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5 Helpful Tips to Avoid Catching the Flu

Unless you’ve been hiding out under the covers shivering, nursing a fever and clutching your achy bones, you probably know this has been a brutal flu season.

What you may not know is there are measures you can take to avoid the flu -- and most of them are pretty darned simple. So, what are they?

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Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Kicks Off

Everyone has a dream. A dream to be a movie star, a rock star, an astronaut or others like helping underprivileged children succeed, owning a home, having children, meeting their birth parents, riding a horse, working a dig on an archeological site or even riding a roller coaster for the first time! Whatever that dream of yours is, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning wants to help make it happen.

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Call to Arms Blood Drive is Jan. 7-12 in East Texas

Mix 93-1, 101.5 KNUE, Hot 107-3 Jamz and 96X have teamed with Carter BloodCare of East Texas to host the annual Call To Arms Blood Drive from Jan. 7-12 to help save the lives of East Texans and to raise the blood supply levels here in the area.  It's comforting to know that for every pint of blood that is donated, it can help save up to three lives.

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ and ‘Bucket List’ Among Phrases That Need to Go

Every year, Michigan's Lake Superior State University asks people which words and phrases have been so overused that they should be essentially banished from the English language.

Tired of the phrase "Fiscal Cliff?" That makes the new list. What about "boneless wings?"

The new list was released Monday, and we'll post all of the words that should be banished, according to Lake Superior State University. See if you agree.

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Would You Ever Name Your Child ‘Hashtag?’

Seriously. The name Hashtag is on the list of baby name possibilities in 2013, according to one website.

I did grow up in Nebraska with a boy named Tag. Perhaps Tag's parents were just ahead of the curve, and knew that someday Twitter would keep conversations going with that # symbol, and the hashtag would reach new heights in popularity. They just decided to shorten it.

What about Android? Would you give your child that name?

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Win a Trip to See Pink Live in L.A. on Valentine’s Day Weekend

There's pink – the color of Valentine's Day cards and warm winter sunsets over downtown L.A. And then, of course, there's Pink – a legendary performer and a singer who never fails to prove she's among the hottest on the planet.

We're bringing all three of these things together, and wrapping them up in a neat little Valentine's Day bow. Enter below to win a trip to L.A. to see Pink live in concert, two tickets to the show, and as a bonus, $500 to blow any way you want.

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When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?

Now that Christmas is over, it's probably time to take down the tree. For most of us anyway. One percent of the population leaves the tree up all year! You know who you are.

How long is too long? Most people take down the tree by early January, and some of us ripped it down as soon as the last present was passed out.

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Weight Loss Program Starts January 7th in Tyler

Every year around the holidays, many of us eat a ton, and then a week later we wonder why in the world we did that to ourselves. Because it tasted good!

If you had to give up the skinny jeans for looser pants this week you're not alone. Carrie Underwood said on Twitter this week, "Had a great Christmas! Lots of family and lots of FOOOOD!!! Had to put the sweatpants on! #stuffedandhappy"

No matter what your size or weight loss goals, a new program will kick off in January in Tyler.

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If You’re Returning Gifts, Know the Rules

As Christmas winds down, your family may be setting some gifts aside to be returned. It happens to us all. And some stores prep by stacking up 12-packs of Coke and making a maze, anticipating an onslaught of returns. They want to keep the lines orderly as we stand there waiting to exchange a bad sweater.

If you have items to return, it's important to know the rules. Some stores have tightened their return policies.

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City of Tyler to Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

This weekend your Christmas tree is probably well-lit and gorgeous, standing watch over a multitude of neatly-wrapped gifts and providing a warm holiday glow in the living room. This is the best weekend of the year for the tree.

On Wednesday, the tree will be bare of gifts and the kids will be playing their new Wii games while you start thinking about the task of taking down the decorations and tossing the tree.

Extension agents remind us that the trees are living, breathing things (the real ones anyway, not the fake ones), and they can be turned to mulch and help landscaping this spring.

Here's how Tyler plans to recycle Christmas trees.

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Travelers Hit the Road for Christmas

By Monday and Tuesday we'll be sitting comfortably around the Christmas tree, sipping egg nog with family and trying to figure out how in the world a Furby really works.

In the meantime, it's a big ole traffic jam! Today and tomorrow are two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Triple A estimates 7.7 million Texans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home between Saturday and January 1. Millions of packages are on their way too, but they may not get here by Christmas.

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Holiday Bonus — Did You Receive One? [POLL]

With Christmas just days away, many offices throughout East Texas will be or have held office Christmas parties. Usually these parties involve a catered meal, a speech about the highlights of the year, mixed in with some adult beverages and in some offices some sort of bonus is handed out. According to a recent survey of human resource executives more companies are handing out Christmas bonuses this year than in previous years.

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