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Texas Ranks Near The Bottom of Charitable States

Are we selfish?  Texans don't volunteer time or give as much money as other states do, but we have a chance to change that today.  It's National Giving Day, and that's why you're seeing #GivingTuesday on social media.

And See how low Texas ranks in terms of the most charitable states.  It's not pretty.

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Lufkin Shoppers Spent Almost $300 on Black Friday

If you bought a 40-inch flat screen TV over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, you matched most East Texas shoppers.

Each of us spent a little under $300 over the Black Friday weekend, but that's only a third of what our holiday shopping total will be.

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Don’t Miss Lufkin’s Christmas Parade Tonight

It's a lot of work putting up Christmas decorations and lights, and we've got the chance tonight to take a break from our own tangled cords and missing bulbs to appreciate the work of some other talented folks.

The Lufkin Christmas Parade is happening tonight, and we've got all the info.

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Ski Resorts Need More Snow

If you're planning a vacation to ski country, you might have to wait.  Thanksgiving weekend is usually a big one for ski resorts, but most of them had to delay openings this year because of a lack of snow.

Some of the projected openings are in mid to late December now.

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Do Something Amazing With Thanksgiving Leftovers

One of the repercussions of creating a huge feast is having an enormous amount of leftovers.  You might be bound and determined to eat and eat until you're sick, but even then you and your family might have a little green bean casserole to spare.

So we don't feel totally guilty about our gluttony, here are some unique and productive ideas about what to do with all the leftovers.  

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This cornbread sausage stuffing will be irresistible at Thanksgiving dinner.
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Is It Stuffing or Dressing? [POLL]

What do you call that side dish made of cubed bread, chicken broth, and maybe some celery and sausage?

See what other people think about what's right and wrong, and then cast your vote to settle this once and for all.

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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Check Out The Black Friday Deals Local To You

Black Friday is fast approaching, and if you don't already have a plan in mind for your super shopping and savings spree, we're here to help.

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Almost Four Million Texans Will Travel for Thanksgiving

Pack some soothing, stress-relieving eucalyptus lotion along with the green bean casserole this week.

There will be more people on the road than during any of the last nine Thanksgivings, according to AAA.

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Random Acts of Kindness Are Happening in Texas

Have you noticed anyone being over-the-top nice lately?  I'd love to hear that story. I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness.

There's no prize involved here, because that would defeat the purpose of the "being-nice-just-for-the-heck-of-it" stories.  So, just for the heck of it, I'll share a story about a random act of kindness that might excite some fast food employees in East Texas, and you can see if you notice anything similar.

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Texas Couples Celebrate 70 Years After Double Wedding

It takes a lot of grit and determination to make a marriage last 70 years!  And love too, we imagine.

Two couples tied the knot at a double wedding in Central Texas several decades ago, and they just celebrated that huge milestone this week.

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Routine East Texas Traffic Stop Leads to a Big Drug Bust

After police in Diboll pulled over a car, they became suspicious enough to call in the drug dogs, and that turned into a drug bust and the recovery of a big lump of cash.

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