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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Dairy Queen is Shutting Down More Than 20 Texas Locations

There are many Dairy Queen locations that will close soon because of financial troubles, but there is a bright side. The locations that survive will be dishing up a brand new Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard, along with that beloved Candy Cane Chill Blizzard this winter. You'll just have to know where to go to find 'em.

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Whataburger’s Secret Menu is No Longer a Secret

A lot of Texas restaurants have secret menus, but this hidden Whataburger menu has some interesting twists.

It will flip the ever-popular chicken and waffle idea on its head, and it will give you a veggie burger like you've never seen before. Prepare yourself.

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Texas Kids Choose Their Favorite Spooky Movie

At Halloween, the key for kids' movies might be that they're not too spooky. Just enough cute fright is festive, and it won't keep the kids up in the wee hours with nightmares. Did Texas kids follow the trend? They might have gone a little creepy with their choice for the best spooky movie.

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Happy Chicken Fried Steak Day!

We love a holiday based on food. Texas is celebrating the greatness of chicken fried steak today (Thursday, October 26th), and that makes us wonder where you're gettin' yours. Some of these places serve up chicken fried steaks that are bigger than our heads!

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These Stores Have the Cheapest Halloween Candy

Twelve bucks for a jumbo-sized bag of Halloween candy? Scary. The next thing we know we've spent fifty bucks or more planning for trick-or-treaters, and let's be honest, because we want to hold back a stash for ourselves. It happens.

Save yourself some stress, and shop these stores for the lowest Halloween candy prices.

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A Haunting Story Lives Behind One Texas Gravestone

You know there's a lengthy tale behind every gravestone, and date markers like 1835-1893 just don't cut it. What in the world happened during that little dash?! Our state parks and wildlife folks are telling the stories, and one of those legends from a cemetery in Northeast Texas will make you glad you never crossed Frank Benson.

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Halloween May Mess Up Texas’ Plans to Control Head Lice

Texas schools now have to notify parents within five days if a classmate has head lice, and the hope is the new rules will help stop the spread. And then Halloween happens!

There's a huge spike in head lice cases this time of year, and wigs and masks may be to blame. Eeww.

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East Texas Restaurants That Stand the Test of Time

Don't you hate it when you love love love a restaurant and it becomes your go-to spot, but it doesn't last? It's worth high-fiving the East Texas restaurants that stand the test of time.

Many of them are Mom and Pop restaurants that are passed down through generations. Can you name some of them?

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Three of the Top Small Town Cafes Are in East Texas

There's an art to becoming a "cafe."

A cafe is not just another restaurant, and could very well serve up its meals with a big scoop that goes splat on a platter. And we love it.

Three of the best small town cafes are in rural communities not far from us, proving that you don't need to sit in the middle of a large population to have lunch or dinner all figured out.

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