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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 with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Forget the Groundhog, It’s Armadillo Day in Texas

Each year on February 2nd we have to sit around and wait on Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania to know whether we're going to have more winter, or if spring will come early.  Texas has apparently had enough of that nonsense, and that's why we're answering with Bee Cave Bob, the Armadillo.  

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Your Tax Refund Will Come in 21 Days or Less

Despite stories about delays with refunds this year, most of the experts seem to think you'll get your tax refund within 21 days of the time you file.  And if taxes stress you out, you may be able to get some free help in Tyler.

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MyCupcakeAddiction via YouTube
MyCupcakeAddiction via YouTube
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Your Tyler Super Bowl Party Will Feature Cupcakes

While other states are looking for "Oven Mac n Cheese" and "Buffalo Wing Dip," Texas is looking for a guilty pleasure that we might be a little ashamed about. Here's w

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Dumped? Dump Your Ex’s Stuff at a Tyler Goodwill.

If you don't get your stuff back before you break up, you might find some of it at the Goodwill locations across East Texas.  And have you seen how many locations we have?  Holy cow.  Your stuff might be spread out from Tyler to Canton to Marshall. That would take a while to track down.

Valentine's Day is a good time to purge memories of the ex, and one way to do that is to dump the stuff off at a Goodwill location. Lots of relationship leftovers will be donated, and Goodwill loves the idea.

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Will East Texas Catch On to the Cassette Comeback?

Cassette sales went up in 2016, and just like vinyl they could be making a huge comeback.

So it's time to get the Eddie Rabbit and Olivia Newton John out of the attic!  Surely you have those, right?  Ok, too much info.  

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East Texas Football Stars Pick Colleges

This is what they've worked for.  It's the time of year that high school football standouts get offers from colleges, and start to make the decisions on where they'll play football on Saturdays in the fall.

We've got the news on where some of your favorite players might be headed.

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Caldwell and Ellen Trout Zoo in Tyler and Lufkin Making New Additions

The zoo in Lufkin just added a rare baby animal.  And in Tyler, Caldwell Zoo is making a lot of progress and should be finished this spring.

Our zoos in East Texas may not be the biggest in Texas, but they're unique, interesting, and they keep on growing.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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How Do You Talk to the Kids When the Dog is Dying?

This is the worst part of pet ownership.  We've learned that Harry has major health issues and he's in noticeable pain, and we're faced with that big decision that no dog owner wants to make.  How do you talk to the kids about what's coming?

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Tyler Meals on Wheels Could Use Some Help

People tend to feel generous during the holidays in December, but January can be a rough month for organizations that rely on donations.  Tyler's Meals on Wheels program is feeling the pinch, and could use a boost right now.

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