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West Unveils Memorial Six Years After Fertilizer Plant Explosion Killed 15

The memorial is about 100 yards away from where the fertilizer plant once stood, and has a reflecting pool surrounded by 15 plaques – one for each person who died.

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If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.


If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help.

Inmates are among the least-educated people in America. That's despite research that shows education is one of the most effective ways to keep people from coming back to prison.

Now, there's renewed interest in giving adults behind bars better access to higher education. A new bipartisan bill in Congress would allow incarcerated people to use federal Pell Grants — designed for low-income students — to pay for higher education, including college classes and workforce training.

The quiet of the late-winter morning is interrupted by a staccato of gunshots.

"Military drills," shrugs Kim Seung-ho, 58, the director of the DMZ Ecology Research Institute, a nonprofit organization that does research on the wildlife in the demilitarized zone, or DMZ — the border area between North and South Korea. A thick blanket of fog seeps over the forested hills on this late-winter morning as Kim stands, searching the horizon for birds, on the bank of the Imjin River just north of Paju, South Korea.

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The tunnel leading to Colombia's most famous church feels more like a byway into the bowels of the earth. It's dark and dank, with a faint smell of sulfur in the air. But after a few hundred yards, the shaft gradually widens to reveal Roman Catholic icons, like the Stations of the Cross and Archangel Gabriel.

And they're all carved out of salt.

Robin Wallace thought her years of working as a counselor in addiction treatment gave her a decent understanding of the system. She has worked in private and state programs in Massachusetts and with people who were involuntarily committed to treatment.

So in 2017, as her 33-year-old son, Sean Wallace, continued to struggle with heroin use — after years of coping with mental health issues and substance use — she thought she was making the right choice in forcing him into treatment.

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Merce Cunningham in 1988.
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The choreographer Merce Cunningham would have turned 100 years old this week.

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Act Locally Waco - Events April 19 - 25

This week on Act Locally Waco , host Ashley Thornton brings us events this Easter weekend as well as several fundraisers like Wild Torch and the annual Family Health Center Gala. There are also several artistic events to check out - including Historic Waco Foundation Spring Lecture on photographer Fred Gildersleeve and events for National Poetry Month.

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Local Poetry during National Poetry Month

4a - 9am

Weekdays on KWBU

Afternoons at 4

on KWBU