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Damage at Buescher State Park from the October wildfire (friendsoflostpines.org)

AUSTIN— The mid-October skies in Smithville were cloaked by a thick smoke after a wildfire ignited near Buescher and Bastrop State Parks. Now that the final embers have been extinguished, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have completed initial assessments of the wildfire impacts on park land.

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Update: The West Orange-Stark High School coach reportedly driving the vehicle that claimed the lives of 25-year-old Ava Lewis and six-year-old daughter Lamya Newhouse, Carl Broussard, 53, of Vinton, resigned from his position at the school, reports WO-S representatives. The district accepted his resignation.

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On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Lamar University will celebrate their 2015 Homecoming. There are numerous events planned for the day, including a homecoming parade, which will start at 1 p.m.

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Some of the intersections in Old Town got their second layer of asphalt.

Contractors and street crews with the City of Beaumont are working diligently to make promised repairs around town.

Old Town

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Lawrence Marks

When the Texas Legislature took the involuntary manslaughter law off the books, it meant that if you killed someone, it was charged as murder. Under the old statute, the classic situation of a guy coming home to find his wife in bed with another man and killing him was seen as not quite murder.

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