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The pace of strategizing, power plays and legislative sleight-of-hand grows more intense with each passing day as the Texas House and Senate confront the stark discipline that the calendar will impose when June 1 rolls around and, by law, the 84th Legislature will end in Austin.

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1676 Pauline

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 1676 Pauline. When firefighters arrived, they found flames visible in one room of the home. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the front portion of the house. No one was home when firefighters arrived, and there were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire has been determined to be deliberate, and a suspect has been identified. The investigation is continuing at this time.

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Vernon Butler with a Martin Elementary School student

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF)happily surprised several teachers and an Ozen High School student with academic grants they had requested for innovative classroom projects during the nonprofit’s spring caravan event May 1.

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Law Day photos

The Jefferson County Courthouse jury impaneling room was full of excitement Friday, May 1, as the Jefferson County Bar Association along with the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association celebrated the achievements of local attorneys, students and a few others at the Law Day Annual Meeting.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day, which is meant to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality. It’s a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.

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Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is two months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.

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US Navy photos

BUSAN, Republic of Korea — Fire Controlman 2nd Class Skylar Sparrow (right) from Beaumont, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristin Stahl from Smyrna, Tenn., shift the ships colors as the

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Donating for Dollars: Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now the nonprofit OpenBiome offers donors $40 for bowel movements — to supply “fecal transplants” for patients with nasty C. difficile bacterial infections.

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The Honorable Judge Courtney Arkeen

First Financial Bank will be presenting this year’s 2015 Athena award to The Honorable Judge Courtney Arkeen during a breakfast held in her honor at the Brown Estate in Orange on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 a.m. Judge Arkeen was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 and ran unopposed for district judge in 2012. She was the first female and first Republican judge in Orange and surrounding counties.

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Josh Green

Police are investigating a shooting that left a Beaumont man dead, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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The new H-E-B store at the corner of College and 11th Street in Beaumont will open its Fuel Station and Car Wash this Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m. The store’s mascot, H-E-Buddy, will be on site to hand out complimentary refreshments until 2 p.m. Following the grand opening, the fuel station will maintain daily hours of operation from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The 64,000-sq. ft. supermarket is scheduled to open Wednesday, May 27 at 6 a.m. and is at 3590 College Street.

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