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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a second settlement on Aug. 7 concerning an antitrust investigation into an illegal group boycott in the dental supply market, according to a statement from his office.

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On Saturday, August 5, shortly after 5:00 a.m., Beaumont Fire-Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire reported at 3557 Grand Avenue with occupants still in the house, Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson said in a release.

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On Sunday, August 6 at 12:13 a.m., Beaumont Police officers responded to the 700 block of San Jacinto Street in reference to a victim of a shooting, Sgt. Cody Guedry said in a release.

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A head-on collision in Vidor resulted in multiple serious injuries with one of the vehicle knocked off the roadway, rolling multiple times before stopping.

According to a news release from the Vidor Police Department, dispatch received a call at 8:12 p.m. on Aug. 6 reporting a major accident involving a head-on collision at the intersection of SH-12 and Evengeline Lane near Quiet Village.

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Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a floodwall failure near Taylor Bayou on Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Fountain.

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The Jefferson County Courthouse, along with other government buildings, was evacuated Aug. 7 for the second time in about two months due to erroneous bomb threats at the building, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Texas Game Wardens are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred Saturday afternoon, Aug. 5, on Lake O’ The Pines involving three East Texas teens on a Boy Scout outing. Preliminary investigations and observations indicate the vessel, a catamaran sailboat, collided with an overhead transmission power line and those onboard may have been electrocuted as a result.

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Lending companies that initially contact property owners offering “relief” to those delinquent on taxes are foreclosing on homes all over Jefferson County, with more than 40 lawsuits filed against local residents over the past four years and millions of dollars in assets on the line.

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Former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell

While she says it isn’t set in stone – at least not for another month or so – former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell has tentatively announced intentions to run for the elected office that will be left vacant as Jefferson County 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd retires at the end of his current term.

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Orange County Commissioner for Pct. 4 Jody Crump

After decades of discussion, the Texas Transportation Commission of the Texas Department of Transportation has authorized Orange County to move toward construction of the controversial Vidor Loop, or FM 299, earmarking $34.2 million for the project from TxDOT’s pass-through toll program.

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