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Terminated Executive Director Tanya Wilson of the Orange Housing Authority (OHA) has filed a whistleblower suit against the quasi-governmental agency for what she claims was retaliation due to her cooperation in a federal audit of the agency.

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District 4 is up for grabs with current District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet running for mayor. The following are two candidates who are vying for the position:

Robert Troy

Age: 68

Hometown: Port Arthur

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For a related story on the District 4 City Council race, click the link below:

http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/pa-city-council-district-4-race

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The U.S. Attorney General’s Office, heading up the Department of Justice, filed for, and received, temporary restraining order barring the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) from implementing voting changes ordered by Texas 9th Court of Appeals. The U.S Attorney General’s Office claimed jurisdiction pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that any voting procedure changes in Texas be signed off on by the DOJ.

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Joseph Garrett Arredondo

According to a press release from the Nederland Police Department, officers arrested 26-year-old Nederland resident Joseph Garrett Arredondo on Wednesday, April 10, in relation to the homicide of his mother, 55-year-old Hollie Ann Arredondo, also of Nederland

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Apparently, love knows no age limit and gets sweeter the longer it ripens. Bishop Horace Hall Sr., 90, of Beaumont, and Pastor Winnie LeBlanc, a 75-year-old native of Wells, were married Saturday, April 6, at Kingdom Connection Church in Beaumont.
The two pastors were family friends for more than 30 years but became involved in January.
“The only way we knew each other before was through Christ,” LeBlanc said.
Hall is a widower and LeBlanc is a widow.
“He’s not a stranger,” LeBlanc said. “It’s just that we never had any reason to connect. I knew his family and even his deceased wife.”

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The Lamar University Jack Brooks Chair in Government and Public Service will focus on substance abuse when it hosts the 2013 Brooks Conference on Thursday, April 18.
Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Lamar Institute of Technology Multi-Purpose Center, at Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and East Lavaca.
Dawn Mathis of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Houston will be the keynote speaker for a luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m. Other guest speakers include Shane Howard, Jefferson County tax assessor-collector.

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CASA of Southeast Texas is gearing up for another year of advocacy for children suffering from a life of neglect and abuse.
With dwindling funding comes an increased need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and the money it takes to guide neglected children through the maze of Texas’ foster care system, especially since every neglected or abused child in Jefferson County is assigned an advocate from CASA of Southeast Texas.

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According to a report from the Orange Police Department, 45-year-old Orange resident Dexter Sias was caught red-handed trying to steal a stereo from a vehicle parked at a business in the 400 block of Green Ave. in Orange at approximately 12:04 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

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Police in Orange recovered approximately $1,175 worth of stolen power tools and other equipment from a local pawn shop after a call regarding theft of the items on Wednesday, April 10.

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