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Jen Austin

It's fun to pick on the boys in the office, fun to play music, and fun to talk to you all day at work. Thanks for listening! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska. My whole family still lives there and I love going back to visit them, but I also love Texas. Barbecue, fajitas, and great live music....it's the place to be. I've lived in Texas for 16 years now. Austin, Dallas, and here. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college. (The University of Nebraska...Go Huskers!) I've been on a hundred stations at one point or another. I just love radio. Other things I love....let's see. Blue ink. Black bores me a bit. I love cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce and anything that the two happen to touch. I fall asleep in almost every movie I attempt to watch I have made it through Eat, Pray, Love and Mr. Wright. I like chick flicks. I have an awesome family and love spending time with them. You'll probably hear me talk about my daughters on the air. They're toddler girls who exhaust me, crack me up, and amaze me because I don't think I was ever that smart. I have two miniature schnauzers too. Thanks for stopping by. Now tell me about you.
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Ever Posted An Unflattering Facebook Pic of a Friend?

Most of us have done it. We've posted a picture to our Facebook profiles and tagged a friend, and that picture doesn't exactly show the friend's best side. Sometimes it's a drunk photo, sometimes it's goofy, and sometimes friends just don't like it and say, "Why in the world did you post THAT? My hair isn't right. I look fat. I don't have makeup on. Thanks a lot."

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‘No Refusal Weekend’ Still in Effect Even After Fourth of July

On an average weekend, drinking too much and getting behind the wheel is a bad idea.

And this week and weekend we've got a fun holiday full of barbecues, family time, and hanging out with friends. By all means, live it up! But there is extra incentive now to have someone else drive your happy self home.

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Parents Unite: It’s A Twist on Fireworks Viewing

It's an interesting dilemma for parents today. Kids love watching fireworks, but the public displays can't start until it gets dark, and that means we have to wait 9:30 or 10:00 to catch a glimpse of the fireworks, and by the time we get the kids home to bed it's 11:00 or later. That's LATE if you have kids under five years old. And then Thursday is a big ole mess with those little biological clocks thrown off and grouchiness galore. What to do, what to do.

Wanna enact our plan? We're having a wild and crazy 4th of July party at home today. It keeps the kids excited and entertained, it involves legal fireworks, and you can have the young 'uns asleep by 9:00 or 9:30. See how elaborate it gets.

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Fireworks Are Fun, Unless You’re a Dog

As we mentioned, the fireworks stands have opened up shop in Texas, and you can buy the fireworks through next Wednesday at midnight.

Fun for all! Except the family dog.

Dogs think they're being tortured! Mine run to take cover in the bedroom every time they hear a pop. If we can't find our two miniature schnauzers shaking under the bed, we can usually find them with the jitters billowing under the low rack of clothes in the master closet. The muffled pop may be coming from a mile away outside, but the dogs start whining and yelping like the firecrackers are being shot off from the kitchen sink. Noise is noise, and they don't know how far away it originates. They just think they're being shot at.

What do law enforcement agencies say about dogs and fireworks?

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UT Tyler Students Build Concrete Canoe

It would seem like a canoe made of concrete wouldn't have a chance at floating. It would be so heavy it would sink, right?

Thanks to laws of physics that are way over my head, concrete canoes DO float, because the weight of the water displaced is equal to the weight of the the boat. Some UT Tyler students know all about that, and the canoe team there has placed in the top 15 nationally. Nice goin'!

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Tyler Kids Flocking to Boys and Girls Club

After reading more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas, I wish I was a kid again! It sounds like they’re learning some valuable life skills — even how to change a flat tire. That means 9-year olds who hang out at the Boys and Girls Club this summer, will come in handier in a pinch than most adults.

And one super cool new attraction for the Boys and Girls Club just opened!

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The Actual Risk of Skin Cancer in Texas May Surprise You

Summer is great in Texas, on boats and at the pool. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets a nasty, blistering sunburn.

I got one of those several years ago at Lake Travis in Austin. My back was bare while I was on a boat with friends, I didn’t put an ounce of sunscreen on it, and I laid on a raft for about two hours. The next day, if it had been the time period where it was cool to type OMG, that would have been my choice of acronyms. Or perhaps IMBOF (is my back on fire). And yes, I made that up.

What’s our skin cancer risk in Texas?

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Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton Out of the Hospital

Have you ever been so sick it was hard to stand up? Last Thursday during the Texas Rangers-Arizona Diamondbacks game Josh Hamilton kept resting his hands on his knees and eventually had to leave the game. He lasted until the 8th inning though. If you have an office job, that's like going home sick around 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Ya just can't take it anymore!

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More East Texas Colleges Ban Smoking

When I went to college at the University of Nebraska, I can remember walking out of my journalism building into a puff of smoke. Smokers would congregate outside after class to have a quick drag before the next class. That may be a thing of the past.

More and more schools now are banning smoking on campus, and one local college has already done it.

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