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Governor Greg Abbott visited Van Zandt County on May 1, following the severe weather and deadly tornadoes that struck Texas overnight. During his visit, the Governor surveyed the damage and received updates from local officials. Following the briefing, the Governor held a press conference where he called on Texans to come together to rebuild and help those affected, as well as pray for those who were lost and their families.

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At approximately 7:19 p.m. on April 28, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 2070 Oakland. When firefighters arrived, they found the structure fully involved by flames. Firefighters made a defensive attack and were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes. The building appears to have been vacant with no utilities connected. The fire appears to be deliberate, and the building is a total loss.

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Mobiloil Credit Union held a ground breaking for its newest location at 11250 Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu Friday, April 7.

Construction of the 3700-square-foot credit union will begin this month, and the location is anticipated to open in late 2017.

Mont Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon, city officials and chamber representatives from the Mont Belvieu area along with MOCU executive staff, board members and the building design team were present for the ground breaking. 

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The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will present the Spindletop Award to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Golden Pass LNG at the Chamber’s Spindletop Award Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17. This is the first time ever that the award has been given to more than one recipient. 

The announcement was made at a Tuesday, April 25 press conference at the Beaumont Chamber office.

The Spindletop Award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate/organizational citizenship and overall impact on our community. 

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A 35-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been found guilty by a jury for federal violations related to the murder of a Port Acres woman in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced April 27.

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A gun-wielding madman capable of massacring students and teachers roaming the halls of a small-town Texas high school isn’t at all the picture painted by the family and counsel of accused mass murder plotter 17-year-old Triston Miller. However, investigators paint a different picture of the suspected would-be shooter and the teen is now banned from the school where he’s been an honor student for years after being arrested on April 18 amid allegations he was planning a “Columbine-style” shooting at the Port Neches-Groves High School.

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Former Beaumont ISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker will be required to face state prosecution alleging he defrauded the school district and the city of Port Arthur, according to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), as the court’s justices this week refused to entertain pleadings by Walker and his legal counsel that the cases pending against the defendant should be quashed before ever being heard by a jury of his peers. Walker is set to appear before Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens on June 5.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says it’s time again for “Spring cleaning,” time to clear out those cluttered medicine cabinets and dispose of old drugs during the 2017 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. 

Featherston and area DEA agents are encouraging the public’s participation in the biannual event in an effort to deter prescription drug abuse and overdoses that are becoming more and more frequent. 

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Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday, April 25 that Golden Pass Products (GPP) has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement countries. NFTA Countries are countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.

“Golden Pass Products is pleased to have achieved this important regulatory milestone as we continue to work to develop the export opportunity,” said company spokesperson Clark Vega.

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