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Texas Politics
12:11 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens

Gov. Rick Perry kicked off the Texas Republican convention this morning in Fort Worth.
Ben Philpott/KUT

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 3:36 pm

Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, kicked off the state GOP convention in Fort Worth today.

In a speech to the party faithful, Gov. Perry addressed the state's shifting demographics that Democrats hope will help them win big in election cycles to come – the "fight to keep Texas red" in the words of convention materials. "The national Democrats think Texas is the new battleground," Perry told the crowd. "Well let's be really clear, Texas will be their political burial ground."

Though he isn't seeking re-election in November, Perry has left the door wide open to a second presidential run in 2016. He told thousands of delegates gathered in Fort Worth that grassroots conservatives have already "changed Texas for the better" and urged them to do the same for America.

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Art and Culture
12:09 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Behind The Story: Paranormal Activity

Mike and Cindy Jacobus
Courtsey of Mclennan County Paranormal Investigations http://txmcpi.com/

This week we told you about Mike and Cindy Jacobus, the founders of Mclennan County Paranormal Investigations. They’re ghost hunters--yep just like the reality TV show--and they’ve started their own Ghost Tour in Waco. From its fame as “Six Shooter Junction” in the 1800s to the Tornado that leveled downtown in 1953, Waco has its fair share of ghoulish stories. And the Jacobus couple are here to tell them.

 


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Downtown Waco
11:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Ghost-Hunting Couple Start Waco Historical Ghost Tour

Mike and Cindy Jacobus
Courtsey of Mclennan County Paranormal Investigations http://txmcpi.com/

From its inception as a convenient place to drive cattle across the Brazos to the Tornado that leveled downtown in 1953, Waco has a lot of stories. Some of them more ghoulish than others. Tomorrow night a Waco couple—who happen to moonlight as ghost hunters—will kick-off a monthly ghost tour, telling some of those stories. And as  KWBU’s Ryland Barton reports, the couple says they’ve found some haunted buildings…right in downtown Waco.

    

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World News
11:39 am
Fri June 6, 2014

North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist

A propaganda painting is seen outside the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011. North Korean state media reported Friday that the nation has detained a U.S. tourist.
Feng Li Getty Images

North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. citizens known to be held there to three.

A dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency states that Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the country on April 29, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

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Science and the Environment
11:27 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Carp are collected at a breeding farm near the Belarus village of Ozerny in November 2013. Researchers say there's a lot the aquaculture industry can do to be more efficient.
Viktor Drachev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:19 am

We Americans love our fried shrimp, our sushi and our fish sticks. And a lot of other people around the world count on fish as a critical part of their diet, too. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, fish now accounts for almost 17 percent of the world's intake of protein — in some coastal and island countries it's as high as 70 percent.

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