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|02/27/2014||Local News - Richland Mall To Get Multi-Million Dollar Makeover (01:48)
It's a reality of the digital age: brick-and-mortar stores have to compete with online retailers. But amidst the battle, Waco's Richland Mall is getting a multi-million dollar makeover. That had us asking, what?s the mall have that the Internet doesn't? KWBU's Ryland Barton reports.
|02/25/2014||Local News - More Than Drums At Baylor Percussion Symposium (02:16)
This weekend is the fourth annual Baylor Percussion Symposium. It's a two-day festival of master classes and new music performances--all on instruments like vibraphone, marimba, drums and vibraslap. And as KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the keynote concert will sound less like marching band and more like Super Mario.
|02/21/2014||Local News - Ancient Apes' Climate Becomes A Little Clearer (03:29)
Scientists haven't ever been able to definitively pinpoint what kind of habitats our evolutionary ancestors preferred. In the past, fossils have often been collected without researching the ancient climate of the area. But two Baylor scientists have made the connection. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, they found early ape fossils in the remains of a prehistoric forest.
|02/17/2014||Local News - Baylor's Equestrian Team No. 2 In Nation (02:34)
The Baylor Bears are the number two team in the nation. But it's not the sports team you'd think it is. KWBU's reporting intern Alex Cubit reports.
|02/14/2014||Local News - AJ Moore Academy Hones Professional Skills (02:20)
Over the past nine years, a tax program at University High School has processed almost 13,000 tax returns. The IRS recognizes it as the largest student-run tax assistance program in the country. KWBU's reporting intern Alex Cubit reports it's part of a program that gives students professional experience even before they graduate.
|02/07/2014||Local News - West Investigation Delayed By WVA Spill (0:59)
The investigation of the West, Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion has been put on hold. Investigators have been rerouted to Charleston West Virginia's chemical spill. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports.
|02/07/2014||Local News - Gov. Candidate Wendy Davis Surprises With Open Carry Support (01:18)
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined Republican candidate Greg Abbot in supporting a proposed "open carry" law in Texas. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry a pistol in full view, while in public. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, Davis' position put her at odds with gun control advocates.
|02/05/2014||Local News - Farm Bill Eliminates Direct Payments, Preserves Safety Net (02:35)
The new Farm Bill puts an end to direct payments to American farmers. Direct payments were once considered to be an important safety net for the unpredictable agriculture industry. But now, the tone has shifted. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports.
|02/04/2014||Local News - Baylor and Kansas NBA Prospects Match Up (02:00)
Tuesday night, four potential NBA draft picks will go head-to-head as Baylor faces off against Kansas in Waco. Kansas is coming off a loss, but Baylor pulled off an upset win over the weekend. And the Bears are hoping to build up some momentum. KWBU's reporting intern Alex Cubit reports.
|01/30/2014||Local News - County Considers Consolidating JP Precincts (02:23)
McLennan County's Commissioners' court is looking into eliminating one of the Justice of the Peace precincts in the county. Proponents say it'll help cut costs and shrink bureaucracy. But others say the costs would end up getting absorbed by other precincts at the expense of efficiency. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports.
|01/27/2014||Local News - 50 Years After Baylor's Integration (02:38)
50 years ago this semester, Baylor became an integrated university. Since then, Baylor's black and minority populations have increased dramatically. KWBU's reporting intern Alexis Cubit asks how far has Baylor come?
|01/24/2014||Local News - Will Zebra Mussels Invade Lake Waco? (02:29)
Zebra mussels have been found in Lake Lavon in North Texas. That's the sixth lake in Texas the invasive species has reached, creating problems for boaters, power companies, and anyone who depends on submerged surfaces that the critters can attach to. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports that Lake Waco might be able to avoid the outbreak with the help of local boaters.
|01/23/2014||Local News - Baylor Tops Out New Stadium (02:27)
Baylor has placed the last beam at the top of its new Mclane Football Stadium. Well, they were supposed to. Wind kept the construction crew from using the crane to "top out" the project. Still, the project is on track and 60% complete. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports that the construction crew celebrated with a big lunch and a raffle and then got back to work.
|01/21/2014||Local News - Baylor's Gospel Collection Heads to the Smithsonian (02:35)
Baylor professor Bob Darden is looking for old records that no one remembers. The music is for Baylor's Black Gospel Music Collection and in the fall of 2015, the collection's going be part of a new Smithsonian museum in Washington DC. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports.
|01/13/2014||Local News - 'Gassing' Ban Could Hurt Rattlesnake Roundups (03:50)
Rattlesnake hunters sometimes use gasoline fumes to force snakes from their dens. It's a controversial practice that's often used to gather large numbers of snakes for rattlesnake roundup festivals. Activists say the practice unintentionally kills underground creatures and contaminates groundwater. Texas Parks and Wildlife is considering a ban. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, organizers for the World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas say a ban would hit their community hard.
|01/10/2014||Local News - Promoting Healthy Living in East Waco (02:39)
East Waco has some of the highest rates of obesity and chronic disease in McLennan County. To try and fix that, the city is funding projects that encourage healthy living in the area. So far funds have been used on projects like bike lanes, community gardens and education programs. KWBU's Ryland Barton reports that two years into the project, the city is trying to find better ways to improve the health of the area.