Texas

A man see police lights behind him as he drives drunk.

A new law aimed at reducing repeat drunk driving offenses and saving lives on Texas roadways officially goes into effect Tuesday, Sept. 1, just ahead of one of the busiest traffic weekends of the year.

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Gov. Greg Abbott

The gavel came down on the 84th Texas Legislature on Monday, June 1, as mandated by the state constitution. Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to veto, sign or allow bills to become law without his signature. A few vetoes have already flowed from the governor’s pen, with others possible, but this is as good a time as any to evaluate the Legislature’s work as documented in this column since January.

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Texas and Oklahoma are feeling the devastating effects of weeks of heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding, and the American Red Cross is there, helping people in the Lone Star State get back on their feet.

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Map of flooded areas in Texas

Texas and Oklahoma are feeling the devastating effects of weeks of heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding, and the American Red Cross is there, helping people in the Lone Star State get back on their feet.

The storms have impacted about 35 percent of the state, destroying or damaging thousands of homes. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support to people in need.

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Kelly High School seniors Crystal Torres and Monica Garcia.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas hosted the 2015 Law Day Art Contest Ceremony for the finalists. Scholarships of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place and $250 for fourth place were awarded. The contest was open to high school students within the boundaries of the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas.The counties served by the Beaumont division are Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton and Orange.

2015 Law Day Art Contest finalists

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Raul Castaneda

A Beaumont man was arrested for murder after police say he shot and killed his wife over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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U.S. Department of Justice press release:

Two campaign workers pleaded guilty for paying voters to vote in two 2012 elections in Hidalgo County, Texas, with cocaine and cash, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

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U.S. Department of Labor press release:

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday, Sept. 22, the award of $2,765,805 to the state of Texas for enhancements to the state’s short-time compensation (STC) program, a layoff prevention program also known as "work-sharing."  

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Housing market graphic

2014-Q1 results for Beaumont

• Home sales volume was up 10.02 percent, which is significantly higher than the statewide trend.

• Home prices both increased and decreased. The median price rose to $125,800, up 0.39 percent from the prior year, and the average price was $138,730, down 5.59 percent. Those trends are lower than what was seen throughout the state.

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State Representative Joe Deshotel said Wednesday morning that he believes a TEA takeover of B.I.S.D. may be the only way for the district to regain the trust of the community so that it can continue its duty of educating children. He believes we must move forward with the TEA staff's recommendation in order to be assured that no misdeeds or malfeasance at the administrative levels be allowed to negatively impact the district's accreditation.

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