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State Officials Want To Shut Down Indian Casino-Style Gambling In East Texas

Two months ago, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe opened a casino-like gambling facility just south of Livingston on its 10,000-acre reservation...

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Do Texans Still Smoke?

The price of cigarettes has increased. Smoking has been banned from quite a few bars and restaurants. There's a lawsuit that's trying to get smoking removed completely from movies that target kids.  Is smoking so marginalized that we've almost seen the end of it in Tyler?

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Tyler Movie Prices Hit a Record High

The cost of a movie ticket varies of course, depending on the time of day that you go and whether it's showing on a premium screen like an IMAX. But overall, the price to see a flick is going up at Studio Movie Grill and Carmike 14 and others.

Here's how much cash you should have in your wallet for that movie date this weekend.  

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Rejected Texas License Plates Since January 2016

The Texas Department of Transportation would like you to know that they do have a sense of humor.

However, certain plates - well, they just can't allow...

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Texas Radio Bloggers Discover Bizarre ‘Beacon of Hate’

"TAKE ALL THE WIFES FROM THE PORN AND RELIGIONS CAMELS U TOOK MINE FOR 15 YEARS!"

"AMERICANS ARE F***ERS KILL THEM ALL OFF FOR REAL!"

There is something in the radio world called "DX'ing"...

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Tyler in June Was the Hottest on Record

If it feels hotter than usual, it's true. Last month was the hottest June on record in Tyler, and meteorologists don't see any signs of that changing.

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Texas is a Great Place for First-Time Home Buyers

We're lucky in Texas that for the most part, the job market is steady and houses are affordable.

That makes us one of the best places in the country to buy a first home, and it doesn't look like that will change anytime soon.  See which Texas city ranks higher than any other.

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There Are Three Things We Shouldn’t Buy Generic

If you're like me, weekends include a trip to Brookshire's to stock up.

Good news...If you came home with an SUV full of a mix of name-brand things and generics, you probably did it right.

There are some things we should buy generic and some things we shouldn't, and there's a key to telling the difference.

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At Least the Cowboys Win The Off-Season Game

The Dallas Cowboys have had some disappointing seasons and missed opportunities lately, but one thing is sure. They win the "Great Off-Season Headline Race of 2016."

Two big stories came out this week that put the Cowboys in the spotlight, and one of them gives fans a lot to be excited about.  The other one just means anything Cowboy-related will keep costing a lot of money.

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Texas Colleges Aren’t The Best, But Still Good Schools for the Money

This week I heard a co-worker utter the phrase "back to school," and I had to look at my smart phone to check the date.  Really?!  We're on the downhill side of the summer already.

If you're a college student, you may be working all summer to build up some funds for tuition this fall cuz it's dang expensive.  We know we're paying a lot, but are Texas schools worth the money?  You might be surprised about the top Texas school for the price.

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Texas Mugshots Are Usually Not the Happiest Ones

There comes a point during the arrest process where you've got to make a decision.

To smile or not to smile?

It turns out, Texans aren't too cheery in mug shots overall.  See which state does have the happiest ones, and how Texas compares.

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Texas May Be Awesome, But It Lacks Tourist Destinations

We rock the beer and barbecue in Texas, but when it comes to having the biggest draws for tourists, we're left completely off the "best of the best" list.  We don't have Yosemite or Yellowstone, and the closest "best" tourist destination is about 1200 miles away.  BUT, see why this may be a good thing.

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