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Tribute Today in Houston to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Firefighters from across Texas are heading to Houston to honor fellow firefighters killed in the line of duty last week.  East Texas firefighters are among those headed south to fill Reliant Stadium today at 10am for the tribute.

We mentioned yesterday that the Houston Astros wore patches on their uniforms to honor the four lives lost.  Today, the football stadium will be fill with family, friends, supporters, and members of the Crockett and Lufkin Fire Departments at a public memorial.

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Lufkin Eatery Shines on Popular Television Show, ‘Restaurant Impossible’

If you happened to be hangin' out by the television on Sunday night ( May 26) at 9 p.m., and while channel surfing you came across  the Food Network's 'Restaurant Impossible,' the landscape may have looked familiar.

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East Texans Honor Veterans This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is usually a day to relax at the lake, fire up the grill, or take in a baseball game.

But it's more than a day off.  While we're enjoying the festivities, it's important to remember why we're not at work.  To take time to honor military veterans!

A group gathered in Lufkin Saturday at the Garden of Memories cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and if you were there you probably saw the multitude of flags.  

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Lufkin IHOP Employee Killed By Lightning Strike

Meshell Foxworth was likely on a break outside the Lufkin IHOP restaurant where she worked, when a lightning strike ended her life late Tuesday night.

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Lufkin Gets a NICU

Chances are, you know someone who has benefited from the NICU - that's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.

I have two friends in Dallas who gave birth to baby boys that needed a little extra help getting started in life.  One spent a month in the NICU, and one spent nine days there.  Both are doing just fine now!  One is 7 now and the other just turned 2.  They started out their lives hooked up to tubes and on respirators, and they're just as happy and healthy as every other kid now.

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East Texas Kids Use Construction Project to Overcome Past

YouthBuild students have been teaming up with Nacogdoches County Habitat for Humanity to build a home, and in the process they're learning more than just construction skills.

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Hudson, Lufkin, and Cushing High Schools Tops in Deep East Texas According to Report

U.S. News and World Report has released its yearly rankings of high schools in America as well as breaking them down state by state. Some of the factors that they base these rankings on include college readiness, math and reading proficiency, and teacher to student ratio. 

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Local Company With 100-Year History To Keep Its Name

More on a story we brought you earlier this week...

General Electric is getting more involved in the energy industry and is in the process of buying Lufkin Industries in a deal valued at around $3.3 billion dollars.  The CEO tells KTRE that Lufkin Industries will keep its name.

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