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With less than four years in the Port Arthur Independent School District superintendent’s seat, Dr. Johnny Brown has accepted an early buy-out package, which will effectively end his employment with PAISD June 30. Brown announced his resignation March 28, saying he would fulfill the remainder of his contract – until September 2014 – before leaving his post.

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Granger

After more than two weeks of testimony in the capital murder trial of convicted Jefferson County courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger, jurors have decided the self-described “Mr. Hyde” will be put to death.

The death penalty for Granger comes after a week’s worth of recorded jailhouse phone conversations were presented to jurors during the sentencing phase of the trial. This prompted Granger to make sudden outbursts, cursing at jurors and attorneys in open court. As a result, Granger’s defense questioned their client’s sanity.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved measures to go forward with the Pleasure Island Revised Breakwater Project and proclaimed May 4 through 12 “National Travel and Tourism Week” at a May 6 meeting at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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Thibodeaux

At their special court session scheduled Monday, May 6, commissioners approved a resolution appointing County Judge Carl Thibodeaux as the Orange County representative and negotiator with the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District Inc.

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BISD Trustee Janice Brassard looks on as demographer George J. Korbel talks abou

Number seven may be the charm, but an audience gathered at Beaumont Independent School District’s West Brook campus Tuesday, May 7, sounded off against BISD’s most recent redistricting map, which was only made available for review the same day. BISD is redistricting as part of a constitutional mandate that requires voting entities to re-evaluate their district lines after each census to ensure fair representation to all the population.

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