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A source with knowledge of Port Arthur's City Council Incumbent D. Kay Wise's previous employment said Thursday afternoon that her assertion that she lives at 735 Stilwell is untrue and that the company, GP Industrial Contractors, based out of Port Arthur, who used to employ Wise, paid approximately $17,000 in rent for her over a 17-month period as part of her fringe benefit package.

Attempts to reach Wise for comment were unsuccessful.

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In an attempt to keep the status-quo at the embattled Beaumont Independent School District, Superintendent Carrol Thomas and members of the group B.E.S.T. (Best Education System in Texas) have used racially charged comments to turn Saturday’s election involving representation on the board of trustees into a divisive issue pitting blacks against whites.

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Faced with questions regarding the legitimacy of her residency as she tries to hold on to her Position 7 seat on the Port Arthur City Council, D. Kay Wise denied that she lives in another district and said she is the victim of “dirty politics” from her opponents.

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According to reports from Child Protective Services in Beaumont, the siblings of the one-month-old child who died earlier this week have been placed in state custody. The infant’s death is thought to have resulted from co-sleeping with parents, but investigators are awaiting results of several tests, including an autopsy.

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It wasn't a good weekend for Rodney Jermaine Johnson. The 36-year-old was attempting to pass a forged check Friday night at the T&J Food Market when the clerk became suspicious and called police.

When police arrived, they discovered that Johnson was indeed trying to pass a forged check. Making matters worse for Johnson was that police also discovered he was driving a stolen car out of Dallas. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and his bond was set at $7500. The Beaumont Police said in a release that more charges are pending against Johnson.

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