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TEA to analyze funding

Hurricane Harvey’s destructive flooding on the Texas Coast has left property damage in excess of tens of billions of dollars, and with it, losses to state and local government programs that depend on property values to generate tax income. Among the entities expecting to see a significant decline in collections are the local school districts that traditionally claim a lion’s share of the Texas homeowner property tax payments.

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District Attorney Bob wortham, ADA Tatiana Zelezniak and ADA Kim Pipkin

Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham has a message for unregistered sex offenders looking for a place to hide: Stay away from Southeast Texas.

“I really think sexual predators should find somewhere else to go,” Wortham said, adding that unregistered sex offenders in Jefferson County would be prosecuted for failing to register and for failing to change their address within seven days of moving. They face third-degree felony charges and punishment ranging from two to 10 years behind bars.

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Trooper Damon Allen

Funeral services for the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who died while on duty Thanksgiving Day will be on Friday, Dec. 1, in Mexia, Texas, DPS said in a statement.

Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

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UPDATE, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: Heaven Cox has been found. The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports she was in Louisiana at the home of a relative of an acquaintance. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

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Original release:

An Orange County mother is searching for her runaway daughter, 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).

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A 69-year-old Liberty, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to a federal tax violation in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Nov. 29.

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