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Jen Austin

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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People Who Use “Like” and “You Know” A Lot Are Thoughtful and Smart

Surely you know someone that's a "like" overuser and inserts it into places where it would be fine if it was, like, not there.  You know?

I read something today that said people who are constantly inserting the words and phrases "like," "you know," and "I mean," are not ditzy and immature if that crossed your mind.  In fact, they may be more thoughtful than everybody else.

I had a friend once who would constantly say as the conversation was dying down, "I don't know, you know?"  Actually, she had the amazing overall ability to plop in a record number of "you knows" in any sentence.  I swear she could pack ten of those things into an eight word sentence.  It drive me insane!  But perhaps she was onto something.

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Longview Woman Who Posed As A Teen Gets Jail Time

31-year old Charity Johnson was arrested in Longview back in May for posing as a sophomore at New Life Christian School, and in a plea agreement this week learned how she'll be punished.

The story made national news when she was arrested, and it's making the rounds again now that the judge has handed down the sentence.

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Texas Newlyweds Die In Separate Vehicles After Head-On Collision

This is an unfathomable story.

Two vehicles got into a head-on collision this week on an unlined County Road in North Texas, and the drivers happened to be a man and a woman who had gotten married recently.  The crash killed both the husband and the wife, and left three kids without parents.

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NFL Drops Roman Numerals For the Super Bowl. For One Year Anyway.

Do you know what number the Roman Numeral "L" stands for?

Me neither!

And if you know it's 50, good for you.  You're very smart and well-rounded.

The NFL has decided to drop the Roman Numerals for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco in 2016, because the lonely "L" just doesn't work.

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Summer Lunch Program Kicks Off For Lufkin Kids

Now that many kids are out of school for the summer, who's cookin'?

The federal government puts money toward summer lunch programs across the country, and the Lufkin program just got going this week.

That means Monday through Friday, several different locations are serving breakfast and lunch to kids 18-years-old and younger.

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Kids! Mama Got Roped Into Getting Another Pet.

Kids always want a pet it seems. My three daughters seem to rotate the duty of asking for a new pet, even though we have a miniature schnauzer named Harry and he's a good boy and not in danger of losing his role in the family. When I point out that we could just settle in and be content with Harry, they inevitably ask, "Ok, but when Harry dies, can we have a cat?"

I don't know whether to be upset, or just be thankful that they are forward-thinkers who are already planning for the future and setting lofty goals. It's the little things.

I finally caved and bought a fish. I too love aquatic life and supported the girls in their $4 decision to invest in Maddox the Betta. But here's why I'm having pet regret.

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Need to Boost Your Library of Emoticons? Here!

Do you ever feel like you're not using your full emoticon potential?  I do.

To emote in text and email, I usually default to the quick and easy ones like these:

:)

;)

:-D

;-)

Everyone else seems so much better at cyber emoting!  So I decided to do a little research to get better with the cyber winks, and I decided to share what I found.  You may be all over these already.

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