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No Homework All Year For These Texas Students

A Texas teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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The Smartest People Don’t Always Stay in Texas

It's a brand new school year and a fresh opportunity to get good grades.  But will the best and brightest in Texas stick around after graduation?  

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Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media

If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started.

As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and get to class

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This is the Poorest Town in Texas

Every state has cities where the money seems to flow more easily than others, and the spot in Texas that has the most trouble getting on its financial feet is in the southern tip, near McAllen and Brownsville.

In other words, there IS opportunity in Tyler and Longview.  We're not the richest cities in Texas, but not the poorest either. 

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Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This

School starts next week in Tyler and all across East Texas, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.

How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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Cowboy and Texan Fans May Not Like This NFL Season

It's just five yards, but it might have a big impact on Cowboy and Texan NFL games this fall.

It's a little rule change that some coaches are saying might make the game more dangerous.

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This East Texas Spot May Have the First Pumpkin Spice Drink of the Fall

You know it's coming.  The pumpkin spice explosion.  It usually happens around Labor Day, but one East Texas restaurant might beat everyone else by releasing the pumpkin spice latte on this August date.

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How Far Does a Hundred Bucks Really Go in Texas?

We should feel rich in Texas. Compared to Delaware anyway.

One hundred dollars goes a lot further in Texas than it does in other places.

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School Starts Two Weeks From Today in Tyler

Classes start in August 24th in Tyler, and back-to-school shopping is in full swing.  School starts August 22nd in Longview.

The amount we're spending on school supplies is, well...a good chunk of a paycheck. Ready for the amount?  We've also got a way to help with school supplies for kids at the Buckner Family Hope Center.

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Run Like It’s Hot Mud Run to Benefit Miracle League of East Texas

Event Coordinator and Board Member for Miracle League of East Texas, Chris Stuckey visits with Longview Mayor Andy Mack about the importance of the Miracle League Field.

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These Are The Most Stolen Vehicles in East Texas

SUVs are the least-stolen. Pickups and passenger cars are swiped the most.  And mini-van drivers, you're not immune. See if you have one of the top ten most stolen vehicles in East Texas.  

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McDonalds Might Add a Walk-Thru Lane for the Drunk and Hungry

Oh,  cheeseburgers taste so good at 2am after a wild night out.

McDonald's understands, and rather than let the walkers clog up the drive-thru lane, they're testing out a walk-thru lane that the post-bar revelers would have all to themselves.  Think it will officially happen in Tyler?

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