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Welcome to a special edition of Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. Earlier this week The Texas Tribune held their day-long symposium in Waco, which featured several panels on higher education. You can rewatch all of the panels below, including a one-on-one conversation with Baylor president and chancellor Ken Starr. 

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This is Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we talk about all things elections. After a brief look at the November 3rd ballot items at a state level and local area elections, we’ll talk with Pat Flavin, an assistant professor of political science. We talk about political behavior, why voter turnout can be predictably low in local elections, and how voter turnout might look next year. 


Today, magnolia market opens its doors to the public, after nearly a year planning and construction and more than a million-and-a-half dollars in renovation. Its owners – Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the show “Fixer Upper” – say that on opening weekend, they’re expecting anywhere from 5 to 8 thousand people from across the country to flock to Waco to visit the former cottonseed mill now turned artisan marketplace. 

It's Haloween weekend and there's plenty of scary and not-so-scary events in Waco this weekend and upcoming week. To help us sift through it all is Ashley Bean Thornton of Act Locally Waco.


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In September, the United States announced it would aim to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees, as millions continue to flee the violence in their home country. , The resulting refugee crisis has raised many questions, like where can the displaced go. Is Waco a viable option? For KWBU Avery Lill reports 


This morning at Bledsoe Miller Park, community members gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at what will eventually become the Doris Miller memorial. The event, which took place on what would've been Miller's 96th birthday, is an event that’s been nearly 8 years and 1.35 million dollars in the making.


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Today, the city of Waco rolls out its “coordinated assessment” program, a system designed to streamline and improve access to homeless services in Waco. 


The Maracas Kid was a name you’d probably hear around Waco in the 1950s, but today you’d be hard-pressed to find someone familiar with that name or his story. But Ruben Salazar is hoping to change that with his latest book Shake it down!: A Tribute to Gabino Rodriguez.
 


According to the Waco Police Department, a 48-year-old Waco man who was shot after threatening and pulling a knife on officers has died.


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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.


Dallas-based attorney Clint Broden has released security footage taken from Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant during the May 17th shootout at Twin Peaks. Not much is discernable in the 90-minute video, but you do see law enforcement officials on the scene and more arriving. 

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In just three years, the number of Texas microbreweries nearly doubled, jumping from 59 in 2011 to 117 last year. And in that time, Waco was home to just one craft brewery, which shuttered its doors within a year. But as KWBU’s Carlos Morales reports, microbreweries are setting up once again for a return in the Heart of Texas.


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For the first time in a long time, the night of the Fourth of July in Texas will be red, white, blue – and green. That's thanks to abundant rain so far this year. The lower risk for wildfires means more types of fireworks are available for sale across Texas. And as the Texas Standard's Laura Rice reports, fireworks vendors are seeing more people interested in lighting up the night sky for this year's fourth.


 

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. Act Locally Waco is a new segment you can hear each Friday during Morning Edition and in the afternoon during All Things Considered on KWBU.


The McLennan County clerk’s office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses just a couple of hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday. Now any time a couple gets a marriage license in Texas, there’s a mandatory 72-hour waiting period to get married, and that time was up for one same-sex couple in Waco, who according to local LGBTQ advocacy group InterWaco, had the first legal same-sex wedding in McLennan County.


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