The News

Keystone XL pipeline suggests a new course for Labor, Industry

When hundreds packed the convention center in Port Arthur last September for a State Department hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it wasn’t just oil industry functionaries urging government approval for the massive project. An impressive turnout of elected officials from both parties lent their voices to the effort along with workers who would benefit from the thousands of jobs the Keystone construction would create.

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With more and more reports of Southeast Texans doubling as victims of scams, and identity theft and manipulation, area agencies are taking the offensive – targeting scammers and thieves for prosecution, and assisting victims caught up in their webs.

Consumer beware

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Judges say photo ID requirement burden on the poor

 

A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

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While a little over a hundred people noshed on cookies and water inside the Ozen High School gym for the retirement “Extravaganza” of Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas, some citizens elected to stay out in the heat instead and exercise their First Amendment right of free speech.

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The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, known for its extreme violence and blatant disregard for the law, is in a “state of disarray” thanks to the collective efforts of both state and federal agencies that have worked together to dismantle the statewide gang.

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