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Jen Austin

Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there. The town really does have one stoplight, along with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I love going back to visit family, but I always look forward to getting back to Texas barbecue, fajitas, and taller buildings! I've lived in Texas for 18 years now, in Austin, Dallas, and here. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and I just love getting to talk to cool people like you every day! And I love seeing how you interact on Facebook too. I love feeling plugged in. Other things I love include sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with Hoda Kotb or Blake Shelton in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, who are in kindergarten and preschool now. The oldest and youngest are separated by only four years. So busy working moms, I can relate!
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Happy Memorial Day! Make Chicken To Impress Your Guests.

Here's an idea, if you feel like branching out from the beer can chicken tradition on Memorial Day.

I've been making Tequila Lime Chicken for years, and it's always a hit and it's easy to make.  The only way to mess up, is if you rub your eyes after handling the jalapenos. That hurts.

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Texas is the Only State That Can’t Spell This Word

It's a common word, but there is one tricky letter combination that trips us up regularly enough that we have to ask Google for help.

Oh, and what's with Oklahoma?  Along with South Dakota and Wisconsin, they have trouble spelling the word "gray."  They must have seen 50 Shades of Grey too many times.

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Convince This Naysayer That Camping is a Good Thing

I just don't get camping.  I don't understand why anyone in their right mind would choose to sleep outside with bugs and critters, when there's a perfectly good bed and a hot shower at home.

Do you love it?  Excellent!  I'd love to learn from you about why it's so awesome, and offer up a few suggestions for places around Texas to help you fuel your love for camping this weekend.  

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Survey Says These Are the Best Places to Get Gas in East Texas

This week might include more stops at the gas station than usual, with the big Memorial Day travel weekend coming up.  Do you have a go-to spot that's your favorite to fill up?

These East Texas gas stations are on the list of the Top 15 in the country.

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What Food Emoji Is Still Missing?

My dad is getting up there in years, but no teenager is going to out-emoji this guy!  He's determined to fully express himself through pics of beer mugs, corn in the husk, and Christmas trees.

By the way, did you hear what emoji might be coming next?  You and my dad will wonder how you survived without it for this long.

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You Might See Self-Service Kiosks at This East Texas Restaurant

Walking up to the counter and ordering a cheeseburger seems to work well, but one fast-food restaurant in East Texas says it plans to put self-service kiosks in all of its locations by the end of 2016.  See which one here, and find out why someone in Tyler will have the final say.

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Rangers’ Player Gets Suspended for Punch

The Texas Rangers' second baseman got really ticked off Sunday when Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays tried to take him out with an aggressive slide.  The punch led to a brawl, and now a suspension from the league.  How long will Rougned Odor be out?

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A Texas Family is Selling Its Housebroken Bison

If you're going to own a pet bison, I suppose it's key that it's housebroken.

If you don't mind a drive across the state, you can buy a pet bison from one Texas couple that's selling a housebroken one. Just make sure your homeowner's association approves before you add it to your Tyler neighborhood.

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