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Amtrak Trains May Zip Through East Texas

Have you ever ridden on a train? There's something nostalgic about it, not to mention the fact that it saves wear and tear on your own car, and the hassle of fighting with other drivers to get where you're going.

Might East Texas get Amtrak service? There's an Amtrak route now that runs from San Antonio to Chicago.

And there's a push for Amtrak to extend it's service from Shreveport-Bossier City to Dallas-Fort Worth, which would take the trains right through east Texas and give us a fast track in both of those directions.

How close is it to reality?

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via Facebook/Texas Parks and Wildlife
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Budget Cuts May Force State Parks to Close

Here we go again. The legislative session is coming in January, and we're hearing the usual predictions of budgetary doom and gloom.  This year we are hearing that if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department doesn't get the money it needs, nearly two dozen state parks may have to close.

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TxDOT Rebuilds Lufkin N. Loop Interchange

The Lufkin News reports the Texas Department of Transportation is finally launching a long awaited redesign and rebuilding of the U.S 59/Loop 287 interchange on Lufkin's north side.

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~MVI~ (goes mirror-less!), Flickr
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10 Fun and Romantic Fall Getaways

We tend to associate the end of summer and the arrival of fall with going back to school or getting back to work, as the vacation season is over. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The northern hemisphere contains some pretty remarkable fall destinations, perfect for weekend adventures or even weeklong getaways

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Brussels Plans to Battle Offensive Language With Hefty Fines

Brussels, Belgium, has unleashed a sonic street sweeper into the city, hoping to curb the verbal cesspool coming from the mouths of its citizens and, in turn, make the city a more habitable community for its residents.

According to a spokesperson for Brussels mayor Freddy Thieleman, any form of insult, be it racist or homophobic, offensive language or words used to sexually harass someone in public is now punishable with fines anywhere from $95 to $315.

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TSA Reveals List of Weird and Scary Items Confiscated This Year

We all gripe about having to take our shoes off when we go through airport security, but according to a list of items confiscated this year by the TSA, footwear may be the least of its concerns.

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Nearby Town Named the Oddest in the US

Texas has its share of strange town names.

The state is dotted with towns with names that stand out like, Nimrod, Bug Tussle, Uncertain, Zipperlandville, and Ding Dong.

But thankfully, none of those were singled out by a new article featuring the most unfortunate town names in the US. Findmypast.com gives us the winner – or perhaps the loser in this case. It’s not far away, so maybe you’ve been there.

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The Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets Is Almost Upon Us — Dollars and Sense

With all the fees airlines have been packing on in the past couple years, it may seem that tickets are impossibly expensive.

But there are times when it’s cheaper to buy them — and those times are fast approaching.

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