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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 Colleges Aren’t The Best, But Still Good Schools for the Money

This week I heard a co-worker utter the phrase "back to school," and I had to look at my smart phone to check the date.  Really?!  We're on the downhill side of the summer already.

If you're a college student, you may be working all summer to build up some funds for tuition this fall cuz it's dang expensive.  We know we're paying a lot, but are Texas schools worth the money?  You might be surprised about the top Texas school for the price.

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Aggies Have Some of the Best Football Facilities in the Nation

It's almost practice time for college football teams, and the first game is only about six weeks away.  Finally!  We've all been having football withdrawals.

We rarely see the day-to-day, behind the scenes work that the players put in, but we've got a glimpse of the Aggies' workout facility here.  It's been named one of the Top 10 in the country.

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Texas Lottery Players Have Another Big Jackpot to Go After This Week

With a Mega Millions jackpot so huge, you might have hoped that 15 winners would share that insane amount of money, but it turns out one winner gets $540 million after Friday's drawing.  And the winning ticket didn't come from Texas.

But here's why that's a good thing.

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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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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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