This June, Muslims all over the world will fast from sunrise to sunset and spend more time engaged in worship as part of Ramadan. For KWBU, Sakina Haji reports that in Waco, there's a modest Muslim community that gathers to pray together and break fast, or iftar, every night in Ramadan.


It’s been one year today since the deadly Twin Peaks shooting that left 9 dead; nearly 20 injured, and saw 177 people jailed on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. Since then there’s been a slow drip of information about exactly what happened. 

We don’t really think much about trash. It’s just part of our everyday life - we throw things out when we’re done with them. But here in Waco, there are lots of reasons to give new life to some of the waste we generate. For KWBU, Michael Incavo has more on Waco’s recycling program. 

Last August, the Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy opened its doors to an inaugural class of nearly 80 students. These high school juniors and seniors came from 10 area districts to take classes that would help them prepare for a career in the health care field. 

In 2013, the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy opened its doors to an inaugural class of nearly 70 students. Since then that number has more than doubled. The school's administration sees this growth as a reflection of the resurgence of vocational education. The high school juniors and seniors that attend the academy learn about things like robotics, electronics and even get welding experience. 

Welcome to Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we’ll hear more from a conversation KWBU aired in December. We talked with Kathleen Tyson, who spent her last years at Baylor researching Waco’s crime rate. Tyson examined long-term trends of violent, property, and index crimes in Waco between 1930 and 2013. 

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This week, the Waco City Council approved the application for a federal grant that would help with costs incurred during the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout.

What the 1993 Waco Standoff Can Teach Us About Oregon

Jan 6, 2016
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National conversation about the Oregon standoff has had a tone of bemusement at the rural ranchers who would believe that what they’re doing is in defending the Constitution.

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You may have noticed what appeared to be white chunks of ice floating in the Brazos river this week. While winter is coming, it isn't that cold in the Heart of Texas for that to actually happen. So what's the deal?

When you hear the phrase "makerspace," you can probably take a guess at what it all means. It’s space where you make things, but it’s not quite your parents’ workshop class. Yeah, there are tools and a workbench, but there’s also a lot of high-tech gear - and it’s all recently come to Midway Independent School district.

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