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
11:48 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Preparations are already underway for a tax cut battle next year

Some are dismayed no tax cuts passed the Oklahoma legislature, others are pleased. It’s a battle that will continue in the next session. Count among those pleased with the failure of tax cuts this year, David Blatt with the Oklahoma Policy Institute think tank. He says there must be a much broader debate on tax reform that doesn’t just start with the premise there must be tax cuts.

Local & Regional
11:48 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Tulsa County's new Undersheriff sworn in to office

Tim Albin is sworn in as the new Undersheriff
KWGS News

Tulsa

Tulsa County has a new undersheriff. The Commission meeting room at the courthouse is crowded as Chief Deputy Tim Albin takes the oath of office to become the second in command at the Sheriff’s Office. Albin has been with the office since 1989. He says things have changed a lot in the years since he began his career, with terrorism and illegal immigration, the office works more on issues that have a global perspective.

Albin replaces Brian Edwards, who retired this month, and took a job with the Grand River Dam Authority.

Local & Regional
2:32 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

House Okays Budget on Second Try

The Oklahoma House passes a $6.8 billion general appropriations bill to fund state government on a second try. It passed by just one vote. Today's first vote ended in failure. 

The House voted 47-47 today for the annual budget bill, falling short of the 51 votes needed for passage. Democrats who opposed the bill for not putting enough funding into education teamed up with Republicans who thought the bill spent too much.

Local & Regional
1:58 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Tulsa School Chief confirms he's leaving when current contract ends

KWGS News File Photo

Tulsa’s School Superintendent confirms he will leave when his current contract expires at the end of June in 2013. Dr. Keith Ballard says it was never his intention to stay longer than five years…and that time will be up next year.

Dr. Ballard says he’s not leaving because he’s disgruntled about anything in his job with the Tulsa district. And while he says current budget woes had nothing to do with his decision to leave,  he did blast state lawmakers and the governor over the ‘flat budget’ for education, saying that they had failed Oklahoma’s school children.

Local & Regional
11:57 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Tulsa Leaders Appalled at Flat Education Budget

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Legislative leaders and the governor’s budget deal does not include additional funding for education. School and city leaders in Tulsa say a flat budget will be devastating. Public school funding won’t increase under the budget agreement and Union Schools Superintendent Cathy Burden says it will mean cuts impacting the quality of education. She says while the district has lost millions in state funding since 2008, the number of students continues to grow.

Local & Regional
12:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Tulsa Leaders Unite for More Education Funding

Councilor Karen Gilbert talks with reporters at today's news conference.
KWGS News

Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Councilor Karen Gilbert and school superintendents Dr. Keith Ballard from Tulsa Public Schools, Dr. Cathy Burden from Union Public Schools and Dr. Kirby Lehman with Jenks Public Schools held a news conference today about the need for additional funding from the state level for education.

Councilor Gilbert championed a resolution in the City Council to help support education in the City of Tulsa and requested the Oklahoma Legislature to increase educational funding for elementary and secondary schools in the 2012-2013 budget.

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Local & Regional
2:54 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Testimony begins in the legal battle over a controversial Broken Arrow casino

Construction continues on Casino
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A federal judge hears arguments in the case of a controversial casino being constructed in Broken Arrow.

Neighbors don’t want the Red Clay Casino being built by the Kialegee Tribal Town. The attorney general has entered the case, seeking an injunction to halt construction. In arguments before Judge Greg Frizzel, state’s attorneys say the casino violates tribal compacts and doesn’t have the necessary permission from the Creek Nation.

Lawyers for the Kialegees claim they don’t need permission, and that the law prohibits local governments from vetoing tribal decisions.

Local & Regional
1:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Jenks Schools get a million dollar gift to hire more teachers

Students at Jenks West Elementary

In a time of cutbacks and teacher layoffs, the Jenks School District gets a gift of more than one-million dollars. The donation is announced at Jenks West Elementary. The money comes from a private fundraising effort spearheaded by parents of Jenks school children. The idea is to use the money to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through 6th grade. Danny Christner is one of those heading up the donor effort. He says this money will be used strictly for hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes, but the plan is for the private dollars fundraising to continue.

Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Jail illnesses still a mystery

After an exhaustive investigation, authorities haven’t found anything that would have caused the mass sickness experienced at the Tulsa jail last week. Sheriff’s Sargeant Shannon Clark says no evidence of chemical or carbon monoxide poisoning has been discovered to explain what caused nearly 40 people…most of them students on a field trip…to be treated for nausea.

Local & Regional
11:13 am
Fri May 11, 2012

New poll on tax cuts shows opposition if schools and safety affected

KWGS News File Photo

Advocates of cutting the state income tax quote polls showing a majority of Oklahomans favor the reductions. But a new poll released by the Oklahoma Advocacy Project shows the opposite is true, if it would mean less funding for schools, roads, and public safety.

David Blatt with the Oklahoma Policy Institute says the poll also shows many voters oppose paying for the cut by eliminating popular tax credit programs, as proposed by the Governor and legislative leaders.

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