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Jerald Bland, aka “Moe Betta,” 30, of Houston, was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for transporting a woman to Beaumont and Louisiana for commercial sex, Thursday, Aug. 16, in a Houston federal court. Bland pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 3 of this year.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.2 million to the state of Texas for the construction of a detention basin in Beaumont. FEMA is funding 75 percent or $1,284,570 of the $1,712,760 project, which involves building the new basin along Bayou Din. The project will help to alleviate flooding to more than 40 homes downstream and improve drainage for areas immediately surrounding the detention basin.

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James Bergeron

Bank robbery in real life is a far cry from what you see on television and in the movies.

The bandits don’t dress in suits and wear plastic Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon masks. There isn’t a band of men jumping out of a van armed with high-powered automatic weapons. And most important, the thief or thieves aren’t carrying duffel bags and emptying out vaults with hundreds of thousands of dollars as the take.

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Access to McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge was closed Aug. 9 due to potential hazards caused by multiple wildfires. The refuge is now open during its regular operating hours, and the public is welcome to participate in normal recreational activities on the site. Both the U.S.

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It’s not Black Friday, but the Texas sales tax holiday has retailers and shoppers alike gearing up for a weekend purchasing extravaganza. This year’s holiday is Aug. 17-19, and Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts Susan Combs estimates shoppers across the state will drop $810 million tax-free on goods gearing up for back-to-school. The three-day weekend exempting taxes on allowable back-to-school purchases is forecasted to save Texans roughly $64.8 million on items such as backpacks, socks, uniforms and pens.

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Thomas Nelson Publishing has decided to cease publication of David Barton’s controversial book, “The Jefferson Lies.”

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In the last few months, hundreds of elderly and disabled Southeast Texans have been scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars, an investigation by The Examiner has revealed. The victims thought they were claiming a portion of federal stimulus funds set aside to assist low-income Social Security recipients, when in fact no such provision exists.

Instead, false tax returns were submitted to the IRS in their names, with roughly half of the ill-gotten refund going to a third party. Once discovered, the victims are on the hook for the entire sum.

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First Nico Pearson Memorial Scholarship awarded

 

The Ben Rogers/Lamar University/BISD “I Have A Dream” Program announced the creation and awarding of six new $1,000 scholarships to Lamar University for graduating BISD seniors.

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Jefferson County prosecutor gears up for capital murder trial in Galveston

 

The trial of Jefferson County Courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger was pushed back to April 2 of next year in light of the capital murder indictment last week by a grand jury, and veteran prosecutor Ed Shettle said the death penalty will be on the table.


The trial was slated to begin on Aug. 20.

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