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Around 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 21, an 18-wheeler was blocking east- and west-bound traffic on Highway 105 east of Sour Lake. The truck appeared to have jackknifed across the roadway.

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John Tomplait

With yet another arrest of a city official in Port Arthur, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office continues to uncover theft, deception and generally corrupt practices that, according to their investigation, have plagued the city for years.

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Road Closed Ahead

According to the City of Beaumont, effective Jan. 19, Southerland Street from Fourth Street to Fannett Road will be closed to through traffic until February 14. Only half of the street block will be closed through the duration of the street closure.

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LifeShare Blood Center Manager Carol Sims reports the Beaumont facility is running critically low on blood and blood components, and the center desperately needs donations from local community members to ensure area hospitals dependent upon those life-saving supplies will have access to them when they are required.

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2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.

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Judy Nichols, vice chairman, and Dr. Garrett Peel, chairman

Beaumont’s Dr. Garrett Peel was named Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the next chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. Judy Nichols will serve as the vice chairman.

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Chief Jimmy Singletary swears in 10 new BPD officers. John Kenna was promoted

Friday, Jan. 15,  the Beaumont Police Department promoted Officer John Kenna to the rank of sergeant. Officer Kenna has served as a patrol officer with Beaumont PD for seven years.

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After being struck from behind while driving his truck during an early morning accident in Orange County, a 77-year-old Louisiana man attempting to direct traffic around the wreck was then struck by another vehicle.

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Darrell Mason

Darrell Mason, 19, of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, pleaded guilty to injury to a child Friday, Jan. 15, in relation to the injuries his daughter suffered in August 2013 in the weeks after her birth.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Jason-3 spacecraft Jan. 17.

Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday at 12:42 p.m. aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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