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Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Craig Hutchinson

Texas Crime Stoppers, operating within the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, has announced a cash reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Craig Hutchinson. Hutchinson was killed early Monday morning, July 25, at his Round Rock home.

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The Neches River Rail Bridge public hearing scheduled for the evening of July 28at the Beaumont Civic Center has been postponed.

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A 44-year-old Houston woman pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales July 26.

Nhung Tuyet Nguyen, also known as Sandy Nguyen, pleaded guilty to theft of government property before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms Tuesday, July 26.

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ExxonMobil announced plans Tuesday, July 26, to increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels at its Beaumont refinery by approximately 40,000 barrels per day, further strengthening its integrated downstream portfolio while meeting environmental standards.

 “This will represent the largest capital investment at our Beaumont refinery in more than a decade,” said Fernando Salazar, manager of the Beaumont refinery, of the $450 million investment by ExxonMobil.

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The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has named Xiangyang (Sunny) Lei, associate professor of organic chemistry and interim chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as the recipient of Lamar University’s 2016 Faculty Mentor Award.

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A Lumberton man riding a motorcycle in a two-vehicle crash was fatally injured July 24, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

According to a news release from BPD, officers responded to a wreck involving a motorcycle and a van at the intersection of Calder Avenue and MLK in Beaumont at about 3:30 p.m.

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A Sugar Land mother died after being thrown from her vehicle during an accident that involved a tire blowout on Interstate 10 July 23, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

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If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.

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After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.

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