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A scammer identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy is targeting the elderly in Jefferson County, the sheriff's office reports.

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2014-Q1 results for Beaumont

• Home sales volume was up 10.02 percent, which is significantly higher than the statewide trend.

• Home prices both increased and decreased. The median price rose to $125,800, up 0.39 percent from the prior year, and the average price was $138,730, down 5.59 percent. Those trends are lower than what was seen throughout the state.

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From Businesswire.com:

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings downgrades Beaumont Independent School District, Texas' (the district) outstanding unlimited tax (ULT) bonds as follows:

--$398 million outstanding ULT bonds to 'BBB+' from 'A'.

The Rating Outlook is Negative.

SECURITY

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Timothy Smith Jr. and Derek Gray

Press release from Orange County Sheriff's Office:

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Authorities are searching for a 37-year-old Tyler, Texas, man related to a drug conspiracy case in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced recently.

April 9, 2014, the Tyler Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers executed a search warrant for narcotics at a residence in Tyler. This followed a one-year undercover narcotics investigation led by the Tyler Police Department in conjunction with the F.B.I.

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