Student Loan Defaults On The Rise; Texas Special Education; And Other Education News

Hello! Money is on our minds in this mid-January edition of the Weekly Roundup. Student loan default is a "crisis," report says Almost 40 percent of students who entered college in the fall of 2003 may default on their student loans by 2023. That's the conclusion of the Brookings Institution, which analyzed 20 years of federal data for two groups of student borrowers. Previously published data from the Department of Education looked at default rates just 3 to 5 years after borrowing. The new,...

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Baylor Sophomore Shoots For Amateur Rocket Record

May 9, 2014
Kevin Healy

A Baylor sophomore is trying to break the record for the highest amateur rocket flight: 72 miles, that’s 10 miles into outer space. It’s called the Horizon Rocket project. Kevin Healy says the rocket science isn’t the hard part…it’s the fundraising.

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.

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Events Jan 13 - Jan 18

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Mayborne Museum, Activities to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, opportunities to exercise your creativity and more are in this edition of Act Locally Waco.

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Weekly Folk Music Program hosted by Ross Burns

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