Marshall Stewart

Retired 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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Crowds are expected Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for early in-person voting in advance of next week’s Super Tuesday Presidential Primary. Oklahoma is one of 14 states participating, and Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman expects a big turnout this week and next Tuesday. She says registration and interest are up and that usually translates to heavier turnouts.

Early voting is Thursday and Friday from 8am until 6pm, and Saturday 9am until 2pm at the Election Board on North Denver and the Hardesty Library. Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd.

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It will likely be the end of the week before Tulsa’s Central Library re-opens to the public after an arson fire last week. Sue Anderson with the library says the fire was confined to a second floor restroom where it was started, but extensive water and smoke damage in nearby areas is taking time to clean up. No damage estimate’s yet available.

Anderson says it’s hoped the library will open by the end of the week, but it will not be available to the public until deemed appropriate by clean-up crews. Anderson says books and library materials escaped damage.

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Six more deaths and 240 additional hospitalizations are the latest numbers as the flu continues to be widespread in Oklahoma. Jamie Dukes with the State Health Department says all the latest deaths are in the older age groups, but all ages have been affected this season. In total, there have been more than 19-hundred flu hospitalizations in the state this season. Tulsa County leads with 496 flu related cases. There have been 36 deaths, nearly all in the age group 50-years and older.

The third Oklahoman checked for possible coronavirus or ‘CO-VID 19’ tests negative. Those results are just in from the Centers for Disease Control. State Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed says all Oklahomans tested so far are negative for the disease. He says since the cases are negative, there’s no need to release locations where the individuals live or work. If that situation becomes necessary for public safety, it will be made public.

Meanwhile, health officials say because of safeguards put in place, chances of an outbreak in Oklahoma are low at this time.

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With international focus on the deadly coronavirus outbreak, flu cases continue to rise in Oklahoma. The latest statistics show seven more deaths, one in Tulsa County, and 245 more hospitalizations statewide in the past week. Leanne Stephens with the Tulsa Health Department says flu is widespread and serious. She urges precautions like frequent hand washing and getting vaccinated. It can lessen symptoms even if you get the flu.

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Juvenile offenders are finally moved from the old Detention Center to the new Tulsa Family Justice facility. It comes more than a month after courts opened in the new center, but Juvenile Justice Director Justin Jones says weather and some sub-contract work slowed things down in detention. He says all had to be ready because of the nature of the detention facility. It also included training for the detention officers because of the high-tech equipment now in use in the new facility.

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With the assistance of the US Marshals, Deputies arrested Jerry “One Eye” Williamson on Thursday.

Deputies from TCSO’s THA Community Enhancement Unit received information that a wanted subject was possibly in an apartment located at 1504 West 59th Place.  Williamson was wanted for Murder 1st Degree, Gang Related Offense and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. The subject was located at the apartment and taken into custody without incident.

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Another fatality and more than 200 hospitalizations in Oklahoma in the past week as the flu continues to ravage the state. Oklahoma Health Department Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed says the season won’t be over for several more weeks. He urges vaccinations for everyone six months and older. This year, the numbers have surpassed last year’s during the same time period, but remain well behind the record of two years ago.

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EMSA in Tulsa has responded to several more slip and fall calls than usual since the sleet and snow hit the area. Spokesman Adam Paluka says be cautious out there when walking. He says crews responded to more than a dozen slip and fall calls in just a few hours after the weather hit, and more than half of those hurt were taken to a hospital. Paluka says you should wear proper shoes even if just going out for a short walk to the mailbox or to get the paper. Slow and steady is the phrase for today.

The Oklahoma State Health Department releases results of testing for two possible cases  of novel coronavirus here, but the results are negative. Good news, but health professionsals are preparing for a potential outbreak just in case. Travel to China is being advised against for now. The outbreak that spread to the U-S began in Wuhan, China. An ORU student who recently traveled to  China remains in quarantine as a precaution. Currently there are no other potential cases in Oklahoma.

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In the latest weekly report, nearly 12-hundred Oklahomans have been hospitalized with the flu this season, and 22 have died. 166 of those hospitalizations are in just the past week alone. Tulsa County still leads in the number of cases with 294. Four have died in Tulsa County, five in Oklahoma County. Nearly all the fatalities in the state have occurred in the population aged 50 and older.

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Friday  people still impacted by last year’s devastating floods in Northeastern Oklahoma could get some help locally. Linda Johnston is Long-Term Recovery Committee Co-chair. She says the feds have done all they’re going to do, and there are still around three hundred or so families that need help. They had no insurance and received less than needed from federal agencies to get lives back on track. Many are still homeless.

Friday, the individual recovery cases will be presented to non-profit, private, and religious organizations in the hope they will step up and help.

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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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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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