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How An Explosion Investigation Spurred A Call For New Natural Gas Regulations

As the new legislative session gets underway, one Texas lawmaker is trying to change regulations of the state’s natural gas industry, in light of a series of explosions and deaths tied to pipeline leaks that took place over a decade. Full story on Texas Standard .

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Texas has one of the lowest rates of marijuana use in the country, according to a closely watched federal report. Recently released state level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows less than five percent of Texas adults said they had used marijuana in the last month.

Among teenagers, six percent reporting having used marijuana in the last month. That rose to almost 14 percent for the 18-25 year old demographic. Only three percent of adults over 26 in Texas said they had used pot in the last month. The survey data was collected in 2010 and 2011. 

Jim McKeown

An absorbing exploration of human emotions and memories during a retreat at Auschwitz.



Texas lawmakers continue to work on a bill to regulate fertilizer plants storing ammonium nitrate, the main agent in last year’s explosion in West.

Members of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee say regulations in the current draft of the bill wouldn’t go into effect until 2016. 

Gov. Rick Perry's border security surge was under the microscope at the Texas Capitol Tuesday. In two separate meetings, lawmakers tried to get a handle on how much money was being spent, and what the money was being spent on.

Gov. Perry’s office has identified a source for $38 million dollars in state funding that are going towards a deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops and an increase in Department of Public Safety officers in South Texas.

Texas’ newest detention center for immigrant children and mothers opened last week in Karnes City, just 54 miles outside of San Antonio. But less than a week out, the facility’s already garnering scorn from immigration attorneys in Austin.

Those attorneys – the same ones who helped shut down the troubled T. Don Hutto detention center north of Austin in 2009 – take umbrage with the fact that the Karnes facility is run by the GEO Group, a for-profit company with a less-than-impeccable reputation.

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We at KWBU News have been doing a bunch of stories about food insecurity in Waco lately and one of the things we keep coming back to is food deserts. Basically, there just aren’t any grocery stores in central Waco—you’ve pretty much got to have a car to get to one. Pretty much got to have a car…you could also ride the bus. So that had us thinking…what’s it like for people who ride the bus to the grocery store?

Can the U.S. government use social media to combat anti-social behavior? Can America win the online battle for the hearts and minds of potential terrorists?

What happens when a chef, a sculptor and a geologist team up for a culinary stunt? You get a molten lava barbecue.

"Cooking with lava is simply the most spectacular way to grill a 10-ounce rib-eye steak," says chef Sam Bompas, a member of the London-based culinary design duo Bompas & Parr that spearheaded the stunt.

Rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors of an earthquake that rocked southern China on Sunday and that Chinese officials say killed at least 398 people and injured at least 1,800 others.


Act Locally Waco - January 18 - 24

Act Locally Waco Host Ashley Thornton highlights some of Waco's upcoming events, including several plans for Martin Luther King Jr Remembrance Day and the Waco Walks Museum Peek-In on January 20th.

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Saturday at 11am with encores Sunday at 10am and 7pm