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Jeff Bauman

Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing who later was able to identify the bombers, will be the speaker for the LIT Foundation Salute to Real American Heroes on Sept. 10.

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A man who has been arrested previously for impersonating local law enforcement was arrested once again for posing as a deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is lowering the speed limit on Highway 12 in Orange County.

According to a news release from DPS, the speed limit along SH 12 will be lowered from 75 mph to 65 mph beginning Monday, Aug. 3, "as a result of a recent speed study." Drivers are urged to drive cautiously and adjust their habits to reflect the change.

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July 27, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America announced that its National Executive Board had voted to end its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders, however, and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality, Boy Scouts of America said in a press release.

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Jose Stephen Gracia

A 45-year-old Galveston man has pleaded guilty to federal child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on July 27.

Jose Stephen Gracia pleaded guilty to production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Police pursued two suspects and arrested one of them in response to a report of a burglary in progress at a convenience store in Orange on July 27, reports the Orange Police Department.

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Join the Orange County Emergency Services District #1 Explorers, Post #351, in front of Market Basket off Main Street in Vidor on Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help them raise funds for the student program. Explorers will be selling links or boudin with a bag of chips and a drink for only $5. Show up early before they run out!

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Museum of Natural Science, and San Jacinto

Brothers John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen of New York purchased 6,642 acres of land near Buffalo Bayou in 1836 for a mere $9,428. The Allen brothers named the location Houston after Sam Houston, the hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. The greater Houston area is now home to more than 6 million people, a far cry from 12 that called it home in 1837.

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Gayle Botley

In a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County’s 58th District Court on Wednesday, July 15, the Beaumont Independent School District is seeking monetary damages in excess of $1 million from independent auditor Gayle Botley for failing to comply with contractual obligations and professional negligence.

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Volunteers pack food in the warehouse for shipment via Mobile Pantry.

With nearly 37,000 undernourished children to feed in the area, the Southeast Texas Food Bank is reaching out for community support.

Friday, July 24, the Southeast Texas Food Bank will launch “Food Bank Friday,” a weekly online fundraising campaign to generate steady support from the community.

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