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Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed during the pandemic. A new program from Texas A&M is trying to tackle the problem.

The Empower TeleEcho program aims to mentor doctors in Texas’ rural communities on how to identify and treat substance use disorders.

Sofie Martinez

It seems like it was just weeks ago that kids were getting out of school for the summer.  Now, in a couple of weeks, they will be headed back to the classroom.

The first day of school for Waco ISD students is Monday, August 23rd, and the Waco Police Department wants to be sure students have everything they need to start the school year off on the right foot.

The idea for the first annual Back to School Bash came from Waco’s new Police Chief, Dr. Sheryl Victorian.  She told the staff that,

“I want them to come to our house…”

Powerball Ticket Sold In Waco Remains Unclaimed

Jul 9, 2021
Dustin Drew

They say the number 13 is not a lucky number, but January 13th was a lucky day for someone in Waco, and maybe they don’t know that.  That’s the day all of the Powerball numbers aligned for a ticket purchased in Waco.

The deal is, no one has come forward to claim the million-dollar prize, and officials with the Texas Lottery say the deadline is Monday at 5pm.

According to the Texas Lottery commission, the ticket was purchased at A to Z Wholesale at 3630 I-35 South.  Which does not appear to be your typical convenience store.  I drove by several times to get a comment, but no one was there.  Finally, I saw a car in the parking lot, but the door was locked, as I was walking away, a person came out and told me they could not talk to the media.

The winning numbers are 4 – 19 – 23 – 25 and 49, with the Powerball number of 14.  The ticket matched all five of the numbers except

This Fourth of July, Don't Forget About Your Pets

Jul 2, 2021
Dustin Drew

As Americans fire up the grills and shoot some fireworks, we need to be mindful about our four-legged friends.

Paula Rivadeneira is the executive director of the Humane Society of Central Texas and says that animals don’t like the noise, and will do just about anything to try to get away from it.

“That’s really what we’re worried about. The animals are going to get afraid, they’re going to escape from the yard, they’re going to hurt themselves somehow, so we want to make sure the animals are all protected.” 

Act Locally Waco Returns to KWBU July 2nd

Jun 30, 2021

Back in the 50’s and 60’s the City of Waco used this catchy jingle to promote the city…

“(jingle) We have the best darn folks you’ll ever know make livin really grand, Waco, Waco, that’s my hometown...”

But for listeners of KWBU, it meant the Act Locally Waco segment was about to air, and then COVID hit.  And as events began to get cancelled and postponed, so did the Act Locally Waco Segment, until now.

President and CEO of KWBU, Joe Riley, says it was more than a calendar of events.

Downtown Depot - Kelly Palmer

Apr 16, 2021

In this episode of Downtown Depot, Austin talks with Waco City Councilwoman Kelly Palmer (District 4) about her first year in the city council seat, how she dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the female figures who inspire her daily.

Click here to listen to this episode.

Act Locally Waco - Events November 22 - 31

Nov 22, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, a special Thanksgiving-themed show that will highlight some happenings around town during the holidays. 

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Collin Selman is an indie-pop artist from Central Texas. Selman recently was highlighted on Spotify's Indie-Pop and Fresh Finds playlists for his single 'dayDREAM' - which has over 293,000 streams on Spotify. In this episode Selman discusses how an injury when he was 14 caused him to pursue music, what it's like being an independent artist in Central Texas, the projects he is working on and why he thinks short-form music is not necessarily a bad thing. 

Please note the conversation below was recorded on August 8, 2019. 

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In Episode 65 of Downtown Depot,  host Austin Meek interviews Loren Schwartz. Loren is a financial advisor and the Chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. She recounts how she rose through the ranks of the male-dominated financial industry and why that experience made her a champion for diversity. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Way Limited, a street wear retailer based in downtown Waco and steps into the Chef's Corner for a culinary check-in with Corey McEntyre of Milo.

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On Sunday highway construction from 12th Street to North Loop 340 will begin on I-35. Texas Department of Transportation officials said this tentative five-year long construction project will increase mainlanes, improve frontage roads, ramps and reconstruct bridges and interchanges. 




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For National Poetry Month in April, KWBU is highlighting four local poets to share what influences their work as well as how they entered into the medium.

Our third poet is Isis Lee.

Lee is a local musician, singer-songwriter and poet in the Waco area. She is the organizer and host of the Waco Poets Society and has been published in several magazines including the Stone Circle, Nota Bene and Bohemia. She has also performed in poetry slams and word competitions around central Texas. 

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Elm Avenue in downtown Waco will be closed tomorrow to host the 6th annual Art on Elm Avenue Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can create, buy and appreciate art in a variety of forms from artists of different ages and backgrounds - but this event is more about bringing the Waco community together. 

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For National Poetry Month in April, KWBU is highlighting four local poets to share what influences their work as well as how they entered into the medium. 

You can listen to the special series Tuesdays at 5:44 a.m. and  7:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered. 

Longer posts will be made available for each poet for listeners to hear some poetry and an interview. 

The series begins April 9th and continues each Tuesday through April 30th.


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If you’ve ever needed a ride to the airport, a ball game, downtown destinations or any event around town, chances are you’ve hired a rideshare driver through Uber or Lyft. When Uber came to Waco in 2014, it gave locals, college students and tourists another option to get around town. But it also gave drivers a new way to earn a living and connect with their community. 

Act Locally Waco - Events March 15 - 21

Mar 15, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton tells us about two big weekend events happening downtown - Spring at The Silos and The Texas Food Truck Showdown. She also highlights some events to avoid the expected Downtown mania - and also lets us know what's happening in Waco next week.