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It's fun to pick on the boys in the office, fun to play music, and fun to talk to you all day at work. Thanks for listening! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska. My whole family still lives there and I love going back to visit them, but I also love Texas. Barbecue, fajitas, and great live music....it's the place to be. I've lived in Texas for 16 years now. Austin, Dallas, and here. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college. (The University of Nebraska...Go Huskers!) I've been on a hundred stations at one point or another. I just love radio. Other things I love....let's see. Blue ink. Black bores me a bit. I love cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce and anything that the two happen to touch. I fall asleep in almost every movie I attempt to watch I have made it through Eat, Pray, Love and Mr. Wright. I like chick flicks. I have an awesome family and love spending time with them. You'll probably hear me talk about my daughters on the air. They're toddler girls who exhaust me, crack me up, and amaze me because I don't think I was ever that smart. I have two miniature schnauzers too. Thanks for stopping by. Now tell me about you.
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Are You Near Sighted? Far Sighted? Screen Sighted?

It's a brand new problem thanks to smart phones.

Since we spend so much time looking at small screens on smart phones and tablets, one researcher says it's ruining our eyesight!  Sort of.  At the very least, more people are having problems seeing things off in the distance.

You can see your apps on your smart phone, but can you still read road signs ahead? Is our screen-centric world ruining our eyesight?

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Pop Culture Has Messed Up the Dictionary

So how do you use the word "literally?"

In the literal sense? That would be the correct way. But it's become so common to use the word incorrectly, it's hard to think of an example of what the correct way would be!

How about this. "I literally ran into your sister this morning," meaning I bumped into her and maybe knocked her down, or possibly crashed my car into her car. Literal meanings are actual and not figurative. You mean it exactly as you say it.

But not anymore!

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East Texas Town Welcomes Filming for a New Bigfoot Movie

Does Bigfoot really exist?  If it does, East Texas might be its home, and many Bigfoot seekers have come here looking for clues, many of which have ended up on Youtube.

Now you may be seeing your friends and acquaintances from East Texas in a new movie about the legend or reality of Bigfoot, depending on which philosophy you subscribe to.  Shooting starts today in Mineola on a movie called "Bigfoot Wars."

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Two East Texas Police Officers Are Considered Heroes

Would you rush into a burning building to save someone?

Two Jacksonville police officers were honored recently for doing exactly that June 15th. The structure was fulling engulfed when police and fire officials arrived, but the officers rushed in once they learned there were still people inside.  And they got them out!

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Ellen Trout Zoo Hatches New Snakes

Earlier this week - on Monday - two rare Louisiana Pine Snakes hatched at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

The zoo says on it's website that Louisiana Pine Snakes are a moderately large species of harmless snake related to the Bull and Gopher Snakes but are found only in isolated areas of west central Louisiana and East Texas. They are thought to be one of the rarest snakes in the United States and are being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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David Becker/Getty Images for The Licensing Expo
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Monopoly Gets Rid of the Jail!

We have no attention span right now.  We want everything quickly, right now, when we want it.

And that means long leisurely board games like Monopoly have decided to change with the times and come out with fast, turbo, express versions of themselves.

Hasbro has decided to take the jail out of Monopoly to speed up the game, since sitting in jail causes one to lose turns and wait to play.  What's Monopoly without the jail?!

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Local Charities to Benefit From United Way Funds

The local United Way is in the middle of deciding how to divy up about $700,000 this year.

Several local agencies have requested the help, and the Angelina County United Way spent much of Tuesday interviewing those groups and listening to them make their case.

Today they're meeting to start making decisions on who gets how much.

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Charges Expected Against SFA Student After Three Friends Died in Accident

We brought you the story in May, about a fatal accident involving a car and an 18-Wheeler on State Highway 315 in Rusk County, and now criminal charges will be linked to the wreck.

State police said the driver of the car that night had been drinking.  Three Stephen F. Austin students were killed in the accident, and the driver, 19-year old Kevin Garcia, was under the influence of alcohol at the time, according to police.

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