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It’s been more than a month since two batches of mosquitoes from Port Arthur tested positive for the West Nile Virus, and now the problem has buzzed its way into Beaumont, according to Kevin Sexton, director of Jefferson County Mosquito Control.

“They were collected on July 31, and we received information yesterday (Aug. 8) that the pool had tested positive,” Sexton said. “It was at Park and Saxe avenues in the South Park area in Beaumont.”

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Parking in downtown Beaumont can be a trying experience during popular events that draw big crowds, but for people with disabilities, that frustration is doubled. The city of Beaumont has some measures in place to reduce the levels of anxiety for its residents and visitors with disabilities.

Earlier this summer, the city specifically addressed handicapped parking in downtown Beaumont, public works director Patrick Donart said.

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Lamar University engineering research puts focus on efficiency

Xianchang Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Lamar University, will undertake groundbreaking work in modeling complex power generation systems with an eye to increasing efficiency thanks to a $69,000 grant from Entergy Charitable Foundation.

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Unemployment rate ticks up slightly to 7 percent

 

Texas added 12,900 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate increasing by a tenth of a point to 7 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Despite the increase, the state’s unemployment rate remains more than a point below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.

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In today’s tight job market, education is increasingly important for applicants. The minimum requirement for most jobs, in fact, is a GED, or general equivalency diploma. And scammers on the Internet are waiting to take advantage of the desperate and the uninformed.

For some employers, it doesn’t matter how many years of work experience you have, according to Bruce Martin, GED instructor at the Beaumont Independent School District GED center at the Texas Workforce Commission in Orange.

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