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
2:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

OSU Med Center Chooses a Partner

OSU Medical Center
Credit KWGS News Photo

A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.

Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.

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Local & Regional
4:46 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Voter Turnout Expected to be Light

Criminal Justice Tax Election Tuesday
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Likely only 20 percent or less of eligible voters will turn out for the Tuesday ballot on jail expansion and a new juvenile center. Only a small percentage took advantage of the early in-person and mail-in absentee opportunities, usually a sign of what turnout might be on election day. Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says all polling places will be open from 7am until 7pm.

There are some school and community propositions on the ballot, but the only items on which ALL eligible voters may cast ballots are the criminal justice questions.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Final Report on Joplin Tornado Released

A final report on the Joplin 2011 tornado is released.
Credit KWGS News

A final report on the 2011 Joplin tornado has been released. The National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends strengthened building designs, public shelters, and more effective emergency communications. Marc Levitan is team leader for the Joplin tornado investigation at NIST. He says the Joplin tornado study is the first to recommend that standards and model codes be adopted for buildings to better resist tornadoes.

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Local & Regional
12:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Gas Prices Take Another Jump at the Pump

Gas prices are up again.
Credit KWGS News

Gas prices in Tulsa go up 11-cents a gallon for regular unleaded at most stations. The time of year, world tensions, weather, and the cost of oil are all factors. Contrary to the opinion of many that retailers are making out like bandits, Quik Trip Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says higher gas prices keep customers from buying items in the store, where the company makes most of its’ money.

Supply and demand isn’t that much of a factor anymore, but with more people on the road in spring and summer that does have an impact also.

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Local & Regional
12:53 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Tulsa Mayor Appoints River Development Director

New Director of River Development Robert Gardner
Credit City of Tulsa

Former Tulsa City Councilor Robert Gardner will be the Mayor’s Director of River Development. The focus will be on getting and keeping water in the river to encourage development along its’ banks. Gardner says he went to Mayor Bartlett several weeks ago and offered to help. He says one person with a total focus on the river should be able to help move things along.

Gardner, a city councilor from 1994-1998, will begin immediately and will not be paid for his work.

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Local & Regional
1:49 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Tulsa Tries Again for a TIGER Grant

City seeking money for Riverside improvements.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

TIGER Grant round two. The city of Tulsa is attempting again to get a federal transportation grant to help fund improvements to Riverside Drive as part of the Gathering Place project. City Engineer Paul Zachary says the dollars would go only for public use aspects of the project like Riverside and the pedestrian bridge. This time the city is seeking between $11 and $14 million. Applications are due the end of April and awards will be announced sometime around Labor Day.      

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Local & Regional
12:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Another Tulsa Parks Rec Center Bites the Dust

The ground is smoothed where Heller Park Recreation Center and Theater once stood.
Credit KWGS News

Another outdated Tulsa Parks Community Center comes down, this one on the south side of town. There’s been a lot of debate about the demolition of old Tulsa Parks community centers and pools, especially on the northside, but the latest to meet the wrecking ball is Heller Park Rec Center on South Wheeling. For many years it was home to Heller Theater, and seeing the building come down is a sad sight for those like this young woman, Cari, who spent summers at the theater camp.

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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Tulsa County Passes Rail Resolution

Tulsa County leaders pass a rail resolution.
Credit Friends of the Eastern Flyer

Tulsa County leaders pass a resolution on the rail line between Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. It does NOT ask the state to retain the line and NOT sell as some cities and organizations have done. Instead the resolution states if a group studying a possible sale finds passenger service to be viable, then the process should be allowed to proceed unabated. County Commissioner Karen Keith says she personally supports passenger rail service on the line.

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Local & Regional
2:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Opposition to Selling Rail Line Gains Momentum

The Eastern Flyer gets ready to board
Credit Friends of the Eastern Flyer

As a decision nears the end of the line, the move to block the sale of state owned rail tracks between Tulsa and Oklahoma City rolls along. The latest to join those opposing the sale is Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker. He joins a growing chorus of voices asking the state to retain ownership. Evan Stair with Passenger Rail Oklahoma says a bid by Burlington Northern Santa Fe would not be good for those wanting excursion and commuter trains.

It’s expected the Department of Transportation and the Governor will get a recommendation sometime next month.

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Local & Regional
12:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

New Technology Coming to Address Pothole Complaints

Tulsa leaders look to new technology and locate and respond to potholes.
Credit KWGS News

An upgrade to phone and computer technology at Tulsa city hall should help get potholes fixed more quickly. Under the new system, there is GPS capability…so you could take a picture of a pothole, send it to city hall, and a crew could go right out and repair it. But given current budget woes, Councilor Phil Lakin is worried about having personnel to follow up, if things speed up on the front end.

Officials say the system should also speed up response to city code violations reported by citizens.

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