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Jen Austin

Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.

Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About This Texas Favorite

The name Big Red implies that it's straight out of Nebraska, right?  At least to us Husker alums who view all things through the football lens.

Big Red soda is bottled in Texas, by the Dr. Pepper folks, and was first born here in 1937. Did you know it used to be called "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda?"

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A Texan Stood Under a Dangling Sign for Two Days, Hoping it Would Fall

UPDATE: He pulled this stunt in gest. Still, Texans have weird senses of humors.

Texas has to claim this story.  A guy stood outside a loose letter "P" at a Walmart, hoping that part of the pharmacy sign would fall on his head so he could sue the store.

Did it work?

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Powerball Jackpot Expected To Reach A Whopping Record-Breaking 1.5 Billion Dollars
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See How Texans are Winning as the Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $310 Million

With no winner Saturday night, the Powerball jackpot has rolled over again and they're estimating it will be around $310 million for tonight's drawing.  Are the odds of winning better in Texas?  See why that may be true, especially with the smaller cash prizes.

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Couple eating pizza
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Tyler Lovebirds Can Enjoy Heart-Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day

The actual heart shape might not last longer than a minute or two because you'll want to tear into it, but there are are few spots in Tyler that will offer heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine's Day.  Here's where you can get 'em.

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Girl Scout Drama

Girl Scout Cookies Are Here! Where to Get ‘Em in Tyler This Weekend

Raise your hand if you can polish off an entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting.  Or if you tend to suck on the Tagalongs until the cookie part melts in your mouth and mixes perfectly with the chocolate and peanut butter.  And then you eat five more.  Some of us might do those things.

Girl Scouts will be at several grocery stores around Tyler and Longview this weekend, with tables set up selling boxes to help us get our fix.  Oh, and which cookie does Texas think is the best?

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