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Expectations are building for America to become the world leader in oil production by 2017 due in part to what some are supposing could be the largest oil play in American history, taking place on Texan soil.

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Port Arthur police are investigating the death of a woman found floating face down near North Levee Road in Pleasure Island.

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U.S. Attorney John M. Bales traveled to Beaumont this week for the swearing-in ceremony of two new federal prosecutors assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

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The city of Beaumont is some $18 million richer after the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission signed and approved the last round of Hurricane Ike funding more than four years after the storm ravaged Beaumont and the surrounding areas.

Capital Projects Manager Brenda Beadle said the money will go to a number of infrastructure and city services projects, including a state-of-the-art fire station on Helbig Road.

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When a family can’t afford to bury a loved one, area residents have few options.

Many families look to Jefferson County for help. And, according to Jefferson County officials, the number of such families is on the rise.

Compared to larger counties such as Harris County, Jefferson County buries many more indigent dead on a per-capita basis, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said.

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