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The West Lucas residence of Joseph D. Butler has drwn the ire of neighbors.

In an unprecedented move, the City of Beaumont has filed suit against a local man accused of endangering public health and repeatedly violating city ordinances, allegedly failing to rid his property of litter and providing shelter and a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes.

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Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis will keynote the ninth annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference, an all-day event showcasing the latest in health and wellness May 12 at Ford Park in Beaumont.

Curtis is an A-list actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as “Freaky Friday,” “True Lies,” “Trading Places” and “A Fish Called Wanda.”

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Those traversing in the neighborhood surrounding the old Paul Brown Center in Beaumont’s north end may have noticed boxes and boxes of learning materials filling dumpsters on the old campus grounds, but according to Beaumont Independent School District administrators, discarding the outdated lesson plans is actually benefitting the district.

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A 44-year-old Beaumont woman has been sentenced for bringing prohibited drugs into a federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Friday, Jan. 22.

Lakista Lashau Davis pleaded guilty on Aug. 27, 2015, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Jan. 21, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Borneo pygmy elephant (www.worldwildlife.org)

Three U.S. zoos announced a new agreement Jan. 21, 2016, with Borneo-based wildlife organizations to protect the endangered Borneo pygmy elephant. The first partnership of its kind, the effort will provide support for solutions to the frequent and sometimes deadly conflicts between people and elephants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.

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