Marshall Stewart

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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140 entries, three thousand marchers, and more than three times that many watching are stats for Tulsa’s 41st Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. In the parade is Pleas Thompson, President of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society, who says Dr. King’s Dream of equality for all still hasn’t come completely true more than 50 years after his death. He says that’s why the parade and related events are needed every year to ‘help keep the dream alive’.

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More than 200 people are hospitalized in Oklahoma in just the past week with flu. The death toll this season has now reached 20, and the first state flu fatality in the pediatric age group, newborn to four years of age, has been reported. Epidemiologist with the State Health Department, Casey VanWoerkam, says we’re at peak time for the flu here with 863 hospitalizations across Oklahoma. Most have been in the older population aged 50 years-plus.

Tulsa leads all other counties with 210 flu hospitalizations. Four people in the county have died from flu-related illness this season.

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With Oklahoma’s 2020 presidential primary coming in March, Tulsa County needs precinct people at the polls. Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman says they could use another three or four hundred. Extras are needed at the larger polls, and to replace those who have left for various reasons. Big turnouts are expected.

You do get paid and there is a training period, which begins in February. Anyone interested may go online to the election board website or call the election board.

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The annual Chili Bowl Midget Racing Nationals are back at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. NASCAR Racing Team owner Tony Stewart says the annual dirt track event is a favorite for fans across the nation and internationally. The races, the biggest of their kind in the world are tied to Tulsa in a contract through the foreseeable future. It means an estimated $33-million a year to the Tulsa area.

Nearly 360 drivers from 40 states and Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom are participating this year. Racing is under the roof at Expo Center through Saturday.

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The first flu statistics for 2020 in Oklahoma are in and nearly 200 more people have been hospitalized in just the past week. Twelve people have died, four of those in Tulsa County. Tulsa Health Department Epidemiology Supervisor Jessica Rice says we’re just now reaching peak season, but flu cases can continue into April or May in the Sooner State.

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TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 8, 2020) — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

 

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Fire danger is high until a front moves into the area Thursday. Safety officials urge caution. With dry vegetation and high winds predicted, Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Joe Kralichek says it’s prudent to be careful. He says don’t throw cigarettes out the window, monitor any outdoor fires, and put off large scale outdoor burning until the high winds ease. Wednesday and Thursday have the most potential for wildfire danger.

Rain and then snow are possible late in the week and this weekend.

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Fire danger is high until a front moves into the area Thursday. Safety officials urge caution. With dry vegetation and high winds predicted, Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Joe Kralichek says it’s prudent to be careful. He says don’t throw cigarettes out the window, monitor any outdoor fires, and put off large scale outdoor burning until the high winds ease. Wednesday and Thursday have the most potential for wildfire danger.

Rain and then snow are possible late in the week and this weekend.

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The Tulsa Sheriff’s Office signs on to a program to help reduce trauma in children. Sheriff Vic Regalado says ‘Handle with Care’ addresses much of the trauma a child might suffer when law enforcement has to be introduced into a situation such as domestic violence.

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Tulsa Police have made three arrests in the city’s first homicide of the New Year. Responding officers found Darrell Hope lying in the street early Thursday morning near  an apartment complex at 15th and South Garnett. He had at least two bullet wounds in his chest. He was taken to a hospital where he died. Investigators say Hope went out for cigarettes and a confrontation took place in the parking lot where he was shot.  After an investigation, Hilary and Trenton Talbert and Jesse Webb were arrested on first degree murder complaints.

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Updated Dec. 31, 2019

Thunderstorms that moved through northeastern Oklahoma on Saturday did spawn a tornado that touched down in Wagoner County, and it helped set a tornado record for Oklahoma.

Wagoner County Emergency Management reported minor tornado damage at a home near 193rd East Avenue and 101st Street in the Broken Arrow area. A large portion of the roof was torn off the house. Also some trees were damaged.

Emergency management officials say Oklahoma has seen a total of 147 tornadoes in 2019 and ten in the Tulsa County area. Those are both records.

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In the past week in Oklahoma, two more people have died from flu and more than 40 have been hospitalized. We’re just now moving into peak flu season, and the Tulsa County Health Department’s Leanne Stephens says it’s not too late to get a shot. They’re offered at the Department’s clinics, pharmacies, through many employers, and at your doctor’s office.

So far this season in Oklahoma, six people have died and 213 have been hospitalized. Tulsa County leads with two deaths and 60 hospitalizations. All the fatalities have been in the population group age 50 and older. 

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Tulsa County Commissioners kill a zoning request for a medical marijuana dispensary. The owner sought a change to allow a dispensary on the corner of West 51st and Skyline Road, but Commissioners unanimously declined. John Fothergill represents the Commission on the planning board. He says the kind of business proposed isn’t the reason for the ‘no’.

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A fourth person has died from flu in Oklahoma. This fatality is in the northwestern part of the state. The other three were in eastern Oklahoma. All are in the older population category, with one between 50 and 64 and the others 65 or older. State Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed says those old and young and with compromised immune systems should definitely get shots, but it’s recommended for everyone six months and older.

There have been 168 hospitalizations in the state so far this flu season.

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Advocates for children say too many have traumatic experiences at an early age and they can be impacted the rest of their lives. Joe Dorman with the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says an agenda has been drafted for legislators to address.

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In the latest reported statistics, flu deaths in Oklahoma this season jump from one to three and fifty new hospitalizations occurred. Epidemiologist with the State Health Department, Laurence Burnsed, says it’s not too late to get a flu shot, and that is the best protection. He also says if you exhibit flu or flu-like symptoms, stay home and keep the kids out of school or daycare in order to avoid spreading the disease.                                    

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The spring flood disaster is over, the federal help agencies are gone, but for many, years of recovery are still ahead. A committee is now available to help victims with long term unmet needs. Co-Chair Tim Lovell says it will take a long time for some to recover, years for many. The Tulsa Area Disaster Recovery Fund is designed to help meet direct needs of those still in need.

Donations are being handled by the Tulsa Community Foundation. There are an estimated $18-million in unmet needs.

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Childhood advocates are working to make sure Oklahoma kids have a Merry Christmas. Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO, Joe Dorman, says his organization is working with Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children to get Christmas wish lists of foster kids to those willing to help. TAP-C is focusing on those kids in need in Tulsa. Time is running out to fill all the gift lists of children in foster care across the state. Of the eight thousand kids with foster families in Oklahoma, Dorman says there are about 600 kids that still need someone to fill their gift list.

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With modern courtrooms and additional space, juvenile cases are finally underway at the new Tulsa Family Justice Center. Judges, caseworkers, parents, and attorneys praise the center, which is touted as larger, safer, more secure, and friendlier. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler is among the impressed. He says it will be a better environment for stressed families and it’s also a better working environment for employees, including attorneys who work the cases.

The first court proceedings in the new Center began today, just over a week after a grand opening November 22nd.

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No more bland tan and boring brown. Tulsa Sheriff’s Deputies will soon be wearing new uniforms of navy blue and gray. Corporal LaMont Hill says new clothing choices have more built in technology and wear better. He says the new uniforms will last longer and should be less expensive than the tan and brown ones that have been worn for many years. The badges will be the same, and the shirt patches will have the same design, but will be navy blue to match the navy blue pants. Shirts will be gray.

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Thousands of turkey food baskets are being given away between now and Thanksgiving by John 3:16 Mission in Tulsa. Reverend Steve Whitaker says it’s likely as many as 1,500 baskets a day will be distributed.

4,000 or more turkey baskets could be given away when the distribution stops Wednesday afternoon or when supplies end. Whitaker says for many this is the only way they could have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The Mission could use another 500 or more turkeys to meet needs. Donations are still being accepted.

The Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice opens its doors today at 10am for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Juvenile Courts will be open for business starting Monday Dec. 2nd.

 The 150,000 sq. ft. facility is a vast upgrade from the current 38,000 sq. ft. facility the Tulsa County Juvenile Courts calls home. Not only does the new facility have more space, it’s also safer, more secure, and much friendlier for the nearly 4,000 youth and their families that walk through its doors every year.

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Members of the Tulsa Regional Tourism Board claim a legal dispute over the Tourism Improvement District, or TID, is costing the city economically. President of Visit Tulsa, Ray Hoyt, says the spat over a 3% hotel stay assessment is hampering efforts to bring events here.

Here are today's Headlines:

...The Cherokees outline economic contributions to the state,

...Governor Stitt goes to Capitol Hill,

...The heat is back on at the Chateau 68 apartment complex.

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Tulsa County will hold an election early next year to let citizens decide whether to allow retail liquor sales on Sunday. Smaller Mom and Pop type stores say new liquor laws give large stores an unfair advantage. County Commission Chair Karen Keith says if citizens say yes and stores want to stay open Sundays, they would have the option. If they don’t want Sunday hours, they can stay closed.

New laws allow Sunday sales, but it’s by county option. Tulsa’s vote will be March 3rd.

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A ribbon-cutting for part of the new Tulsa Family Justice Center will be held this Friday. County Juvenile Justice Director Justin Jones says the additional space and upgraded facilities are sorely needed. Family and juvenile justice court and related facilities will be located in the new larger center at the old Storey Wrecker site near the jail.

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Only a handful of new flu cases are reported in the past week in Oklahoma, bringing the total statewide to 73. To date, it doesn’t seem to be heading toward a record, but Tony Sellars with the State Health Department says the peak doesn’t hit until after the holidays, so it’s too early to tell what kind of flu season it’s going to be.

Tulsa County leads in hospitalizations with 24, four times the number of the next nearest county. The only death this season has been in Tulsa County. The fatality was in the older population, one of the groups most vulnerable.

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97-year-old Marina Metavelis, an original ‘Rosie the Riveter’ meets with fans wearing the iconic Rosie garb in advance of this year’s Tulsa Veterans Parade. She helped put together B-17 Bombers at the Boeing plant in Wichita during WWII and now makes personal appearances to help raise money for various veterans groups.

Hundreds of marchers, including the two younger ‘Rosies’ pictured here, Kaylynn and Nicky, braved cold and icy wind for the 101st Tulsa Veterans Parade, one of the largest in the nation.

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