Take a moment to imagine the Texas you’d like to live in twenty years from now. In this vision, are the rivers stagnant? Boat docks abandoned? Swimming holes dried up?

If you said no, you’re probably not alone. And yet that is exactly the future we as a state say we aspire to, through a democratic process that few Texans know or understand.

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The City of Hewitt continues construction on a restoration project in one of the city’s Parks. City officials say the $200,000 amphitheater will work  as music venue and potentially become a wedding destination.  

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This weekend Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced he was authorizing the adjutant general of the Texas Guard to arm National Guard personnel at military facilities across the state.

The move comes after an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga that left 5 servicemen dead.

In a press release the Texas governor said, “it is with a heavy heart that I issue this order.”

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In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series: Reverend George Johnson, Jr., pastor of the St. Paul AME Church and recently retired Assistant City Manager for the City of Waco. Hosting the conversation is Elizabeth Smith, community volunteer and former executive director of Waco's Cooper Foundation. 

This conversation was recorded June 30, 2015 in the KWBU studio. 


There's plenty to do this weekend and Act Locally Waco director Ashley Bean Thornton is back in the KWBU studio to give us the latest on what's happening in the Heart of Texas. You can hear Act Locally Waco each Friday during Morning Edition and in the afternoon during All Things Considered on KWBU.

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Immigrant Detention Centers in Texas are starting to release some mothers and their children. That's because Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made some changes earlier this week to the way mothers and children are detained. KUT's Joy Diaz reports immigrant advocates are calling the changes a victory – though – a partial one.

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The Ebb and Flow of Immigration.

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Interesting biography of a great post war satirist, humorist, and storyteller. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In the last year, the Waco Fire Department has responded to 21 fires that were “suspicious or intentionally set.” And now they’re asking for the public’s help. KWBU’s Carlos Morales has more.

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A military training exercise called “Operation Jade Helm” starts today across the country and in Bastrop. Military exercises happen all the time.  But this one gained a lot of attention when conspiracy theorists started protesting it, calling it part of a takeover by sinister forces in the Government. Those voices grew so loud that Texas Governor Greg Abbot even decided to send in state observers to monitor the operation.  So KUT’s Mose Buchele visited Bastrop to see how people there were feeling about the operation.