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Two Earth-sized planets passing in front of their parent red dwarf star.

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Coast Guard crews rescued about 200 people, assisted nearly 3,000 people in distress and rescued 26 pets as of Aug. 15 from flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aug. 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government.

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The Rev. Dr. Ed Hennig

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hennig will be installed as the pastor of the Northwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a service Aug. 28 beginning at 10:45 a.m. In the same service, he will be installed as the pastoral counselor of the Northwood Counseling Center, which is part of the church’s ministry in Beaumont. The installing minister will be the Rev. Peggy Edge, area minister of the Coastal Plains Area of the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ).

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Veterans needing legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Lumberton Fire & EMS at 228 Country Lane Drive. The clinic is a public service of the Jefferson County Bar Association, which is part of a coalition of bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 17 counties in Texas.

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Matthew Bloodsworth

Local self-advocate Matthew Bloodsworth has been named 2016 Texas Advocate of the Year by the Texas Advocates. 

The Texas Advocates is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight unfair treatment and advocate for more and better services and support for people with disabilities so they can be included in their communities. They are recognized as the leader in self-advocacy in Texas. 

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Mayor Becky Ames said the council appreciates the efforts city staff has made.

During a work session at their regular meeting Aug. 16, the Beaumont City Council discussed plans for restoring residential recycling in the municipality.

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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The Beaumont Public Health Department has received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services of the first case of travel associated Zika in a Beaumont resident.

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Police in Orange arrested a local man for public intoxication after responding to a call reporting someone standing in the middle of John Street with no shirt on Aug. 15, reports the Orange Police Department. 

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Two pools of mosquitoes on Beaumont's north end tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The first pool was collected on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Carnegie Avenue and Tyler Street. A second pool was collected at Cable Avenue near I-10, reports Kevin Sexton, director of Jefferson County Mosquito Control District. They have been confirmed positive by the Texas Department of Health in Austin.

"This is not unexpected with the hot and dry weather we had for the last month. Because of the recent heavy rains throughout the area it is probably less of a threat now," Sexton said.

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