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If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.

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After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.

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Katrina Casey Rossow

A woman presenting a fake ID and someone else’s checkbook to a cashier at a local department store barreled through loss prevention personnel, injuring two store employees, reports Sgt. Burt Moore of the Beaumont Police Department.

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It’s July and tax season may be over, but that isn’t stopping scammers impersonating IRS agents from calling to collect whatever they can steal from unwitting victims, reports Detective Lisa Jardine of the Beaumont Police Department.

Jardine’s own family was recently the target of such a scam, but the longtime law enforcer didn’t fall prey to the confidence trick and instead had a little fun of her own.

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In another recent attack against law enforcement officers, an assailant carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, with a backup assault rifle reportedly hidden in his car, shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17 before he was taken down.

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