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2020 | 6 News looks back at the stories that changed the world

6 News normally looks at the biggest national, local, trending, sports and weather stories. But with three major stories dominating the headlines, we had to adjust.

TEMPLE, Texas — 2020 was unlike any in history, which made the annual 6 News Year-in-Review special a little different.

Typically, we look at the biggest national, local, trending, sports, weather and state stories. But with three major stories dominating the headlines locally and around the world, we had to adjust.

The 2020 version still features the top local, trending and sports stories but it also includes a look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the election and the tragedy of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen.

The special airs Christmas day at 5 and 6 p.m. It will also air at 1 a.m. Christmas Eve and 5 and 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

Here's a brief overview of what we'll cover.

TOP LOCAL STORIES

Evening anchor Leslie Draffin looked at the top local stories of 2020. 

The tragic death of Frankie Gonzales. The two-year-old was first reported missing and later found dead in a dumpster. Waco police later charged his mother, Laura Sanchez, with murder.

RELATED: Affidavit: Frankie Gonzalez died May 28, body dumped May 30

The protests in Central Texas sparked by the death of George Floyd and other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement. Temple native Michael Dean was among those killed. Temple Police Officer Carmen DeCruz was charged with manslaughter for Dean's death.

RELATED: One year after Michael Dean's shooting death, family still calling for body cam video to be released

RELATED: Family of Temple man shot and killed by Temple police officer meets with President Trump

RELATED: A retrospective: Remembering Temple's Michael Dean

The other top stories include the Netflix show Cheer shot in Navarro County. The saga involving the never-to-be Temple Aquarium and the sexual assault case against Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman.

RELATED: Navarro College's 'Cheer' coach to join 'Dancing with the Stars'

RELATED: 7 Seas was 'unfortunately, never a viable option' according to City of Temple emails.

RELATED: Falls County Chief Deputy assumes Sheriff duties after charges against Ricky Scaman

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

2020 will forever be remembered for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A virus that started in China quickly spread around the world and changed everyone's normal way of life.

Evening anchor Kris Radcliffe broke down how the pandemic started when it first came to the U.S. and how it changed life in Central Texas.

VANESSA GUILLEN

Weekend anchor Jasmin Caldwell tells the story of Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen.

Guillen was killed April 22 by another soldier on post who then dismembered her body and buried her remains, according to a criminal complaint.

RELATED: Army fires, suspends 14 Fort Hood soldiers over handling of sexual violence following Vanessa Guillen's death

Her remains weren't found until June 30 but the search and calls for justice from her family sparked a massive change on Fort Hood.

By the end of the year, new leadership was in place, 14 leaders had been fired or suspended and a bill designed to protect victims of sexual assault or harassment in the military was before congress.

THE ELECTION

Cole Johnson looks at not just the Presidential election but also the key local and state races.

U.S. Rep. District 17 was up for grabs along with Sen. John Cornyn's seat, who faced a tough challenge from M.J. Hegar.

TOP SPORTS STORIES

Sports Director Kurtis Quillin looks at how COVID-19 changed the landscape of sports beginning with the shutdown of all sports in March.

6 News was there when the Big 12 Tournaments were canceled bringing an end to the Baylor men and women's teams chances for championships.

By year's end, sports had returned but with unprecedented safety protocols at every level, from high school to the pros.

TOP TRENDING STORIES

The news wasn't all bad in 2020. Texas Today anchors Heidi Alagha and Chris Rogers looked at the top trending stories.

From Royal Family news to a Tiger King and a Baby Shark, these were the stories that had everyone talking.

It was a year many of us would like to forget, but as 2021 arrives, let's stay hopeful that better times are ahead.