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Uber Could Be Operating in Tyler Within Weeks

Tyler City Council approved an updated transportation ordinance today that will allow ride sharing app companies like Uber to operate within the city.

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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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Craft Beer Industry is Growing in East Texas

Some say the craft beer industry caters to men, and that the industry should work on attracting a more diverse fan base.  Does it really matter?  We wonder what East Texas craft brewers think.

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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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A Texas Cowboy Rides His Horse Into Taco Bell

So a horse walks into a bar...

Or in this case a Taco Bell.

Why did he do it, and do you think we'll see more of this?  

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Payment Kiosk Coming to Tyler Water Business Office

In a progressive effort to give customers as many options as possible to make payments on their water utility bill, the City of Tyler Water Business Office will be closing their drive thru from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Thursday, Aug. 25 in order to install a new electronic kiosk.

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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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Texan JJ Watt Is Impressed By Firefighters

If you're a firefighter in East Texas, there's a big, strong, beefy pro football player that has a lot of respect and admiration for you.  JJ Watt of the Houston Texans tried firefighter training, and said it kicked his butt!  

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