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Central Texas Leadership Series
12:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Central Texas Leadership Series: Susan Cowley

Susan Cowley (L) talking with Liz Taylor (R) on KWBU's Central Texas Leadership Series

In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership series Liz Taylor sits down for an enlightening conversation with Susan Cowley of the Cowley Group, ChisolmCrossing.com, and founder and covenant partner with the Talitha Koum Institute.  

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Education
10:31 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Despite Campaign Focus, Texas Pre-K Won't Likely Expand Soon

Robert W. Hart

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 10:09 am

Over half of Texas children between the ages of three and four don't go to preschool, according to the annual Kids Count report released this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Texas schools offer free pre-K programs to 4-year-olds, but primarily only offer programs for 3-year-olds on a tuition basis. Those low numbers and access have drawn scrutiny from education advocates, lawmakers and even the candidates running for governor.

Despite the recent focus on preschool access for Texas children, efforts to expand access may to wait until after the upcoming legislative session.

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Texas News
10:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year?

Deteriorating roadways and traffic congestion costs Austin drivers $1,700 every year.
Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:55 am

Believe it or not, the state of Texas needs to spend money every year just to maintain current and ever-growing levels of traffic.

The Texas Department of Transportation needs at least $4 to 5 billion in additional funds to maintain roads and keep traffic from getting worse. In November, Texans will take to the polls to decide the fate of the agency's request via a constitutional amendment for the roadway funding.

While the sticker shock of that may not sit well with some, a new study says shaky infrastructure has an annual statewide cost of over $25 billion and Austin drivers an average of $1,700 a year.

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Business
10:22 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Migrating Grocery Stores Leave Food Deserts In Central Waco

This map outlines food deserts in Waco and the neighborhoods that these food deserts contain.
McLennan County Food Desert Project, Baylor University

Central Waco doesn’t have many grocery stores. Over the past year, three major grocery stores have shut their doors in Waco. It’s part of a trend of grocery stores moving out of neighborhoods and into larger facilities where they can access more customers.


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World
8:36 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:43 pm

Sunni extremists from the so-called Islamic State blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday. The site is holy to both Christians and Muslims.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that video of the explosion quickly spread online, and residents of the city and across Iraq were angered by the destruction.

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