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This May Be The Worst Dating App Encounter So Far

If you're on the dating apps, you know things can get a little dicey to say the least. If only they would write "I'm nuts" on their profile pics, it would save so much time!  Has this happened to you?

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KFC’s Secret Recipe May Not Be a Secret Anymore

Rather than stop by the KFC restaurants on Troup Highway or South Broadway, what if you could concoct that famous KFC flavor at home?

One of the most highly-guarded recipes of all time might be traveling around the internet as we speak.

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One Tyler Fast Food Restaurant May Get Cheaper

The dollar menu at Taco Bell may actually be cheaper than that soon.  The company is testing out a new menu where everything is under a buck.

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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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