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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.


Timothy Smith Jr. and Derek Gray

Press release from Orange County Sheriff's Office:


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.


Two Southeast Texas students captured the hearts of their readers and a trip to Washington, D.C. after submitting essays detailing how violence has affected their lives and what they would do to exact change through the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge, part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

Mark Hammer

The Orange County Commissioners Court appointed Mark Hammer as the new veterans service officer during a Monday, April 28, meeting.