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
2:36 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mayor Reacts to Spirit Announcement

Mayor Bartlett talks to reporters about Spirit's sale announcement
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Mayor Bartlett and Tulsa business leaders try to put the best face on the announced intention of Spirit Aerosystems to sell the company’s Oklahoma operations. The mayor says he’s not all that concerned about the change because he believes much of the experienced workforce can continue to be employed in some aspect of Tulsa’s aerospace industry.  

And the mayor says Spirit has long term contract commitments at the airport so he expects there won’t be any immediate negative financial impact.

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Local & Regional
12:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Possible MRSA Cases at the Tulsa Jail

Some Tulsa County jail inmates are being tested for possible MRSA infections
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Test results are awaited on five Tulsa County inmates who may have the dangerous MRSA infection. Sheriff’s Captain Billy McKelvey says the five have been isolated from the rest of the jail population and are being treated.

McKelvey says it’s believed the inmates are suffering from the bacterial infection, MRSA, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Skin samples have been sent to a lab for testing. Results are expected tomorrow or Thursday. Doctors say MRSA, which can be deadly, is treatable if recognized early and if patients are started on the right antibiotics.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

A Campaign is Launched to Improve Tulsans' Health

An effort to improve Tulsa County residents health gets underway
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The Tulsa Health Department spearheads an effort to help county residents adopt healthier lifestyles. The plan focuses on six priority areas…poor diet and inactivity, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, chronic disease, tobacco use, and access to healthcare. Kaitlin Snider with the Health Department says the improvement plan was developed through 18 months of research into what health issues mattered most to citizens.                                

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tulsa County Seeks a Criminal Justice Tax

Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz and others announce plans for a tax initiative for criminal justice
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A petition drive is launched for a Tulsa County criminal justice tax. The announcement is made outside the Tulsa jail. It would provide one sixth of a penny for a new juvenile justice center and expansion of the county jail. It’s the same amount of the former 4-to-fix tax, but not the same tax. Sheriff Stanley Glanz admits though, if a Tulsa city ballot passes in November and this proposal passes, it would be a new tax. But he says it’s needed to address a growing safety problem.

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Local & Regional
12:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Work's Underway on a Librarium in Downtown Tulsa

Officials show off progress on a downtown Librarium
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Tulsa’s main central library will close next month for a two year renovation, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get library services downtown. A Librarium will open to continue library services during the renovation process. Work is underway at the location of an old supermarket at 11th and South Denver. While only a temporary facility, the Librarium will showcase the latest in equipment and technology. Kim Johnson, Library Deputy Director and Chief Innovation Officer, says the project will serve as a trial run for hi-tech services that could become of the new library’s menu.

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Jail Board to Seek Proposals on Cost Study

Independent study of jail costs sought
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The Criminal Justice Authority will seek proposals from companies who are willing to do an analysis of daily costs at the Tulsa jail. Trustees are scheduled to take action soliciting proposals to try and nail down exactly what it costs to keep inmates in the David Moss Center. The city and county disagree on the numbers. Sheriff Stanley Glanz says his office has no problem with such a study. He’s convinced it will show more should be paid to house municipal inmates.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tulsans Discuss Immigration Reform

A Tulsa Chamber of Commerce sponsored panel discusses Immigration Reform at a downtown forum
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Immigration reform is THE hot button issue in Washington and across the nation. A forum in Tulsa today, sponsored by the Regional Chamber of Commerce, focused on federal immigration proposals and the potential impact. Panelist Michael Brooks Jimenez, an immigration law attorney, agrees the system is broken…but believes any reform must be comprehensive, not piecemeal…as some U-S House members prefer.

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Local & Regional
2:44 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

What to do about Uninsured Working Oklahomans is debated at a Tulsa Health Care Forum

The Tulsa Chamber sponsors a Health Care Forum
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Tulsa area Health Care Professionals meet with a couple of lawmakers to discuss insurance coverage for Oklahoma’s working poor, and there’s a call for a special session to deal with the issue. The Chamber of Commerce forum focused on the Leavitt Report and the specific issue of how can Oklahoma expand access to insurance for low income workers? Senator Brian Crain of Tulsa says it’s a difficult issue that will take input from the health care community to solve. He favors a special legislative session to deal with the question.

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Local & Regional
1:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Keep Pets Safe in Extreme Heat

Keep pets cool and watered
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This week, nearly a half-dozen dogs in Tulsa left outside have died due to the extreme heat. Dogs cannot sweat, so they are very vulnerable to the heat. Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager Jean Letcher says some of the deaths occurred when the dogs got their chains tangled and couldn’t reach shade or water. She says it’s best to keep them inside in a temperature controlled environment if at all possible.

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Local & Regional
11:37 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Gas Prices are up Again and Egypt is the Reason Why

Gas prices jump again in Tulsa
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The U-S doesn’t get any oil from Egypt, but it’s political unrest in that country that is the main factor in driving up gas prices here. Chuck Mai is with Triple-A Oklahoma, and he says it’s panic over possible civil war in Egypt that is driving the jump at the pump. Tankers use the Suez Canal, which is under the control of Egypt, and worry about what might happen with the waterway is a major factor.

The price of gas in Tulsa has jumped 30 cents a gallon in less than a week, and Mai believes as long as the situation in Egypt is unsettled, prices are likely to continue rising.

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