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Amtrak from Tyler to Dallas? It Could Happen

Have you ever ridden on a train? There’s something nostalgic about it, not to mention the fact that it saves wear and tear on your own car, and the hassle of fighting with other drivers to get where you’re going.

Might East Texas get Amtrak service? There’s an Amtrak route now that runs from San Antonio to Chicago.

And there’s a push for Amtrak to extend it’s service from Shreveport-Bossier City to Dallas-Fort Worth, which would take the trains right through east Texas and give us a fast track in both of those directions.

How close is it to reality?

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Halloween is Scary — Oh, That’s the Point!

My spouse and I have been together for 14 years, and at points along the way I've mentioned not being particularly fond of the scary parts of Halloween. So by now it should be known right?

I like the cute parts of Halloween! Like the cute, cuddlely kid costumes and the nice, harmless pumpkins.

It was a big mistake letting the spouse take the kids shopping for Halloween decorations.

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Kids Cost Big Bucks

They're out with those numbers again, about how much it costs to raise a child from age 0 to 17.

Parents will swallow hard...the US Dept. of Agriculture says it takes $234,900 to raise a kid, including food, shelter, and necessities. Depending upon your definition and your child's definition of necessities, it could be $2 million, right? A kid has to have his Wii.

Texas is actually one of the cheapest places in the US to raise a child.

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Texas Drawl May be Fading

Are we losin' our drawl ya all?

A new study says Texas may be losing its twang. Do you agree?

If it's true, the obvious answer may be because of the number of transplants that live in Texas. When a Chicago native moves to Texas they bring a northern accent and a lot of those people together can sort of squeeze out and disperse the yee haws.

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Tyler Prepares For Rose Season and Rose Festival

Tyler is preparing for the excitement and pageantry of the Texas Rose Festival and getting ready for the many visitors that will be coming to the Rose capital of Texas the weekend of October 18th - 21st.  Visitors to Tyler that weekend will be treated to the Texas Rose Festival Show, Texas Rose Festival Coronation, Texas Rose Festival Queen's Tea and the Texas Rose Festival Parade!  For the 3rd year in a row, the roses will be honored all month long with the Rose Season.

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How Much Coffee Do You Drink?

Coffee is part of life for many of us.

Before making the big decision about whether or not to become pregnant, I asked my doctor if I could still consume my daily 2.5 cups of coffee during pregnancy. It's a must. If I have a sip less than that, I can feel it. And I knew I may not survive pregnancy if I had to ween myself off, or worse yet, quit cold turkey.

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ArtWalk Happens Saturday in Tyler

This weekend we've got a chance to experience something we don't get to see every ole Saturday.

It could make a romantic date night, or a fun family night out. The downtown Tyler ArtWalk is from 4pm to 9pm on Saturday, and I'm thinking it will be a good way to keep the kids busy. I'm always looking for that! Wear 'em out, and get them away from the TV.

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East Texas Animal Shelter in Dire Need of Adopters

The Longview Animal Shelter is at capacity, if not over, and that means the animals could use our help. Do you have room in your home?

I've got two miniature schnauzers now, and at one point we had four of them. The more the merrier!

Operation Save the Animals is a task force in Longview that has been given 90 days to come up with a plan for the City of Longview to build a new animal shelter. As it stands now, animals are being put down because the current shelter is overcrowded.

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Shopping Season is Here

On a shopping trip this weekend I saw what may be the first one of the year. A Christmas tree! On September 15th.

At this particular store, the Christmas tree was fully decorated, and the snow globes, stockings, and Christmas cards were already for sale. Right there next to the Halloween decorations.

Kidd Kraddick has asked the question before, and I'll ask it again. How early is too early?

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This is the Most Forgotten Item at Hotels

Have you ever checked out of a hotel, traveled home, and then realized you left something behind in the room?

I have. On a road trip to the north, my family stayed at a hotel in Wichita, Kansas, and when we got home we could only find one Dora The Explorer sock. In the process of jumping on the bed and running around the room, our 3-year old at the time must have shed a sock and a cleaning person whose daughter also may have had just one sock, hit the jackpot.

What is the most common item hotel travelers leave behind? It has something to do with your smart phone.

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Children’s Consignment Sale Going on in Tyler

The Children's Consignment Sale returns to Harvey Convention Center in Tyler Thursday, Friday and Saturday and it brings a load of savings to East Texas families.  When you have kids you realize how quickly they outgrow their clothes and their toys can be the same way too.  The Children's Consignment Sale can be pictured in your mind as a gigantic resale shop or garage sale of types filled with everything you need for your kids - from infants to teens.

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Best Boss Ever Gives Employees Huge Bonus After Retiring

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

When Howard Cooper sold his Ann Arbor, Michigan car dealership earlier this year he made sure employee retention was part of the deal.

In these tough economic times, that alone would make him a hero to Howard Cooper Import Center's 89 workers. But the 83-year-old took things to a whole other level of generosity last week.

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