The News

A privately owned ambulance service that serves as the contracted emergency responder for rural areas of Jefferson County is facing an investigation by the FBI and other federal agencies over allegations of improper billing, improper patient transports and possible Medicare fraud, according to information obtained by The Examiner.

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With students the focus of their efforts, the Port Arthur Independent School District is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Save Our Children to help provide a richer environment in which children can learn.

The program is in the fledgling stages in PAISD with Booker T. Washington Elementary to be used as a pilot school as S.O.C. expands its reach into south Jefferson County.

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It’s ironic how things work out in life, especially for the 18 seniors on the Lamar football team.

Last season, after a 21-year hiatus, Lamar re-launched its football program against rival McNeese State, a perennial FCS power, went to Lake Charles and in a game that no one outside of the Lamar locker room gave the team a chance to win, nearly pulled off the upset in a 30-27 loss that set the tone for a 5-6 season that very few people saw coming.

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Three years ago on Oct. 28, Payton Manzingo, then 16, was on the phone with her father, Noel, and the two were discussing their plans for the evening. He was working at the family’s jewelry store in Jasper, and his plan was to take his daughter to the Cedar Tree restaurant. She was on her way to meet him at the store.

Just a few minutes later, 37-year-old Manzingo stepped outside – and dropped dead.

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