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Hawaiian monk seals Pearl and Hermes undergo rehabilitation.

NOAA Fisheries awarded nearly $3 million in grants Sept. 1, 2016, to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species through stranding response and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.

Through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, NOAA awarded 32 grants to nonprofit organizations, aquariums, universities, and coastal state, local and tribal governments that are members of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

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Krista Parma

A Southeast Texan woman reported missing Aug. 23 was found by Beaumont police after an exhaustive week-long search, the department reported Tuesday, Aug. 30. Krista Ireland Parma, wife and mother of five, was reported last seen at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, leaving medical care against the advice of physicians. Her family, concerned for her well-being, enlisted social media, mainstream media, police support and a private investigator to search for their loved one, who they said was battling alcoholism.

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Police arrested an apparently intoxicated man found lying in a ditch filled with water while holding a 1-year-old child in his arms Aug. 29, reports Orange Police Department Officer Michael Roush.

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The City of Vidor is accepting applications for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grants for fiscal year 2016-17, and the Sept. 7 deadline for eligible businesses to apply is fast approaching.

According to Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst, HOT grants are basically meant to put “heads into beds” at local hotels.

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The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Hardin County Jail who was found unresponsive in his cell following a public intoxication arrest on Aug. 27, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release. 

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