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
1:25 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Tulsa Jail Inmate Medical Contract Signed

Tulsa County Jail
Credit KWGS News-File photo

A new contract to provide medical care for Tulsa jail inmates is signed. It will cost $200,000 more, but the deal includes improved services for those with mental health issues and a telemedicine component that should save money. Tulsa County Purchasing Director Linda Dorrell helped negotiate the 3.6 million dollar contract with Armor Correctional Health. She says it addresses the growing number of inmates with mental health problems, and includes two additional nurses to speed up processing of medical forms and medications.

The new contract goes into effect November 1st.

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Local & Regional
2:06 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Tulsa to Host 2015 Big 12 Baseball Championship

Sports Commission Director Ray Hoyt makes the announcement as Mayor Bartlett listens.
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Downtown Tulsa will be the site of the 2015 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Ray Hoyt with the Tulsa Sports Commission made the announcement at  ONEOK Field today. He says it’s a first event of its’ kind at ONEOK and a coup for the city. Games will be played in May 2015 over a five day period. The event is expected to bring thousands of fans and millions of dollars to the city.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Christiansen Won't Endorse Bartlett

Bill Christiansen announces he won't support Dewey Bartlett for Mayor of Tulsa.
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A former city councilor and Tulsa mayoral candidate won’t endorse his fellow Republican for the city’s top job. Bill Christiansen calls Dewey Bartlett a RINO, Republican in Name Only, and he will not support Bartlett’s bid for re-election.

Christiansen admits it’s partly personal, citing what he calls attacks on his wife by the Bartlett campaign during the primary. He says, at this time, he is not endorsing candidate Kathy Taylor either.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Improve Our Tulsa Campaign Launched

Community leaders launch Improve Our Tulsa campaign
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You’ll be bombarded with information about municipal projects over the next few weeks as the Improve Our Tulsa campaign is launched.

Mayor Bartlett, civic, and business leaders officially begin the campaign to try and pass a 918-million dollar capital improvements package dubbed ‘Improve Our Tulsa’. On board is business owner Jeff Dunn, who says just like in the private sector, government must maintain and improve assets.

More than 70 percent of the package will go to street repairs, bridges, and other traffic related projects. You vote on the issue November 12th.

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Local & Regional
12:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Healthcare Act Could Impact Tulsa Jail Medical Contract

Tulsa County jail
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What impact will Obamacare have on health services provided at the Tulsa County jail? The Sheriff’s Office says it’s a big unknown right now. Bids are being considered from companies that want to provide health care for inmates at the Moss Center. Undersheriff Tim Albin says finalists have been interviewed, but a fly in the ointment is the Affordable Care Act and what impact it may have. He says the companies bidding for the contract don’t know exactly what the effect might be and neither does the Sheriff’s Office at this time.

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Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fire at a Hazardous Waste Facility Causes Anxious Moments in West Tulsa

Fire at West Tulsa Hazardous Waste Company
Credit Tulsa Fire Department

The Tulsa Fire Department gave an assist to Berryhill firefighters today at the scene of a blaze at a hazardous waste facility. The building is located on 25th West Avenue and is operated by EQ Oklahoma. 

Apparently a combination of two dry ingredients caused a reaction, creating a cloud, but it was quickly contained. The HAZMAT team drove the area, but found no readings of danger from hazardous chemicals.

EMSA sent ambulances to the scene, but no patients were transported.

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Local & Regional
11:28 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Education Cuts Deeper in Oklahoma Than Any Other State

Rogers Hi-School in Tulsa
Credit Tulsa Public Schools

A new report shows since the start of the recession, Oklahoma has made the deepest cuts in school funding in the nation. The report by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds Oklahoma’s public school funding down by almost 23% or $810 per student since 2009. Gene Perry with the Oklahoma Policy Institute says it’s not a category where you want to be number one.

Perry says we’re demanding more from our children with harder tests and curriculum and at the same time we’re taking away resources that help them learn.

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Local & Regional
12:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Hike of Honor Comes to Tulsa on the Anniversary of 9-11

Lance Robinson is hiking across the nation to honor firefighters and other first responders
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A man hiking across the nation to honor fallen first responders, passes through Tulsa on the 12th anniversary of 9-11. He calls it the Hike of Honor. Volunteer firefighter and former U-S Marine Lance Robinson is hiking across the country to draw attention to the service of those who died during the worst terrorist attack on American soil. For every mile between Tulsa and Dallas, he will place an American flag with the name of a firefighter who lost his life as a result of the 9-11 terrorist attack.

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Local & Regional
2:42 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

A South American Delegation Visits Tulsa's Street School

Visitors from 10 South American countries visit the Tulsa Street School
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A delegation from South America visits Tulsa’s Street School to learn about efforts to help at-risk youth.

The group met with counselors, teachers, and students at the Street School and toured classrooms. They are visiting organizations across the U-S to examine programs designed to intervene before problem behavior turns into delinquency and gang involvement. One of the visitors is Mary Ponte of Venezuela, who is impressed with the help programs she’s seen here, and says she has ideas she can take back home.

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Local & Regional
1:24 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Librarium Opens in Downtown Tulsa

The ribbon is cut for the grand opening of the Librarium in downtown Tulsa.
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The temporary facility that replaces Tulsa’s Central Library opens downtown. The Librarium will allow services to continue while the main building undergoes a two year renovation. The ribbon is cut today on the official opening of the Librarium in an old grocery store at 11th and Denver. A few blocks away, the Central Library has shut its’ doors for a multi-million dollar renovation. Deputy Library Director Kimberly Johnson says the hi-tech Librarium is a testing facility to explore better ways to serve customers based on 21st Century needs.

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