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Jen Austin

Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Texas is Getting Its Butt Kicked By Other States

We love Texas unconditionally, right?  That's good.  Because, to put it nicely, other states are superior in the way they handle certain essential things like roads and jobs, and we've landed at the bottom in several categories.  Ok, we're getting our butts kicked.

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Citronella Doesn’t Bother Texas Mosquitoes

Soon we'll move this party outside, and we'll be camping and fishing and playing golf even more than we do now. Mosquito season will be cranking up too, and it turns out those bugs are onto us, and not bothered by some of our methods to get rid of them.  But don't fear. There is one thing that does work.

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Texans Are Spending Too Much on Cars

It feels good to have a vehicle that you love, but spending a big chunk of your income on a nice ride creates big personal debt problems. And in Lufkin, we rank among the worst in Texas for overspending.  If you're thinking of buying a new vehicle, you gotta read this!

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Girl Scout Cookies Sales Are In Full Swing

You've probably seen the Girl Scouts set up outside different stores across East Texas over the past couple of weeks, and their parents may have passed the order form around the office.  How much longer do cookie sales last?

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Will This Wacky Shower Trend Catch on in East Texas?

What happens in the shower stays in the shower.  Usually.  This little secret is getting out, what many people are starting to do in the shower, and we're wondering if you're doing it in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.  One way or another, we bet you have an opinion on it.

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Fighting Feral Hogs in East Texas is About to Get Nasty

Texas Parks and Wildlife says East Texas has some of the most dense wild hog populations in the state, and they tear up yards and ruin crops every year.  Controlling the feral hog population is about to get real.  Real messy.  See what population control method Texas approved this week.

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Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About This Texas Drink

The name Big Red implies that it's straight out of Nebraska, right?  At least to us Husker alums who view all things though the football lens.

Big Red soda is actually bottled in Texas, by the Dr. Pepper folks, and it was first born here in 1937. Did you know it used to be called "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda?"

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You’re Probably Doing This With Your Tax Refund

Tax refunds are fun money, right? It depends on how you define "fun." It might surprise you what most people are planning to do with the tax refund this year.

And if you're still looking for free tax help in Lufkin, this is where you can find it.  

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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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Don’t Miss This Obscure East Texas Landmark

At first glance it might look like a 10 foot by 9 foot patch of grass.  But the history behind it makes this obscure Texas landmark significant, and if you want to take a pic at that spot, it's not too far from Lufkin.   

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See How Texans are Winning as the Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $310 Million

With no winner Saturday night, the Powerball jackpot has rolled over again and they're estimating it will be around $310 million for tonight's drawing.  Are the odds of winning better in Texas?  See why that may be true, especially with the smaller cash prizes.

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