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Abilene is 1 of 25 Best Places to Retire in America – According to Forbes

After being listed as one of the windiest cities in America, and as top destination in Texas, Abilene has made another top list - this time as one of the best places to retire. In fact, Forbes Magazine have listed the 'Key City' as one of 25 best places to retire in America.

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Rudy's Daughter Rednech Swimming
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez
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Watch Rudy’s 12 Year Old Daughter Turn a Laundry Basket Into Her Own Swimming Pool

My 12 year old redneck daughter has been asking me to take her swimming and when I didn't move fast enough, she took matters into her own hands. She used two of my wife's laundry baskets and turned them into her "personal swimming pool." Watch as my daughters best friend demonstrates the canon-ball.

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Dying Dog at Gorman Rescue
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The Worst Case of Animal Abuse in West Texas – Graphic Images

Rescue The Animals (RTA)/SPCA in Abilene responded to a call of animal abuse near Gorman, Texas. SPCA Investigator Mindi Qualls says "it's the worst case ever of animal abuse that I have ever come upon." Mindi told me that, what she found was a nightmare and it made her physically ill. After I viewed the photos and the videos, I too was sickened and became emotional as I wondered "who would do this to an animal?" I will warn you now, this contains graphic images.

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photo: Don Bailey
photo: Don Bailey
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Texas Ranks Among the Top States ‘Most Like a Country Song’

It's nice to have facts to confirm what we all know every once in a while. Now, there's proof that Texas is a pickup driving, Lord loving, beer drinking, singing cowboy and cowgirl-filled state. As a result, the Lone Star State ranks high among the states most like a country song.

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The Official State Dog of Texas is a Blue Lacy

I just learned that the Lone Star State has an official state dog and why not, we've got a official state flower, bird, food and as of 2005 a dog. The breed is a result of an ingenious Texas cattle rancher and hog hunter. The Texas Blue Lacy, is a mixture between a wolf and a hound and makes the most awesome cow-dog/hog-dog. Watch as a Lacy family member explains how the breed came about.

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‘Hot Abilene Nights’ Car Show and Drag Races July 11-13

 

"Three days of gear head fun" is headed to Abilene this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with car shows and drag racing. There will be 3 car shows, 2 nights of drag racing and auto cross closed course.

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How Hot Will it Be in 2100? This Interactive Map Will Show You Now

A new, interactive map, released by Climate Central, shows how hot Texas cities (and those across the nation) will be in the year 2100.

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Indiegogo's Head of Gaming John Vaskis, right, presents Rooster Teeth Co-Founder and Creative Director Burnie Burns, center, and RTX Co-Director Gus Sorola with Indiegogo's 'Most Funded Film' award belt at RTX 2014. (Photo by Jack Plunkett)
Indiegogo's Head of Gaming John Vaskis, right, presents Rooster Teeth Co-Founder and Creative Director Burnie Burns, center, and RTX Co-Director Gus Sorola with Indiegogo's 'Most Funded Film' award belt at RTX 2014. (Photo by Jack Plunkett)
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Most Crowdfunded Feature Film in History Comes to Austin [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

Austin-based online entertainment company Rooster Teeth has made history with their funding effort for a new feature film, called Lazer Team, raising their initial goal of $650,000 in only ten hours and reaching a total of almost $2.5 million dollars to become the most funded film project in the history of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

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Skaters Doing Their X-treme Skate Thing At Rose Park
photo: Rudy F.
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Oscar Rose Park’s 100th Birthday Celebration is July 12th at the Rose Park

The City of Abilene and the Cultural Affairs Council are working together to bring a city-wide birthday celebration and event together this Saturday, July 12th at Rose Park. There will be tours of the Oscar Rose Park facilities, a fun run/walk thru the park, Happy Birthday cake and cupcakes, archery shooting, rollerskating, dunking booth, Bocce open court, bounce houses, swimming at the Rose park pool, live entertainment and lots more fun festivities. Check it out.

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Rudy Starts a Fire
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Rudy Tests A Few Fire Starters for ‘One Arm Challenge’

I tested some fire starters to see if they worked and to see if I could do it. One in-particular brand new devise is called the 'Everstryke Match'. Another is my old time favorite a magnesium rod fire starter, and I know it works because I've been using it since I was a scout. As I like to say "if I can do it with one arm and these things, imagine what you can do with two arms and these things, never give up!" Check out this One Arm Challenge.

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Randy Jay Hofstetter of Fort Worth is Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender – Reward Offered

The Texas Department of Public Safety has 28 yr old Randy Jay Hofstetter as a most wanted sex offender and is offering up to $5000 for details that lead to his capture. He is wanted for violation of not registering as a sex offender, probation and parole violations.

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Thieves Posing As Stranded Motorists on Texas Highway Attempt to Rob Those Who Try to Help

According to the San Angelo Connection, there have been reports of thieves near San Angelo, Texas posing as stranded motorists,then robbing those that try to help them. In fact, the San Angelo Police Department released an alert earlier today (July 8, 2014).

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