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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Tulsa Tech has a new training center that will help local employers better meet current and future needs. Tech Business and Industry Services Director Matt Litterell says the state-of-the-art facility is aligned with what employers say they need in a workforce, and can help current employees keep up with advancing technology.

The ribbon cutting and grand opening at the Industry Training Center was held today, but the facility has already been in use. 

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Even though strict guidelines must be followed, several home owners in Tulsa County flood areas are unhappy with assessments by inspectors. They are appealing, and County Floodplain Administrator Teresa Tosh says it’s their right to do so, and they should if they feel a mistake has been made. But she emphasizes there are guidelines from FEMA and the county that must be followed in assessing damaged homes.                                      

Tosh says the homes of most concern are those in the 100-year floodplain which are considered ‘substantially damaged’.

Women in Policing

Jun 20, 2019
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TPD will be holding a ‘Women in Policing’ event next month for any female over age 18 interested in learning more about law enforcement. Recruiting Officer Randall Armstrong says women make up the majority of the population in Tulsa, and they’d like to increase their numbers on the force. Participants will get a quick lesson in what it’s like to go through the Academy and learn about what officers do on a daily basis.

‘Women in Policing’ will be held July 20th at the Tulsa Police Academy. Anyone interested should email rarmstrong@cityoftulsa.org for registration information.

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Flood victims are trying to decide what to do next, rebuild, or move, or just find a long-term rental for now? There is a center in Sand Springs to provide information for those who have flood damage. County Commissioner Karen Keith represents a district where a lot of people have some hard decisions to make. She says they can get necessary information at the center.

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It started out politely enough, but the debate over a controversial contract with Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement soon turned to interruptions and anger. A crowd for and against the ICE 287-g detention contract speaks up at the weekly Tulsa County Commission meeting. Those who support the Sheriff signing an extension believe it can reduce crime. On the other side, opponents claim it promotes crime by causing immigrants to ignore and not report crime because of fear of deportation.

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Water has dropped enough to allow homeowners back into the evacuated town of Webbers Falls in Muskogee County. But Mayor Sandy Wright says they can only stay a few hours to assess and start cleanup.

For the time being, residents are only allowed into the city between 8am and 6pm. A temporary water line is hooked up, but the sewer system is still down. Mayor Wright says residents won’t be allowed back in until it’s repaired. She says it will take until at least next week to make those necessary repairs.

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Flood victims are taking advantage of shelters open to them around Tulsa County. Barbara and Susan both live in Sandy Park in Sand Springs. They say they weren’t given a choice, but were ordered to evacuate, and not given much time to do so. They got out with the clothes on their back, purses, medicine, and pets.

For now, they’re staying in the Crosstown Church Red Cross Shelter in Tulsa and expect to remain there until next week.

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Flood victims are taking advantage of shelters open to them around Tulsa County. Barbara and Susan both live in Sandy Park in Sand Springs. They say they weren’t given a choice, but were ordered to evacuate, and not given much time to do so.

For now, they’re staying in the Crosstown Church Red Cross Shelter in Tulsa and expect to remain there until next week.

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Evacuations are ordered from some Tulsa County Offices in a low-lying area off Charles Page near the river levee. First, the families in the County Social Services Shelter, then meds from the pharmacy, now files and furniture…all are being moved from the evacuated building. Families in the Shelter were re-located to the Salvation Army Shelter. Medicines from the pharmacy have to be kept refrigerated, so that’s a particular concern.

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It gets heated at Tulsa County Commission as ICE protestors return to the courthouse today. Those against the 287-g contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are livid that the deal was already extended before they made arguments last week. Miriam Marton is with the University of Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network. She says the Commissioners and Sheriff lack transparency when it comes to the controversial ICE detention and transportation agreement.

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In a move to keep and attract major livestock events and the money they bring to the region, the Tulsa Fairgrounds buys new equine stalls for the Expo Square complex. The fairgrounds used nearly $618,000 in dedicated funds for more than two-thousand livestock stalls, built by inmates with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The project began in 2010, and the final new stalls are just now being put in place.

Some stalls being replaced were nearly 50 years old, and Bob O’Bannon, Director of the Breeder’s Invitational, says that’s a danger to the horses.

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The growing immigration debate reaches the Tulsa County Courthouse. People speak against a Sheriff’s agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, urging an end to the ‘287-g’ detention program with ICE. Reverend Chris Moore is with ‘ACTION’. He says ‘287-g’ creates fear and keeps people from reporting crime to law enforcement. Examples were cited for some arrested for what are called minor law violations, then deported.  

Sheriff Vic Regalado denies the program leads to unwarranted deportation and claims immigrants have nothing to fear unless they commit a serious crime.

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Hot, dry, windless days can send ozone levels soaring. It’s the time of year when Tulsans can expect Ozone Alerts on days when the area can get close to exceeding pollution standards. INCOG Air Quality Program Manager Nancy Graham encourages you to sign up for Ozone Alert notifications. Tulsa had a handful of ozone exceedances last summer, but not enough to land us on the ‘Dirty Air’ list.

Vehicle emissions are one of the largest sources of air pollution, so you’re urged to avoid unnecessary trips, take the bus or ride share, and delay filling your gas tank.

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The body of a man is found inside a vehicle swept off an east Tulsa highway during heavy rains. Police Officer Jeanne Pierce says they always tell people not to drive into high waters, but that isn’t exactly what happened here. She says a witness saw a vehicle get swept off a Highway 169 ramp at the Broken Arrow Expressway interchange. Police and Fire searched but didn’t find the auto until this morning. There was the body of a 55-year-old man inside.

The vehicle was discovered behind Roy Clark Elementary, about a mile from where it was swept away Tuesday night.

Oklahoma Watch

65 boxes weighing a total of 1,225 pounds of prescription medications are collected in a Tulsa area drug take-back event this past Saturday. It’s designed to keep unwanted, unused, expired drugs out of the trash stream and volunteer Linda Johnston says out of the hands of potential abusers. She says don’t become an ‘unwitting drug dealer’ in your own home.

Statistics show many of the drugs abused by young people and others come from home medicine cabinets or the homes of friends.

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Americans lose over $100-billion dollars a year gambling, and Oklahoma has its share of adults with gambling disorders. A new WalletHub study shows the state 5th among the most gambling addicted states, and Analyst  Jill Gonzalez says not enough is being done to treat those with problems.

Oklahoma is 1st in casinos per capita and 2nd in gaming machines per capita. Despite being ranked high in the ease of gambling in the state, Oklahoma is still in the top ten of gambling related arrests.

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American Airlines workers in Tulsa are demonstrating against what they call unsafe and economically damaging practices by the company. Transport Workers Union Local 514 President, Dale Danker, says maintenance on too many planes is outsourced to other countries, and plans are to increase that number. He claims outsourcing increases the safety risk to the public and crews.

Danker says the practice also hurts Tulsa economically because of the large maintenance base here. He says the purpose of the rally is to make people aware of the situation with the airlines.

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A deadline kills all but one-fifth of 28-hundred bills filed pre-session in this state legislature, but most lobbied for by Tulsa County remain alive. County Director of Governmental Affairs Terry Simonson calls it a good record. He says of the 28 deemed important to Tulsa County, 25 survive. About eight are already signed, and another dozen or so are expected to make it to the Governor’s desk in the next two weeks or so.

A couple of the most important still surviving includes a measure on rapid DNA for the jail and a bill to set up energy-saving zones in the county.

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More than 300 students, faculty, staff, and alums turn out for a protest against cuts announced at the University of Tulsa yesterday by President Gerry Clancy. It’s standing room only at Chapman Theater on campus. Jacob Patterson is a graduate of the TU Theater Department, and he says the cuts will affect many more than the 6% outlined by administrators. He says protestors will fight to have the cuts rolled back.

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Tulsa leaders and social service agencies who depend on population numbers are working to get an accurate census count in 2020. Mayor       G.T. Bynum announced a local effort to get everyone included. He says billions in federal dollars are allocated based on census data and private sector companies use census data in re-locations and expansions. The Mayor issued a proclamation declaring Tulsa a partner in the 2020 Complete Census Count drive.

The official start of the 2020 census drive is one year away.

Oklahoma Watch

Tax Day is looming and with a new tax code in effect, WalletHub takes a look at tax burdens in all 50 states. It shows Oklahoma is NOT a high tax state, in fact, Analyst Jill Gonzalez says the Sooner State is near the bottom of the list when it comes to taxes as a share of personal income. Oklahoma ranks 49th in property tax burden, 35th in individual income tax burden, and 45th in overall tax burden.

States with the highest tax burdens are New York, Hawaii, and Maine.

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As we move into spring, the flu continues to claim victims in Oklahoma. The latest weekly statistics show 71 flu deaths and about 2800 hospitalizations. State Health Department Spokesman Tony Sellars says even at this point in the season, it’s not too late for a shot. Clinics across the state are still offering them at no out-of-pocket cost.

Even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, symptoms will be eased by the shot and the case should be milder than if you don’t get the vaccine. In Oklahoma, the flu season can last through May.

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Saturday is a chance to get rid of, in an environmentally friendly way, those items sitting around the garage or workshop collecting dust. Donald Hinson is Environmental Compliance Supervisor for the city of Tulsa. He says a special household pollutant collection event is set this Saturday. In addition to chemicals and potentially hazardous household waste, tires, medications, ammunition, and e-waste such as TV’s and computer monitors will be accepted at this special collection.

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Tulsa Public Schools is looking for a few good men and women. At a TPS job fair being held at Wilson Learning Academy, there is a particular need for substitute teachers. Director of Certified Talent and Overseer of the Substitute Office is Bradley Eddy. He says the hope is involved parents and those with previous experience might want to give back to the community and their local schools.

Eddy says the district has about 500 subs, but needs about 2,000 to reach the ideal daily 100% fill rate. More information is available at the TPS website. 

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Almost two years ago, Tulsa County launched a special program with hospital level treatment for inmates with severe mental illness. How’s it going? Sheriff Vic Regalado says so far, so good….but there is still a way to go to reach the goal of fewer mentally ill behind bars. He says some steps toward dealing with inmates suffering from mental issues and substance abuse have shown positive results, but more needs to be done.

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The transformation of the former Community Care building into the renovated Tulsa County Headquarters moves a step closer. 39 bids are opened for the multi-million dollar project. Purchasing Director Matney Ellis says bids will now be evaluated, and decisions made within 30 days.

All administrative offices will move across the street into the Community Care building when work’s completed. Various court-related services will then occupy the vacated spaces.

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The flu continues to be widespread as the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD) report the first pediatric death associated with the flu since the season began in September. The death occurred in an Oklahoma County resident between the ages of 5-17.

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Another death and more than 200 additional hospitalizations from flu are being reported in Oklahoma in the past week. Tony Sellars with the State Health Department says the older population continues to be the hardest hit group. Even though it’s peak flu season, he emphasizes getting a shot will still help. Although the number of flu cases are climbing, they remain well below last year’s record season.  

Totals from this flu season statewide are now 907 hospitalizations and 25 deaths…the majority in both categories in Northeast Oklahoma.

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A Tulsa community activist group, citing ties to white supremacist groups, wants a County Court Clerk employee to resign or be fired. Marq Lewis is with We the People Oklahoma. He’s says he has seen videos where the employee and her husband spout racist views.

Tulsa County Court Clerk Don Newberry says he finds racism in any form offensive, but outside the office there are free speech considerations. As long as they’re not brought into the workplace, employees are allowed to have and give their beliefs.

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An agreement is signed for consulting services on the new Tulsa County Headquarters project. It’s one of the last acts before bids are opened in a couple of weeks. Commissioner Ron Peters says the $19-million move to the old Community Care building will consolidate services and make it easier to do business with the county. Several bids are expected. 100 firms expressed interest in the pre-bid conference recently held.

Enough renovations should be finished to start the move late this year.

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