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Michael Williams

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Wednesday, April 24, that the agency will be transitioning the way it rates school district accountability. According to Williams’ statement, the new 2013 state accountability system for school districts, campuses and charters in Texas will be based on four components, giving parents and taxpayers a more comprehensive overview of school district accountability. The first ratings under this system will be issued by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 8. 

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This 2005 photo shows the condition of the site prior to the removal action.

The city of Port Arthur and a handful of companies operating within the municipality have entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay more than $1 million in damages for their role in “releases of hazardous substances at the State Marine Superfund Site near the city of Port Arthur, Texas,” announced DOJ filings Tuesday, April 23. The announcement from the governmental entity now opens a 30-day public comment period on the allegations made by the DOJ or the resulting settlement with the alleged offenders.

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Legacy Community Health Services (LCHS), a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with five main locations and a variety of secondary sites across the greater Houston area, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest clinic, Legacy Community Health Services South Park, at 4450 Highland Ave. in Beaumont at the former location of Ubi Caritas health clinic.

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While the Orange City Council approved flagpole and banner restrictions aimed at

At the Orange City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 23, the council again unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the size and height of flagpoles and banners for residential and commercial property in Orange. 

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American Airlines Eagle

In a PowerPoint slideshow and presentation at a workshop of the Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday, April 22, Jack Brooks Regional Airport Manager Alex Rupp offered an update on the airport and the success of the new American Airlines American Eagle route from Jack Brooks to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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