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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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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The number of flu cases continues to grow in Oklahoma. In the past week, 14 new hospitalizations are reported. Tulsa County continues to lead in flu cases this season with 21. Leanne Stephens says the growing numbers point to the importance of taking precautions, and the best most effective precaution is to get vaccinated.

There are 68 cases reported in Oklahoma so far this season, the majority in the older aged population. The only fatality occurred in Tulsa County.

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Monday will be Tulsa’s 101st Veteran’s Day Parade. Most communities will be celebrating the 100th, but President and Operations Commander of this year’s parade, Josh Starks, says Tulsa got a jump on others by holding several parades marking the end of World War I in 1918 instead of waiting until 1919 like most communities.

This year’s parade honors the Welcome Home Arch built in Tulsa in 1919 to commemorate returning World War I veterans. The Tulsa parade, one of the largest in the nation, will feature 123 floats and walking entries, 259 vehicles, and more than 4,000 marchers.

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Tulsa residents will decide the $639-million-dollar tax renewal package next Tuesday, but early in-person voting is allowed this Thursday and Friday. Assistant Election Board Secretary, Martha Bales, says only those living inside city limits may vote, but you get two ballots…one for a bond issue, and one for tax renewals.  

Early voting is only at the Election Board, 555 North Denver Avenue from 8am until 6pm this Thursday and Friday. Anyone with questions should call the Tulsa County Election Board at 918-596-5780.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Rescue, Charlie Brown! The Metropolitan Environmental Trust is holding the collection event all through November to let you recycle and compost pumpkins, gourds, and squashes. Director Graham Brannin says you CAN put them in the trash, but DON’T. He says it’s better to compost them and then use the compost to grow more pumpkins or gourds next year, giving them a sort of second life.

The drop-offs are at the Central Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, and Owasso MET recycling centers.

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In addition to traditional worries about and for little trick or treaters, it’s predicted to be very cold Thursday with even a chance of snow or sleet. That’s an added element of fright. Tulsa Police Officer Jeanne Pierce says take that into account when getting ready for Halloween. She says dress appropriately, maybe with a coat over the costume, don’t stay out long, or plan to do your trick or treating at an indoor party somewhere.

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The latest flu statistics for Oklahoma show Tulsa County with a dozen hospitalizations…three times the number of the next nearest county. The Tulsa Health Department’s Leanne Stephens says it highlights the need to take precautions…a shot, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you’re sick.

It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective. To date this season, 44 people have been hospitalized. No deaths are reported yet in Oklahoma.

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A crowd gathers for the groundbreaking of what will be the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. It’s taken more than a decade to get to this point. One of those behind the idea of OKPOP is Dr. Bob Blackburn, Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He says the exhibits will inspire future generations of Oklahomans and will highlight the historical influence our citizens have made to popular culture around the world.

The Museum, across the street from historic Cain’s Ballroom, will open in two years.

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Seven more people are hospitalized in Oklahoma with flu in the past week, bringing the total this season to 34. Tulsa County continues to lead the state with ten, more than double the next nearest…Oklahoma County with four. The State Health Department’s Tony Sellars says it’s too early to determine how bad this flu season will be, but recommends shots now because it takes a couple of weeks before the vaccine is effective.

All but ten of the hospitalizations are in the age group 50 years and older. No deaths are reported so far.

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Court will be held in Tulsa County’s new Family Justice Center in December.

John Fothergill, Chief District 2 Commission Deputy, says weather set the date back a little, but he’s confident the facility will open before the end of the year. All juvenile justice operations will be consolidated at the site.

Only the parking lot and a few finishing touches here and there remain to be completed on the $39 million project. The location is downtown near the Day Center shelter and the Tulsa jail.

The schedule calls for the first court hearing to be held in early December.

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Archeologists searching for mass graves that could contain victims of the 1921 Race Massacre move to Newblock Park in West Tulsa. OU Senior Researcher Scott Hammerstedt says last week they also searched a small area in a homeless camp near downtown, following up on speculation bodies may have been dumped there.

Plans are to spend only one day at Newblock, then it’s back to Oak Lawn, the site of the original search, to check a couple of other areas there. Results won’t be presented to a committee until late this year or early next year.

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It’s estimated Native American tribes contribute nearly $13-billion to the Oklahoma economy. Native American Day is a way to recognize those contributions, and Tulsa holds a Third Annual Celebration. Linda BigSoldier is a member of the Iowa and Otoe tribes. She’s glad cities like Tulsa hold annual events to mark the contributions of Native Americans, but says it’s time for the state of Oklahoma to get on board also. Many cities like Tulsa have dropped Columbus Day in favor of Native American Day. A day celebrating Columbus is distasteful to many Native Americans.

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The first flu statistics of the season are out, and again Tulsa County leads the state in the number of hospitalizations. Tony Sellars is with the State Health Department. He says every region of Oklahoma, with the exception of the Northwest and the Panhandle, are seeing cases of flu. Tulsa County has seven, and Northeast Oklahoma three…ten of the 27 hospitalizations reported so far.

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The Tulsa Health Department gets ready for flu season with an emergency preparedness exercise and a no cost pop up clinic. Leanne Stephens with the Health Department says it gives emergency workers and citizens a taste of what a ‘real life’ rapid response would be and provides no cost flu shots. This also marks the beginning of the Health Department’s ‘Don’t Bug Me’ flu awareness and prevention campaign.

Several hundred people were expected at the preparedness exercise experience and pop up clinic held at ORU.

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Tulsa County presents a plan to greatly reduce the impact of future floods and other natural disasters. The idea was outlined to an interim legislative committee studying the 2019 floods. County Governmental Affairs Director Terry Simonson says the proposal is to allow up to 2 mills of ad valorem taxes to be spent on disaster recovery and mitigation. Not just floods, but tornadoes, wildfires, and ice storms and other disasters would be included.

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The historically wet spring and summer in Northeastern Oklahoma doesn’t really mean less of a chance of wildfires this fall and winter. Gary McManus, State Climatologist, says, in fact, it might make it worse. He says the vegetation overgrowth caused by all the rain will dry out or go dormant, likely providing more fuel for wildfires than normal. Wildfire conditions will be a day to day thing in the fall and winter, and McManus says careful monitoring and safe practices will be necessary.

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More than 100 Tulsa business, civic, and government leaders are in Minneapolis for an intercity visit. The Regional Chamber of Commerce organized the trip. CEO Mike Neal says the Tulsans are looking at what Minneapolis is doing in economic, downtown, and river development. He says the Minnesota city is great at regionalism and has done a good job of downtown development to help attract and keep companies.

Neal says Tulsa is also looking at drawing more corporate headquarters, something else Minneapolis does well. The Tulsans wrap up the visit Friday.

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An evaluation of response to the May flooding in Oklahoma along the Arkansas River and how to improve future responses continues. At a meeting of a special interim panel at the state capitol, David Williams with the Corps of Engineers took the podium to talk about controlled releases.

He told the lawmakers that Keystone Dam was designed to be a flood control dam and not a flood prevention dam. Williams  told panelists without controlled floodwater releases from Keystone, there would have been significant flooding in the city of Tulsa.

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There are the old standbys…corndogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes, and fried everything, and then the unique you really can’t get anywhere else but a state fair. Tulsa’s annual fair is underway, and one unique food is nitro ice cream. It is frozen in less than a second with liquid nitrogen at 340 degrees below zero.

Mike Kudirka says the nitro ice cream, because it is frozen instantly, comes out smooth, dense, and creamy with no air in it. He says that also means it doesn’t melt as fast as regular ice cream, so you don’t have to worry so much about ‘drippy’ cones.

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