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Local Firefighters Take a Break to Fight Breast Cancer With ‘Bras for the Cause’

We're used to seeing firefighters in dangerous settings where their lives, and perhaps ours, are on the line. There are shooting flames, and smoke, and fire trucks and hoses.

But bras?

Last night in Tyler, local firefighters took a break from the front lines to get in touch with their feminine side and raise money and awareness for breast cancer at a Bras for the Cause event, with the Women's Council of Realtors.

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What’s the Best Way to Trick-or-Treat in Texas?

Have you planned your Trick-or-Treating attack yet?

Most families seem to take the kids in costume to houses in their own neighborhoods, but others have been known to drive well out of their way just to hunt down the best candy. Once the word starts to spread that a neighborhood passes out full-size Snickers, that's where the mini-vans head!

So where are the best spots to Trick-or-Treat? Strangely enough, everywhere BUT Texas. Isn't everything supposed to be bigger here? Apparently the Halloween candy is not.

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East Texas School Adds Outdoor Classroom

How many times have you looked out the window on a beautiful day and wanted to escape work or school to go outside and play?

It may not be all about play for students at one Texas school, but at least they'll get to spend some time outside in the gorgeous fall weather, in their new outdoor classroom. They just launched a new butterfly garden too.

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911 Butt Dials Are a Growing Problem

9-1-1 false alarms are nothing new. We've heard of kids dialing 9-1-1 when there's no emergency, and Kidd Kraddick has shared some gems with us in the past about people calling emegency dispatchers for all the wrong reasons.

But have you ever been driving on the The Loop in Tyler and accidently butt-dialed 9-1-1? In the age where everyone has a smart phone that's always at the ready, accidental pocket-dials to emergency officials are a growing problem.

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TJC Apache Belles Get New License Plates

Today is the day the new custom license plates go on sale to support the TJC Apache Belles. Ten percent of the proceeds support the dance team. The new plates contain the image of the uniform worn by the Belles from the 1950's through the mid 80's. The uniform doesn't exist anymore, but it can give your car that retro-cool look!

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Oprah Brings Back “Favorite Things”

Each year around Thanksgiving on her talk show, Oprah passed out gift after gift on the "Favorite Things" episode and sent the audience into a complete frenzy. For us at home, it was an opportunity to get some great gift ideas, and perhaps to be completely jealous of those lucky audience members who would need a mid-sized truck to haul all of their new loot home.

Well guess what! Oprah may not have the talk show anymore, but she does have a network, and she's bringing back the Favorite Things show. And we have a chance to win without leaving the house.

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Holiday Shopping Season is Officially Here

I think I saw the first big, full-blown display of Christmas trees and snow globes and dancing elves in a store around September 15th. That's pure madness! But after I stopped fighting it in my head, I let my excited 4-year old drag me into that section of the store and we both picked up a snow globe and shook it

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Has Breast Cancer Awareness Month Gotten Your Attention?

Kellie Pickler got our attention earlier this month when she shaved her head to support a friend who was going through chemo therapy.

Countless celebrities this month have been sporting the pink ribbons to raise breast cancer awareness, and some of them have even been talking about their own battles with breast cancer, including Melissa Etheridge and Wanda Sykes.

For many of us, breast cancer survivor stories are personal ones.

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Underwear Buyers Help the Economy

Have you heard the crazy notion that men's underwear sales are an economic indicator?

When men's underwear sales are up, the economy is doing well. When people are not buying guys' tighty whities, the economy is in the tank.

Ladies, do you think it's true?

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Will You Heed the Coffee Warning?

Coffee is not an addiction right? If you enjoy coffee, perhaps the need for it every day is simply related to an intense love and appreciation. Justify justify.

Researchers have come up with a new "NOW WHAT" for us regarding coffee and why we shouldn't drink it.

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Fall Colors are Starting to Arrive in East Texas

TV shows are great at making sure we always know what season it is. It's especially noticeable right now with daytime talk shows as we fully transition into fall. The sets are nicely decorated with fall colors, flowers, and vases, and sometimes we can see real live trees and autumn-colored leaves through the windows. It's very cozy, and makes you want to put on a sweater and sip some chai tea while you're watching. The hosts have even been known to dress in fall-colored attire.

Have you noticed the leaves turning yet around East Texas?

Horticulturists say the best colors have yet to arrive. It usually happens in late October, but it could be early November this year because the dry summer and late rains. What East Texas city will the best color display?

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Gas is Cheap in Tyler — At Least By Comparison

Sure, California has its benefits. The weather is gorgeous, movie stars abound and there are plenty of hotties walking up and down the street.

But how can anyone afford to live there? Be glad you live in East Texas, where drivers are enjoying some of the cheapest gas in the country. Believe it!

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