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The sun had yet to rise Friday, April 15, when Jana Williams got the call.

“My niece called me, to tell me what happened,” Williams remembers vividly. “Then the ambulance driver called me after that.”

The news from the other end of the phone was what parents’ nightmares are made of. Williams’ middle son, Ethan, was involved in a car accident – and the 21-year-old man who she nursed and loved his whole life was critically injured.

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Although removed from the media attention it once garnered, foreclosure rates in Texas, and the nation, are still at an alarming rate. One in 497 housing units in the United Stated received foreclosure notices in January 2011, according to data compiled by California-based Realty Trac, the leading provider of such information. Those numbers are down 17 percent from the year prior.

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Officers, along with the Orange County Area Law Enforcement SWAT Team, executed a narcotics search and arrest warrant in the 1800 block of Concord Road in Vidor shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, arresting two people and confiscating drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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In honor of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, Jefferson County Adult Protective Services will hold the second annual Making Strides Against Elder Abuse Walk-a-thon on Friday, May 6.

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On two of the busiest hospital floors in Southeast Texas where life and death play tug-of-war while families cling to hope and doctors and nurses work tirelessly to save those lives, six high school students from Memorial and Port Neches-Groves did their part to paint a picture of optimism and thanks at the trauma center at Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth.

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Much like the late Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda went looking for America 42 years ago in “Easy Rider,” motorcycle clubs across the state of Texas are looking for a little respect as they promote motorcycle safety awareness.

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UPDATE: On July 27, 2010, the day after James Whitehead was killed by Robert Arnold, Texas Ranger Ken Parks told former Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell, "this is a good shoot and it will only take a couple of days to investigate."

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Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux flexed his judicial muscle to order an emergency burn ban for all of Orange County on Monday, April 18. The ban will be in effect for seven days, and county commissioners will have an opportunity to keep the ban in effect during the entity's next scheduled meeting.

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Beaumont Animal Services will participate in North Shore Animal League America’s International Pet Adoptathon®, the premiere global pet adoption event. Thousands of shelters in dozens of countries are participating in this year’s month-long Pet Adoptathon® 2011, including Beaumont Animal Services, to find homes for each and every pet in its care.

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It was a dangerous and deadly weekend on Port Arthur roads.

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