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NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”

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A two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County sent one man to a local hospital with serious injuries and shut down Interstate 10 for approximately two hours, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported May 9.

According to Davis, troopers responded to a report of the accident on I-10 near mile marker 834 in Jefferson County at 5:10 p.m. The crash occurred on the westbound side of Interstate 10 on the inside shoulder near the cable barriers.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports a China resident was seriously injured when his disabled vehicle rolled over him as he attempted to repair it.

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Police in Beaumont are searching for the suspects responsible for an aggravated robbery that occurred over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

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U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales announced May 9 that 11 Jefferson County men are in custody following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking involving the distribution of crack cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to a news release from the U.S Attorney's office, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began executing federal arrest warrants on May 6 for defendants indicted following a ten-month investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in Beaumont.

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