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
2:25 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Texting While Driving Ban Passes Committee

Lawmakers take on texting while driving.
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee. Triple-A Oklahoma has been lobbying for such a ban the last several legislative sessions. Spokesman Chuck Mai is glad to see movement on the measure, which has failed in each past attempt at the state capitol. He says statistics show those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, and it’s one of the most dangerous things you can engage in while behind the wheel.

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Local & Regional
12:14 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa County Leaders Consider Closing Swimming Pools

O'Brien Park Pool is one of those recommended for closing.
Credit Tulsa County Parks

Tulsa County leaders have through March to decide whether to close three of the county owned and operated outdoor swimming pools. Parks Director Richard Bales made the difficult decision to recommend closing because of the cost and dwindling use of the pools for a few weeks each summer.

In addition, the pools are old, and Bales says they need thousands of dollars in repairs. If County Commissioners say yes…O’Brien, LaFortune, and Chandler pools would not open for the summer season. Only the Glenpool facility would open.

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Local & Regional
12:11 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Tulsans Get Free Dental Care

Patients wait at the Cox Center for free dental care.
Credit KWGS News

More than two thousand people are expected to get free dental care in Tulsa today and tomorrow at the Mission of Mercy’s annual event for Oklahomans. You don’t need insurance and you don’t need an appointment. Tulsa Dentist Dr. Riger Wood is Chairman of the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy. He says the clinic provides care for those without resources or insurance to get needed dental work.

The event is today and tomorrow at the Cox Business Center downtown. Care is provided on a first come, first served basis.

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Local & Regional
5:51 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Former Arrow Chief Headed to Prison

File photo of potential buyers look off Arrow Trucking tractors at Fair Meadows in 2010.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Former Arrow Trucking CEO, Doug Pielsticker, changes his original plea on two federal charges.

At a change of plea hearing in Tulsa federal court Wednesday, Pielsticker changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on a $25.6 million conspiracy charge as well as to a charge of lying on his taxes. 

He originally faced 23 federal charges, but according to an U.S. assistant district attorney, his charges were reduced to only these two in a plea deal. 

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Local & Regional
12:07 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Tulsa's New Superintendent Visits Schools, Parents, and the Media

New School Superintendent Deborah Gist at Disney Elementary.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa’s soon-to-be School Superintendent is in town visiting schools and meeting parents. Dr. Deborah Gist met with the media while touring Disney Elementary. She comes here from Rhode Island, but attended Memorial High School and has family in Tulsa. She says first priority is to listen to what Tulsans have to say about public education. As a large urban district, Tulsa presents challenges, but Gist says she’s had a passion for urban districts throughout her career.

Gist will take over when Keith Ballard retires at the end of the school year.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Body Found Floating in Tulsa Park Pond

Tulsa police wait for the dive team at an Owen Park pond.
Credit KWGS News

A man walking his dog spots a body floating in a pond at Owen Park near the IDL. George Hickle says at first he thought the nude man’s body was a mannequin, but when he realized it was a human body he called 9-1-1. He’s lived in the area 20 years, and says it’s usually pretty quiet…but admits nothing surprises him anymore.

Police say there did appear to be some trauma to the body, but the medical examiner will have to determine the exact cause of death.

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Local & Regional
10:25 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Tulsa School Board Members Choose a New Superintendent

The Tulsa School Board votes for Dr. Deborah Gist.
Credit KWGS News

The only remaining candidate, after the other finalist dropped out, gets the job of Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent. The School Board last night voted unanimously to offer the post to Dr. Deborah Gist of Rhode Island. The offer comes despite a group led by teachers who wanted someone else. Jennifer Thornton is a member of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, and she believes there are better candidates available.

But Board Vice-Chair Gary Perciful has no misgivings. He says Gist is the right fit for Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
12:10 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Tulsa County Leaders Okay Higher Municipal Inmate Rate

Higher charges for municipal inmates.
Credit Tulsa Jail

Tulsa County leaders okay a new, higher rate for municipal inmates in the jail. Ron Peters led negotiations for the county in recent contentious talks over what the city of Tulsa should pay for inmates. He says the new resolution changes rates because the U-S Marshal’s Service now pays more, $69 a day per inmate, and negotiators agreed to pay whatever the Marshal’s Service pays. City leaders haven’t signed off on the jail deal, still disputing several aspects of the contract. County Commission Chair John Smaligo voted against the $69 rate, but not because he agrees with the city of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
12:42 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

A Murder Occurs at the Same Tulsa Motel Where a Homicide Victim Was Discovered Last Week

A murder occurs at an east Tulsa motel.
Credit File photo

A man is killed in the same Tulsa motel where the body of a missing Inola man was discovered last week. Officer Leland Ashley says it appears to be just coincidence. Investigators don’t believe there’s any connection between the homicides, except for location.

In this morning’s homicide at the Super 8 Motel near 31st and Memorial, four men forced their way into a room, shot to death a man there, then fled. A woman in the room was uninjured. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.  

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Local & Regional
2:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Missing Inola Man Found Murdered at a Tulsa Motel

Gerald Hail
Credit Rogers County Sheriff

Police are investigating the murder of an elderly man whose body was discovered at a Tulsa motel a day after he went missing.

Evidence indicates 70-year-old Gerald Hail of Inola was murdered. Officer Leland Ashley says Hail’s truck is still missing, and police are asking the public for help. The pickup is described as a white four door Ford F-150 with a camper shell and an Oklahoma license tag number of 683-FJK.

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