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Happy Texas Independence Day – Ya’ll

Today, March 2nd, is Texas Independence Day. The 176th anniversary of the day in 1836, when a group of Anglo colonists gathered at a place they named Washington on the Brazos and agreed it was time for the area called "Tejas" to declare its independence from Mexico.

Today's Lufkin Daily News has an editorial that sums up the meaning and importance of this day as well any we've ever read.  We can't improve on it, so here it is in its entirety.

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US Navy Photo -- USS Houston - 1930-1942
US Navy Photo -- USS Houston - 1930-1942
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Survivors Mark Anniversary of USS Houston Sinking

Today, March 1st, is the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Navy cruiser USS Houston off the coast of Java during World War II.

Some of the handful of survivors are in Houston this week to remember their comrades who didn't make it, and tell the remarkable story of what happened to them as prisoners of war.

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via Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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East Texas May Lose Historic Attraction

A long time east Texas attraction may have to close down because of cash flow problems.  If the popular Texas State Railroad can't get a cash infusion soon and find ways to make money 12 months a year, its managers say it will go out of business this week.

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Historic Prison Rodeo Arena Demolished

Another piece of Texas history is falling under the wrecking ball.  The historic arena where the Texas Prison Rodeo was held for more than 50 years is being demolished to make way for...for...who knows what.  Something to be decided later.

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Birther Alert: Was Eisenhower Born in Tyler?

President Barack Obama isn't the first president to have his birthplace questioned.  A lot of people in Tyler, Texas say President Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President, claimed he was born in Tyler for most of his life.

So how did Denison, Texas get to be known as "Eisenhower's Birthplace"?

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Lawyer Finds Loophole to Keep Houston Astros in National League

A Houston attorney says he has found a way to keep the Houston Astros in the National League.  He says moving to the American League could violate the team's stadium lease agreement with the Harris County/Houston Sports Authority.

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TXDOT Rejects Putting Confederate Battle Flag on Texas License Plates

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has voted unanimously against a proposal to allow Confederate battle flags on vanity license plates.

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More States Using “Robo-Deer” Decoys to Catch Poachers

Nighttime deer poachers beware — that shadowy figure on the side of the road might be a remote-controlled robot -- a "robo-deer."

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