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Dan Patrick Offers a High Priced Olive Branch to Teachers

The lieutenant governor's teacher-bonus plan would dedicate $700 Milliion in lottery money each year to longevity bonuses and fixes to the Teacher Retirement System.

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There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll. Nevada and Kentucky tied for the lowest rate of charitable giving.

The poll was conducted in the last six months of 2013, when at least 600 residents of each state were asked whether they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an organization within the past month.

In his own words, Sammy Davis, Jr. was "the only black, Puerto Rican, one-eyed, Jewish entertainer in the world."

His daughter, Tracey Davis, shares memories and details of his life in her new book, Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father. It's based on conversations Davis had with her father as he battled throat cancer near the end of his life.

 

Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen is described by Jim McKeown as a mystical journey in search of the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas.

Today's multicultural marketplace is complex and tricky to navigate. Companies that operate openly with proficiency in inter-cultural messaging fare far better than most.

In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.

The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Jay Chapman, the state medical examiner at the time, who proposed using three drugs, based loosely on anesthesia procedures at the time: one drug to knock out the inmates, one to relax or paralyze them, and a final drug that would stop their hearts.

Long-Abandoned 25th Street Theatre To Reopen

May 6, 2014
Ryland Barton / KWBU News

After a drawn-out ownership dispute, Waco’s 25th Street Theatre is one step closer to reopening. The historic theater has been abandoned since 1992 but its tall, iconic sign has remained a landmark fixture in North Waco’s Sanger Heights neighborhood. The theater was once the center of what Wacoans used to call the “Silk Stocking District.”

A scientist's ambitious plan to create an early detection system for eye cancer using people's home cameras is coming along.

On Topic: Juan Williams

May 5, 2014
politico.com

On Thursday, May 1st, 2014 Juan Williams returned to Waco and Baylor University. Williams was the featured guest on the latest installment of the On Topic series with Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Jim McKeown

A riveting story of a series of conflicts, crises, and resolutions deftly managed by a young boy forced to grow up too quickly and too soon.

When time spent texting or on Facebook gets in the way of activities or relationships, it's a sure sign consumption has gotten out of control.

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Events: July 14 - July 20

The 8th Annual Coryell Creek Critters Barbecue Cookoff, Texas Sports Hall of Fame Book Festival, Brazos River Sharkfest Swim, Lunch with Master Gardeners and more in this edition of Act Locally Waco.

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Saturday at 11am with encores Sunday at 10am and 7pm