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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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It’s been more than a month since two batches of mosquitoes from Port Arthur tested positive for the West Nile Virus, and now the problem has buzzed its way into Beaumont, according to Kevin Sexton, director of Jefferson County Mosquito Control.

“They were collected on July 31, and we received information yesterday (Aug. 8) that the pool had tested positive,” Sexton said. “It was at Park and Saxe avenues in the South Park area in Beaumont.”

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Parking in downtown Beaumont can be a trying experience during popular events that draw big crowds, but for people with disabilities, that frustration is doubled. The city of Beaumont has some measures in place to reduce the levels of anxiety for its residents and visitors with disabilities.

Earlier this summer, the city specifically addressed handicapped parking in downtown Beaumont, public works director Patrick Donart said.

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Lamar University engineering research puts focus on efficiency

Xianchang Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Lamar University, will undertake groundbreaking work in modeling complex power generation systems with an eye to increasing efficiency thanks to a $69,000 grant from Entergy Charitable Foundation.

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Unemployment rate ticks up slightly to 7 percent

 

Texas added 12,900 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate increasing by a tenth of a point to 7 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Despite the increase, the state’s unemployment rate remains more than a point below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.

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In today’s tight job market, education is increasingly important for applicants. The minimum requirement for most jobs, in fact, is a GED, or general equivalency diploma. And scammers on the Internet are waiting to take advantage of the desperate and the uninformed.

For some employers, it doesn’t matter how many years of work experience you have, according to Bruce Martin, GED instructor at the Beaumont Independent School District GED center at the Texas Workforce Commission in Orange.

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One month after a Southeast Texas zombie invasion that promised a Battle of the Bands contest paying a $10,000 grand prize to the winner and various other giveaways, participants are still waiting to receive their winnings. Zombie Voodoo Fest 2012, promoted by Emerging Magazine figureheads Ricky Buxton (aka Stefan duBois, aka R.

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