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Former Beaumont ISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker will be required to face state prosecution alleging he defrauded the school district and the city of Port Arthur, according to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), as the court’s justices this week refused to entertain pleadings by Walker and his legal counsel that the cases pending against the defendant should be quashed before ever being heard by a jury of his peers. Walker is set to appear before Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens on June 5.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says it’s time again for “Spring cleaning,” time to clear out those cluttered medicine cabinets and dispose of old drugs during the 2017 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. 

Featherston and area DEA agents are encouraging the public’s participation in the biannual event in an effort to deter prescription drug abuse and overdoses that are becoming more and more frequent. 

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Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday, April 25 that Golden Pass Products (GPP) has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement countries. NFTA Countries are countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.

“Golden Pass Products is pleased to have achieved this important regulatory milestone as we continue to work to develop the export opportunity,” said company spokesperson Clark Vega.

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UPDATE: After he was found guilty of capital murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court, a jury sentenced Joseph Colone Jr. to death Monday, May 8.

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On April 25, at about 6 p.m., Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant in the 3700 block of FM Hwy 770 in Kountze regarding a marijuana investigation, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release. The warrant was issued by Hardin County Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton.

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