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Abilene tackled veteran homelessness as part of a nationwide challenge to mayors.  Organizers announced that they had successfully reached the campaign’s goals.

Over a 100 day period, Abilene met criteria set by Community Solutions and the Built for Zero Campaign for Ending Veteran Homelessness, making it the ninth city in the U.S. to do so.

Heather Claborn / KACU

In his State of the City address, Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams highlighted progress and economic growth.  But Williams didn’t shy away from the difficulties he and the city council have faced in recent months.

Mayor Williams started by praising the city council, his department leaders, local religious and community leaders who he says are making big things happen in Abilene.  He pointed to economic development and opportunities for area residents, noting $14,000 of growth in the average household income over four years.

City of Abilene

The City of Abilene has unveiled a new app which will help residents stay in touch with city officials, streamlining the process for reporting issues.  The Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau is updating another app that keeps locals informed on what's happening around town.

Diocese of San Angleo

Catholic diocese around Texas are publishing lists of priests that investigations prove were credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.  Of the 445 priests and 147 permanent deacons who have served in the San Angelo Diocese since its inception in 1961, officials compiled a list of 13 clerics who had credible accusations against them.  The 13 include four priests of the Diocese of San Angelo, eight priests from other diocese who served in the region, and one permanent deacon. The list details the cleric's names, where they held assignments and their status.

Heather Claborn / KACU

 

  

Rural school districts are far away from the bustle of Texas cities and suburbs. But with those wide open spaces come fewer students – and limited access to services and supplies they need. And all that can add up.

Texas school districts make it work through extra planning, and by making tough choices.

Goldthwaite Independent School District educates 553 students. They come from the town – population 1,800 – and surrounding rural communities like Mullin, Priddy, and Star.

Be In Abilene offers local entrepreneurs a chance to claim funds and support for their big idea.  The competition targets businesses that create products, both physical and digital, with an eye on expanding production within city limits.  Justin Jowarski, Executive Director of the Industrial Foundation of Abilene explains the program.

Get answers to your questions, start your application and find out more about Be In Abilene

'NightSounds with Kyle McAlister' Canceled after Racially Offensive Online Posts

 

KACU has decided it will no longer air "NightSounds with Kyle McAlister" after reviewing the city council member's race-related remarks on Facebook.

 

"We condemn these offensive statements," said Nathan Gibbs, general manager of KACU. "While he never said anything like this on the air, he still represents KACU in the community as one of its hosts."

 

Hendrick Renovation Preserves Historic Style

Dec 17, 2018
Laurel Drain / KACU

A historic building in Abilene is being demolished. The Hendrick Home for Children has plans for an $18 million rebuild of its main building, but administrators are committed to preserving the characteristics that make it a landmark in Abilene.

 

ACU’s theatre department is bringing musical production, John and Jen, to the Big Country this week as its Cornerstone production.  First opening in 1995, Andrew Lippa’s musical John and Jen explores the complex relationships between big sister, Jen and little brother John. Senior Musical theatre major Madison Massey plays Jen and Senior Musical theatre major Carl Kimbrough plays John.

Producers say John & Jen is appropriate for audiences of 10 and older.  The shows begin each night this week at 7:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington says he's most proud of his work on the Farm Bill, but disappointed it hasn't passed through congress yet.  In this extended interview he describes his views on the Farm Bill, immigration, the Affordable Care Act, and more.  

For more information on this race check out http://www.texasdecides.org/race-detail.do?id=18418761.

Zane Goggans / KACU

In his first political campaign, Miguel Levario is challenging U.S. Rep. for Texas' 19th district, Jodey Arrington.  The 41 year old history professor at Texas Tech University,  has written a book and chapters for textbooks on the issue of immigration.  He shares his views on this and other topics of interest to voters in the 2018 midterm election.

For more information on this race check out http://www.texasdecides.org/race-detail.do?id=18418761.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Rep. Stan Lambert is running for a second term as the 71st district Representative in the Texas House.  He says voters should send him back to Austin because of his varied experience in leadership roles and the results of his efforts in his first term.

Check out http://www.texasdecides.org/candidate-detail.do?id=18416941 for more information on this race.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Democrat Sam Hatton is challenging Republican Stan Lambert to represent Taylor, Nolan and Jones Counties in the Texas House of Representatives.  He says he would bring a new and different perspective to Austin, coming from a lower-middle class upbringing.

Check out http://www.texasdecides.org/candidate-detail.do?id=18416941 for more information on this race.

 

Heather Claborn / KACU

Welcome to May, Texas, population 285. The only place to grab a snack here is J and H Station, a convenience store and take-out stop in an old gas station. Most mornings, James Hardy, a retired oil field worker, eats breakfast here with the same group of friends.

“Used to be a real town,” Hardy says.

The closest stoplight is eight miles away, and from there it’s another 27 miles to Interstate 20. Traffic that does pass through May has to slow down.

Kieth Perry / International Rescue Committee

The Trump administration has proposed cutting the total number of refugees allowed into the U.S. to just 30,000 next year. It would be the lowest cap on refugees since just after 9/11.  As KACU's Jet Coatney reports, the leaders of an organization aiding 116 refugees in Abilene is concerned.

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