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Southeast Texans should be aware of an energy scam, according to a consumer alert by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.

According to the alert, the scammers are “using in-person solicitations, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages ... claiming that a new federal program established by the Obama administration is providing a free utility bill payment.”

This is a claim Debi Derrick, communications specialist at Entergy Texas in Beaumont, says is fraudulent.

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More than three weeks after three Port Arthur mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus, Jefferson County Mosquito Control says no more evidence of the disease has turned up.

A pool of mosquitoes from the Grannis Avenue and Fifth Street area of Port Arthur was sent to Austin on June 27 for West Nile testing, according to Kevin Sexton, director of Jefferson County Mosquito Control.

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Trudie Crutchfield’s epic battle with nature and Bank of America

 

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The man behind Guardian Angel Service Dogs has had his share of legal problems in his home state of Virginia, and a barrage of comments online raised questions about his organization following the publication of a story last week.

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New facility replaces storm-damaged Harvest Club

 

The Beaumont City Council held its weekly meeting at the new Event Centre on July 10, giving the public the first opportunity to view the site. The massive windows looked out over rain falling on the pond in front of the building; inside, the council conducted business as usual in the new structure at 700 Crockett St.

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Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas President/CEO James Dreiling expected to miss a few calls and maybe a few office walk-ins while officials from the nonprofit attended a national Goodwill conference scheduled for late June into early July, but returning home to see The Examiner’s July 5 issue with an article highlighting activist calls for a Goodwill boycott really took the veteran do-gooder by surprise.

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With his second trial slated to start next week, Beaumont electrician Calvin Gary Walker pleaded guilty Tuesday, July 17, to failure to pay federal income taxes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Walker was under indictment on 37 counts of fraud and other charges alleging he over-billed taxpayers by submitting falsified invoices to the Beaumont Independent School District for electrical work. He was tried in December 2011 but jurors were deadlocked, failing to reach a verdict, and U.S. Judge Ron Clark declared a mistrial in the case. Clark reset the case for July.

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Randall Stephenson photo

 

In reaction to a petition campaign asking him to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s current ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders, Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T and an executive board member with the Boy Scouts, has announced that he not only supports an end to the ban -- but will also commit to ending it.

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Examiner correspondent Brenda Cannon Henley took this photo in Mauriceville off Hwy. 12 around noon Friday, July 13. Officials have placed that area, and other parts of Orange County, under flash flood warning until 3 p.m. with more rain predicted for the next five days.

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HT Staffing gives clients information, flexibility and people

If you want the straight message about the employment situation in the Golden Triangle, go to the source. HT Staffing finds jobs for people and people for jobs, and has a finger the pulse of the local hiring scene.

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