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If You Think Victoria Traffic is Bad, It’s Not Even Close to the Worst

If you drive regularly around the Victoria area, you know we do have our share of traffic problems. From idiots who try to make turns out of the wrong lane, and inconsiderate drivers that seem to think they’re the only one on the road, to road construction, and more traffic than the road can handle, especially around Victoria Mall. If you’ve ever driven in a large city, you also know our problems are nothing compared to other cities. According to a new study, drivers in the 10 worst cities for traffic spend anywhere from 30 to 58 hours a year trapped in their cars going exactly nowhere.

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County Courthouse, courtesy Victoria Preservation, inc.
County Courthouse, courtesy Victoria Preservation, inc.
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Victoria Makes Top 10 for Historic Preservation

Victoria certainly has a lot of history, and the pride shows everywhere you go. Just drive around on the historic homes tour, or take a look at some of the downtown businesses. According to the website Livability.com, the city ranks 10th for U.S. cities in historic preservation. The site calls itself  "a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America's Best Places to live, visit, work, play and explore." Programs like the city's Main Street Program, along with museums and it's 113 registered historic properties were cited as factors for the ranking. See the complete top 10 below.

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Want to Buy a Piece of Victoria History?

While perusing the interwebs this morning, I ran across a Facebook posting of a piece of Victoria history for sale on ebay-a $10 bill from 1913 from the Victoria National Bank.  Wow! How often do you see something like that?

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images North America
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images North America
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How Does Texas Rank on Minimum Wage?

Everything increases, right? Prices rise, and hopefully wages also go up to keep pace. I can remember when the minimum wage was $4 an hour, and we would get all excited because it was going to rise to $4.25. Of course at the time, I think we were paying 49 cents for a gallon of gas. Living in Victoria, Texas with teenagers about to enter the workforce, it’s nice to see that our state is at least at the federal level of $7.25 an hour. How does that compare with the rest of the United States? Check out the highest and the lowest, according to ABC News.

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Eramos1969, Flickr.com
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Great Economic News for Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas, that goes without saying. That's also true economically speaking. Our state has fared far better than most of the rest of the country during the recession, and that kind of news is always great to hear. Just seeing all the growth around Victoria is reassuring, because it means more jobs, and better opportunity for everybody. Check out this story from Reuters that ranks the Lone Star State the best for business.

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Victoria Texas Not Among Cities With Dirtiest Air

When it comes to air pollution, I'd say we're pretty lucky in Victoria. First of all, the air is pretty clean, despite the fact that we have plants and oil in the area. It's also good to kn ow we have organizations like Air Victoria that work to make sure our air stays clean. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, life is not so sweet.  The American Lung Association recently released a new report of the cities with the cleanest and dirtiest air and (surprise!) five California cities topped the “dirtiest cities” list. Of course, California might be clogged with more smoke than Don Draper’s lungs, but it’s not the only dirty place in America. Here are some ways to tell if your corner of the country could use a lot of Febreze.

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TV’s Undercover Boss Has a Victoria Connection

Sometimes you just don’t  know who you’re talking to. Television’s “Undercover Boss” counts on it. Sometimes you may be surprised at the connection people you see every day have with something as big as “Undercover Boss”

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They Live-Victoria Edition [VIDEO]

Back in 1988 there was a pretty cool sci-fi flick called They Live. It was done by John Carpenter, who can put together a decent horror movie, and the concept was pretty good. Even Roddy Piper wasn't too bad in it. The concept of the movie is that aliens have taken over the planet without our knowledge, and you need special glasses to actually see who they are. While checking out a video on You Tube, I ran across this part of the movie that You Tube user jesubub doctored in a few spots to refer to Victoria, which is interesting. Check it out.

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Calgary Reviews, Flickr
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The Chupacabra is Back-Run for Your Lives!

Yes, you heard right...the mysterious, elusive chupacabra is back, but this time you'll be safe, because the creature will be safely contained on your living room TV.  National Geographic Wild will revisit the

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Nude Maid Service Raises Eyebrows, and a Few Other things in Texas City

I just read a story about a maid service in Lubbock that does things a little differently than other services...cleaning in their birthday suits. Wait, what? Lubbock city officials are keeping a close eye on the Fantasy Maid Service, in efforts to make sure there isn't any hanky panky going on, which could cost the new company a $2,000 fine. The fine would be for operating a sexually oriented business without a permit, which owner Melissa Borrett says she isn't.

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Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau
Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Disc Golf Rocks in Riverside Park [VIDEO]

When I first moved to Victoria some 16 years ago (damn, has it been that long?), one of the things that impressed me the most was Riverside Park. I can remember driving through enjoying the scenery, thinking "this thing is huge!" One of my co-workers was showing me around the park, pointing out the disc golf course. I thought that was pretty cool, especially since I had never even heard of the sport before that day.  For those of you that aren't familiar with it, check out this video from the Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Has the New Policy at Citizens Medical Center Gone Too Far?

More controversy for Citizens Medical Center officials this week, following the announcement of a new policy that may be considered discrimination, based on physical appearance. When you apply for a job, you assume your qualifications are what matter most, but Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas is also asking prospective new hires to step on a scale. If they weigh too much, they’re excluded from consideration.

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