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The state highway 87/16th street exit on Interstate 10 in Orange will close for one year due to a reconstruction project, according to Sarah Dupre of The Department of Public Safety. DPS encourages drivers to use the Business 90 exit and travel the frontage road.

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A 45-year-old Kountze man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Feb. 28.

John Edward Burns pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2017, to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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A 29-year-old Beaumont woman was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced on Feb. 28.

Heather Nichole Lugo pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute, manufacture, and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Jordan Alexander, Samuel Ridout, Dalton Teeler and Spencer Johns

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students Samuel Ridout and Dalton Teeler earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

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John Bourgeois II, 30, of Port Neches, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital March 4 after he crashed on Interstate 10 in a Chevrolet pickup truck.

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