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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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‘Password’ is Not a Good Password

We have passwords for everything these days, and it's tempting to pick an easy one so it will be top of mind when we're prompted for it.

But it turns out, the hackers are onto us. For example, using the word "password" for your actual password is not a good idea at all. Surprise, surprise. And the names Ashley, Michael, and Jesus are not fooling the hackers, for whatever reason.

What are some other terrible passwords that open the door to hackers?

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It’s About to Get Cold in Tyler

Today will be a warm day, but don’t expect it to last.

If you’re the type that crawls out of bed in the morning and walks out to the driveway to pick up the newspaper in your pj’s, you’ll get a blast of cold air on Friday morning. You might want to grab a blankey!

A few cool fronts have passed through East Texas this fall, but this Canadian front that’s on its way today will be the strongest yet. How cold will it get?

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Hudson’s Brandon Belt Plays Tonight in the World Series

The past two years, Texas has had a team to cheer for in the World Series. The third time was not the charm for the Texas Rangers, but we can still cheer for an East Texas native who will be making his first World Series appearance tonight when the San Francisco Giants take on the Detroit Tigers.

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The Vietnam Memorial is Headed to East Texas

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial that graces Washington DC is large, and a replica half that size travels the country to give those wishing to pay respects close to home the chance to do that.

The replica is coming to Rusk County this Friday, and will be on public display from Friday morning until noon Monday at Rader Funeral Home, 800 Kilgore Drive in Henderson.

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Henderson House Built in the 1800′s Offers Haunted Tours

Last year the East Texas Paranormal Group conducted an investigation into the 1855 Howard-Dickinson House in Henderson, and came up with some spooky findings.

Judy Sewell, executive director of the Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the group's high tech equipment helped it encounter some spirits that other groups had not been able to detect before when simply spending the night without the high tech gadgets, and she said the spirits they found where friendly and not hostile.

Wanna encounter the spirits for yourself this weekend?

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Research Says Our ’5 Second Rule’ is Off

My co-workers here at the radio station are pretty good at obeying that unwritten "Five Second Rule."

You know, when you drop something on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up and pop it in your mouth. After five seconds, apparently it becomes too dirty and germy for consumption.

Did you know this applies to countertops as well as the floor? Researchers say countertops, where we prepare food, are actually more germ-ridden than that dirty, icky floor. Oh dear, we're in big trouble.

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Early Voting Period Opens Today — Find Out Where You Can Vote Here

Today marks the start of early voting in Texas, and the Presidential election is expected to be a big draw. Voter turnouts are always higher in presidential election years than in years when we're not voting on a US President.

In Tyler, voters also have a big decision to make when it comes to alcohol sales. Do you know exactly what you're voting on?

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Texas Voters Get Help From New App

Maybe you've got a reminder for just about everything set on your phone. Now you can set a reminder to vote!

A new app is available for Texas voters that reminds you to vote, lets you check to make sure you're registered, and helps you check for polling locations in Smith County, or any neighboring county where you might be registered to vote. It was just released this week by the Secretary of State's Office, and we've got the link to go download it.

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Simple Anti-Bullying Event Set for School Lunches October 30

When you were in school, did you always sit with the same group of kids at lunch? I remember sitting with different kids during elementary and middle school lunches, but by the time I reached high school I was in the habit of sitting with the same group every day.

In two weeks, students across East Texas and across the country will be encouraged to break the habits, and sit with kids they might not otherwise sit with. Click through to find out how to register your school, and let the world know your Tyler, or other area school is taking part.

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