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U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock
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The legislation called the Goodlatte 2 bill failed spectacularly in the U-S House of Representatives Wednesday.  Republicans had formed a compromise bill hoping to find an agreement on immigration reform after a previous version failed to pass the House.  But even before the bill was called for a vote, observers predicted its demise.  Texas' 19th District Congressman, Jodey Arrington spoke with KACU's Heather Claborn shortly after casting his own "No" vote.

Heather Claborn / KACU

2018, could be another banner year for Texas' $13 billion a year wine industry. Producers are optimistic that Texas vineyards will out-produce last year’s record 1.8 million cases of wine.  Wine America produced a state by state indepth report on the industry last year.  Texas' totals surprised industry observers.

In the 1980s there were just a couple dozen wineries in Texas. Now, the state is home to almost 350 of them.

Abilene: Storybook Capitol Of America

Jun 8, 2018
Hayden Baggett / KACU

Abilene is the Storybook Capital of Texas, and Storybook Capital of America.  The Children's Art and Literacy Festival unveiled a new statue and kicked off the 7th annual event with a downtown parade.  KACU's Hayden Baggett has more.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Beto O’Rourke started his weekend with a run in Killeen, joined by about 50 supporters.  He then moved on to Temple and Waco where he and his U.S. Senate campaign volunteers knocked on doors.  KACU’s Heather Claborn caught up with him at a town hall meeting in Eastland Saturday afternoon.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Shane Price wants to continue serving the residents of Abilene as it's Place One Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem.  His nine years in office give voters a track record to examine.  He says fixing the city's streets is just one of a number of issues that need attention in Abilene.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Clinton Embry is a newcomer to Abilene's political scene.  He has a lot of questions about how and why the city collects and spends tax dollars and fees.  And he says he wants to serve on the city council to make sure Abilene is being fiscally responsible and accountable to residents.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Bruce Kreitler is the incumbent running for reelection to Abilene's 2nd Place City Council seat.  Residents have been able to look at his record over his first three years in office.  And he says he wants to continue working on the issues that first prompted him to run for city council.  

Heather Claborn / KACU

Jack Rentz is one of two challengers running for the Place 2 City Council seat in Abilene's  May 5th election.  Rentz says he'll bring his experience as a teambuilder to Abilene's City Council.

Sydnee Petty / Alex Terrell Russell Campaign

Alex Terrell Russell is challenging Councilman Bruce Kreitler for the Place 2 seat on Abilene's City Council.  She believes she can bring a new perspective to City Council and represent young professionals and others who may feel their voices aren't being heard.

Texas Health and Human Services / Texas Department of State Health Services

Unofficially, Public Health Officials refer to spring as "Rabies Season".  Animals are more active with eachother and with people and pets.  Brandie Walsh, Health Administrative Specialist with the Abilene-Taylor County Health Department says Texans should take precautions with unknown animals, and report any bites to local officials.

For information on what to do after encountering a wild or rabid animal check out the website for the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Department:

Rolando Diaz / Courtesy of the artist

FaithWorks of Abilene will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a fundraising event on April 24th.  Organizers asked Abilene Christian University alum Rolando Diaz to create a work of art during the Heart & Soul of FaithWorks event.  Diaz's work has been featured in a wide number of galleries and is included in dozens of private collections.  Diaz will paint during the event, and the piece will be auctioned off by the end of the night.

Heather Claborn / KACU

The City of Abilene wants to turn Kirby Lake into a destination for field trips, families and nature lovers.  The City Council's approved moving forward with the first phase of the project; and they're working with a local organization that believes the revitalized lakeside will enhance quality of life in the city.  KACU's Heather Claborn has more.

Lauren Decker / Jody Arrington District Representative

Congressman Jodey Arrington has been lobbying his colleagues to keep funding in the federal budget for the B-1, stationed at Dyess Air Force Base.  He talked with KACU's Haley Remenar about the budget, his efforts to get safety net protections for cotton farmers included in the Farm Bill, and his desire to see tougher work requirements for SNAP, which accounts for the majority of Farm Bill funds.

Haley Remenar / KACU

A new housing project in Abilene aims to help patients receiving regular outpatient treatments who live too far away to drive back and forth from home to the hospital. The non-profit building the community on Hickory Street, just north of Hendrick Health System, offers extended stays in tiny houses to patients free-of-charge.  KACU’s Haley Remenar took a tour of Houses for Healing’s first cottage, which may serve as a model for communities around Texas and the nation.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Energized from March For Our Lives rallies across the nation, thousands of teens say they're ready to stay active, working for tougher gun laws. Last weekend's demonstrations were inspired by high school students in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting where 17 people died.  We have the view from four of Saturday's marches in Texas. We start in Dallas, with K-E-R-A's Bill Zeeble.

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