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On June 11, a gunman opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring another 53 before being gunned down by police after holding hostages inside the club for hours.

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Carol Hodges and Christy Leblanc present West Brook senior Mary Kim with the 201

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to four BISD senior students. In addition to making grants available to staff and students for innovative learning ideas, the BPSF administers two endowed scholarships.

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Edward James Jr. is 56 years old. He has no permanent address and lives in a tent in the woods. James says he is lucky to have the tent, the only steady roof he has had over his head for the last two years after he lost his job in construction. He does not stay in the tent city located in a separate area of Beaumont because he prefers his solitude, but the mosquitoes cause him some discomfort at his hidden campsite, as do the heat and his medical issues.

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The ExxonMobil Downtown refinery issued a shelter-in-place Wednesday, June 15,  after the refinery received a bomb threat.

"ExxonMobil received a bomb threat shorty before 11 a.m.," said Patrick Trahan, Manager, Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. "We contacted the authorities."

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

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At approximately 12:15p.m. Wednesday, June 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an 18-wheeler on fire in the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County near mile marker 871. An International truck tractor semi-trailer towing live chickens experienced a tire blowout that sparked a fire.  At the time of the crash, the vehicle was transporting approximately 6,000 chickens.

About 2,000 chickens died in the fire.

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Police in Beaumont have identified a suspect in a series of armed robberies of international Lamar University students that occurred between March 12 and April 18, Sgt. Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reports.

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This spring, three tiny green bush vipers were born on March 26. Like most pit vipers, the neonates were born live instead of hatched from eggs like many other types of snakes. Originally a part of a group of six, only three have survived and have doubled in weight since their birth. They are expected to grow to be between 18 and 24 inches long. Despite their name, green bush vipers vary in color, mostly shades of green, but can also be bright yellow or grey.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Beaumont resident John Henry Whitfield to 15 years in prison after Whitfield pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on June 13, reported the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

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Police arrested a man in Orange June 8 after he reportedly attempted to urinate on customers at a Valero station on 16th Street.

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Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and Texas Department of Transportation officials are shutting down eastbound Highway 73 in the 4900 block for two to three hours starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, in order for officers with PAPD and the Groves City Marshal's office to reconstruct an accident that happened several days ago, PAPD reports.

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