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Hurricane Rita, 2005 (NOAA)

The Hurricane Genesis & Outlook (HUGO) Project at Coastal Carolina University anticipates a more active hurricane season in 2016 than last year, calling for a “near to above normal” season, according to its extended range forecast for the North Atlantic calculated in mid-April.

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 Contestants in the County Finals of the 112th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in R

Sunday, April 24, students who had previously won first place at the various local level competitions held at each of the five Orange County public high schools competed at the 2016 County Finals of the 112th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest at the Lutcher Theater.

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A fatal motorcycle accident in Beaumont claimed the life of a 61-year-old Nederland man, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

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A Hillister crash between an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck sent a Warren man to a Houston hospital with serious injuries, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports. 

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Beaumont's Monsignor Kelly High School has named its 2016 teacher of the year. 

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Lumberton Police chief Danny Sullins reports officers recently made their largest single meth bust ever after discovering more than 400 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop April 27.

According to Sullins, officers made the traffic stop on Highway 96 in Lumberton.

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An unsolved murder case in Vidor is one step closer to resolution after the stepson of one of the victims was arrested April 29 and is behind bars in Orange County on related charges while police wait for further DNA testing.

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Devin McCraney, Sharika Allison (inset)
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Jefferson County Judge Milton Shuffield has ruled that former Beaumont Independent School District finance employees are responsible for paying back millions of dollars the pair stole while employed with the school district – as well as millions more in punitive damages.

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State Highway 87 in Newton County was closed Wednesday, May 4, by an overturned log truck approximately two miles south of FM1416. The report came in at approximately 12:45 p.m. A 2011 Freightliner hauling timber near the community of Old Salem was traveling southbound on Highway 87.  The load shifted as the truck entered a curve, causing the vehicle to land on its side, with the load of timber spilling onto the roadway.

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Michael Gelagotis

A man who has been pretending to be a police officer for years, after running afoul of the law yet again for criminal impersonation, was remanded to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 10 years on May 2. The sentence was given as a probation revocation for an earlier impersonation of a peace officer charge Michael Gelagotis pleaded guilty to in 2009.

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