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For many Texans, Waco might just be a pitstop along I-35. Yet, the emergence of competitive races over the last several years has been drawing more and more visitors into the city. The economic impact is evident but the future of these types of races seemed uncertain after an accident at a triathlon in July left city officials, local police, and ra…
 
With numerous cases of West Nile Virus reported throughout Central Texas, including one death in McLennan County, Wacoans are looking for ways to beat the mosquitos. While a citywide mosquito program is unlikely in Waco, KWBU's Becky Fogel hears from a local pest control agency about how to protect yourself from West Nile Virus.…
 
It's August, and that means it's "Back to School" time. A flurry of ads for backpacks, pencils, and scholastically-themed graphic tees, might have your kids horrified or excited. Either way, there's no denying that school is just a few weeks away. A new program at the Waco Independent School District is hoping that parents might get caught up in th…
 
On August 2, 2012, the Waco Independent School District?s Board of Trustees convened a special meeting. While several issues were on the agenda, the main event was an overview of the proposed budget and Tax rate for the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year. KWBU?s Becky Fogel has more.By Baylor University - zzz (old) KWBU
 
"Tax and Spend Moderate." "Typical, Washington, Lawyer." These are characterizations that the two candidates for the Republican nomination for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat have been slinging at each other leading up to the July 31st run-off. Yet Ashley Cruseturner, from McLennan Community College, tells KWBU's Becky Fogel that Dewhurst and Cruz rea…
 
The 2012 Olympics are underway. Over 20 athletes who are either from Texas or have a tie to the Lone Star state will be competing in the games. Waco will have one of it's own in London, Pastor Gaylon Foreman of Carver Park Baptist Church. He joins members of Texas-based ministry Lay Witnesses for Christ International as the International Pastoral C…
 
Homeownership is central to the American Dream. In Part II of this look at the American Dream in Waco, KWBU's Becky Fogel visits with a couple who purchased their first home this year. The two met while living with their parents and for awhile it wasn't clear they would be able to become homeowners themselves. After discovering the Homebuyer Educat…
 
This summer, NPR News is examining American Dreams: Then and Now. At KWBU, we're also looking at how people in Central Texas define this generations-old concept. For many the American Dream can feel out of reach, but what happens when you achieve it?only to lose it? In this 2-part series, KWBU's Becky Fogel looks at the role NeighborWorks Waco play…
 
Whether you're a parent or a kid, the idea of having "the talk" might be enough to make you more than a little nervous. Still studies show, young people want to hear from their parents about sexual health and receiving age-appropriate and medically-accurate information allows them to make healthy and safe decisions. Knowing that might not make star…
 
Two sodas have already been invented in Waco?Dr Pepper and Big Red?but this past week three new concoctions joined their ranks. Can you imagine yourself drinking a Peach-Vanilla Root Beer or a new soda called Tropical Blast? What about Liquid Skiddilz? These are just some of the creations that have emerged from the Dr Pepper Museum's Soda Jerk Camp…
 
Over the next few months 2 acres of land in East Waco will be transformed into a training farm. The Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition (HOT UGC) launched this new project on July 9th, and will be providing paid internships that equip young people between the ages of 15 and 20 with both agricultural and entrepreneurial skills. The farm will he…
 
The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has become a frenzied and political event, as Republicans and Democrats prepare to duke it out during this year's presidential campaign. Understanding the local impact of national job creation numbers is no easy feat, and so earlier this spring the Greater Waco Chamber commissioned a …
 
What if your dad was a dinosaur?literally? Local filmmaker and recent Baylor University graduate, Philip Heinrich, imagined what it would be like to have a Tyrannosaurus Rex as a father. Turns out, it's kind of a bummer. After strong responses to the original short film, Heinrich decided to turn this concept into a live action feature-length film t…
 
Larry Groth has been the City Manager of Waco since 2003. Over that time he has worked with 6 different mayors, most recently the newly elected Malcolm Duncan, Jr. KWBU's Becky Fogel spoke to Groth about finding consistency under a variety of leaders who may have different visions for the city. He says they're all united by one thing: they want wha…
 
When Waco's Poverty Solutions Steering Committee presented a 100-page report to City Council on June 19th, the committee chair said that middle class people need to be engaged in addressing poverty. One local organization has already been doing this kind of work. Becky Fogel reports.By Baylor University - zzz (old) KWBU
 
On June 15th, President Obama ordered the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting undocumented immigrants who would qualify for the yet to pass DREAM Act. News of the directive has been met with a variety of reactions from joy and praise to outrage. KWBU's Becky Fogel speaks to people from both sides of the debate and manages to find some…
 
"Have you realized this has been to space?" That's what NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asked the crowd at the SpaceX Testing Facility in McGregor as he stood in front of the Dragon spacecraft. He and SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer, Elon Musk, were in Texas to talk about Dragon's historic mission and talk about future plans for the company. KWBU's…
 
In this segment of the Reclaiming Renewal series, we hear the second half of Becky Fogel's interview with Dalton Gooden, president of the Carver Neighborhood Association and member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Leadership Team. During the first part of the interview, Gooden described the circumstances that led his family to move to …
 
"East Waco used to be just like another city," says Dalton Gooden, president of the Carver Neighborhood Association. In this installment of the Reclaiming Renewal series KWBU's Becky Fogel speaks with Gooden about why is family moved to East Waco and how he has seen it change over the years. Gooden is a key part of Waco Habitat's Neighborhood Revit…
 
Last month, we heard from KWBU's Becky Fogel about a new community development project in East Waco called the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. This initiative is a collaborative effort between Waco Habitat, the Carver Neighborhood Association, and several other organizations. In this installment of the ongoing series, Reclaiming Renewal, Fo…
 
On June 5th, Ford President and CEO, Alan Mulally, was in Bruceville to reveal the company's new F-150 truck and speak to members of the Future Farmers of America at their annual leadership camp. It is rare for Ford to introduce new vehicles outside of Michigan, and the event seemed to be a kind of victory lap for a company that experienced extensi…
 
At the end of May, NPR's Renee Montagne interviewed Michelle Obama about the White House Garden that she started. The First Lady recently released the book, American Grown, that not only details her experiences as a novice gardener, but also highlights inspiring community gardens she has visited across the United States.…
 
"You happen to be in the Holy Land-I don't know that you know that, but this is the home of the nation's oldest major soft drink." That's Wilton Lanning, founding president of the Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, and he's of course referring to Dr. Pepper. But this past Friday afternoon, visitors to the museum came out to …
 
The trial of AWOL Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo began in the U.S. District Court in Waco on Monday. Abdo was arrested on July 27th, 2011 on charges that he planned to attack a restaurant frequented by Fort Hood Soldiers in Killeen. KWBU's Becky Fogel was in the courtroom throughout the trial which concluded on May 24th. This story is part of a 3 part se…
 
Waco Habitat for Humanity is leading a new effort to develop the Carver Park neighborhood in East Waco. While it is collaborating with several other non-profits, one of the most important partners is the Carver Neighborhood Association and Carver Park residents themselves. This is the first in an ongoing series that will examine community developme…
 
On election day, local candidates can be found in a similar spot: parking lots outside of polling locations. A rule that prevents candidates from standing within 100 feet of a polling location, puts them squarely in lots where they are permitted to talk with voters. Becky Fogel's KWBU spoke with several candidates as they waited for the polls to cl…
 
Another Baylor alum has made a major gift to support the construction of Baylor Stadium, the proposed on-campus football stadium along the Brazos River. KWBU's Becky Fogel speaks with Lori Fogelman, Director of Media Communications at Baylor University, about the status of fundraising efforts for this project.…
 
"Many Voices. One Vision." That's the motto of Waco's Community Visioning Project. Headed up by a Community Visioning Board consisting of civic, business, academic, and non-profit leaders, the group works to improve life for Waco-area residents. Every two years they hold a Community Visioning Expo to highlight development projects throughout the ci…
 
A local initiative is seeking to meet the needs of a growing population in McLennan County: Ex-offenders. The Cornerstone Assistance Network believes that churches and faith-based groups have a crucial role to play in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals as they reenter society. Becky Fogel reports.…
 
Mi Familia, a Waco-based car club, has partnered with numerous non-profit organizations to hold benefits using the draw of classic cars to raise funds and awareness for these groups. Recently, the club rallied to support one of their own. KWBU's Becky Fogel speaks to the organizers and participants at this special car show.…
 
In the second part of this look at the debate surrounding the DREAM Act, KWBU's Becky Fogel spoke with Duke Machado, head of a local Republican group that seeks to build support for the party amongst Latinos. Machado does not support the DREAM Act saying it fails to provide a comprehensive solution to the entire population of undocumented immigrant…
 
On April 30, 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, joined Baylor University President Ken Starr for his On Topic Series. During their conversation, she stressed the need for civic education in the United States arguing that the focus has shifted to math and science at the expense of civics. KWBU's Becky Foge…
 
On April 24, 2012 the Waco Area League of Women Voters, KWBU-FM, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and Parents for Public Schools, hosted a Candidate Forum in anticipation of the May 12th city and school board elections. The goal of the event was to increase voter turnout, but also to encourage more people to run in future elections. KWBU's Bec…
 
On April 19th, 2012 the Girl Scouts of Central Texas hosted their 20th annual Women of Distinction banquet. Among the honorees was Heather Beck, Development Officer at the Providence Foundation in Waco. Beck and Angie MacFarland, Senior Development Executive at Girl Scouts, sat down with Becky Fogel in the KWBU studio to discuss the importance of s…
 
Research papers and exhibits are the norm at the annual Midway Middle School History Fair. Four students broke the mold this year when they created a play about Don Albert, a jazz musician who opened the first integrated nightclub in San Antonio. Inspired by the Riverwalk Jazz radio program heard on 103.3 KWBU FM, these students delved into Civil R…
 
At Spring Farm Day, held by local non-profit World Hunger Relief, Inc., KWBU's Becky Fogel saw a surprising sight: Camels. It turns out that camels have a long and storied history in Texas dating back to the 1850s. She spoke with Doug Baum, owner of the Texas Camel Corps, a family farm in Valley Mills to learn more about this history and also to ge…
 
This year the Jim Cullum Jazz Band celebrates its 50th anniversary. Anchoring the group is Jim Cullum, himself. While his career has seen him perform across the United States as well as in Mexico and Russia, his love of classical jazz music began in his childhood home of San Antonio, Texas. With a look at how it all started is Becky Fogel for KWBU …
 
On Thursday, April 5 2012, Waco lost of one the most impactful members of its community: Bernard Rapoport. He is known for his business success, political influence, and perhaps most importantly, for his vast philanthropic work. His commitment?and that of his wife?to education and social justice was so widely regarded that a local school, the Rapop…
 
Women are largely underrepresented in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), comprising only 25 percent of the workforce in those fields. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Texas State Technical College are trying to change that figure. At the first ever Girl Genius STEM Conference held in Waco, they teamed up to offer a d…
 
Ms. Frizzle's Magic School Bus has nothing on the Waco ISD SurPrize Patrol. At the end of March, the Waco ISD Education Foundation granted their one millionth dollar. To distribute the grants to the winning teachers, Waco ISD staff and supporters boarded a school bus and surprised unsuspecting teachers in their classrooms throughout the district. K…
 
Waco Center for Youth is a psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves teenagers, ages 13 through 17, with emotional difficulties and/or behavioral problems. The mission of Waco Center for Youth is "to give each youth a chance for change" by providing comprehensive psychiatric residential treatment services to emotionally disturbed adole…
 
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