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UPDATE: Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology will reopen at 1 p.m.

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Cory Crenshaw (center)

In a short ceremony in the presence of family and friends, Cory Crenshaw was sworn in as Jefferson County's newest district attorney after the office was vacated late last year. 

The news came Monday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2014, and soon thereafter, Crenshaw was sworn in, with the oath of office administered by Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens. 

Crenshaw was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas under John M. Bales before being appointed as Jefferson County's interim district attorney. 

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A 50-year-old Cameron, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Jan. 27.

Allen Keith Miller pleaded guilty on August 28, 2013, to bank robbery and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on January 24, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Investigators with the Beaumont Fire Department suspect arson as the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to the garage of a home in the 2300 block of Gladys Street in Beaumont during the evening of Saturday, Jan. 25.

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DSHS fish consumption advisory chart

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

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Sanderson

Jim Sanderson, professor and chair of Lamar University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has recently published a new collection of short stories, “Trashy Behavior,” through the Lamar University Press.

Sanderson decided to produce the collection after winning the Texas Institute of Letters’ Kay Cattarulla Award for Short Fiction in 2012 for the short story, “Bankers.”

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Beaumont firefighters responded to three separate structure fires overnight from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014.

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A Beaumont man is dead following a single-car accident Friday night, Jan. 24, 2014, at approximately 8 p.m. in the 4500 block of U.S 69 South on the Fannett Road overpass. According to traffic investigators, multiple factors contributed to the cause and severity of the crash.

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As of 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 24, Neches River bridge traffic was at a standstill.

UPDATE (7:31 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014): The Beaumont Police Department issued the following update on Beaumont Traffic operations. All highways in Beaumont had reopened, including Interstate 10, the Eastex Freeway, Cardinal Drive, and MLK Parkway. The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River was open, as well. 

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