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Starting May 1, Texas will begin providing this year’s statewide Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent to prevent Zika virus transmission. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is offering the repellent to more Medicaid clients to ensure additional Texans are protected from the virus that can be devastating to unborn babies.

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On April 16 at about 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to three children, ages 8 months, 10 months and 2 years old, being left alone in a room.

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New line officers for the Honey Bears were announced at the 46th Annual Installation Tea on Thursday evening, April 20, LCM CISD spokesperson said in a release.

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On April 20 at about 7:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a motor vehicle crash near Saratoga on FM 770 in Hardin County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a crash reconstruction causing multiple lane closures on I-10, near mile marker 861, in Orange County, Texas beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Police are charging a teen accused of shoplifting at Vidor Walmart on April 17 with criminal mischief for destroying store property and with multiple drug charges, including bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility, reports Sgt. Lee Brading. 

According to Brading's report pertaining to the incident, police were dispatched to Walmart on Main Street at about 9 a.m. in reference to a man cutting open boxes at the store. Loss prevention staff described the suspect as dressed in black and riding a mobility scooter. 

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On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Port Arthur Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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A 45-year-old Roma, Texas man has been sentenced to prison for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced April 21.

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators, along with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force personnel and HCSO District 2 patrol units, captured murder suspect Russell Cormier, around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

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(Top row, from left) Council Member Gary Herrera, Council Member Ted David Slaug

The Vidor City Council voted April 13 to change an existing ordinance to reduce instances of solicitation in the city, making it safer and easier for citizens to do business there without being harassed, said Vidor Mayor Robert Viator.

Viator said an initiative to combat the growing number of solicitors, often referred to as “panhandlers,” started in 2012 after city leaders noticed the increase in people asking for money while standing near roadway intersections.

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