triple the intake rate of inmates into state prisons is helping reduce the backlog in county jails in Oklahoma. It’s an action ordered by new Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton. 

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says it is helping cut the numbers in the overcrowded David Moss Center here.Glanz says since the effort to clear the inmate backlog began, numbers of those awaiting transfer in the Tulsa County jail have dropped from around 100 a day to 20 a day.

                 

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Local & Regional
2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy

Emily Michie gets her badge pinned on after graduation ceremonies from the Tulsa Police Academy.
Credit KWGS News

16 new police officers get badges today. A ceremony is held at the Tulsa police academy to mark the graduation of the 16 recruits after six months of training. One of the grads is Emily Michie, who is following in her father’s footsteps. He spent 25 years on the Tulsa Police Force. She says it was kind of always in the back of her mind to become a law officer, but she didn’t really make up her mind until after college.

The recruits now transition to officers in training and will spend the next 16 weeks with field training officers.

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