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Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

This spring, three tiny green bush vipers were born on March 26. Like most pit vipers, the neonates were born live instead of hatched from eggs like many other types of snakes. Originally a part of a group of six, only three have survived and have doubled in weight since their birth. They are expected to grow to be between 18 and 24 inches long. Despite their name, green bush vipers vary in color, mostly shades of green, but can also be bright yellow or grey.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Beaumont resident John Henry Whitfield to 15 years in prison after Whitfield pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on June 13, reported the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

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Police arrested a man in Orange June 8 after he reportedly attempted to urinate on customers at a Valero station on 16th Street.

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Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and Texas Department of Transportation officials are shutting down eastbound Highway 73 in the 4900 block for two to three hours starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, in order for officers with PAPD and the Groves City Marshal's office to reconstruct an accident that happened several days ago, PAPD reports.

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Elliot Sanders

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.

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