The Kentucky Derby is a little different this year. No, it’s still the same distance (1 1/4 miles) at Churchill Downs. It’s still held on the first Saturday in May (May 4 this year) and it’s still called the “greatest two minutes in sports.”

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The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with the U.S. Travel Association, will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week May 4-12.

“Travel supports 14.6 million jobs across the nation, including over 3,000 right here in Beaumont,” said Dean Conwell, executive director for the Beaumont CVB. “We have a full week of activities planned to let our elected officials and local citizens know about the positive effect travel has on Beaumont’s economy and people.”

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A recent edition of the New York Times revealed the results of an investigation. It showed that lobbyists in Washington are spending more than $3 billion per year lobbying Congress. A recent analysis conducted by former Agriculture Ctommissioner Jim Hightower identified amounts of money spent on lobbying in campaign contributions by category. His report was broken down by financial institutions, pro sports, radio, television and publishing companies.

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Bartholomew Granger, center, was convicted of capital murder in the shooting dea

One of the most high-profile capital murder trials in Beaumont’s history has ended with a verdict of guilty for Jefferson County Courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger, but sentencing the murderous "Mr. Hyde" may take longer than expected. 

Granger seemed unmoved by the verdict Tuesday, April 30, but eventually shouted at prosecutors and jurors in open court on Wednesday and Thursday.

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During the offseason, you prepare to face your enemy. For Jefferson County Mosquito Control, that enemy is West Nile Virus and other mosquito – borne illnesses.

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