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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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McLennan County officials began issuing licenses to same-sex couples this morning after the Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.


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Shortly before 9 o’clock this morning, police spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Swanton says, a fuel tank that was being scrapped at the CMC Recycling plant in East Waco caught fire.


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This morning Waco firefighters responded to a series of fires, which add to the recent string of blazes – some of which have been considered acts of arson.


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Although internationally known cellist Yo Yo Ma’s Waco performance is still more than 4 months away, tickets are going quickly. 


Outside the McLennan County Courthouse on a blistering Sunday afternoon, bikers and supporters lined the streets, many holding signs that read:  “we are bikers not criminals” and “no more massacres in Waco".


It’s been nearly 3 weeks since the Twin Peaks shootout that left 9 dead, 18 injured and put more than 170 in jail for engaging in organized crime and now bikers from across the state and country are gathering in Waco this weekend for what organizers are calling a “silent protest." 

And yesterday The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the McLennan County Jail and the Jack Harwell Detention Center – the facilities where those arrested during the Twin Peaks shoot out are being held. 


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In this next installment of the Central Texas Leadership, KWBU will be talking with recently elected City Council members from Districts 2, 4 and 5. In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series, we speak with District 5 representative Dillon Meek. This conversation between Meek and KWBU reporter Carlos Morales was recorded June 4th, 2015.


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