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It was going to be a fantastic weekend. Gary and Lisa Naquin, married since 2001, together since 1997, had a surprise in store last Friday, Jan. 27, for their two boys, 11-year-old Tylor and 5-year-old Caden. Both had received straight A’s on their report cards the week prior, and Gary wanted to do something special for them.

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When a halfway house asked for permission to locate up to 20 more sex offenders in Beaumont’s north end, community activists felt the need to speak out. The Old Town residential neighborhood already had more than its fair share of blight to contend with, opponents told elected city leaders and zoning commissioners — not to mention nearly 200 other sex offenders already housed a short stroll from schools, HUD-funded apartment complexes, a park, city swimming pool, football stadium and the school district’s bus depot.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice on Jan. 23 to compel enforcement of the state’s new voter ID law approved by the Legislature last year, which requires voters to show government-issued photo identification before voting.

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Jonathan Benitez (20) will spend the weekend wondering what his punishment will be after jurors found him guilty of manslaughter late Friday afternoon.

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UPDATE: According to a statement released by Jefferson County Spokesman, Rod Carrol, The officer that was shot is in stable condition.

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