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Fighting Feral Hogs in East Texas is About to Get Nasty

Texas Parks and Wildlife says East Texas has some of the most dense wild hog populations in the state, and they tear up yards and ruin crops every year.  Controlling the feral hog population is about to get real.  Real messy.  See what population control method Texas approved this week.

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Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About This Texas Drink

The name Big Red implies that it's straight out of Nebraska, right?  At least to us Husker alums who view all things though the football lens.

Big Red soda is actually bottled in Texas, by the Dr. Pepper folks, and it was first born here in 1937. Did you know it used to be called "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda?"

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A Texan Stood Under a Dangling Sign for Two Days, Hoping it Would Fall

Texas has to claim this story.  A guy stood outside a loose letter "P" at a Walmart, hoping that part of the pharmacy sign would fall on his head so he could sue the store.

Did it work?

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You’re Probably Doing This With Your Tax Refund

Tax refunds are fun money, right? It depends on how you define "fun." It might surprise you what most people are planning to do with the tax refund this year.

And if you're still looking for free tax help in Lufkin, this is where you can find it.  

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The Best Kept Secrets in Texas State Parks; Spoiler Alert

The most crowded spots are not always the best places to take the family for some rest and relaxation.  Sometimes the best times are at the hidden gems that are off the beaten path, like these secret spots at Texas state parks.  Did we miss any?

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A Texas Zoo Is Giving Free Admission to Teachers

If you don't mind the drive, one big Texas zoo is letting teachers in free for the rest of the month, and friends that go along can get big discounts too.  Road trip!

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Is This The Dumbest Law in Texas?

It's something I can safely say you will never do, and it involves your eyeball.  But just in case you're thinking about it, I'll mention that it's illegal, and I"ll save you some time in court.

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Girl Scout Cookies Are Coming. Here’s Where You Can Get ‘Em.

Raise your hand if you can polish off an entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting.  Or if you tend to suck on the Tagalongs until the cookie part melts in your mouth and mixes perfectly with the chocolate and peanut butter.  And then you eat five more.  Some of us might do those things.

Girl Scouts will be at several grocery stores around Lufkin this month, with tables set up selling boxes to help us get our fix.  Oh, and which cookie does Texas think is the best?

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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $255 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

Now is the time to pool the money at the office if you're going for the huge Powerball jackpot tonight.  It's a quarter of a billion dollars, which might mean you don't have to go into debt buying chocolate and jewelry for Valentine's Day.

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Flu Season in Texas is Winding Down

There are at least 12,000 new cases of the flu each week across the country, but Texas is much healthier it turns out.  So how much longer will flu season last?

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Try These Hidden Gems in East Texas For Your Next Picnic

We'll have great weather at times this week, and you might be looking for things to do outside to make the most of it.  Like eat!  Food can be even more fun when it's sunny and 75 and there's a great view to go along with the sandwiches and chips.

See if you agree that these are the best picnic areas in Texas.

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Now is the Time for All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes at IHOP

Oh, we're always thinking food around here.  How many pancakes can you polish off in one sitting?  Now is the time to give it your most determined effort, with all-you-can eat pancakes at IHOP.  But it won't last forever.

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