Building on more than 30 years of scientific studies, including numerous reports released in the last decade and in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, NOAA today announced a proposal to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect additional critical Gulf of Mexico habitat.

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There’s nothing so cheerful as the daisy-like blooms of rudbeckia. You can find them in a wide range of sizes and colors that include annuals, perennials and biennials. They will make you feel even more cheerful when you learn how easy care they are.

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The Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont is set to host two big country music acts beginning Thursday, Aug. 4, with Clint Black, followed by Dwight Yoakam on Friday, Aug. 19.

Tickets for Clint Black are currently on sale for $43-$65 while tickets for Dwight Yoakam will go on sale Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m. for $44.50-$74.50. Tickets can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Big king mackerel like this one can be caught within a few miles off the Sabine

By the time we make it to the Fourth of July, you can bet your boat, motor and trailer that fishing on the lakes and along the coast is going to be red hot.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting a public hearing to present proposed rail improvements and receive public comment pertaining to the Neches River Bridge Study.

The hearing will take place at the Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont, on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Displays will be available for review at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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