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Texas Highway Could Be Named After Chris Kyle

There's already a memorial in this Texas town dedicated to the man that the movie, American Sniper, was based on.  And now Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would name part of a highway after Chris Kyle.

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East Texas Has Five of the Best Food Festivals In Texas

All we really need to be happy in Texas is a food festival.

From pecan pie to tamales, East Texas has several of the best small town food festivals in the state, and they're all coming up in the next two months.  Which one is a must-do?

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What’s the One Thing Visitors Should Do in Lufkin?

Texas didn't make the Top 10 on the list of bucket list states to visit, but it got me thinking about the big secrets that East Texas does offer, and I have to ask.  What's the one thing that's a must-do for visitors in Lufkin?

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New Site Launches to Explore East Texas Outdoors

East Texas is full of opportunities to hike and paddle and make the most of spring, and there's a new website that just launched that will help plan the ultimate outdoorsy weekend.  

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The Most Dangerous Animal in Texas is Smaller Than Your Shoe

If you're going to die from an animal encounter in Texas, it will most likely be with this one. It's responsible for more deaths here than any other animal.  

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The Best Kept Secrets in Texas State Parks; Spoiler Alert

The most crowded spots are not always the best places to take the family for some rest and relaxation.  Sometimes the best times are at the hidden gems that are off the beaten path, like these secret spots at Texas state parks.  Did we miss any?

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Road Work, Delays Coming Up for Busy Lufkin/Nacogdoches Roadways

Motorists in Lufkin and Nacogdoches should prepare for detours and delays soon on Highway 59 South and Loop 287 in Lufkin, and at the railroad tracks on the Southeast Loop in Nacogdoches. 

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Portion of Loop in Lufkin to be Closed Starting January 24th

Thursday morning, during our weekly conversation with Rhonda Oaks from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), we learned that a portion of the Loop in Lufkin will be closed beginning next Tuesday, January 24th. 

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One Texas Pilot Walks Away From a Plane Crash

At least two plane crashes made headlines in Texas this week, and one pilot miraculously walked away.  The others weren't so lucky.

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TxDOT Updates on East Texas Projects, Winter Weather [WATCH]

Rhonda Oaks from the Texas Department of Transportation joined the Merrell in the Morning Show to talk about upcoming and continuing East Texas road construction projects. 

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Texas is Gaining Residents, But Losing Some Too

Overall, people are leaving the East Coast, and flocking to the West.

What does that mean for Texas?

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Shifted Oversized Load Causing Delays on Highway 59

Late this morning (1/4/17), TxDOT officials reported that a tractor-trailer rig had its oversized load shift while in transit on Highway 59 North between Lufkin and Nacogdoches. 

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