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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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The Orange City Council officially denied CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.’s request for a rate increase at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23. The council previously reviewed the ordinance for denial of the proposed increase at its Oct. 9 meeting and approved the measure unanimously Oct. 23.

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The Texas Attorney General has been asked to decide whether Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) trustees can legally appoint a currently-seated minority member to an additional two-year term, bypassing a public vote. The appointment would be the result of a lottery between trustees Zenobia Bush and Terry Williams, whose terms are scheduled to end in 2015. The “loser” would fill a newly districted at-large trustee seat starting in 2013 and ending in 2017.

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When the earth shakes, usually the causes aren’t man-made.

But with more than 6,000 “vibe points” in Cimarex Energy Company’s seismic survey in Beaumont’s North End, some residents might be in for a shaky winter.

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UPDATE: Mayor Prince says she will make no immediate changes on the board.

After a damning federal audit from HUD and with a court battle looming over the termination of former employee Joe Guillory, the Port Arthur Housing Authority (PAHA) moved to executive session away from reporters and out of the public eye Monday, Oct. 22.

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