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A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of his aunt.

Lawrence James Jr., 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury May 17, 2012 for murder, a first-degree felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police discovered the body of Bettye Loretta Davis in a state of decomposition inside her home on March 30, 2012.

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Two Southeast Texas companies, ExxonMobil and Invista, were hit with fines for air pollution violations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) amounting to a combined total of $100,626.

This was part of a larger statewide effort by the TCEQ. According to the agency, a total of 42 regulated entities were fined $540,711 for a variety of violations.

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Commissioners proclaimed June “Men’s Health Month” in a Monday, June 2, meeting of the Orange County Commissioners Court.

Representatives from Gift of Life visited the court to promote their prostate cancer initiative, which raises awareness and offers free prostrate cancer screenings among other health screenings to eligible men in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange.

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Jefferson County Commissioners honored Deputy in Corrections John Austin who, after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring.

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Assistant District Attorney Bridgette L. Williams takes her oath of office before Judge John Stevens of Jefferson County’s Criminal District Court. Stevens swore Williams in as District Attorney Cory Crenshaw’s newest prosecutor Monday, June 2. According to a press release, Williams beat out at least 70 other attorneys for the job of prosecuting mostly misdemeanor cases in Judge Langston Adams’ busy County Court at Law No. 3.

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The city of Beaumont has encountered a few snags in their ongoing road projects, at least one of which could result in a lawsuit against the engineering firm, who did not include sidewalks that were compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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A group protesting the reduction in force (RIF) currently underway in the Beaumont Independent School District rallied at Roger’s Park on Wednesday, June 4, to try to bring a stop BISD administration trying to address the current school district deficit by eliminating roughly 300 educator jobs.

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When the parents of Andrew Sawyer Weller woke up on the morning of April 25, 1986, they couldn’t have known their lives would be ended with a shotgun as they sat eating breakfast.

“Well, they didn’t have salsa,” Weller’s attorney James Makin quipped.

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In the spirit of sparing no expense in fighting the Texas Education Agency takeover of the failing Beaumont Independent School District, the school district’s high-dollar attorneys have produced a lineup of witnesses to bring to Austin this Friday, June 6, that includes more than 30 employees, administrators, elected officials, and paid-by-the-hour lawyers for the district.

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Lamar University has recruited eight scholars for its 2014 ASCENT program. The ASCENT program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides students with full tuition and other support. ASCENT, headed by Dr. Kumer Das, director of the program, targets students currently enrolled at Lamar with two years left in their math or computer science degree, as well as transfer students who have graduated from a community college entering Lamar’s math or computer science programs.

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