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Alex Rupp, manager of Jack Brooks Regional Airport speaks with Commissioners.

Jefferson County Commissioners have tentatively committed to approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that will not raise the tax burden placed on property owners, but in order to do so, the elected leaders have to figure out how to balance a budget with more funding requests and less income.

According to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, who heads the Commissioners Court, the county has been hard hit by lowered gas prices.

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For many Southeast Texans, rental costs are nearly impossible to afford. With market rates for two and three bedroom properties routinely marked up to about $1,000 monthly, a single head of household worker earning minimum wage would have to use every single cent from four 40-hour work weeks just to put a roof over their family’s head.

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Former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing agent Naomi Lawrence-Lee

A Jefferson County jury of 12 failed to agree with the state’s allegation of third-degree theft against former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing and finance supervisor Naomi Lawrence-Lee, finding the defendant not guilty Thursday, July 28, after just a couple hours deliberating the evidence presented during three days of testimony.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for a proposed $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project to be built by Golden Pass Products (GPP) at the existing Golden Pass LNG import facility in Sabine Pass, Texas.

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A person’s home may be their castle, but for those who live in apartment complexes in Southeast Texas, many are quickly learning that their territorial reign does not extend to common parking areas. Tire touching the grass – your car may not be there when you come back for it. Parked on the line – towed away. Parking pass fallen off the rearview mirror – that may cost you a few hundred bucks.

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Southeast Texas businesses, hunters, and individuals are invited to participate in “Break a Clay for MDA”, a sporting-clay event. Five-person teams are $600. The event is at the 1-in-100 Gun Club, 1228 FM 421 Road in Lumberton Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and flight choices are 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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BPD Detectives arrested Rochelle Raedawn Kelly (inset) for aggravated robbery.

UPDATE: BPD Detectives arrested Rochelle Raedawn Kelly, 30, of Beaumont Aug. 5 in the aggravated robbery that occurred Aug. 2, 2016 at the TETCO Convenience Store at 5590 Calder in Beaumont.

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Workers on a boat under Veterans Memorial Bridge in Orange County recovered the body of a 54-year-old woman Aug. 2, reports the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 

According to a news release from OCSO, deputies responded to a call for assistance on a welfare concern at the bridge at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday. When deputies arrived, they were advised a white female had been rescued from the water by workers that had been in a boat working under the bridge. 

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The 2016-2017 school year is around the corner, and Southeast Texas residents will be out getting students prepared. The upcoming Texas tax-free weekend from August 5-7 is popular for shopping and profitable for local businesses, but, it is also a lucrative time for criminals as shoppers are often preoccupied with children, shopping lists, foot and vehicle traffic, warns Officer Carol Riley of the Beaumont Police Department.

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Several people were injured, including a teenager and three other minor children, when a truck towing cattle in a trailer collided with an SUV in Jefferson County Aug. 1, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

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