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Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) trustees voted 4-2 to forego any right to roughly $2 million forfeited by district electrical contractor Calvin Walker, who admitted to falsifying invoices submitted to the school district for payment. The decision to not seek the funds came Oct. 18, a day after an attempt by BISD board president Woodrow Reece and Melody Chappell to claim attorney’s fees from the Walker money was denied by a federal court.

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Parents will have an opportunity to get a lifetime record of their child’s digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in the event of an emergency at Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event in Orange. The event is free for every family and will take place at Cecil Atkission Toyota on Friday, Oct. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No special information is required.

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Beaumont Police gathered to present honors to officers and community leaders Thursday evening, Oct. 18, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont at their 2012 Annual Awards Banquet.

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The announcement was expected but still greeted with a sigh of relief among Southeast Texas officials and residents who believe regularly scheduled commercial air service is important to a community. American Airlines said it will begin flying from the Jack Brooks Regional Airport (BPT) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on Feb. 13, 2013, through its regional affiliate American Eagle.

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Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley cites Port Arthur Housing Authority as an example of a government-funded agency that is in need of more oversight to prevent wasteful spending in an October report presented to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. 

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