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The ExxonMobil Downtown refinery issued a shelter-in-place Wednesday, June 15,  after the refinery received a bomb threat.

"ExxonMobil received a bomb threat shorty before 11 a.m.," said Patrick Trahan, Manager, Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. "We contacted the authorities."

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

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At approximately 12:15p.m. Wednesday, June 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an 18-wheeler on fire in the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County near mile marker 871. An International truck tractor semi-trailer towing live chickens experienced a tire blowout that sparked a fire.  At the time of the crash, the vehicle was transporting approximately 6,000 chickens.

About 2,000 chickens died in the fire.

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Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary schoolteacher Melody McClain says about 89 percent of students who attend the school are living below the poverty level. School lunch programs and other endeavors assist these students in getting the nourishment and education they need, but regular class work leaves little time for other lessons in subjects like etiquette.

Head football coach Ray Woodard and Charline Dauphin at the dedication of the Da

The Lamar University athletic family lost a dear friend Friday with the passing of Charline Dauphin at the age of 86.


Patricia Adams Collins Lambert, the former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Superintendent and Central High School principal who admitted to embezzling $500,000 from the school district and conspiring with others to cheat on state-mandated standardized tests, had one last shot to show a federal judge why she shouldn’t be sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed under a plea deal she arranged with prosecutors in December 2015.