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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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Investigators looking into a blaze at a local apartment believe a child playing with a cigarette lighter was the likely culprit responsible for initiating the fire.

Beaumont firefighters were dispatched to a reported apartment fire in the 900 block of Florida Avenue at approximately 3:40 p.m. on May 9, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue. When they arrived, they discovered a bedroom on fire in the upstairs apartment. According to a news release, firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire.

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Roxanne Reinhardt, Facebook photo

Police in Port Neches have discovered the identity of a woman killed in an auto-pedestrian accident May 9, reports the Port Neches Police Department.

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John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson

A second suspect sought by police in relation to the April 29 capital murder of local convenience store clerk Mettha (Metthananda) Kuruppu has been captured, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to news release from BPD, 19-year-old John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Spring, Texas at about 11:30 p.m. on May 8. 

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Army Chinooks arrive at Port of Beaumont

Beaumont-based soldiers from the 842nd Transportation Battalion unloaded USNS Mendonca Thursday, April 23.

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Betty Nellius is a former high school art instructor who holds weekly art classe

During National Volunteer Month in April, many volunteers are recognized for their continual efforts to better their community. Calder Woods honors its many volunteers during an annual recognition breakfast, and one special volunteer is revealed as “Volunteer of the Year.” 

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An unattended pot on a stovetop of a local apartment is believed to be responsible for a fire at the residence on May 8, Beaumont Fire-Rescue reports.

According to a news release from Beaumont Fire-Rescue, at approximately 11:34 a.m., units responded to a reported structure fire in the 4900 block of Highland Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found an apartment building with heavy smoke coming from one apartment. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and confine the fire to the kitchen of the single apartment.

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