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Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday, April 25 that Golden Pass Products (GPP) has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement countries. NFTA Countries are countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.

“Golden Pass Products is pleased to have achieved this important regulatory milestone as we continue to work to develop the export opportunity,” said company spokesperson Clark Vega.

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Joseph Colone Jr. asserts he’s an innocent man in search of justice, but Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Pat Knauth outlined a case before 252nd District Judge Raquel West’s court on Tuesday, April 25, set to invoke the death penalty as the preferred outcome of justice in this case. Testimony is still ongoing, and will proceed into next week.

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On April 25, at about 6 p.m., Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant in the 3700 block of FM Hwy 770 in Kountze regarding a marijuana investigation, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release. The warrant was issued by Hardin County Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton.

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Police in Orange are investigating an apparent suicide at Executive Inn that occurred April, reports the Officer Leslie Lovelace.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department (OPD), Officer Lovelace responded to a call from the hotel regarding a gunshot victim in one of the rooms. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a white female lying on the bed with a head wound. A second white female was holding pressure to wound in an apparent attempt to stem the bleeding. Police report the victim died from her injuries. 

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The Shining Star award is given annually by Judge Brad Burnett since 2003 to one high school student for overcoming challenges and taking advantage of opportunities and shining with a major turnaround. Burnett enjoys sharing successful stories to motivate younger students and those that have lost their way, his office said in a release.

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