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Monster Size Catfish No Danger to Ecosystem

Because of the wettest winter and spring in years, east Texas lakes are at last back to their normal levels in most areas. "Full Pond", as state hydrologists say.  That means the fishing is better than it's been in years, and the State Parks and Wildlife Department is busy restocking the public lakes and waterways with all kinds of fish, including catfish. BIG catfish.

Officials recently released more than three dozen monster size blue catfish weighing 40 to 90 pounds into Lake Livingston, and they say there's no reason for concern about what the fish might to the fish populations or the ecosystems in the lake or downstream in the Trinity River.

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New ETex Fish Hatchery Plans Open House

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold an open house at the new John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery near Jasper on Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th.

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Neches River Rendezvous Getting Close

Outdoors enthusiasts should starting making plans now for the 15th annual Neches River Rendezvous on June 2nd.  This 10 mile canoe trek down the Neches River is growing in popularity and attracts more participants every year.

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Seen Any Snakes in East Texas Lately? They’re Starting to Emerge

With the nice spring weather more people are starting to spend time outside, and the right combination of rain and sun also means snakes are happy, and they’re being spotted in greater numbers.

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TransCanada Changes Keystone XL Pipeline Route

The developer of the Keystone XL international pipeline has identified a new corridor that goes around the environmentally sensitive area where the Ogallala Aquifer provides drinking water for millions of people in Nebraska and several other midwestern states.

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Bracing for a Major Allergy Season

Ah yes spring is in the air, and so are all those things a lot of people are allergic to.  Spring in the Piney Woods is always tough on people with allergies, but there's an usual profusion of allergens in the air this year, and those who specialize in such things say we're all in for an especially "sneezy" and miserable allergy season.

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New Theory: CO2 Makes You Fat

Don't laugh. This is serious stuff.  Researchers in Denmark have announced a theory that may not only explain why people all over the world are getting fatter and fatter, but it could also serve as a warning of serious consequences for life on Earth if pollution caused by CO2 emissions isn't reduced.

The theory states that CO2 -- carbon dioxide -- contributes to making us fat.  Oh please.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Hits Legal Snag in Texas

A Lamar County farm family has stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline project dead in its tracks. The farmer has been granted a temporary restraining order that will stop the pipeline at her farm's property line while lawyers on both sides argue the issues the family has raised

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