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The severe drought gripping Southeast Texas along with the "abnormally high number of water leaks" in Port Arthur have forced the city to impose its mandatory water conservation measures, meaning a mandatory lawn watering schedule is implemented as of last Friday that stipulates even numbered addresses can only water their yards on even days and odd numbered addresses can water their yards on odd days.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill on Friday that would have banned texting while driving throughout the state.

In his veto message, Perry said, "I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of (the texting ban bill) and the government's legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones."

Perry did admit that texting while driving is "reckless and irresponsible," however he would like to combat the problem through educating drivers.

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A 43-year-old Port Arthur man died Thursday after he drowned in Canyon Lake trying to save two children, according to the Comal County Sheriff's Office.

Terry Hasan and his family was staying at the Jacobs Creek Park and was on the shore with other members of his party when he saw two children on a inflatable device floating away from the shore. Hasan ran after them, jumped on another inflatable device, however that device gave out after 20-30 yards according to witnesses, Hasan tried swimming, but soon went under.

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Just like nearly every other municipality in and around the area, the city of Orange has officially taken steps to outlaw the sale of substances similar to, and including, K2 and bath salts. In a unanimous decision of the newly- impaneled Orange City Council, the group decided to disallow the sale and use of those products.

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Just like nearly every other municipality in and around the area, the city of Orange has officially taken steps to outlaw the sale of substances similar to, and including, K2 and bath salts. In a unanimous decision of the newly- impaneled Orange City Council, the group decided to disallow the sale and use of those products.

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