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Beaumont Police welcomed three new officers to the department Thursday, Aug 23: Yatara Martin, James Wesley Powell and John Woods.

Martin has previously worked as a juvenile corrections officer for the Texas Youth Commission and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Lamar University. Martin said she has always wanted to be a police officer.


Aug. 31 has been a deadly day for some Southeast Texas motorists and very frustrating for many others.

Motorists headed to their destinations were forced to find alternate routes Friday morning after a fatal crash at the base of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge in Beaumont shut down Interstate 10 in both directions.

According to a Beaumont Police Department release, the driver of a GMC pickup truck heading eastbound in the westbound lane of I-10 collided head on with an 18-wheeler at 2:14 a.m.


Keystone XL pipeline suggests a new course for Labor, Industry

When hundreds packed the convention center in Port Arthur last September for a State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it wasn’t just oil industry functionaries urging government approval for the massive project. An impressive turnout of elected officials from both parties lent their voices to the effort along with workers who would benefit from the thousands of jobs the Keystone construction would create.


With more and more reports of Southeast Texans doubling as victims of scams, and identity theft and manipulation, area agencies are taking the offensive – targeting scammers and thieves for prosecution, and assisting victims caught up in their webs.

Consumer beware


Judges say photo ID requirement burden on the poor


A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.