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On Jan. 31 at 10:24 a.m., the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Saratoga Fire Department responded to an oilfield location off Rosier Park Road in Saratoga regarding an industrial accident, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release.

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Vidor Police and Orange County Fire ESD #1 were notified of an 18 wheeler on fire on I-10 westbound at mile marker 862 on Feb. 1 at 6:45 a.m., Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said in a statement.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 1 that a $5 million settlement with Western Union to protect consumers from wire fraud scams. The deal, which involves 49 states and the District of Columbia, resolves an investigation into complaints by people who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties who were involved in schemes to defraud them.

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Governor Greg Abbott listed reforming Child Protective Services (CPS) as one of his emergency items in his State of the State address on Jan. 31. CPS advocates were quick to offer praise for the Governor’s call to action:

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On Jan. 31, at 11:45 p.m., a Beaumont Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle in the 4600 block of Harding Drive. The driver of the vehicle fled from police and drove into an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Helbig Road, BPD PIO Haley Morrow reported.

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Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School art students recently participated in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Contest and received several ribbons and a medal for their efforts, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release on Jan. 27.

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Governor Greg Abbott listed banning sanctuary cities and strengthening border security in the State of Texas as top legislative priorities in his State of the State address on Jan. 31. Border security advocates were quick to offer praise for the Governor’s call to action:

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According to information from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Brit Featherston, a former Groves apartment manager was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Jan. 31 for her role in a scheme to defraud HUD of roughly $400,000. The same day, former Orange County Sheriff’s Office detective and spokesperson Chad Hogan was also sentenced to serve one year and one day for his role in the same plot to defraud the federal housing agency.

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It's Trash-Off time once again! The 22nd annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located on Simmons Drive in Orange, Texas. This year's Community Trash-Off is presented by INVISTA and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the City of Orange.

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On Jan. 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a possible plane crash near Jack Brooks Regional Airport, TxDPS PIO Stephanie Davis reported.

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