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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.


Act Locally Waco

May 22, 2015
Ashley Bean Thornton

It’s Memorial Day weekend so to help sift through all the events coming up, we’ll be talking to Act Locally Waco director Ashley Bean Thornton. But before we discuss this weekend's events, we'll talk to Thornton about the history of the local newsletter and how it got started.

This is the first in a weekly series on events taking place in and around the Heart of Texas. You can hear it every Friday during All Things Considered. 


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Waco Police have counted more than 300 weapons from the Twin Peaks shootout that left 9 dead, and 18 injured Sunday afternoon. That includes 118 handguns, 157 knives and even an AK-47 tucked away in one of the vehicles in the restaurant’s parking lot. Earlier this week Waco Police spokesperson Patrick Swanton said officials had picked up most of the evidence, including the scores of weapons found, bullet fragments and shell casings.

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On Tuesday, North Carolina mattress manufacturer Kingdsown held the grand opening for their hundred thousand-square foot facility. The company invested just under $2 million revamping the old U.S. Postal Service sorting center on Imperial Drive.


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Information revealed today is shedding light on the events leading up to and after the deadly shootout in Waco this weekend.


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The bonds for the 174 bikers charged with engaging in organized criminal activity have been set at $1 million each. 


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Sixty-two years ago today a major tornado struck Waco – killing 114 people, seriously injuring 145, and causing roughly 50 million dollars in damages. The event would become the deadliest tornado in Texas history. 


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