The News

Today the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is grieving the loss of telecommunications operator Joetta Heckaman.

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The 26-year-old Asian elephant Shanti undergoes an ultrasound at the Houston Zoo

Hope the storks have been working out, because a 250- to 300-pound bundle of joy is headed for the Houston Zoo. The 26-year-old Asian elephant Shanti is pregnant and will give birth this summer after a two-year gestation.

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File photo by Robert Sloan

Following a series of public meetings on the Texas coast to seek angler input, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), along with the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), have reached an agreement that will allow private recreational anglers to catch red snapper in federal waters on weekends this summer.

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One week ago, Kera Teel’s family held a press conference at the police station in downtown Beaumont and made an emotional plea for help finding the killers who shot the young, pregnant mother, snuffing out the lives of Kera and her infant Kyndal Teel, who was born but later died at the hospital following the attack.

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Motiva’s 26th annual Golden Golf tournament raised more than $137,000 recently to benefit Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle.

JA Director Patricia Woolridge reports that thousands of children throughout the Golden Triangle benefit each year from the programs that are made possible through funds raised at this tournament.

“Students develop the skills they need to become tomorrow’s workforce, thanks to Motiva, their employees and the numerous financial supporters, golfers and volunteers involved in the success of this tournament,” she said.

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