Pack of Hope
The economic crisis that has hit the nation affects Texas everyday. 25 percent of children in our state suffer from food insecurity. McLennan County is an area which has been hit harder than most. However, for a small portion of these children there is hope. Adam Harris reports for KWBU FM.
Making Science Cool: Girl Genius STEM Conference
Women are largely underrepresented in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), comprising only 25 percent of the workforce in those fields. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Texas State Technical College are trying to change that figure. At the first ever Girl Genius STEM Conference held in Waco, they teamed up to offer a day of hands-on workshops to make STEM more accessible to girls and breakdown stereotypes that might prevent them from trying out these fields.
Central Texas Leadership Series - November 11, 2011
Baylor President Ken Starr discusses his lifetime of service, from the nation's capital to Baylor University.
Cain Looks Ahead To Public Feedback In Potential Campus Closings
Yesterday on KWBU, we heard part one of a conversation with Waco ISD superintendent Bonny Cain, who suggested to the board last month that up to 8 schools be closed to help cover a 3.4 million dollar budget shortfall next year. Continuing today, Dr. Cain talks to KWBU's Derek Smith about the process of determining what will be cut and how the public can be involved.
Cain Discusses Possibility Of School Closings In Waco I.S.D.
Cuts in funding from the State of Texas have forced Waco ISD and districts across the state to face massive changes in the months ahead. With millions of dollars needing to be slashed, the district is looking at closing schools. This week, KWBU is visiting with superintendent Bonny Cain about proposals and opportunities for the community to have their voice heard.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Visits Baylor
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at Baylor University last night, visiting with President Ken Starr as part of the "On Topic" series. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Central Texas Leadership Series
Dave Campbell discusses his legendary career in sportswriting and a lifetime in Central Texas.
Professors' Weapon Of Choice To Fight Poverty: A Bottle Of Coke
A chance meeting with Honduran businessmen and a Coke bottle has led to business lessons around the world. Where do Baylor Business Professors Blaine McCormick and Van Gray see things going from here? KWBU's Derek Smith wraps up the series.
Central Texas Leadership Series - October 28
Elton Stuckly, president of TSTC, discusses leading his alma mater through growth and change.
Growth Brings Excitement, Trepidation For Small Entrepreneurs Worldwide
How can you change the way business is done by examining a bottle of Coke? Two Baylor professors found that the possibilities could be endless. We continue our series with Blaine McCormick and Van Gray on KWBU.
Baylor Professors Introduce New Concepts With Coke
Many business concepts that seem simple to us could be ground-breaking worldwide. Two Baylor business professors found that a bottle of Coke can make those concepts, like networking, come alive. KWBU continues to examine Coke Bottle Business classes with Blaine McCormick and Van Gray.
Bottle Business Classes Expand Horizons For Entrepreneurs, Professors
This week, KWBU is examining how two Baylor business professors are using a bottle of Coke to spread business lessons around the globe, with the hope of arming entrepreneurs with concepts that will help them raise their standard of living, as well as benefit customers. KWBU's Derek Smith learned that their project started with a simple question.
Bottle Of Coke Crosses Cultural Business Gaps
How do you cross a cultural gap to communicate business lessons to people of other countries? Two Baylor professors have found that a bottle of Coke is big enough to bridge that divide. In the first part of a series, KWBU News talks to Blaine McCormick and Van Gray.
Central Texas Leadership Series - October 21, 2011
Laveda Brown, president and CEO of the Centex African-American Chamber of Commerce, examines leading a growing organization that meets the needs of the business community.
Local Program Gave Single Mother A Lift
Aimee Weller came to Waco last year as an unemployed single mother with plenty of questions. Now, she's working to be a success story of a workshop designed to help people like her. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Workshop Helps Families Transition Out Of Poverty
A weekend event in Waco will provide low-income families with a specialized one-stop shop to help them move to the next level in their job, finances, and education. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Central Texas Leadership Series - October 14, 2011
Part two of a conversation in which Ambassador Lyndon Olson reflects on a life in public service.
Central Texas Leadership Series - October 7, 2011
Part one of a conversation with Ambassador Lyndon Olson, reflects on a lifetime in public service.
Actor Finds A Rewarding Homecoming At Jubilee Theatre
Stevie Walker Webb dreams of someday acting on Broadway. But he's found a calling at 15th and Colcord in Waco at the moment. KWBU intern Elizabeth George has more.
Kambon To Stress Parent, Teacher Partnerships At Alliance Event
"We're all in this together." That's the message Ako Kambon is bringing to Waco on Monday night when he appears in the Greater Waco Community Education Alliance's second all-community event. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Kambon Says Partnerships Key To Meaningful Involvement In Schools
Area parents were encouraged to take an active role in their child's education at a Greater Waco Community Education Alliance event last night. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Central Texas Leadership Series - September 30, 2011
Kim Mulkey, head coach of the Baylor Womens' Basketball Team, talks to Jim Haller about her career, family, coaching style, and bringing a national title to Waco.
Waco Symphony Kicks Off Season With Joshua Bell
Legendary violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the Waco Symphony Orchestra tonight as they kick off their 50th anniversary season. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Half-Century Of Music Highlighted In Waco Symphony Orchestra Season
Tomorrow night, the Waco Symphony Orchestra begins its 50th season in a concert with Joshua Bell. Reflecting on fifty years of music, conductor Stephen Heyde said the pieces selected in the coming year hearken back to the symphony's history. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Central Texas Leadership Series - September 23, 2011
Stephen Heyde, conducter of the Waco Symphony Orchestra, reflects on which people and practices have allowed the music to play for a fiftieth season here in Waco.
Violinist Who "Embodies What Symphony Is About" Begins Forty-ninth Season
The Waco Symphony Orchestra kicks off its fiftieth anniversary season next week, with violinist Joshua Bell headlining the concert. In the orchestra will be another violinist, not as famous, but who is something of a legend herself in the Waco Symphony, having played for 49 years. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Religion Survey Examines Faith's Impact On Economics, Work, and Beyond
How do a person's religious views affect their beliefs on the role of the government in the economy? What is the relationship between faith and work? What role does prayer play in the life of an entrepreneur? These are some of the questions tackled in the 3rd wave of the Baylor Religion Survey, coming as the economic downturn has many Americans thinking about these very topics. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Ground-Breaking Surgeon Brings Uplifting Message To Waco
The renowned "Gifted Hands" neurosurgeon who first successfully separated a pair of Siamese twins conjoined by the head will be telling his story in Waco at MCC tomorrow. Dr. Ben Carson's told KWBU's Derek Smith that he hopes people will draw inspiration from his background, one that never would have foretold the heights he has attained.
Central Texas Leadership Series - September 16, 2011
Johnette McKown, president of McLennan Community College, discusses what she's learned in year's of educating Central Texans in this week's Central Texas Leadership Series, a program highlighting leaders who shape the Waco area and beyond.
"Sculptural Music" Brings New Experience To Waco Cultural Arts Fest
The Waco Cultural Arts Fest kicks off today at Indian Spring Park, and this year's festival features a rare musical experience for attendees. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Urges System, "Don't Mess With Texas Football"
Amidst the drama of the ever-changing situation in the Big 12 conference, Baylor launched an initiative this week to involve fans in the effort to preserve the football landscape in the state of Texas. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Central Texas Leadership Series
Jim Vaughan, president and C.E.O. of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, discusses leadership and a growing community in this week's Central Texas Leadership Series.
Local Farmer Grapples With Realities Of Drought
KWBU is examining the impact of the extraordinary drought on the lives of Texas farmers and ranchers. This week, we're visiting with Kevin Huffman, who discusses how the lack of rain affects his family farm near McGregor.
Focus On The Individual Key At Waco High
Continuing our focus on the first week of school in Waco ISD, KWBU's Derek Smith visited with new Waco High School principal Alredo Loredo, looking at the year ahead.
Waco High Principal Discusses Changes In New Year
Monday was Alfredo Loredo's first school day as principal at Waco High School. He spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith about the transition and his goals for the coming year.
New Facility Signals Start Of New Era At University High
A sparkling new building greeted University High School students on the first day of school yesterday, the first day in the campus, fittingly, on New Road. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Local Political Analysts Examine Perry Campaign
Governor Rick Perry burst onto the national scene last weekend when he announced his candidacy for president, and was immediately mentioned among the top-tier of GOP contenders by pundits. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with two local political professors and observers about what a Perry candidacy could look like.
Consumers To Feel Impact Of Drought
The cost of doing business in agriculture is going up, but the returns thanks to the historic 2011 drought, are going down. KWBU's Derek Smith looks at the impact of the drought on the local rancher and economy in part 3 of the series.
Lack Of Feed Locally Increases Costs, Stress For Area Ranchers
The historic 2011 Texas drought makes its presence felt in every aspect of farming and ranching. In part two of our look at the drought's impact, one local rancher talks about how it affects his ability to care for his cattle. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Drought Weighs On Area Farmers, Ranchers
The current drought is now the worst in one year drought Texas history. In the coming days and week's, KWBU will examine the impact of the drought on local farmers and ranchers, as well as the ramifications for consumers both in and out of the Lone Star State. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Million Dollar Gift To Expand Culinary Arts At TSTC
TSTC-Waco announced the largest gift in school history Thursday, providing funds to build a new culinary arts center on the campus. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Mother Neff State Park Plans For Future
Four years after sustaining heavy flooding from the Leon River, Mother Neff State Park is looking towards the future, almost turning the park around as part of a master plan for re-design. KWBU's Derek Smith has the second part of a two-part story.
Historic State Park Seeks Re-Birth After Floods
In 2007, flooding devastated the first state park in Texas. But four years later, officials at Mother Neff State Park are using the flood as an opportunity for re-birth. KWBU's Derek Smith has the first story of a two-part series.
Young Speedster Out To Defend Title In Games Of Texas
A Midway ISD student has been called "the fastest eleven year old in the state." And he's putting that title on the line in this weekend's Games of Texas. KWBU's Derek Smith visited with Masten Green.
Games Of Texas Attract Thousands Of Athletes To Waco
The Olympics of the Lone Star State return to Waco this weekend as the city welcomes thousands of amateur athletes for the Games of Texas. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Line Camp Imparts Community Service Value to Students
Some incoming Baylor students are spreading the word about the Summer Food Service Program in an effort to get a jump-start on community service. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Relationships Key To Reach Students In Poverty
In the final installment of our look at training for Waco ISD teachers this summer, KWBU's Derek Smith looks at the final ingredient and steps that administators hope will help change a culture of poverty in the community.
Teaching Students Unwritten Rules Key Step In Defeating Poverty
The class we're born into teaches us unwritten rules about interacting with the world around us. In many cases, students in Waco ISD learn very different unwritten rules than the one's they'll need to interact at school and work. KWBU's Derek Smith spent time in the district's summer training as teachers learned to bridge that gap.
WISD Training A Step In Fight Against Poverty
Waco ISD teachers are all undergoing training this summer to help them better understand students who grow up in poverty as part of an effort to help eradicate poverty in the community. KWBU's Derek Smith went through the training with the teachers and has the first of three reports.
Waco Teachers Studying The Culture Of Poverty In Summer Training
Waco ISD teachers will be engaged in training at times throughout the summer with an organization that provides a window into the mindset of children born in poverty. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with superintendent Bonny Cain about the project.
Local Film Crew Battles Adversity, Angry Motel Owners In "Where We Started" Production
Local filmmaker Chris Hansen has wrapped up shooting of his latest film, "Where We Started." All shoots have their share of challenges. But this one had more than usual, and put their improvisational skills to the test. In part two of this story, KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Local Film Production Highlights The Unpredictability Of Small-Budget Moviemaking
When local filmmaker Chris Hansen's movie comes out next year, audiences will see the finished product. They won't know all of the curve-balls and misadventures that Hansen and the crew overcame along the way. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Clustering, Identification Key To Growing Gifted Program At Waco ISD
This week, 103.3fm is looking at Waco ISD's push to better identify and serve gifted and talented students in the new school year, visiting with new advanced academics director Cecilia Boswell. Today, Dr. Boswell talks to KWBU's Derek Smith about how the district can better identify and serve these students.
Waco ISD Seeking To Increase Services To Gifted Students
A new advanced academics director in Waco ISD is working to shape the district to better serve and identify gifted and talented students. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Program Provides Free Summer Food To Children
A summer food program is providing free meals to McLennan County children, and area officials are working to spread the word. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Education Alliance, Speaker Promote Parental Involvement
Many parents have questions about bringing up their children, and the Greater Waco Community Education Alliance is providing a forum for those parents to get answers and advice tonight and tomorrow. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Cain Plans For An Exemplary Waco ISD
Tuesday was Bonny Cain's 100th day as superintendent of Waco ISD. Today we wrap up our conversation with her, discussing budget realities, getting to exemplary, and a community-wide vision to eradicate poverty.
Cain Talks Parenting, Layoffs On 100th Day In Office
Today marks Dr. Bonny Cain's 100th day as superintendent of Waco ISD schools. In part two of a conversation with KWBU's Derek Smith, she talks about parenting in the district and the toughest decision she's made thus far.
Talitha Koum Hosts Senator, Touts Need For Male Volunteers
The need for male mentors was highlighted locally over Father's Day weekend by Senator John Cornyn at Talitha Koum, a therapeutic nursery serving children in Waco's Kate Ross neighborhood. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Cain Examines First 100 Days At Waco I.S.D.
When Bonny Cain took over as superintendent of Waco ISD on March 14th, she wanted to take stock of the district she inherited from the inside. With her hundredth day at the helm coming tomorrow, she spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith about what her time in the district thus far has shown her.
Mountainview Teachers Turn Learning Over To Students
Students are in charge at Waco's Mountainview Elementary School, and administrators there say that's a good thing. KWBU's Derek Smith takes the second of a two-part look at the school's International Baccalaureate program.
Mountainview Students Empowered By I.B. Program
A Waco elementary school is taking a unique approach to education, following an international program designed to help students better learn about the world around them. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Safety: A Concern For Individuals With Autism, Their Families
Children, youth and adults who live with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more vulnerable than most in our society; in fact, they are seven times more likely to encounter law enforcement than others in the community. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
KWBU Members Help Build Waco Habitat's 25th Anniversary Home
A unique partnership between 103.3 KWBU-FM, Waco Habitat for Humanity, and Foxworth-Galbraith secured pledges, not only for KWBU's radio programming, but also for the lumber needed to build Waco Habitat for Humanity's 25th Anniversary home.
Law Professor Examines Feasibility Of New Approach To War On Drugs
While many agree that the War on Drugs isn't working, debates rage as to why. Law professor Mark Osler, a former prosecutor is touring the country suggesting a new approach. He speaks with KWBU's Derek Smith in part two of the conversation.
Law Professor Offers New Look At Fighting Drugs
The war on drugs and methods of effectively stopping narcotics are areas hotly debated in both law enforcement and society as a whole. A former Baylor Law Professor is touring the country attempting to drum up support for a new way of looking at the war on drugs. KWBU's Derek Smith visited with Mark Osler in part one of this conversation.
Reading Program, "Success Makers," Contribute To Student Advancement
Administrators at J.H. Hines Elementary school are seeing signs of improvement in their students as the year winds down. They credit work done out of the classroom in programs that help students catch up to their grade level. KWBU's Derek Smith has the final installment of this two-part story.
J.H. Hines Examines Programs Designed To Help Students Catch Up
As the school year winds down and TAKS testing draws to an end, administrators at Waco's J.H. Hines Elementary are examining the effectiveness of programs designed to bring students up to their academic grade level and beyond. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Churches Help Seniors Find Purpose As They Age
As KWBU continues to look at the climate for the aging in Central Texas, we look again at the spiritual needs area churches and agencies seek to address. KWBU's Derek Smith visited a weekly worship service at Royal Manor Nursing Home and has more.
Seniors' Spiritual Needs A Focus For Area Churches
KWBU News is periodically looking at the climate for people as they age in Central Texas. This week, KWBU's Derek Smith looks at a way the spiritual needs of the aging are met in the Waco area.
You Can Call This Book "Annoying"
Science Friday personalities Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman set out to discover why we get annoyed in their new book "Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us." They spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith about their work, starting with a how an annoying event led to the book.
Economic Climate Adds To Stress Of Aging
KWBU is looking at the climate in Waco for people as they age in a periodic series. Issues related to retirement and health care for people as they age, or for their parents are often a cause for stress. Dr. Hap LeCrone says that the current times add to the stress. KWBU'S Derek Smith has more.
103.3 KWBU FM Presents Open House
From 6 a.m. to 6p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011, 103.3 KWBU FM Waco's NPR will host an open house for listeners in the community. Listeners will have a chance to meet KWBU's Morning Edition Host, Brodie Bashaw, and All Things Considered Host, Derek Smith.
Memberships Help 103.3 FM Build A Habitat Home
WACO, TX--103.3 KWBU FM, Waco's NPR teams up with Habitat for Humanity and Foxworth Galbraith to help build Waco Habitat's 25th Anniversary House (#135). Starting Thursday April 28 through Friday, May 6, 2011 as 103.3 FM listeners call into the station, each membership donation over $100 garners two pieces of lumber from Foxworth Galbraith--500 pieces are needed to build the home--a goal of 250 memberships.
School Board, City Council Candidates Discuss Issues In Forum
Candidates for Waco school board and city council addressed issues facing the city and its residents last night at a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum co-sponsored by KWBU, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and Parents for Public Schools. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
City Council, School Board Candidates To Address Voters In Monday Forum
Waco voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from local candidates in a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum co-sponsored by KWBU this Monday evening. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Smaller Districts Plan For Budget Cuts Amidst Uncertainty
Smaller school districts across the state are lobbying for what they call more "equitable" budget cuts from Texas lawmakers. Two superintendents talk to KWBU's Derek Smith about the process of planning amidst uncertainty in the second part of our look at education budget cuts.
Small School Districts Fight For "Equity" In State Budget Cuts
Major cuts in education spending loom on the horizon in the state of Texas, and districts are formulating budgets in the face of major uncertainty. Smaller districts are lobbying for equity in those cuts. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco ISD Announces Layoffs
Waco ISD announced today that approximately 200 employees will not be offered a contract for the next school year due to a funding shortfall. But Dr. Bonny Cain says she hopes that many of those teachers will be brought back. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Iconoclastic Journalist Still Commands Attention At Oakwood Cemetery
Over the course of the last month, we've been touring Waco's historic Oakwood Cemetery, looking at how the grounds house the history and stories the shaped the area. In our final installment, we learn about the most-visited site in the cemetery, which houses a man so reviled in his day that his grave remains a target and a source of fascination. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Pickens Touts Natural Gas, Energy Independence At Baylor Speech
Billionaire oilman and alternative energy advocate T. Boone Pickens spoke at Baylor University last night, the first guest in the university's "On Topic" interview series. Pickens, who has been touring colleges across the country, spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith about his "Pickens Plan" for reducing American dependence on foreign oil.
Stories, Mysteries Contained In Oakwood Cemetery
KWBU has been examining Oakwood Cemetery, looking at the historical tales that lie beyond the markers that bear names and dates. This week, superintendent David Evans shows KWBU's Derek Smith two men whose names are not well known, but who have eclectic and eccentric stories behind them.
Baylor Falls Just Short Of Final Four
The Baylor Lady Bears season ended in Dallas last night, as Texas A & M never trailed in a 58-46 win to advance to the their first Final Four. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with Lori Fogleman about the game.
Baylor Heads To Dallas For Sweet 16 Round
The Baylor Lady Bears will head to Dallas today in preparation for Sunday's Sweet 16 game against Green Bay. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Lack Of Vision Doesn't Break Jones' Focus
A basketball player doesn't come close to the pinnacle of her sport without overcoming a few challenges, and a basketball team doesn't mount a serious title push without dealing with adversity. Baylor senior Melissa Jones and her teammates have learned that in a new way recently, as she learns to play in among the biggest games of her life without full vision in her right eye. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Lady Bears Advance To Elite Eight, Face Aggies
The Lady Bears advanced to the Elite Eight with an 86-76 win over Green Bay last night, setting up their fourth meeting of the year with Texas A & M for the right to go the Final Four. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with Lori Fogleman about the win.
Waco Originals Rest In Oakwood Cemetery
This month, KWBU is touring Oakwood Cemetery with superintendent Dave Evans, examining how the history of the region can be seen through the plots of land inside the cemetery walls. Today, KWBU's Derek Smith visits the plots of two Waco originals.
Dancing A Vehicle For Senior Interaction
KWBU is kicking off a series looking at the climate for aging in Central Texas by talking to seniors at the Young at Heart Dance Club. It's an organization that meets a lot of needs in the lives of its dancers, both physical and relational. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Dancing Fills Void For Area Seniors
What is the climate in Waco for people as they age? In the coming weeks, KWBU will be looking at a number of issues faced by Central Texans as they age, in areas social, medicinal, political, and more. KWBU's Derek Smith kicks off the series with a visit to the Young at Heart Dance Club, where seniors social lives can get active.
Top Young Artists Display, Sell Their Work
In it's fourth year now, a county-wide arts scholarship program has grown, offering encouragement, confidence, and scholarships to young artists in McLennan County.
Oakwood Cemetery Monuments Tell Stories Of Texas Governors
Each Wednesday this month, KWBU will visit historic Oakwood Cemetery, where many of the men and women who shaped Waco and Texas are buried. KWBU's Derek Smith today focuses on the governors buried there.
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns
NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned, NPR just announced.
Students Finance Entreprenuers with Bulldog Bucks
Bulldog Bucks is not the typical high school finance program. Students are making loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries--and they're seeing returns.
Oakwood Cemetery Houses History of the Area
Glimpses into the history of McLennan County and Waco can be found on a 157 acre plot of land just a few blocks away from I-35 and the Baylor campus. Over the next month, starting today, we'll take a weekly look at how Oakwood Cemetery serves as a living history book. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Cain Officially Hired To Lead Waco I.S.D.
As expected, the Waco I.S.D. school board voted to make official the hiring of Dr. Bonny Cain last night as the next superintendent of schools. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
KWBU Announces Classical EP Session
103.3 KWBU FM presents its Classical EP (Extended Play) session Fridays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. starting April 1, 2011.
New Local Segment, Central Texas Leadership Series Strengthens Community Identity
In the coming weeks, KWBU will begin airing the Central Texas Leadership Series. The segment features four separate hosts: Executive Vice President of First National Bank of Central Texas Jim Haller, Dean of the School of Music at Baylor University Dr. William May, Director at Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau Liz Taylor and Independent Writing and Editing Professional Sandra Sanchez.
KWBU Administers Double Dose of NPR's Science Friday
From 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. each Friday, 103.3 KWBU FM presents listeners with another chance to tune into Science Friday. The first encore presentation of the show will begin Friday, March 4.
103.3 KWBU FM Presents Open House
103.3 KWBU-FM invites you to come visit our studios today.
Superintendent Finalist Focuses On Task Ahead
All this week, we've been hearing from Dr. Bonny Cain, the lone finalist to be Waco ISD's next superintendent. In our final portion of the interview. Dr. Cain talks about the process of determining what areas need tackling right away and a one-hundred day period of listening that will help her in that area. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Art Center Exhibition Highlights World Hunger Relief Mission
Art Center Waco has a new photography exhibition on display from now through March 20th. The documentary photography by Mark Menjivar serves one of many needs of a small Central American community.
Superintendent Finalist Remarks on Waco I.S.D.
All this week, Waco NPR has been visiting with Dr. Bonny Cain, the lone finalist to be the next superintendent of Waco ISD Schools. In previous days, Dr. Cain has examined her time at Pearland. In today's installment, she turns her attention to Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Cain Examines Exemplary Effort
This week on 103.3 FM, we're hearing from Pearland superintendent Bonny Cain, the lone finalist for the same position in Waco. In today's installment, she talks with KWBU's Derek Smith about attaining an exemplary rating.
Superintendent Finalist Discusses The Challenges of Change
Today we continue our weeklong conversation with Bonny Cain, the lone candidate to be the next superintendent of Waco ISD schools. In this segment, she talks with KWBU's Derek Smith about implementing change across a district.
Dr. Bonny Cain Avoids Complacency, Both In And Out of Education
This week on Waco NPR, we'll be hearing a conversation with Dr. Bonny Cain, the candidate of choice to be the next superintendent of Waco Schools. Today we hear part one of her conversation with KWBU's Derek Smith, learning more about her personally and what made her current home, Pearland I.S.D., unique.
Mardi Gras Art Show Highlights Autistic Expression
A mother's loss has spurred a fundraiser that lets the community experience the positive effects that artwork has on children with special needs. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Texas CPS Finds African American Children Over-represented In System
At a recent Community Race Relations Coalition meeting members of the Child Protective Services disproportionality team came from Austin to talk about disproportionality in CPS and in the social services. Their presentation is part of a statewide initiative to reach out to local communities to improve Health and Human services and eradicate disparities in the system.
Voices In Pearland Advocate Dr. Cain
Dr. Bonny Cain, superintendent of Pearland schools was named as the lone finalist for the same position in Waco on Tuesday. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with people who worked with her in Pearland.
W.I.S.D. School Board Selects Pearland's Bonny Cain to Lead District
Last night, the Waco I.S.D. School board recommended the superintendent of Pearland schools as their lone finalist to be the next superintendent of Waco schools. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Project Connects Homeless With Services
Yesterday's "Project Homeless Connect" helped the homeless in Central Texas, and also helped those who help the homeless help them better. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco ISD Prepares For Announcement Of Lone Finalist To Superintendent Post
Next week, Waco ISD will announce the lone finalist to be the new superintendent of schools. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with the man assisting the district in finding a new leader
Education Alliance Strives For Effective Growth in 2011
Waco NPR will continue to follow the pressing issues facing the state of education in Central Texas in 2011. It's a big year for the Waco Community Education Alliance, as the group copes with growth and increased expectations. KWBU's Derek Smith visited with executive director Virginia DuPuy.
Doris Miller Memorial Comittee Designates Artists
Doris Miller is an African American WWII hero, and honoree of Waco's new public art development project in the Bledsoe-Miller park along the Brazos River. We'll hear from the artists selected for the memorial installation, sculptor Eddie Dixon, and architect Stan Carroll of Beyond Metal.
Flores Looks Ahead To Freshman Term
Today, Bill Flores will be sworn in on Capitol Hill today as the representative for the 17th Congressional District here in Texas. In the first of our two part conversation with the incoming congressman, he spoke to KWBU's Derek Smith from his Washington office about the transition and being part of the incoming Republican class.
Baylor Social Work School Makes The City Its Campus
Social workers are immersed in the communities they serve, and now the Baylor School of Social Work is literally following suit, moving to downtown Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Journalism Professor Weighs In On Wikileaks
Sara Stone, professor of journalism at Baylor, says while some good can come out of the information revealed by Wikileaks, it is a troubling story overall. She spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith.
Lorena Ballboy Breaks The Mold
Most high school football fields are sitting dormant now, including Leopard Field in Lorena. And that means that one of our unsung heroes, Lou Webb, has more free time on Thursdays and Fridays. But for a fifty-plus year-old ball boy, there's no place on those days he'd rather be. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
103.3 FM to Host Open House
103.3 FM will be having an open house Friday, December 10th from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in conjunction with our holiday membership campaign.
Charity Auction Brings Law Students, Professors Together
By the time Christmas rolls around, many students are eager for a break from classes and the teachers with whom they've spent so much time in the classroom. But Baylor Law students are actually bidding to pay more money to spend more time with their professors. And it's for a good cause. KWBU News has more.
University Soccer Team Gives Back
A soccer coach says he and his colleagues stress success in three areas: on the field, they want to win, in the classroom, the students need to keep their grades up to play, and in the community, the students must give back. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Central Texans Share Their Stories In Oral History Project
StoryCorp's nearly month-long stay in Waco kicked off this weekend as Central Texans shared conversation and stories in the organization's signature mobile studio. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Author Darden Knows Importance of Listening
Today is the third National Day of Listening, where you are encouraged to spend time listening to the story and thoughts of someone in your life. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with journalist Bob Darden about the value of listening in his own project interviewing Black Gospel artists, and why listening matters in our own lives.
StoryCorps Sets Up Mobile Site In Waco, TX
StoryCorps pulled into Waco this week in preparation for Friday, when Central Texans will have the opportunity to share conversation and stories that have become a hallmark of the StoryCorps experience. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
DuPuy Reflects On 2010 Summit
The third annual Greater Waco Community Education Summit concluded Friday, having brought educators, community leaders, and national speakers together. Executive Director Virginia DuPuy spoke to KWBU's Derek Smith about the 2010 edition.
KWBU Rewind: Education Special
103.3 FM aired an hour long special of KWBU Rewind on Sunday in conjunction with the Greater Waco Community Education Summit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Students Learn Life-skills Through BEST
Science and math are not the most interesting subjects for some students, but building a robot? Now that's fun. An area robotics program engages students in science, technology, and math courses while preparing them for success in education beyond middle and high school.
Language Key To Community Educational Involvement
What does a shared language mean for a community trying to upgrade it's educational picture? A shared language is vital, according to a speaker yesterday at the Greater Waco Community Education Summit. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Boeing Executive Urges Waco To Look Beyond School Walls
The keynote speech of this year's Greater Waco Education Summit took place last night, with a theme of looking beyond the classroom walls to fix education. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Partnerships Again Key To Third Annual Greater Waco Community Education Summit
The Greater Waco Community Education Summit kicks off tonight at the Convention Center, looking to build on it's goal of building partnerships between schools, children, and the broader community. KWBU's Derek Smith talked to Virginia DuPuy about the themes of the third annual summit.
J.H. Hines' Success Makers Aim To Do Just That
The third Greater Waco Education Summit begins Wednesday evening, and all this week, Waco NPR is focusing on issues and programs that represent the community partnerships that are a goal of the Education Alliance. Today, KWBU's Derek Smith looks at a program at J.H. Hines Elementary designed to help students catch up in science, math, and reading.
Reading Program at J.H. Hines Partners Community With Students
The third annual Greater Waco Education Summit kicks off this Wednesday night, bringing educators and the broader community together to improve the academic future for area students. Throughout the week, we'll be looking at programs that embody goals of the Summit and bring you audio from the sessions later in the week. Today, KWBU's Derek Smith looks at a program at J.H. Hines that is helping learn to read at their grade level or beyond.
Cruseturner Analyzes Local and National Impact of Change
Throughout the election season, MCC history professor Ashley Cruseturner has provided his analysis on 103.3 fm. Today we conclude our post-election conversation with him, discussing the impact of a new congressman and divided government once again.
Cruseturner Examines Lessons of 2010 Midterms
It's been one week since voters woke up to a changed political landscape following the 2010 midterm elections. MCC history professor has provided his analysis to KWBU throughout the election season, and he shared his thoughts with Derek Smith about how the national trends shaped our local races.
Cameron Park Continues Centinnial Celebration With Stickwork
When you drive through Cameron Park's Pecan Bottoms, you might notice giant bird nests? A hobbit house? Are those jugs? No, it's a recent sculpture exhibition in celebration of Cameron Park's Centennial. KWBU's Jacquleine Deavenport has more.
Edwards, Flores Prepare For Election Night
The hotly-contested race for the 17th Congressional seat between Chet Edwards and Bill Flores is drawing to an end when the polls close tonight. Both candidates spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith.
J.H. Hines Principal Examines Priorities
Waco NPR is focusing on J.H. Hines Elementary school in the Waco ISD system this year, and today we continue our conversation with Principal Archie Hatten, who told KWBU's Derek Smith that the new building is just one area that's contributing to a better learning environment for their students.
Candidates for McLennan County Criminal DA, State Rep. for Dist. 56 to Speak Oct. 19
Candidates for McLennan County Criminal District Attorney, Abel Reyna and John Segrest and for State Representative, District 56, Charles "Doc" Anderson, John Mabry and Neill Snider will be speaking on the upcoming election.
A Prairie Home Companion Returns To The Big Screen
A Prairie Home Companion is coming back to the big screen!Featuring the boot-stompin', heart-breakin' songs of Old Crow Medicine Show, the sweet sounds of Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, some smoldering honky-tonk from Joe Ely and soulful duets with singer-songwriter Andra Suchy, plus lots more! Join us for two hours of non-stop fun on the big screen.
Busing Result of "Good Problem" For J.H. Hines Elementary
Throughout the year, KWBU-FM is checking in with JH Hines Elementary School, looking at the issues faced by a Waco ISD school throughout the year. KWBU's Derek Smith visited with their principal about their most immediate issue: busing.
Mart Student Overcomes Rare Condition to Play Football
A rare heart condition wasn't enough to keep an area player off the football field. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Oral History Nonprofit StoryCorps to Come to Waco
KWBU 103.3 Fm Waco's NPR is partnering with StoryCorps to bring the stories of our community to life. Be apart of the conversation of a lifetime with this oral history documentation project coming to the Greater Waco area.
MCC Political Analyst Examines Home Stretch of District 17 Congressional Race
The 2010 midterm election is in the stretch run, and the Texas-17 Congressional Race is shaping into the showdown that many pundits predicted. Today we take the first of a two-part look at the tenor of the race with MCC history professor Ashley Cruseturner.
Waco High Standout Holds Strong Despite Loss of Grandmother
A Waco High football standout hopes to follow in the footsteps of his NFL-playing brother. But staying on track meant sticking together after the loss of their grandmother, the woman who raised them. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco Symphony Internship Program Allow Students To Be Professionals, Part 2
The Waco Symphony Orchestra, which kicked of its 2010 season this week, features an arrangement of students and professionals that is unlike any other in the world of symphony. In addition to allowing students to grow musically, it also helps prepare them to be a professional. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco Symphony Internship Program Allows Students To Be Professionals, Part 1
When the Waco symphony opened its season last night, 20 of the coveted slots were filled by students who are getting an education more than just music. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
New Personal Safety Technology Emerges For Cell Phones
Women, it's likely at some time or another you've felt a tinge of fear walking to you car alone at night or coming home to an empty house. If a person confronted you with violence, would you have a plan? Would you have time to call 911?
Greek Fest Brings More Than Food To Table
Although you might get varying accounts, it's thought that for nearly two decades the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Waco has hosted a Greek Festival for the community. More than great food and entertainment, it's a tradition that speaks to giving nature found in Greek Orthodox culture.
Pain Worth The Price For Football-Playing Father And Son
Broken bones and torn ligaments didn't deter former Baylor standout Ronnie Lee from a long NFL career. That example ensures that a torn ACL and pain won't deter his son from pursuing that same goal. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Higher Ed's Role In Democracy Theme Of Starr's Inauguration
Judge Ken Starr was officially inaugurated as president of Baylor University on Friday, where he addressed the role of education in a democracy and the cost of higher education. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Women's Skate Team Gets Down and Derby
Within the past few years roller Derby's popularity has seen a resurgence, and Central Texas now has its very own competitive roller derby team. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Scholarship Initiative Aims To Make Baylor More Affordable
A new scholarship initiative announced today/yesterday at Baylor seeks to help students fight the rising costs of education. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Redistricting Spectre Looms In Midterm Election
Do you know what important issue will be shaped by this year's midterm elections? An issue that will affect everything from the state budget to power in Washington? KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Reicher Relishes Opportunity To Play Local Public School
Coaches often preach not getting too up or too down for any one opponent. But when a private school takes on a public school in football, does it take on added significance? KWBU's Derek Smith visited Reicher High School to find out.
Foreclosures On The Rise Locally
A large number of properties up for auction is emblematic of the rising tide of foreclosures in McLennan County. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Football Opens Following Summer Scare
A year removed from a disastrous injury and a few months removed from the near-dissolution of their conference, Baylor football kicks off a new season tomorrow. And Baylor administrators know that people are waiting to see how the Bears will respond. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Free Dental Care Makes Waco Residents Smile
One way to make people smile is to provide dental care that's absolutely free, and nearly 1000 people turned out this weekend to take advantage. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Professor Explores Colleges' Moral Development Role
What is the responsibility of universities across the country to help their students be "fully human"--people of moral character? There's a great deal of disagreement. Baylor professor Perry Glanzer's new book "Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education" examines the issue.
Imagine Waco Presents Revised Vision
It may take several years and citizens' hard work. But a new vision for Waco is well on its way to fruition. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more
A Player Reaches For Football Field Despite Rare Condition
When Brian Pullen takes to the field for China Spring tonight, fans will see a 290 pound sophomore on the defensive line. But his family sees a lot more. They see a miracle. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
J.H. Hines Principal Looks Ahead To New Year
J.H. Hines Elementary in East Waco is a case study in the type of school and types of students that area leaders are targeting to strengthen in the coming year. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with Principal Archie Hatten.
New J.H. Hines Elementary Opens To Students
Columns, puzzle pieces, and pods. The new school year brings about a new era at the brand new JH Hines Elementary School in East Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
New Lights Harness Human Intuition To Promote Safety
You may have noticed flashing yellow arrows driving around town on Bosque or MLK. It's a minor change, but it could be a trend--using our own inherent tendencies and reactions to get us to be more cautious on the roadways. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Volunteers Wanted For Succesful Area Reading Program
Area educators are hoping that you'll consider donating your time to a reading program that shows remarkable results in preparing elementary students for middle school and beyond. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Games of Texas Return To Waco Next Year
Thousands of amateur athletes and their families spent the weekend in Waco, participating in the Olympic-style Games of Texas at various locations around town. The Games may be done today, but theyÍll be back next year. KWBUÍs Derek Smith has more.
Games of Texas Bring Lone Star Olympics To Waco
They bring thousands of athletes and millions of dollars to Waco. They include sports like swimming, track, softball--even boxing and table tennis. They're the Olympics of the Lone Star State. But have you heard of the Games of Texas? KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Osler Heralds Change in Crack Powder Sentencing Laws
When President Obama signed into law the fair sentencing act, it changed federal guidelines for sentencing those with crack cocaine with penalties 100 times greater than that of powder. It represented a victory for law professor Mark Osler and people who fought along with him for the change.. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Creating A "Field of Dreams" Is Year-Long Process For Waco Little League
Starting July 30, Waco will host hundreds of little leaguers and their families, all thrilled to be one step away from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. When they step between the lines, they won't know that a year's worth of work has gone in to making sure that a pristine field and green grass are part of the experience. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Participants Gear Up For 2nd Annual TriWaco
This Sunday, nearly 1000 people will be swimming in the Brazos River. These will be participants in the TriWaco triathlon as they begin the first leg of the race. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport.
Edwards, Flores Ready To Make Pitch To Central Texans
KWBU concludes a week-long look at the District 17 race with predictions about the tenor and strategy leading up to election day. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Political Climate Threatens Democrats Locally and Nationally
Waco NPR continues its week-long look at the district 17 congressional race with a look at the political climate in 2010 and votes affecting this race. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
With Superintendent's Resignation, Waco ISD Begins Search For New Leader
Waco ISD begins the search for a new leader following Monday's announcement that Superintendent Roland Hernandez had taken a job in Corpus Christi. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Edwards' Political Career A Model Of Resiliency
This week, KWBU News is examining the 17th congressional district. Anti-incumbent sentiment is prevailing nationwide, and experts say Chet Edwards could be in for the fight of his career. But they also say he's a model of resiliency and a very unique case study. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
2004 Re-districting Could Impact 2010 Showdown
Waco NPR 103.3 fm continues to examine the factors shaping the 17th congressional district and the upcoming race between 20 year incumbent Chet Edwards and his GOP challenger, Bill Flores. The current incarnation of the district is only 6 years old, having been mapped in 2004 for the purpose of electing a Republican. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
"Outlier" Congressional District Shapes Race Between Edwards and Flores
This week, KWBU looks at the factors shaping the District 17 Congressional race, where incumbent Chet Edwards is being challenged by Bryan Republican Bill Flores. It's a race and district that many are calling one of the most intriguing in the nation. Today we look at the district's history. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Autistic Children Hit Developmental Milestones in Camp Art Class
Each summer in Waco, the Association of Retarded Citizens puts on a camp for children with special needs. It's an opportunity for the kids to have fun, socialize, and work on projects that meet their developmental needs. They do this all under the watchful eyes of people who know what it takes to help these children. In one classroom, autistic children are learning art, a skill that gives them more than drawings to take home. KWBU has that story.
Waco Officials Among Those Exploring Healthy Student Eating at School Lunch Convention in Dallas
How do you get students to eat their veggies and trade salty junk foods for healthy meals? School nutritionists may have found some answers at their national convention this week in Dallas. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports that a little culinary camouflage goes a long way.
Unclaimed SNAP Money Could Curb Hunger, Stimulate Economy
Having more people on the program formerly known as food stamps as a means to spur economic development may sound paradoxical to some, but local leaders say it is indeed the case. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
With "Endings" Made, Local Filmmaker Works To Get Movie In Front Of Audiences
Baylor professor Chris Hansen's movie "Endings" will be screened at film festivals this summer and beyond. It's part of a process that every independent filmmaker handles. You've got a movie, but how do you get it out there? KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
"Endings" Embodies Challenges, Excitement in Creating Independent Films
Baylor professor Chris Hansen's movie "Endings" is playing to audiences at various film festivals this summer. It's part of a continuing process that an independent filmmaker and full-time worker has to navigate to get his movie made and get people to see it on a limited budget. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Cameron Park Celebrates History, Tradition Throughout Centennial Summer, Part 2
2010 is the Centennial summer at Cameron Park, with events continuing into the fall. Today we take the second part of our look at the history behind main areas of the park as KWBU's Derek Smith visits the Mouth of the Bosque and Lover's Leap.
Cameron Park Celebrates History, Tradition Throughout Centennial Summer
It's the 100th anniversary of Cameron Park, and the beginning days of summer are a great time to explore some of the park's landmarks. Over the next two days, we'll hear the background of some of the most frequented areas of the park. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Law Professor Examines Kagan Hearings
Baylor law professor Mark Osler weighs in on the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Former First Lady Signs Memoir In Waco
Former First Lady Laura Bush was in Waco yesterday signing copies of her new memoir. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Opt-in Overdraft Protection Rule To Take Effect
If you haven't received one already, it's likely you will see a letter from your bank regarding new rules passed by the Federal Reserve Board last November that will take effect in the coming months. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Baylor Athletes Aid Jigger Victims On African Mission
Twenty-eight Baylor athletes traveled to Kenya on a mission trip and were moved by the experience. Washing the feet of Kenyans infected with jiggers made a lasting impression. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
YMCA Offers Adaptive Aquatics
Alec Sanchez is a young man with a passion for swimming. It helped him overcome obstacles in his own life and now he uses his knowledge as a swim instructor to help those with special needs. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has the story.
Baylor, Rivals Remain Intact in Big 12
This week's announcement that the Big 12 will hold together brought a palpable sense of relief to the area following a week of rumor and speculation. In addition to the economic benefit to Baylor and the Greater Waco area, the decision also preserves decades of tradition and rivalries. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
NPR's Carl Kasell Shares His Story With KWBU Members
Longtime NPR anchor and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me judge Carl Kasell visited with KWBU members yesterday as part of the station's 10th anniversary celebration. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Dupuy Reflects On Time As Mayor
Virginia DuPuy's term in office was eventful, with the Greater Waco Education Alliance and community development at the forefront. She visited with KWBU about her time in office.
Starr Addresses Baylor's Future in Big 12
The future of the Big 12 athletic conference is in limbo as the decisions made by several schools in the coming days will have a major impact on Baylor University. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco public radio station KWBU-FM sets new schedule
Fans of Waco public radio station KWBU-FM (103.3) will find evening opportunities to hear programs like cultural talk show "Fresh Air" and "Prairie Home Companion" while losing the classical music show "From The Top" and American music programs "American Routes" beginning this week.
Midway Sends Out Longtime Coach With A Title
Sherry Rogers began the Midway softball program 18 years ago. We visited with her as she headed into her final weekend as head coach, with her players looking for a storybook finale: a state championship in their coach's final game. It was a goal they pulled off, claiming Midway's second softball title. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Starr Assumes Helm of Baylor University
Ken Starr officially took over as the 14th president of Baylor University yesterday, and said the cost of education will be a key focus as he begins his term. Waco NPR's Derek Smith has more.
Hasan To Appear In Court For First Time
The first military courtroom hearing for the man charged in the Fort Hood shootings is Tuesday. The hearing for Major Nidal Hasan is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding to determine if the case should go to trial.
Communication Plays A Key Role in Childhood Development in Waco
The "silo effect"--different stakeholder groups staying in their own silos and not engaging with other community groups--has served to paralyze more than one city's efforts for real change. However, Waco organizations have made a concerted effort to overcome this obstacle in the school system.
Study Finds Impulse Grocery Buying Not Always Random
A study conducted in local groceries finds that shoppers plan for the unplanned expenses--mostly. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Fight Brewing Over the Future of the State Board of Education
The Texas State Board of Education is scheduled to take a final vote on the state's social studies curriculum standards on Friday.The Republican majority on the board says this is an opportunity to correct a liberal bias in teaching history others say the board is injecting politics into the classroom. In light of the controversy there's a growing effort to reform the board.Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies reports.
State Board of Education Considers Social Studies Change
DALLAS, TX (KERA) - The State Board of Education this Wednesday discusses the Social Studies curriculum that'll be taught in Texas for the next 10 years. Some worry it's too conservative, pushed by far right trustees. But KERA's Bill Zeeble reports others say it's not, and it's right for Texas.
Gift Boosts Students in Medical Humanities
A one-of-a-kind program combining literature, philosophy, and economics into the study of medicine at Baylor will offer more student scholarships after receiving the remainder of a half-million dollar gift yesterday. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
TECEC Study Helps More Than Just Children
Continuing our series on issues related to the McLennan County Childhood Quality of Life Study, we look again at how local agencies play a role in providing a human face to the data and seek to help children be ready to learn as they enter school. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Area Organizations Shape Quality of Life Study
KWBU-FM continues its look at issues related to the McLennan County Childhood Quality of Life Study with by focusing on how individual organizations in the community are working with the Coalition to improve the likelihood that students will perform academically.
Baylor Law Professor Weighs In on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan
President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court contains a number of interesting considerations says Baylor Law Professor Mark Osler, including how it shapes the religious makeup of the court. He spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith.
KWBU-FM Presents Carl Kasell of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me
103.3 KWBU-FM is proud to welcome Carl Kasell, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me scorekeeper, to Waco at 12 p.m. on Monday, June 14 at the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center.
ATTN: KWBU-FM Listeners
Are you having trouble listening to KWBU's over-the-air radio broadcast because of interference?
Pre-Natal Care Important Community Issue From Quality of Life Study
KWBU-FM continues its look at issues studied in the McLennan County Childhood Quality of Life Index today with a focus on efforts at the Family Health Center to convince young parents to take an active role in their child's health in underserved neighborhoods. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Quality of Life Study Has Broad Focus, With Three Important Areas
In our continuing look at the McLennan County Childhood Quality of Life Study, today we discover the factors that leaders determine to be the most critical areas of focus in the coming years. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
TECEC study aims to give complete picture of child resources
We continue our look at the McLennan County Childhood Quality of Life Study, a report that will shape the focus of community educators and leaders in the coming years in their quests to prepare Waco children to be effective learners in school. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
TECEC Study Examines Childhood Life Quality
What is the quality of life for children in McLennan County, and what factors are most important to preparing children to reach their learning potential? The answers start early in life, and a study released examines just that in the Greater Waco area. KWBU will take a continuing look at the report over the coming days, starting with today's story from Derek Smith.
The Grove Holds Texas-Sized Auction
2 months ago The Grove, TX celebrated its annual homecoming, but it was also a farewell. Moody Anderson who had owned the town (and its contents) for 40 years, had set to auction it off in April. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport was at the auction.
KWBU TV To Cease Operations
KWBU-TV will be ceasing operations at the end of the month after a budget shortfall was unable to be overcome. KWBU-FM will continue to broadcast as it currently does. KWBU news has more.
A Message From Joe Riley, President of KWBU
We've been preparing our budgets for KWBU-FM and TV over the last two months, and there's a gap between projected revenue and expenses for the next fiscal year. We've been talking with our partner, Baylor University, and for the coming year Baylor has pledged the same financial support as they provided this year. But that is their limit.
Black Glasses Highlights Student Filmmakers
A Baylor University film festival is now inviting the community to be a part of sharing in the works of talented students. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Marketplace Returns to 103.3 KWBU-FM
WACO, TEXAS April 15, 2010 -- Public radio station KWBU, 103.3 FM announces plans to air Marketplace, an entertaining high-energy program on world business and finance from American Public Media. Marketplace will begin airing weekdays, at 6:00 p.m. beginning Monday, May 3, 2010 following NPR's All Things Considered.
PBS Presents 'When Families Grieve': A Talk, Listen, Connect Initiative
Tonight KWBU TV presents a special episode of 'When Families Grieve', part of a multi-part series that reaches out to families with young children, in the military and the general public, helping them cope with challenging transitions in their lives. It's also part of a larger outreach project.
Flores Takes Runoff, Will Face Edwards in General Election
Bill Flores won convincingly in yesterday's GOP primary runoff and will now face Chet Edwards in the District 17 Congressional race. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Runoff to Determine Edwards' Challenger
Today's runoff election will determine whether Rob Curnock or Bill Flores face off against Chet Edward's in this fall's District 17 Congressional Race. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
CPRIT Awards Grant to Baylor University Researchers
Representatives of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas were in Waco Monday to present a $200,000 grant award to two Baylor University scientists. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Visitors Eager to Share Stories at The Gospel Cafe
People come by the dozens when the doors open for lunch at The Gospel Cafe, a place where community builds as the food is served. KWBU's Derek Smith wraps up this series at the house that inspired this spring's One Book One Waco selection.
Waco's Gospel Cafe Serves Up Love One Meal At a Time
Author Lisa Wingate felt that the work done at Waco's Gospel Cafe necessitated a story, told in the book "The Summer Kitchen," this spring's One Book One Waco selection. Who are the people who make up The Gospel Cafe?
Archbishop Gomez Moved to LA
With one decision from the Vatican - Texas losses its archbishop and Los Angeles gains a coadjutor archbishop.
Archbishop Jose Gomez was named today as the successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony upon his retirement.
Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies has the story.
One Book, One Waco Author Inspired by Gospel Cafe
A beacon for the needy in Waco inspired a Central Texas author to write a story about a house providing hope for a neighborhood. Now that story is brought to the community as the spring's One Book, One Waco selection.
2010 Census Submissions to Affect Local Non-profits
With the census deadline arriving Wednesday, workers will be canvassing neighborhoods to ensure that all residents fill out a form, as required by law. Local non-profits are also encouraging residents to participate, as a few completed forms can mean the difference between receiving or missing out on federal dollars.
Audit Points to Food Stamp Application Woes
The state agency that runs the Texas food stamp program wanted a blueprint for how to improve the way it does business. Tuesday, it got one.
Safety Experts Urge Cell Phone Ban For Drivers
Road safety professionals expect Texas lawmakers will introduce bills banning cell phone texting while driving. 20 states already have the kinds of laws that could be filed in the next legislative session.
Comeback Win Sends Lady Bears to Final Four
Baylor fans are making Easter plans for San Antonio after a stirring comeback win over Duke last night propelled the Lady Bears to the second Final Four in program history. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
'One Book, One Waco' Selects Waco Inspired Novel
The spring edition of "One Book One Waco" kicks off with an event at Waco Hall this evening, featuring a book inspired by a Waco institution. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Men Conclude Historic Season, Women Look to Advance to Final Four
The second half of Baylor's dual-showdown with Duke takes place tonight as the Lady Bears battle the Blue Devils in Memphis. For the men, a record-setting season fell just short of the final four with a loss to Duke in the final minutes. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor's Sweet 16 Run A Dream Come True
The tournament success of the Baylor men's basketball team has been a long-time coming for those associated with the program through the dark days. John Morris, Wes Bailey, and Chris Fuentes are three such fans with different perspectives. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Court Turns Back Texas Schools Lawsuit
A federal court ruling forcing Texas to overhaul its bilingual education program has been overturned. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the state may now be off the hook. But that means individual districts, could now be sued.
Baylor Women Begin Tournament at Full-Strength
When the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team opens up NCAA tournament play against Fresno State tomorrow, they'll finally be taking the floor with their whole complement of players, including Melissa Jones. KWBU news has more.
Grant Means Hotter Food for Meals on Wheels Recipients
A grant from the Walmart foundation will allow Meals on Wheels to provide hotter meals to the elderly in Central Texas. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor's Tournament Run Begins at Home for Carter
The Baylor men's basketball is now in New Orleans to prepare for tomorrow's NCAA tournament game against Sam Houston State. It's a meaningful trip for the program and its fans, but for one senior who helped lead the team to New Orleans, it's a homecoming. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
WASPs Finally Honored With Congressional Gold Medal
Years of work by Wacoan Deanie Parrish and her daughter Nancy culminated Wednesday as the Women Airforce Service Pilots were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. Now, participants are hoping the recognition opens up their stories to history. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco Woman Recognized for Historic World War II Service
Today, a groundbreaking group of women who served their country in World War II will be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol. Wacoan Deanie Parrish will be among them. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Hippodrome To Finish 2010 Season
The Waco Performing Arts Company has announced that they will complete the final shows of the season at the Hippodrome. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
DPS tells Spring Breakers - Stay Away from Mexico
Spring break is a chance for college students to put away the books get away from campus - but if they cross the border the DPS says those students could get a lesson in drug gang violence. Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies has the story.
Baylor Receives Largest Gift in School's History
A record-setting gift announced today will propel Baylor's medical research in the decades to come. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Curnock, Flores Look Ahead To Runoff
GOP Congressional candidates Rob Curnock and Bill Flores will continue the primary season in a runoff for another six weeks. They told KWBU's Derek Smith their thoughts on the continuation and their plans going forward.
17th District Republicans Face Runoff
Republicans in Texas' 17th congressional district will face a runoff election following last night's primary. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
New State Requirement for First Time Drivers License
A new state law goes into effect today that toughens the requirements for getting a drivers license. The intention is to make the streets safer. Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies has the story.
Central Texas Town To Be Auctioned
Money talks and if you've got it you can buy a little piece of Texas history, or rather, a big-little piece of Texas history. In April, a small Central Texas Town and it's contents will go to the highest bidders.
CPS Deaths Up
The number of child abuse and neglect related deaths reached an all time high in Texas last year. As KUT's Nathan Bernier reports, the state is still trying to figure out why.
Hippodrome Closes Its Doors
A perfect storm of events, a down economy and cancelled performances has put The Waco Performing Arts Company's theater operations are on hiatus until further notice including tonight's performance of One Night of Queen. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Baylor Law School Presents People's Law School
Central Texans can get questions about real estate, traffic tickets, and more answered without a trip to an attorney. The Baylor University Law School is putting on their 5th annual People's Law School this Saturday morning.
Baylor Intorduces Kenneth Starr As Incoming University President
Tuesday afternoon, Judge Ken Starr was introduced as the fourteenth president of Baylor University. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
NASA Explorer School Program Lets Kids Reach For The Stars
When you think of NASA you might conger up images of the Hubble Telescope, a Mars Rover, or American Astronauts on the Moon. But NASA also has a close relationship to public education through the NASA Explorer School Program. Two central Texas Schools, G.W. Carver Academy and West Ward Elementary in Killeen, were deemed NASA Explorer Schools in 2004, and their continued connection with NASA still enriches students' learning.
Baylor Names Ken Starr as Fourteenth President
Baylor is set to introduce Ken Starr as its fourteenth president, ending a year and a half-long search to helm the university. Starr, who has served dean of the law school at Pepperdine University for the last five years, is best known as the special investigator whose work led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor Professor Urges President To Make Principled Commutations
A Baylor law professor who successfully argued for change cocaine-sentencing guidelines in front of the Supreme Court is now drawing attention to the issue of Presidential sentence commutations. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Political Expert Examines Texas' Gubernatorial Primary
Continuing our primary election coverage on KWBU-FM, we focus today on the gubernatorial races. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with McLennan County Community College political science professor Ashley Cruseturner.
Political Expert Examines Texas' Congressional Primary
KWBU's primary election coverage continues as we look at the state of Texas primary races with just under 3 weeks remaining before election day. KWBU's Derek Smith visited with MCC history and political science professor Ashley Cruseturner about the state of the races.
STAAR Test to Replace TAKS
Over the next couple of years Texas schools will embark on one of the biggest changes Texas Education has seen in the last decade, a transition that requires an overhaul of state standardized tests and school accountability systems.
GOP Candidates State Their Case to Face Edwards
Five Republican congressional candidates, all vying for the right to take on Chet Edwards in the election this fall, squared off in a debate last night in downtown Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Closing the Literacy Gap--PBS Show Makes Reading Cool
Nationally, 27% of public school 4th graders score below basic reading levels, and children in low-income families hear an average of 30 million words less by age three than those in middle and high income brackets. The PBS Kids show The Electric company attempts to close the literacy gap between low and middle income families and improve reading skills among children.
Planting Urban Gardens Unites Community Members
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a day off but a day of service, community service. For some Waco citizens this means getting very dirty. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more on what one area organization is doing to commemorate MLK Day.
Carl Kasell Reflects on Career
In the two weeks since legendary NPR newsman Carl Kasell retired from Morning Edition, he's found himself getting more sleep but not necessarily finding himself having more free time. He spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith.
Fort Hood Addresses Soldier Mental Health in Weeks After Shooting
Two months after the Five-November tragedy at Fort Hood, the installation is using the tragedy to address behavioral health care among its soldiers, while preparing for soldier deployments, including that of its Commanding General, Robert Cone. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Area Organization Brighten's Student's Holiday with Books
A Storybook Christmas has spent two decades giving free books to schoolchildren throughout the county each Christmas, working to improve and promote literacy in the region. Thursday they delivered books to students at one area school. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Much Needed Interstate Expansion Project Comes to Waco
Interstate 35 is going to be changing in McLennan County in the next few years, and the Texas Department of Transportation is urging residents along the interstate to come to public meetings tonight and tomorrow. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Winter Tradition Continues with Waco Symphony's Holiday Pops
An area Christmas tradition returns tomorrow night with the Waco Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco Mammoth Site Opens to the Public
68,000 years of protection from mother nature, plus about 30 more with the help of the Waco community allowed the bones at the Waco Mammoth Site to finally be introduced to the public on Saturday. KWBU's Derek Smith and Jackie Deavenport were there.
Waco Gears Up for Holiday on the Square
A Waco Christmas tradition will be without one of its key components this year, but organizers are working to fill the void for the city's annual Christmas kickoff, Saturday's "Holiday on the Square." KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
National Day of Listening Inpires Storytelling
National Day of Listening from Storycorps and National Public Radio encourages people to take an hour on the day after Thanksgiving to listen to someone-an elderly relative or neighbor--ask them questions, and allow them to share their story. Listeners are also encouraged to record their subject's story for posterity. Storycorps hopes many of these stories become family heirlooms in the long-term, while encouraging conversation and story-telling immediately. The first National Day of Listening was a success last year, and more are hoping to get on board in 2009. The hope is that the stories of many individuals are not lost.
Block Playing Helps Kids Learn Math, Language Skills
Research says blocks play a critical role in early language and math skills. Blockfest demonstrates these findings, and it's part of the Waco Education Summit going on this week. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport reports.
Youth Find Lack of Safe Entertainment Venues in Waco
What do Waco teenagers do on a Friday or Saturday night? Many people who work with youth in Waco say there's a lack of fun and safe things for teenagers to do. KWBU's Anita Pere has more.
KWBU Speaks with Christy Rost
Chef and home-design expert Christi Rost shares Thanksgiving-themed cooking tips, and explores the history and renovation of her 19th century Colorado mountain estate in the PBS special "A Home for Christi Rost". It airs on KWBU-TV this Thanksgiving, and KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport talks with Christi about her passion for family, friends, food and entertaining at home.
Children Reading Below Grade Level More Likely to Struggle, Drop-out
The 2nd annual Greater Waco Education Summit gets down to business today, focusing on on key areas of youth development and examining the role that various community groups can play in advancing the educational environment. One major area of focus for educators is reading development. And teachers in Waco, spurred by renewed emphasis from the summit and the Greater Waco Education Alliance, are focusing on helping students read at grade level by the time they're 8 years old. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
H.O.T. Storytelling Guild Keeps Oral Tradition Alive
The art of story telling is not lost in Central Texas. The Heart of Texas Story Telling guild
meets every Saturday to keep the beloved tradition alive, and they have a special event this weekend.
KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
KWBU to Host Community Feedback Meetings
KWBU would like to invite the Central Texas community to attend a KWBU Community Feedback event this November. Because we value your opinion, KWBU is reaching out to individuals in the Central Texas area.
Questions surround Ft. Hood shooting's suspected gunman
The religious roots of the alleged gunman in Thursday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood are beginning to draw scrutiny, along with questions about how much officials knew. KWBU's Derek Smith spoke with soldiers and officials at Ft. Hood.
Mourners gather for Ft. Hood Memorial Service
After spending the last few days sorting through Thursday's tragedy at Ft. Hood, mourners gathered yesterday to honor and remember the fallen. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
Local musician to appear on From the Top
When KWBU and Baylor University bring From the Top to Waco on Wednesday, one local teen will be showing off her talents on an instrument that many associate more with country than classical. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Edwards addresses Ft. Hood shooting
Congressman Chet Edwards released a statement Monday addressing the shooting at the military base that was part of his district for more than a decade. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco VA Mental Health Experts Discuss Fort Hood Shooting, Demands of Job
Some attention has been placed on the fact that the gunman in yesterday's Ft. Hood killings, major Nidal Malik Hasan, was an army psychiatrist. KWBU spoke to Dr. Susie Gulliver, director of the Center for Excellence at the VA hospital for dealing with mental health issues, as well as psychiatrist and Air Force Reservist Dr. David Tharp about the demands of the job.
Central Texas cyclists "Ride for Relief"
A team of cyclists will be making their way through Central Texas on farm roads as they cover over 200 miles in 2 1/2 days. The bikers are raising money for the World Hunger Relief farm. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport was there at the beginning of their journey this morning.
NPR correspondent Jim Zarroli speaks in Waco
NPR financial reporter Jim Zarroli was in town this week, speaking to Baylor students, professors, and KWBU members about a number of topics. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
City's interactive map aids developers, businesses, and residents
Some of Central Texas' natural beauty, rock escarpments and hilly landscape, is also a geological landscape that can cause problems for builders and homeowner's foundations. However, one local city now has an innovative online resource to aide developers and property owners.
Screenplay writer Derek Haas speaks with KWBU on his new book and website
What does the new novel Columbus and the Web site popcornfiction.com have to do with Baylor? KWBU's Anita Pere has more.
Philanthropist Paul J. Meyer Passes
Long-time Waco businessman and philanthropist Paul J. Meyer passed away today after a battle with cancer. KWBU's Jacqueline Deavenport has more.
Texas Collection dedicates 4 Texas Historical Markers on Baylor campus
Memories, history, and tradition are an important part of homecoming at Baylor. As Baylor celebrates its homecoming's 100th anniversary, the state of Texas will now recognize 4 sites on Baylor campus, some over a century old.
Organizations sleepless as parade approaches
With the homecoming parade just about 24 hours away, members of Chi Omega and Phi Kappa Chi spent the last night into the wee hours to get their float done in time for judging prior to the parade. KWBU's Derek Smith continues our look at what goes into making the signature homecoming parade floats.
Baylor organizations balance money, time, effort in building homecoming floats
2009 marks the 100th anniversary of Baylor University's Homecoming and the associated parade. KWBU is following a sorority and fraternity as they build one of the signature floats in a competitive field for the homecoming parade in the final frantic hours before the float must be completed tomorrow morning.
Baylor Greek life prepares for 100th Baylor Homecoming Parade
One of the nation's largest collegiate homecoming parade will wind through the streets of Waco this Saturday. Attendees will enjoy the floats, the ambiance, and the history; a lot of Baylor students put in months of work to make it memorable. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
KWBU-TV to air Baylor University Homecoming Parade
WACO, TEXAS - KWBU-TV will broadcast the 100th Annual Baylor University Homecoming Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the nation, with live coverage from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Encore presentations will air on KWBU-TV at 11:00 p.m. that evening and Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
Baylor University joins iTunes U
Baylor University students and faculty have a new platform for showcasing university productions. It's iTunes U, and it's a part of iTunes designated for podcasts produced at universities.
Texas physician links education and health
A prominent Texas physician is spreading the message that education equals health, and vice-versa, speaking to students and educators in Waco yesterday and today. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
From the Top Comes to Waco in its 10th Anniversary Season
From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, comes to Baylor University's Jones Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. to tape a radio broadcast in its 10th Anniversary Season.
Author Roger Rosenblatt Encourages Others to Tell Their Story
Award winning writer Roger Rosenblatt delivered a lecture at Baylor today on storytelling. But the focus is not on his illustrious career; rather, it's telling our own stories as individuals. He spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith.
NPR launches new online local journalism venture with CPB and Knight Foundation funding
Washington, DC - NPR will launch a new journalism project to develop in-depth, local coverage on topics critical to communities and the nation, in a new effort funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the groups announced today.
Baylor study looks at nature of clergy sexual misconduct
The largest ever study on clergy sexual misconduct was conducted at Baylor, and it is receiving attention from a number of national outlets, including NPR. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Waco may become part of National Parks system
Ken Burns' documentary "National Parks: America's Best Idea" continues nightly this week at 7 on KWBU-TV. Thanks to the work of a number of people in the community, the city of Waco is closer than ever to becoming a part of that national park system.
Mammoth site National Monument bid passes House
On Sunday, KWBU-TV begins airing Ken Burns' latest project, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," running all week. Locally, decades worth of work have put Waco closer than ever to becoming a part of that National Park Service.
China Spring High School students get a "Dose of Reality"
High school assemblies educating students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse are not uncommon, but Thursday one local high school got a "Dose of Reality."
KWBU receives national award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
WACO, TX -- KWBU, Public Broadcasting for Central Texas, has received a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Change of command at Ft. Hood
There was a change in command at Fort Hood yesterday, as Robert Cone took the reigns from former Commanding General Rick Lynch. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.
6 consecutive years - Texas is nation's repeat brith-rate leader
For a sixth consecutive year, Texas leads the nation in the repeat teen birth rate. ChildTrends, a Washington based research group, reports that 23% percent of Texas girls who become pregnant will become pregnant a second time, prompting many to question the effectiveness of current sex-ed programs. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
From the Top wins two Emmys
From the Top won two Daytime Entertainment Emmys, one for Outstanding Children's Series and another for Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing.
BU football kicks of 2009 season
When the Baylor football team kicks of its 2009 season at Wake Forest on Saturday, it does so with a buzz from fans and media that haven't surrounded the program in some time. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Baylor professor's book focuses on faith messages in U2 music
A Baylor professor who has written extensively about the intersection of faith and pop culture in American life has turned has sights on one world-famous band, U2.
Chet Edwards meets with Waco medical professionals on health care reform
Congressman Chet Edwards held a meeting with medical professionals at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Wednesday morning discussing health care legislation. Edwards gave brief opening remarks and spent up to two hours answering questions.
McLennan Community College dedicates new science building
McLennan Community College cut the ribbon yesterday of a new campus centerpiece, the MCC Science Building. The new building is the crown jewel of the three new buildings constructed at MCC this year. A tax hike provided funds for the facilities.
The 14th Annual Margarita and Salsa Festival returns to Waco
The 14th annual Margarita and Salsa Festival is just around the corner, there's a new music lineup alongside the familiar food contests. Kevin Fowler will headline the musical portion, and the popular judging and people's choice contests pit restaurants and individuals against each other for food and drink superiority.
Local colleges share in job training
Local college partnership will provide workers with training in job-specific skills, computer programs, and leadership.
Local workforce commission engages in finding jobs, training
The Heart o' Texas Workforce Commission is actively engaged in not only helping people find jobs now, but increasing their viability through such training. Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says this sort of partnership is vital in helping Texas and the nation lift out of the recession.
Workforce Commission presents grant to McLennan Community College and L-3 Communications
The chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission was in Waco Wednesday to present a grant for a job training partnership between McLennan Community College and L-3 Communications. He spoke to KWBU's Derek Smith about the job climate in Texas.
City planners talk to community about downtown Waco revitalization
Hundreds showed up at a city meeting yesterday where city planners working with Waco articulated the steps necessary to revitalize downtown and revitalize the riverfront. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Study finds processed meats cause cancer
Hot dogs are a staple of summer, but one organization says they should be avoided because of their link to cancer. The Cancer Project is a non-profit organization that examines the role of nutrition in cancer occurrence and prevention. They've started an ad campaign urging people to completely avoid processed meats, with hot dogs being the main feature.
Baylor Law professor examines Sotomayor hearings
Baylor law professor Mark Osler spoke with KWBU's Derek Smith about the Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, and the nominee process. Osler graduated from Yale Law School, the same law school as the nominee, and he has a similar background working in a district attorney's office.
Martin Luther King III speaks at Waco town meeting
The son of the famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was in Waco with his organization, Realizing the Dream. Wrapping up 3 days of work here in Central Texas, this non-profit hopes to glean information to combat poverty by interacting with the Waco community.
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Local WW II hero recognized for trailblazing role
Wacoan Deanie Parrish, was interviewed on "All Things Considered" after the WASPs were awarded with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Wasps flew in World War II as part of the historic Women Air Force Service Pilots.
Veteran's Affairs Hospital's rennovation to improve veteran metal health care
Yesterday, The Waco VA Hospital broke ground on a building renovation, making more room to treat veterans for acute psychiatric illnesses. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
Native plants help improve Lake Waco water quality
Results show that native plant species, planted by volunteers last month, have improved the water quality in Lake Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith has more.
"The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and PBS Announce Major Changes
Enhanced broadcast and digital content will offer more options for audiences looking for trusted news source in evolving media landscape.Changes include new name, dual anchor format and online correspondent. New format to launch in September 2009.
New statistics help Education alliance improve early childhood development
The Greater Waco Education Alliance began a roll-out of early childhood education data in McLennan County yesterday as the region seeks to understand the factors shaping area youth. The Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition--or TECEC--has spent the past 4 1/2 months gathering data.
Entertainment acts needed for Waco Cultural Arts Fest
KWBU, Central Texas Public Media, is looking for entertainment acts for children to perform on the KWBU Kid's Stage during the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, September 19 and 20, 2009.
Joe Riley named president and CEO of KWBU
Joe Riley, Vice President Director of Television for Maine Public Broadcasting Network, has been named President and CEO of Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, effective May 4th. In his new capacity, Riley will provide day-to-day leadership for Central Texas PBS and NPR affiliates KWBU-TV and KWBU-FM.
KWBU ceases analog transmission
KWBU, public broadcasting for Central Texas, licensed to Waco, because of technical difficulties with our transmitter, ceased analog signal transmission on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, fourteen days before the official deadline of February 17, 2009.