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In trying to buck a bothersome trend that’s plagued the area the past few months, Lifeshare Blood Centers is putting on their best Dracula impersonation – they want your blood.

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The March 9 announcement by Gov. Rick Perry that Apple would expand its presence in Texas with a $304 million investment in Austin that will create more than 3,600 new jobs was greeted with predictable fanfare. A key part of the deal for the new campus that would more than double the size of Apple’s workforce in Texas over the next decade was an investment of $21 million in state taxpayer dollars over 10 years through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).

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Seeking an explanation for Beaumont Independent School District trustees seeing a different Comprehensive Annual Financial Report/audit (CAFR) than what was presented to the Texas Education Agency, trustee Mike Neil says he caught superintendent Carrol Thomas and assistant superintendent for business and finance Robert Zingelmann in a lie, and it was all recorded on the district’s video system.

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A cold front approaching Southeast Texas is expected to produce heavy rains and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

Residents are advised to watch for possible flash flooding in low-lying areas and pay attention to debris that may result from winds at approximately 25 mph.

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When longtime Vidor City Manager Ricky Jorgensen decided to call it quits sometime in February, he said he was giving the Vidor City Council a one-month notice to find his replacement. Although he didn’t officially turn in a letter of resignation until March 8 with a last day named as March 9, Jorgensen said city leaders knew of his intentions well in advance.

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