The News

An 18-wheeler that overturned around noon Friday caused Port Arthur Police to close the portion of 73 east from State Highway 82 to U.S. Highway 69.  The U.S. 69 South exit to 73 East is also closed, according to a press release by TxDOT.

Both may remain closed past 6 p.m. Friday evening, said TxDOT Public Information Officer Sarah Dupre.

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PAFD

The Port Arthur Fire Department Arson Division is investigating a fire that broke out at a two-story apartment in Port Arthur Friday morning, Sept. 20. The apartment, located in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue, caught on fire around 7:15 a.m., said PAFD Battalion Chief Mike Free.

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From the Department of Justice:

Total Petrochemical USA Inc. (Total) will pay an $8.75 million penalty for failing to comply with the terms of a 2007 settlement with the United States that resolved alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.

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Photo by Darian Beebe

Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Nederland High School, stu­dents were presented with a preview of what to expect if they make the wrong decision and choose to drink and drive.

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Photo by Clay Thorp

A fire broke out at an abandoned building, formerly Hadley's Furniture warehouse, at the corner of McFaddin Avenue and Forrest Street in Beaumont around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 18. 

Beaumont Fire Captain Earl White, who is investigating the incident, confirmed the fire was started deliberately. 

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