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Jen Austin

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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Shortage Alert — Authentic Mexican Restaurants in East Texas

Texas can brag about a lot of things, but not this.  Chicago has the most authentic, non-chain Mexican restaurants per capita, and other big cities in the US rank higher than places like San Antonio and Houston.  So what's the closest place to us, with the most authentic Mexican food?  A three-hour road trip will get you the best empanadas.  

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McDonald’s is Giving Away Free Ice Cream

This is a great way to beat the heat.  In honor of National Ice Cream Day, McDonald's will hand you a free vanilla cone one day this weekend, and all you have to do is show up at a participating location. You'll have a chance at winning free ice cream for life too.  

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This Highway is the Most Dangerous in Texas

When we head out on an awesome summer vacation, the last thing we want to worry about is getting in a nasty wreck. Texas has some crazy traffic, and there's one road in particular where drivers experience the most crashes.  Here's the big heads up.

And while we're at it, we'll give you the most dangerous roads in Louisiana and Arkansas too, in case you're headed that way.  

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East Texas Farm Lets You Pick the Blueberries

We're in a prime place to grow blueberries, and the season is peaking right now.  If you're looking for a fun family outing on Father's Day Weekend, take a road trip to this East Texas blueberry farm and come back with a huge bucket full of produce.

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