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West Remembers 15 Fallen, 1 Year Later

Apr 18, 2014
Ryland Barton, KWBU News

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and injured over 200 in the West. Much of the town gathered at a memorial last night to remember the fallen.

Award-Winning Whiskey From Under A Bridge In Waco

Apr 18, 2014
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The world’s great whiskeys usually come from Scotland, Ireland or Kentucky. But if you’ve ever driven over Waco’s 17th street bridge you’re driving over a new hot spot for the spirit. The Balcones distillery has gotten so many awards, they’re starting to have trouble keeping up with demand. And they’re expanding soon. But they want to stay small--and most importantly--in Waco.

Creating Eureka Moments

Apr 17, 2014


Kissing Frogs

Apr 17, 2014
Ramona McKeown

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore 

 A computer geek, a gnomic bookstore owner, and several friends go on an epic journey of discovery in this hard to close for the night adventure/mystery.

Servant Leadership

Apr 17, 2014

Humble managers create a work environment that fosters staff loyalty and better customer service. 

  The Lover 

Marguerite Duras weaves a semi-autobiographical tale of a young, French girl in French Indo-China after World War II

President Obama Memorializes Fallen Fort Hood Soldiers

Apr 10, 2014
Ryland Barton / KWBU News

President Obama delivered the names of the soldiers behind a three rifles, three helmets and three pairs of boots—symbolizing the fallen servicemen.

Rapoport Academy Renovates Old Paul Quinn Building

Apr 4, 2014
Matthew Rutledge via Creative Commons

Waco’s Rapoport Academy is renovating an old building on its campus. It’s one of the first projects in the Texas Main Street development along East Waco’s Elm Avenue. The school is financing the project with a mix of private donations and help from the city.

Fort Hood Shooter Kills 3, Himself, Injures 16

Apr 3, 2014
Ryland Barton / KWBU News

Four are dead and 16 are injured after a soldier went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base yesterday afternoon. The shooter took his own life after a brief standoff with military police. Officials say the man used a gun bought off-base.

Initial reports of the shooting were foggy. Yvonne Frate, a middle school teacher at Fort Hood, said she had just driven off the base when she saw police cars racing in.

Joani Livingston

The Lost Estate

Alain-Fournier is the pseudonym of Henri Alban, a talented writer killed at the Battle of the Meuse in 1914. This novel tells the story of a mysterious love. 

The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing

Mar 26, 2014
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The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing

There's been a lot of push back against standardized testing in Texas and across the country. Last year Texas lawmakers passed a law reducing the number of state exams a highschooler has to take from 15 to five. Author Ron Berler followed one Connecticut high school as students and teachers agonized over exams over the course of a year. Berler will be speaking tonight at the Baylor School of Education. KWBU's Ryland Barton talked with him about his book, "Raising the Curve."

Oracle CEO Talks Big Data At Baylor Business Forum

Mar 20, 2014
Baylor University

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd was the keynote speaker for the Hankamer School of Business’s forum on Big Data. Hurd talked about how the ability to collect huge amounts of data has changed the way companies do business. And, as Ryland Barton reports, Hurd said we should just get used to companies prying for personal information.

Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

Mar 13, 2014
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Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

The Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken has caused a lot of drama for West Texas ranchers over the years. Agricultural, wind and oil development on the plains has threatened the species, and could force landowners to change their practices. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deciding whether to list the bird as an endangered species.

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