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One-and-a-half-story home are valued at the same rate as a two-story.

A change in the formula used to determine home values in Jefferson County will cause more than 7,000 homeowners to see an increase in their estimated tax bills for the coming year, with some seeing a spike in their home’s value of 5 percent or more. The added value of the residences comes when one-and-a-half-story homes are valued at the same rate as two-story homes.

Jefferson County Appraisal District officials say the results of the change are negligible, but some homeowners disagree.

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Kenneth Semien Sr.

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law July 26, 1990, and with its passage, discrimination against persons with disabilities was made criminal in hopes it would begin to diminish. Now, 25 years later, persons with disabilities, along with the rest of the nation, are celebrating the anniversary of that momentous occasion and a local fair is being held to raise awareness of ADA law.

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A 23-year-old Port Arthur man is in jail after initially escaping arresting officers and later reportedly confessing to murder while in police custody on aggravated assault charges, reports the Port Arthur Police Department.

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The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas came to Beaumont July 12.

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, better known as CLEAT, came to Beaumont on Monday, July 12, for a demonstration in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse to demand justice for the widow and family of Martin “Popeye” Holmes, who passed away Sept. 19, 2013 at the age of 81.

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Judge Randy Shelton swears in new advocates Misty Arnaud, Carol Hammonds, Mathew

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas (CASA) welcomed eight new volunteers this month.

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