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Parents Outraged Over Rhyming ‘Diet’ Book For Teenagers

Messages of good health and positive self-esteem for girls are common themes in books for kids. So why are so many people upset over a rhyming picture book about an obese, unhappy 14-year-old named Maggie?

Well, for starters, they don't like the title:  "Maggie Goes on a Diet."

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Texas History is Crumbling to Dust

It's tragic and true.  All over Texas, original 19th century documents and records that shed light on Texas history are facing an uncertain future because of poor preservation practices and limited resources.  That's the finding of a task force charged with reviewing the situation by the Supreme Court of Texas

The records -- many that are decaying or being destroyed due to a mix of events and conditions -- contain information about famous Texans and ordinary residents during the  historic periods.  For some people, such as African Americans, the records may contain the only information that exists about their ancestors.

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Book Doubts Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children of Slave Sally Hemings

In a book released this week, a group of eminent scholars says it’s highly unlikely that the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence and later became the third President fathered children with one of his slaves.

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Aggies Leaving Big 12 For SEC

After months of rumors, reports, denials and retractions, it does appear that the Texas A&M Aggies are taking steps to leave the Big 12 and move to the Southeastern Conference.

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5 Great Educational Apps for Kids

Ever given a five-year-old with an iPad a dirty look? Silently tsk tsk-ed in your head? Hold onto your judgment for a minute – they're not all playing Angry Birds. In fact, there are tons of apps out there that are all about learning. Here, we round up the best in

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Did You Know it’s National Dog Day?

Neither did we.  National Dog Day was created by the Animal Miracle Network, and it's celebrated every year on August 26th to acknowledge family dogs, and dogs that work selflessly every day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

It also works to focus public attention on the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year.

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School Staff Mocks Perry with Rendition of Hee-Haw Song

They've tried letters, emails, and lobbyists. But this month, a north Texas school superintendent and his administrators found another way to  express their feelings about state budget cuts and standardized testing.

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Longview Area Leads State in Job Growth

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M has released a report showing the Longview metro area of Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties posted a 4.2 percent rate of employment growth for the period of June 2010 through this June.  That's the highest rate in the state.

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