Mclennan County

Dustin Drew

COVID cases are on the rise in Waco and McLennan County.  As KWBU’s Dustin Drew explains, local hospitals are full and are starting to have to make critical care decisions.

Waco Mayor, Dillon Meek along with county health officials and community leaders held a virtual press conference on Wednesday morning, all urging people to get vaccinated.

The Waco McLennan County Public Health District COVID website, says that only 44% of the people in McLennan County over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated as of August 24th, and there were 263 new cases of COVID.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Kelly Craine

Jul 10, 2020
Sam Cedar

Kelly Craine’s daily routine has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but she’s not new to urgent health issues. Through the years, she has kept the public informed about anthrax, Legionnaires’ disease, brain-eating amoebas, and more. Craine, Public Information Officer for Waco-McLennan County, is this week’s guest on KWBU’s Central Texas Leadership Series. This conversation was recorded July 7, 2020.  

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A solar farm in Robinson may soon be online as construction is scheduled to be completed this fall. 

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McLennan County prosecutors announced Tuesday they were dropping all remaining criminal charges from a 2015 shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 20 injured.


Today is the last day to register to vote in order to cast your ballot on Election Day next month. Texas – along with 11 other states – have their deadline for registration today.

Mosquito Tips and What You Need to Know about Zika

Aug 9, 2016 (CC BY 2.0)

Across Texas, there have been some 96 cases of the zika virus reported so far. Locally however there have been none. In this conversation with KWBU David Litke, the health manager for the Waco-McLennan County Health District, talks about the virus and the measures you can take to ward off mosquitoes.

County Health Assessment Shows New, Persistent Concerns

Jul 6, 2016
Waco-McLenan Community Health District

The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for McLennan County was released today and shows 6 areas of concern and provides a general overview of the county’s health. According to the 2016 assessment, mental health services are the leading health priority for the county, followed by chronic illness, obesity, access to care, prenatal care and tobacco use. 

Behind the Story: Why Do(n't) We Vote

Mar 18, 2016

In this episode of Behind the Story, we'll take a look at the March 1st joint primary election results here in McLennan County. After that we'll revisit a conversation with Pat Flavin, an assistant professor of political science at Baylor University. We talk about political behavior and why voter turnout can be predictably low in local elections. 

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Today's Super Tuesday and here's everything you need to know in order to vote today in McLennan County.

Early Voting Starts Today

Feb 16, 2016
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Today as early voting begins, Texans across the state will head to the polls to cast their votes in this year’s joint primary election.

Apart from the 2016 presidential race, registered voters have plenty to consider.

Locally, voters will potentially elect a new County Sheriff, as incumbent Parnell McNamara faces Waco police sergeant Patrick Swanton and pastor Willie Tompkins.

Also up for vote are seats in the County commissioner race in precincts 1 and 3.

Election-Day Rundown: What You Need To Know

Nov 3, 2015
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Today is Election Day, and voters across the Lone Star State will be asked to weigh in on seven constitutional amendments. We’ll take a closer look at those propositions and just exactly what they mean for the state. After that, we’ll have a rundown of some of the local ballot items in McLennan County.

Behind the Story: Elections and Why Do(n't) We Vote?

Nov 2, 2015
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This is Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we talk about all things elections. After a brief look at the November 3rd ballot items at a state level and local area elections, we’ll talk with Pat Flavin, an assistant professor of political science. We talk about political behavior, why voter turnout can be predictably low in local elections, and how voter turnout might look next year. 

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.

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. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling on same-sex marriage as early as June 25th. KWBU’s Carlos Morales reports on what that would mean for McLennan County.