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Starting the New Year With the Flu? You’re Not Alone

Maybe it's not just the effects of the New Year's Eve drinks that you're feeling today. Many people in East Texas are sick with something other than the "brown bottle flu" right now.

Flu cases are up in Texas. Emergency rooms from Dallas to Tyler to Houston are saying they're seeing more flu cases right now, with fevers of 102 to 103 and that yucky, awful, achey feeling. And of course the other pleasantries associated with the flu that we don't need to mention.

With flu cases on the rise, what can be done?

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Sign the Petition to Make Westboro Baptist Church a Legally Recognized Hate Group

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funerals of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. If you agree that this is a horribly hateful protest, please sign this petition to make the U.S. government legally recognize the church as a hate group. 

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How We Can Help the Families of Sandy Hook Elementary

On Friday, the nation stopped as word of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., made its way around the country. The news of the 20 children and six teachers who lost their lives brought our country to a stand still.

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Connecticut School Shooting — What Would You Tell Your Children?

In the aftermath of a horrible and terrifying happening like the shooting that took place today in Connecticut, what would you do as a parent? Obama, himself, had a hard time trying to decide what to say as a parent. In his address to the country after this tragedy, he spoke not just as the president but a father. How do you explain what happened to a little one?  How could we prevent this here in East Texas?

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Zeitgeist 2012: A Review of the Greatest Moments in 2012 [VIDEO]

This past year was full of memorable moments. Some of them good, some heartbreaking, and some were just plain weird. Zeitgeist put together a video reviewing some of the most memorable moments from the past year. Hey, If the world is going to end this month, at least we went out with a bang.

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How Much Are You Spending on Christmas This Year?

The amount we fork over for Christmas gifts has gone up every year since 2008.

The iPads, flat screen TVs, and video game must-haves ain't cheap! When you add up the hot electronics, the ugly sweaters, and the popcorn tin gift sets, we're spending just shy of a thousand bucks on Christmas.

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Classic Christmas TV Shows — Which One is Your Favorite? [POLL]

Last night while my wife was creating a new wreath to hang above the fireplace, my daughter and I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on ABC. I love these classic Christmas shows and look forward to seeing them every year. In addition to these classics, I am a fan of the new ones as well, like Prep and Landing.

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‘David’s Day’ Benefit Walk This Weekend to Help One of Our Own

This Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, a special benefit walk for a beloved East Texas family will be held at Wildcat Stadium in Whitehouse. The event, "David's Day," will help the beloved East Texas family -- the Baskins.

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‘Bringing Home the Browns’ Family Gets a Visit from ‘Duck Dynasty’

For the last couple of months we've been keeping you updated on the Brown family of Gladewater. The inspiring story of the soldier who came home to a newborn and his wife in a coma has touched people nationwide, with almost 800K Facebook fans. Well some very special folks heard that the family was fans of theirs, and sprung into action.

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Would You Risk Your Own Life to Save Your Pet? [POLL]

The New York Post has a tragic story today about a family that died while trying to save the family dog. Would you risk your life to save your pet?

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Christmas Parades Planned Throughout East Texas

At some stores and homes, the Christmas decorations were up before Thanksgiving.

Those of us that did put up the Christmas tree before carving the turkey have been accused of breaking holiday rules, but rather than rebellious it seemed convenient to me. We got the decorating out of the way early, and could concentrate on matters like shopping!

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What is Your Favorite Thanksgiving Pie? [POLL]

Here at the radio station yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with the entire staff, everything was prepared by someone from the station and was great - from the turkey and dressing to the mashed potatoes, greens, corn and rolls - it was all great.  However, what I think stole the show was the selection of desserts that were offered to us!

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