Lead Stories

Food Deserts
5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Can Urban Gardening Alleviate Waco 'Food Deserts?'

Jill Ament KWBU News

It’s hard to find healthy food in some Waco neighborhoods. These so-called “food deserts” often occur when grocery stores are too far away and residents are left to get nourishment from convenience stores or fast food. Urban gardening is just one way the city is combating these food deserts.


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Business
4:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Customers can get a tactile experience trying on glasses at Warby Parker's shop in New York City.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:51 am

Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.

Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.

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Foster Care
10:44 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's the Difference Between Federal & State Foster Care in Texas?

While the state's foster care program may find homes for the neediest of children, the federal programs offer more in stipends for parents.
Photo Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Karolina Michalak / Felipe Hadler

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:02 am

As scores of unaccompanied minors come across the U.S.-Mexico border, some may look to adopt refugee children through foster care.

But foster care is delineated between two systems: state and federal-sponsored care.  While both require the same qualifications from potential parents, including extensive background checks and training, they differ in the systems of financial support provided to parents.

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Border Crisis
10:43 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border?

Texas Adjudant General John Nichols speaks at a press conference on the deployment of the Texas National Guard to the border on July 21, 2014.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:10 am

Can the National Guard troops being deployed to the border arrest and detain people? Only if Gov. Rick Perry says they can. But experts do have some concerns about giving law enforcement powers to a reserve military force.

From a legal standpoint, the National Guard has no authority to enforce federal immigration law, because the troops will be operating under the governor’s authority. In this case, Gov. Perry has called them up, and not President Barack Obama.

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Education
3:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

West Superintendent Heads to Tyler ISD

West ISD's Superintendent Marty Crawford will be heading to Tyler ISD for the upcoming school year.


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