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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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East Texas Reacts to Kaufman County Killings

The news of the killings in Kaufman is making national headlines, and causing courthouses across the country to question security, and in some cases provide extra security for public officials.

Kaufman is about 135 miles away from Nacogdoches.  Two months ago, Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot and killed on his way from the parking lot to his office.  The investigation is ongoing.  This past Saturday, Hasse's boss, Kaufman County DA, Mike McLelland and his wife, were shot and killed inside their home.

Nacogdoches County is reacting, and ordering some security assessments as we speak.

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Texas Among the Baseball Teams with the Most Expensive Food

It's opening day for most Major League Baseball teams, and that means big bucks at the concession stand.

Have you tried that $26 hot dog at the Texas Rangers' stadium?  That hot dog dubbed the "Boomstick," is a 2-foot-long beef hot dog, smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions on a potato bun.  Even if you break it down into 6-inch portions and share it with your buddies, that monster still costs $6.50 per person.

What do baseball fans around the country pay for concessions, and how does Texas compare?

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NASA Goddard Photo and Video, Flickr
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East Texas Students Learn at NASA

The Angelina College Aerospace Scholars have a connection to NASA now, and it's a kids' toy that has linked them.

The students built a Mars Rover out of Lego's  as part of a competition at the National Community College Aerospace Scholars event at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center recently. The program helps math and science students with problem-solving skills, and has been available to Angelina College students for over forty years.  How do you build a Mars Rover out of Lego's?

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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Underage Drinking Crackdown in Angelina County

You may remember a couple of months ago Angelina County Commissioners gave the Sheriff's office the green light to apply for a grant with the state of Texas to help crack down on underage drinking.  Deputies also got a $10,000 grant to buy portable breathalyzer machines.

The sheriff's office is serious about enforcing drinking laws, and right now they're especially focused on breaking up underage drinking parties.

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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Some in East Texas Are Camping With Purpose

The Texas Regional Rainbow Gathering is underway in East Texas.  Campers have set up tents similar to these, and the event will run for about two weeks.

The Rainbow Family says on its website it's sometimes referred to as the largest non-organization of non-members in the world.  They have no leaders, and no organization.  And they say, "To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn't enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the the Earth. We gather in the National Forests yearly to pray for peace on this planet."

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New Coffee Has 200 Percent of the Normal Buzz

This is something you might be able to file away in the "Is-this-really-necessary" folder.

A new coffee has been manufactured to contain 200 percent of the caffeine of a regular cup of brew.  Comments the company has received say things like, "Where Red Bull gives you wings, this coffee puts rockets on your back."

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Some Bosses Think March Madness Boosts Morale

Much of the first part of this week will not be spent concentrating hard on deadlines and meetings at the office.  Instead, big chunks of time will be spent online, filling out brackets for the NCAA tournament.

It's not just a guy thing....many women are on board with the bracketology at the office, and some bosses even say it's fine with them.  One in five bosses say March Madness boosts office morale, and seventy-five percent of bosses in a recent survey say the NCAA tournament doesn't impact productivity.  

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