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Parents Say This is the Best Age to Get Kids a Smart Phone

 

This may be the great debate at your house. The kids are begging for a phone so they can enter the world of Snapchat for themselves, and you're holding off as long as you possibly can.  What's the ideal age to let kids/teens have a smart phone, and how does East Texas compare?

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These Texas Spots Are Great Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

No plans yet for Labor Day weekend?

Catching a high school football game tonight, or throwing a Labor Day backyard barbecue are some great last-minute ideas.  But if you want to hit the road for a little bigger adventure, these cool Texas destinations might be just the thing you need to freshen up your social media pages.

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Where Immigrants Are Going In Texas

For years, Texas has been one of the most popular destinations for immigrants to the United States.  In fact, our state's economy, from workforce to education, is greatly fueled by immigrants...

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#growingupintexas Trends on Twitter

There's certainly something unique about everywhere in these 50 states, but Texas presents its own set of "uniqueness" as evidenced by the trending hashtag on Twitter, #growingupintexas...

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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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C**ks Not Glocks Launches At UT-Austin

In June 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed the campus-carry bill into law, which allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons on school campuses in the state...

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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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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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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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