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
12:37 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Good Friday shooting suspects charged

(Tulsa, OK)-Charges have now been filed against the two suspects in the Good Friday shooting spree in North Tulsa. District Attorney Tim Harris’ office announced today that Jake England and Alvin Watts were each charged with three counts of 1st degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill, and five counts of malicious harassment. Both men are being held in the Tulsa jail on bonds of more than 9-million dollars each. A judge is expected to set a preliminary hearing date Monday.

Local & Regional
10:53 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Councilors and State Lawmakers hold a Tulsa City Hall summit

At times, Tulsa is still trying to overcome that image of ‘neglected stepchild’ to Oklahoma City, where the seat of state government is located. Tulsa city councilors and Tulsa area lawmakers hold an informal summit to talk about state legislation and its’ possible affect on citizens here. One of those in attendance at today’s meeting is Representative Jabar Shumate. He says Tulsa doesn’t want to lose out on opportunities, and the get together is a good start to improving collaboration.

Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Protestors demand no bond for North Tulsa shooting suspects

Protestors on Courthouse Plaza
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Protestors want bond denied for the two suspects in the Northside shootings. Outside the Tulsa Courthouse, they also call for the case to be prosecuted as a ‘hate crime’. About a dozen sign carrying demonstrators gather in the courthouse plaza to demand those arrested in the shooting spree be held without bond. Protestor Andrew Burkes also says it’s a hate crime and should be treated as such.

Suspects Jake England and Alvin Watts are being held on bonds of more than nine million dollars each. It’s not been decided whether the case will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

Local & Regional
2:56 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Mayor and North Tulsa Pastors work to keep kids out of trouble

Northside Pastors call for a faith based effort to help Tulsa kids

Pastors in North Tulsa and city leaders call on people of faith to meet and discuss ways to keep young people on the right path. The pilot project will begin with a focus on the northside. At a city hall news conference, citizens are urged to attend a May 1st meeting at Greenwood Cultural Center. The effort is not specifically a response to the tragic shootings and manhunt over Easter Weekend, but Reverend Weldon Tisdale with Friendship Church says it shows how the city can come together.

Local & Regional
11:12 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Pearl zoning plan gets a public airing

A plan to adopt zoning changes in an older area near downtown Tulsa creates controversy. A lot of people turn out to debate a proposed form-based code for the Pearl District. The code focuses on developing dense urban areas into pedestrian and mass transit friendly neighborhoods, discouraging the use of cars. Jamie Jamieson, chairman of the Pearl’s urban design committee, says change is needed to revitalize the district.

Planning Commissioners will hold a May 16th work session to discuss the issue further.

Local & Regional
11:53 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Tulsa County updates plan for replacing bad bridges

Stateimpact Oklahoma

Tulsa County leaders update a plan for improving bridges and some roadways over the next eight years. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking for an eight year plan instead of a five year plan as in the past.

Chief Tulsa County Engineer Tom Rains says the state rates bridges in the county, and those at the bottom of the list that need to be replaced are used to prioritize the transportation plan. More funds may be available in future years due to Governor Fallin’s plan to add dollars for upgrading bridges throughout the state.

Local & Regional
12:39 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

New tornado language could be coming to Oklahoma

An experiment using attention getting terms when issuing tornado warnings in Missouri and Kansas this year could spread to other states like Oklahoma. The new warnings contain words like catastrophic and even unsurvivable to describe approaching tornadoes. Chief Meterologist Steve Piltz in the Tulsa National Weather Service Office says the concept is a good one that Oklahoma has actually been doing for several years, but they have not been using the 'shock' language included in the Missouri and Kansas experiment.

Local & Regional
10:47 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Unemployment in Oklahoma drops slightly

The latest Oklahoma statewide unemployment figures are out, and more people had jobs. John Carpenter with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says in February the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 6.0 percent.

                      

It’s the second straight month unemployment has dropped in Oklahoma.The county by county unemployment numbers won't be out until April 10th.

Local & Regional
10:47 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tulsa students rally in memory of slain Florida teen

Tulsa Central students rally for Trayvon Martin

Wearing hoodies and holding signs, Tulsa Central High School students rally in support of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and his family. The killing of Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer has sparked a national debate. President of the Central student council, Berthaddaeus Bailey, calls the gathering a ‘Hope in Hoodies’ rally. He says the idea is to show people stereotyping can be dangerous and end in tragedy. Bailey told the crowd there is hope in every situation, it doesn't have to end in violence.

                             

Local & Regional
5:23 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tulsa Judge rules special needs scholarship law unconstitutional

A Tulsa District Judge strikes down a law allowing state funds to be used for special needs students at private schools. Judge Rebecca Nightingale says the law is unconstitutional, based on separation of church and state. Jenks and Union schools sued, claiming the measure was unconstitutional. Union Superintendent Cathy Burden says the judge agrees.

 

The attorney for the parents of the special needs children says he plans to appeal. Burden says the district is prepared to battle all the way to the State Supreme Court.

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