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Glaring error in BISD superintendent’s contract sparks confusion and lawsuit

Beaumont Independent School District trustees will meet Thursday, May 17, behind closed doors with their attorney to discuss how the group was collectively unaware of a provision in new superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois’ contract allowing for an automatic base salary increase for the $215,000-a-year administrator.

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In October of 2011, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted an undercover operation targeting several primary locations that were actively engaging in the county-wide distribution of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. This investigation was started due to numerous complaints made to the Sheriff’s Office from Vidor area residents, sheriff Keith Merritt said.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call sometime after 10 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in relation to what the caller believed was a possible stabbing and shooting occurring in the 1700 block of Ricky Lane in Vidor.

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A man is dead after his car caught on fire late Thursday evening and he was unable to escape, Port Arthur Police released in a statement Friday morning. The man's identity has not been released. 

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When the budget axe swung in the last session of the Texas Legislature, there were warnings sounded about the impact of the cuts on higher education – and on the students and their parents who bear the cost of college education. At Lamar University, those cuts are taking a toll.On May 11, LU officials announced the ending of the university’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program. The last students will begin the two-year program this fall.

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