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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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Texas Mugshots Are Not the Happiest Ones

There comes a point during the arrest process where you've got to make a decision.

To smile or not to smile?

It turns out, Texans aren't too cheery in mug shots overall.  See which state does have the happiest ones, and how Texas compares.

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This Is The Best Way To Save A Water-Logged Phone

Oh, the horror when we jump off the boat into Sam Rayburn Lake, only to realize the phone is still in our pockets!  And sometimes it falls into the toilet and gets soaked that way. Besides panic, what is the first thing we should do?  This method is the best one to save a wet phone, according to the experts.

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Wal-Mart Heiress Rolls Back Prices on Texas Ranches

When houses don't sell, it's usually the advice of the realtor to drop the price.  And dropping the list price on two houses by a combined total of ten million bucks makes them a bargain.  If you're rich.

See where these pricey Texas homes are, and who is selling them.  Did you even know she lives here?

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Gas is Cheap in Texas, and About to Get Cheaper

Gas prices are averaging just above two bucks a gallon in East Texas right now, and that's about fifty cents cheaper than it was on the 4th of July weekend last year. Road trip on!

Even better news for drivers - gas prices are expected to dip under the two-dollar mark again this fall and they could crater at a level so low we'll be doing a double take.  So how low will they get?

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Rental Scam Hits East Texas

Heads up renters. Don't be swindled out of your hard-earned money.

The scam is not new nationwide, but it might be new to East Texas and it's already hit several people right in the wallet.

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One Texas Town Fights Over Whether A Cat Can Live at the Library

Sometimes cats become residents in Mom and Pop stores, vet clinics, and apparently libraries.  But one Texas town has evicted the resident cat from the library, and now it's got some people petitioning and calling voters to weigh in.  It's not Nacogdoches or Diboll, although we know you guys love your cats.  The cat controversy is happening a little further north and west.

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Lufkin is Hot, But It Could Be Worse

Texas has 15 of the 30 hottest cities in the US, with more than 100 days each year above 90. Ouch!

The hottest city in America has average temps of 106 in July.  Any guess what city that is?  And see what Lufkin's average summer temp should be.

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Fireworks are No Joke. Avoid a Trip to the Lufkin ER This Week.

It's been a year since Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants injured his hand in a gruesome fireworks accident, and he's been doing quite a few interviews lately about he dangers of fireworks.  Have you seen the pics?  They look like something out of the movies. Don't eat first.

Visits to ERs in East Texas will be up this week because of fireworks-related injuries, but you can protect yourself.  Here's how.

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Would a Texas Dad Pay for Newspaper Ad to Find His Son a Wife?

On Father's Day weekend, one dad paid $900 for a full-page ad in a newspaper to find his son a wife.  Without his consent!  See which paper ran the ad, and could this craziness ever happen in Texas?

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Update: A Texas Town Looks For Ways To Honor a Hero

We posted the story recently about the former US Marine who drowned in the Texas Hill Country trying to rescue two teens, and now the City of Bandera is looking for ways to honor him.  

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Texas Is Not a Great State for Teen Drivers

It could be worse, but it could be better.  Texas ranks in the middle when it comes to teen driving in the US, and here's why.  If you've got a teenage driver, you'll want to check this out.

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