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The negotiations went down to the wire on Jan. 31 as the United Steelworkers union and Royal Dutch Shell reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract averting a possible strike that could have idled as many as 69 refineries in the United States, including many of the petrochemical facilities in Southeast Texas.

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Southeast Texas has always been a charitable area when called upon to donate for local causes, even in this economy that has ravaged charitable giving.

For Donna Blanchette and the March of Dimes program, they’re counting on the generosity of the area once again as they ramp up fundraising for this year’s March of Dimes 2012 March for Babies. This year’s event is a three-mile walk that will take place on the Lamar campus beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Last year more than 1,000 people participated.

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It was supposed to be a secret. In what some might call a wink-and-nod agreement, Beaumont City Attorney Tyrone Cooper’s office dismissed misdemeanor criminal charges against NBA star Kendrick Perkins for disorderly conduct and public intoxication and took no position when Perkins filed to have his criminal record expunged – a move that would erase any trace of his conduct and actions toward the Beaumont Police Department inside and outside The Ticket Sports Bar on Aug. 13, 2011.

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The Examiner has confirmed through multiple sources that the USW has recommended approval of an agreement with Shell Oil on contract negotiations. Although there was a national agreement, each local union must ratify the agreement.

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The trim red trailer parked in front of the H-E-B on Highway 347 in Groves has the name “Al Sabor de Mexico” emblazoned on the side and offers the usual assortment of tacos, tortas, burritos and tamales.

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