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
12:56 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Tulsa Gang Unit Seizes Marijuana, Mushrooms, and Money

Marijuana seized in bust by police gang unit with Buster the K-9 officer.
Credit TPD

Members of the Tulsa Police Organized Gang Unit bust a marijuana selling operation. Officer Leland Ashley says they recovered 22 pounds of high grade marijuana and almost 33-thousand dollars in cash. Also discovered in the raid on two residences and a storage facility, one and a half pounds of psychedelic mushrooms.

A narcotics officer and his K-9 partner ‘Buster’ helped in the investigation. Austin Hingey of Tulsa was arrested on several drug charges.

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Local & Regional
11:52 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Sheriff Seeks an Architect for Jail Expansion

Tulsa County Jail
Credit KWGS News-File photo

The Tulsa Sheriff’s Office seeks bids for an architect to expand the jail. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says bonds to pay for the work have already been approved and are on the market. He says things are moving along quickly. Advertising for architectural bids was approved today, and are due by the end of the month. Glanz expects the project to begin by August or September, and it should be finished in about 18 months.

Four new jail pods will be constructed, adding some 300 beds to the Moss Center’s inmate capacity.

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Local & Regional
2:40 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Another Tulsa Parks Recreation Center Bites the Dust

B.C. Franklin Rec Center is demolished.
Credit KWGS News

The latest Tulsa Park Rec Center to meet the wrecking ball is B.C. Franklin. The demolition comes despite protests from some neighbors and the Councilor for that area, Jack Henderson. They wanted to try and save the facility. Henderson is afraid the lack of a rec center will increase crime and vandalism in the neighborhood, because youngsters won’t have anything to do this summer.  

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Local & Regional
2:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A Forum Focuses on Retail Development for Downtown Tulsa

Downtown Tulsa
Credit KWGS News

The renaissance in downtown Tulsa continues, but more investment and retail is needed. A forum is held focusing on retail development in the city’s urban core. CBRE Real Estate Broker Caitlin Boewe says smaller homegrown businesses are needed to spur development, then the big guys will follow. She points to Cherry Street and Brookside as examples where that has happened.

The forum, sponsored by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, follows one held earlier on attracting residential development to the downtown core.

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Local & Regional
2:02 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

A Tulsa E-Cigarette Seller Reacts to Federal Regulations

Electronic cigarettes
Credit cigaretteholders.com

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing federal regulations on electronic cigarettes. They would ban sales to anyone under 18 and require makers to get FDA approval for their products. Chip Paul is CEO of Palm Beach Vapors, a Tulsa based e-cigarette retailer. He doesn’t oppose regulation, in fact, he believes the rules, especially in regard to the liquids inside the e-cigs, should be stricter.

The rules will not ban ads or internet sales or the use of flavors in e-cigarettes, which some critics say attract young users.

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Local & Regional
12:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tulsa City Worker Injuries Drop Significantly

Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards
Credit KWGS News

Injuries to city of Tulsa workers reach a six year low, and officials believe a new Safety First Program is mostly responsible. Since implementation of the safety transformation project, the city overall has reduced the number of serious work-related injuries by 22%. Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards says the numbers are even better in his department, worker injuries dropped by 36%.

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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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