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Lamar Allies, a collegiate gay-straight alliance, is hosting a workshop designed to educate the public on how to speak to government representatives.

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Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced today that a Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Johnny Ray Matlock, 23, of Silsbee, Texas, with continuous trafficking of persons.

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A worker who fell 25 feet from the Rainbow Bridge was not seriously injured, Orange County Sheriff Capt. Dennis Marlow said.

"Essentially, he unhooked his harness and slipped," Marlow said. "He fell about 25 feet. He was sore but they took him to the hospital just to be checked out."

"By the time our deputy got out there, they were already transporting him to be checked out," he said.

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Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD is the District being recognized by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce as their Student and Employee of the Month for February, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release Feb. 28.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led an 11-state coalition in signing a letter March 1, urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend and withdraw the current information collection request for existing oil and gas facilities, according to a release from his office.

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Photo courtesy of Jeannie Alexander

The campus finals of the Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation were held at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School on Sunday, Feb. 26, with seniors Connor Alexander and Kaylee Pattillo claiming first places in Declamation and Reading, respectively, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release on March 1.

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On Feb. 28 around 5:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 62 near FM 2246 in Jasper County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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A 26-year-old federal prison inmate has pleaded guilty to possession of a shank in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 1, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson Davilyn Walston.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 27 that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Michael Scott Chastain, 54, of Cranfills Gap. Chastain is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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This morning around 9:50 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies stopped a traffic violator on I-10 west bound near Major Drive, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release. The vehicle was a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, driven by a Hispanic male from the valley.

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