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Art and Culture
5:04 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Waco Hippodrome Announces November Opening Gala

Jill Ament

After much anticipation Hippodrome theatre staff announced this afternoon the date for the official opening gala for Waco’s historic theatre. The three day event plans to ring in a new chapter in Hippodrome history.

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Waco Weekly
11:28 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Waco Weekly: Bobwhite Revival, Student Court, And Technology At McLane Stadium

In this week’s Waco Weekly we talk about what it’s like to be tried by a student court at University High, McLane Stadium’s high tech digs, and how conservationists are trying to bring back bobwhite quail through prairie restoration.


Conservation
12:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bringing The Bobwhite Quail Back To Texas

Tom Harvey, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Quail hunting season opens this weekend. And there’s new hope that the bobwhite quail is making a rebound. The population has dropped off by about 75 percent over the last 40 years—partly because their grassy habitats have been depleted by development and cattle grazing. Conservationists are trying to get more landowners to restore native prairies on their property.


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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds Commanding Lead Over Davis

University of Texas/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:28 am

From The Texas Tribune:

Republican Greg Abbott has a 16-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the closing days of this year’s general election for governor, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Abbott has the support of 54 percent of likely voters to Davis’ 38 percent. Libertarian Kathie Glass has the support of 6 percent, and the Green Party’s Brandon Parmer got 2 percent.

“The drama of the outcome is not who wins, but what the margin will be,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “Wendy Davis has not led in a single poll in this race.”

Among men, Abbott holds a 61-32 lead in this survey. And he leads by 2 percentage points — 48 to 46 — among women.

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Ed Graf
5:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Retrial Of Texas Arson Case Ends With Surprise Guilty Plea

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Dave Mann of the Texas Observer about the conclusion of the retrial of Ed Graf on arson charges. Graf had been convicted of arson decades ago for setting a fire that killed his two young stepsons. Still, he has always maintained his innocence. A court found that the evidence used in his trial was so questionable that he deserved a retrial. On Wednesday, in a surprise move, Graf pleaded guilty while the jury was still in deliberations, apparently deadlocked on the question of his guilt or innocence.

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