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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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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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East Texas Wedding Extravaganza is This Sunday

If you're engaged, and planning your wedding you won't want to miss this show! Sunday in Tyler, lots of prizes and an opportunity to meet vendors in person.

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Heat Kills Four In Texas

Texas public health officials are urging residents to take the proper precautions regarding the sweltering heat that is currently bearing down on the state...

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Chicken Purchased in East Texas May Have Dirt In It

To say the least, it's not ideal to lift a freshly sauced and grilled chicken wing to your mouth and taste dirt and sand.  That puts a damper on the back yard party.

There's one company recalling its products now over worries about sand and black soil in the chicken. And there are a few East Texas grocery stores where you may have purchased it.

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Why Is East Texas Home To So Many Patent Trolls?

Are you familiar with the term "patent troll"?

It's a pejorative phrase used to describe a person or company that issues frivolous lawsuits against other companies for violating patent laws...

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The space shuttle clumbia on its doomed re-entry. Photo credit: Joe Terrell, KLTV
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WHEN EAST TEXAS WENT NATIONAL

Usually we just keep to ourselves here in Tyler and East Texas, but every now and then something so big happens that the national news media can’t help but pay attention to us...

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Five Reasons to Love the Tyler Farmer’s Market

Some of the best produce comes from the late spring and early summer months, so now is a great time to head to Farmer's Markets around East Texas.

Here are some reasons to really appreciate the Tyler, Lindale, and Longview Farmer's Markets, along with the hours and locations.

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This Saturday It’s Time to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ in East Texas

This Saturday, May 14th, is the national Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  And all we have to do to help East Texans, is leave some non-perishable food items out by the mail box and letter carriers will pick it up.  Here are some of the top things they need at the food bank.

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Raw Video Footage of Lindale Damage

Fox 4 News in Dallas has released raw video footage of the damage left by a potential tornado in Lindale yesterday.

At time of writing, officials were still waiting for confirmation from the National Weather Service as to whether or not what did this damage was, in fact, a tornado...

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Officials Assessing Damage Following East Texas Storms

Officials in East Texas are still assessing the damage caused by last night's round of storms and the flooding that followed.

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Palestine Grandmother & 4 Children Perish in Flooding

A grandmother and her four grandchildren, all under the age of 9, were victims of the flooding last night in Palestine.

According to authorities, 6 to 10 homes in a Palestine neighborhood were severely damaged following the heavy rainfall and ensuing flooding which began just after midnight...

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