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. 


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. 


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.

Carlos Morales

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.

Carlos Morales

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

Carlos Morales

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


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. 


Growing up Tarisma Helms says education was never really a priority – her mother had a 7th-grade education and her father wasn’t around, still she knew she wanted to continue her schooling and become a nurse.  But the challenges of higher education – tuition, purchasing textbooks, transportation, studying – were all compounded by the fact that Helms is a single mother of 2 children. 

Courtesy of Robert Cervantes

Election day is this Saturday and up for grabs in the City Council race are seats in Districts 2, 4, and 5. KWBU sat down with the candidates to discuss issues facing their district. In the District 5 race both incumbent Kyle Deaver and newcomer Robert Cervantes are vying for the the City Council seat