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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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Pop Culture Has Messed Up the Dictionary

So how do you use the word "literally?"

In the literal sense? That would be the correct way. But it's become so common to use the word incorrectly, it's hard to think of an example of what the correct way would be!

How about this. "I literally ran into your sister this morning," meaning I bumped into her and maybe knocked her down, or possibly crashed my car into her car. Literal meanings are actual and not figurative. You mean it exactly as you say it.

But not anymore!

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Category: East Texas News
Jesse Grant/Getty Images For Chili's
Jesse Grant/Getty Images For Chili's
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Chili’s Restaurants Help Cousins Battling Cancer Today

Chili's Restaurants across East Texas today are getting together to help two young cousins, who have both been diagnosed with cancer.  They are from Lufkin, and are only 2 and 4 years old.

Four-year old Hannah was diagnosed first with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and a short time later, 2-year old Allison was diagnosed with the same thing.

To help with medical bills, it's a Chili's Give Back Event today from 11am to 11pm.  You can help the girls with their cancer battle, just by eating at Chili's today.  Click through for the list of participating locations.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images
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We’re Driving Our Cars Longer. How Old is Yours?

There are plenty of new vehicles on the road, but the average age of cars, trucks, and SUV's is higher than you might think.  We're driving our cars longer.

My 2009 SUV is almost paid off, and I'm planning to celebrate that soon and then drive it til the wheels fall off!  More and more people are choosing to have no car payment and are keeping their vehicles longer.

What's the average age among the vehicles on the road?

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Two East Texas Police Officers Are Considered Heroes

Would you rush into a burning building to save someone?

Two Jacksonville police officers were honored recently for doing exactly that June 15th. The structure was fulling engulfed when police and fire officials arrived, but the officers rushed in once they learned there were still people inside.  And they got them out!

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City of Lufkin
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Ellen Trout Zoo Hatches New Snakes

Earlier this week - on Monday - two rare Louisiana Pine Snakes hatched at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

The zoo says on it's website that Louisiana Pine Snakes are a moderately large species of harmless snake related to the Bull and Gopher Snakes but are found only in isolated areas of west central Louisiana and East Texas. They are thought to be one of the rarest snakes in the United States and are being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
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Lufkin Planned Parenthood Closes

It was two weeks ago that the closure was announced.  And now it's happening.

The Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Chapter, which serves Houston, southeast Texas, and Louisiana, has to deal with budget cuts.  And that means Planned Parenthood chapters in Lufkin, Huntsville, and Bryan are shutting their doors.

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Mark Von Holden/Invision for American Honey/AP Images
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Kickball League Launches in Lufkin

If you played kickball in phys ed classes in elementary school, you might be wondering why we can't keep that going now that we're adults. We can!  The Lufkin Parks and Rec Department is making your wish come true.

In fact, the first kickball league games started last night at Kit McConnico Park in Lufkin.

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