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
12:59 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Tulsa County Commissioners Vote Raises for Elected Leaders

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Tulsa County Commissioners vote to give county elected leaders, including themselves, pay raises. Commissioners vote 2-1 today to give the county’s eight elected officials a two percent pay hike. Fred Perry made the motion. He says the increases are needed to be competitive and ensure qualified people run for public office.

But Commissioner John Smaligo voted no….even though he said yes to employee raises last month. He doesn’t buy the argument elected leaders salaries aren’t competitive, and says they still need to be prudent with the county budget.

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Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Downtown Tulsa Bank Robbed

The IBC Bank is in the dark brown building near the Bartlett Fountain downtown
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For the second time in as many days a Tulsa financial institution is robbed. The latest holdup occurred at the IBC Bank Branch at 5th and Main this morning. Police Officer Leland Ashley says a man entered the bank, implied he had a weapon, took an undetermined amount of money and fled on foot. Anyone who might have information about the robbery is asked to call police.

Wednesday a suspect in the robbery of the Tulsa Teachers’ Credit Union at Pine and Martin Luther King was shot by a security guard.

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Local & Regional
1:20 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

New Broadway Season in Tulsa Includes 'White Christmas'

A poster announces the upcoming Broadway season at the PAC
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A Christmas Classic and some of Broadway’s most popular recent musicals will make up the new Celebrity Attractions season in Tulsa. A little taste of what’s to come is played at the event at the Performing Arts Center today announcing the upcoming season. Celebrity Attractions President Larry Payton says the holiday favorite ‘White Christmas’ is included.

Shows also include The Blue Man Group, Chicago, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sister Act, and Wicked.

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Local & Regional
2:19 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Tulsa's MLK Day Parade Largest Ever

One of the floats in this year's Tulsa Martin Luther King Parade
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Tulsa holds it’s largest Martin Luther King Day Parade ever near the historic Greenwood area. Riding in the parade, and this year’s recipient of the Keeping the Dream Alive Honor, is community activist Nancy McDonald. She was instrumental in helping integrate Tulsa schools more than 40 years ago.

With three thousand participants and 247 entries, Tulsa’s annual event is one of the largest Martin Luther King Day Parades in the nation.

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Local & Regional
1:24 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Verizon Brings Hundreds of New Jobs to Tulsa

The Governor is on hand for a big jobs announcement at Verizon in Tulsa.
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New jobs for Tulsa. Verizon today announced it’s adding 500 positions at its’ facility in the Cherokee Industrial Park. Verizon Vice-President Michelle Robinson says the company reviewed several locations across the country before choosing Tulsa for the expansion.

She says Verizon already has a long-standing relationship with Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma, and that played into the decision. The expansion will allow the company to create a financial services hub here. Chamber of Commerce officials estimate the new jobs will have a 60-million dollar economic impact for the area.

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Local & Regional
12:38 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

A Task Force Explores Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering to Help Police Solve Crimes

Members of a Special Public Safety Task Force meet at City Hall
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A special task force takes a look at improving intelligence gathering to help solve crimes like the recent quadruple homicide in South Tulsa. City, law enforcement, and citizen leaders gather for an initial meeting following the Fairmont Terrace killings. Police Captain Van Ellis talked to the group about the need to receive quality intelligence, not just a large quantity of information that may not be all that helpful.

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

LaFortune Park to Get New, Brighter Lighting

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The LaFortune Park jogging trail is getting new lighting. Tulsa County Parks Director Richard Bales says the new LED lights are brighter and more energy efficient, and they should make the area safer. County leaders voted today to seek bids on the project. Two new lights will also be added to the park’s picnic area along South Yale Avenue.

The lights were first installed in the 1980’s and haven’t been upgraded since. All the park’s 114 lights and light posts will be replaced.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tulsa City Leaders Will Address Growing Concern About Subsidized Housing in High Crime Areas

Tulsa Council Chairman David Patrick

In the wake of this week’s quadruple killings, Tulsa city leaders are looking at ways to deal with problems in low-income, high crime areas. City Council Chairman David Patrick says increased police presence is only part of the solution. He says more must be done to address the concentration of what are called Section 8 low-income multi-unit properties in certain locations.

Patrick says the council is considering a quicker process to demolish dilapidated housing that owners refuse to improve, and helping with tax credits for those who want to upgrade their properties.

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Local & Regional
10:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Tulsa Cops to Crack Down in School Zones

TPD Squad Car
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Monday, the kids are heading back to class after the holidays, and Tulsa police will crack down on speeders and reckless drivers in school zones. Officer Leland Ashley says drivers need to be aware as classes resume after winter break. He says no warnings will be issued, if stopped in a school zone, you will get a ticket..and fines can be hefty, up to 500 dollars.

Ashley says the special enforcement is organized by the Mingo Valley division on Tulsa’s east side, but other divisions will also be focusing on school zone enforcement.

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Local & Regional
12:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Tulsa Courthouse Security Entrance Nears Completion

New Denver Avenue Courthouse entrance.
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There’s been a last minute delay in opening the new east security entrance to the Tulsa County Courthouse, but it should happen this week or next. County Commission Chief Deputy Mark Liotta says they’re waiting on hand rails that need to be installed before the new Denver Ave. entrance can open, a requirement by the Fire Marshal.

The entrance will lead courthouse visitors directly to the escalators that provide access to the second and third floors, and hopefully reduce congestion on the first floor around the elevators. 

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