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These Texas Spots Are Great Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

No plans yet for Labor Day weekend?

Catching a high school football game tonight, or throwing a Labor Day backyard barbecue are some great last-minute ideas.  But if you want to hit the road for a little bigger adventure, these cool Texas destinations might be just the thing you need to freshen up your social media pages.

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Watch Impressive Detonation of Underwater Pilings at Sabine River Bridge

It's been sweltering across Deep East Texas, but doesn't stop the workers from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The Lufkin District serves 9 counties and here are some of the projects that are keeping them busy. 

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UPDATED – Loop 287 at Denman in Lufkin Shut Down due to 18 Wheeler Accident

UPDATED - 7/26, 9:50 a.m. -  Late last night, the Texas Department of Transportation along with law enforcement were able open most of the  lanes of traffic at the site of the 18-wheeler accident, however...

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Where are the Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in Texas?

First, the bad news.

The Texas Department of State Health Services continues to see an increase in the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in the Lone Star State. 

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Watch Dragon, Baby Tortoise Visit Merrell in the Morning Show

A few times each year, the Merrell in the Morning Show gets a visit from representatives from Moody Gardens in Galveston.  Sometimes, they are able to bring some of their special attractions...

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Texas May Be Awesome, But It Lacks Tourist Destinations

We rock the beer and barbecue in Texas, but when it comes to having the biggest draws for tourists, we're left completely off the "best of the best" list.  We don't have Yosemite or Yellowstone, and the closest "best" tourist destination is about 1200 miles away.  BUT, see why this may be a good thing.

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Road Construction Projects Listed for the Upcoming Week

Hot and drier weather means more and more road construction projects around the Deep East Texas area.  Here's the latest from the Texas Department of Transportation. 

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Here’s How Much a Summer Texas Road Trip Will Cost

I found a handy little calculator that will help us plan the cost of a summer road trip across Idaho or beyond.  It's gonna be cheaper than I thought it would be.

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This Website Reveals the Details of Every Texas Historical Marker

There are literally thousands of historical markers throughout the Lone Star State.  I see them as I travel up and down the highways and streets of Texas, like these two in Nacogdoches, but, like the vast majority of travelers, I see them as a blur.  

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Convince This Naysayer That Camping is a Good Thing

I just don't get camping.  I don't understand why anyone in their right mind would choose to sleep outside with bugs and critters, when there's a perfectly good bed and a hot shower at home.

Do you love it?  Excellent!  I'd love to learn from you about why it's so awesome, and offer up a few suggestions for places around Texas to help you fuel your love for camping this weekend.  

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Kids Put a Damper on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips With These Phrases

It's more than just, "Are we there yet?"  That usually starts in the driveway, and there a dozen other comments and questions that can take the steam out of our Memorial Day Weekend road trips just as quickly.  Here are some of the best zingers from the back seat that stress out parents.

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Survey Says These Are the Best Places to Get Gas in East Texas

This week might include more stops at the gas station than usual, with the big Memorial Day travel weekend coming up.  Do you have a go-to spot that's your favorite to fill up?

These East Texas gas stations are on the list of the Top 15 in the country.

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