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2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.

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Judy Nichols, vice chairman, and Dr. Garrett Peel, chairman

Beaumont’s Dr. Garrett Peel was named Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the next chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. Judy Nichols will serve as the vice chairman.

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Chief Jimmy Singletary swears in 10 new BPD officers. John Kenna was promoted

Friday, Jan. 15,  the Beaumont Police Department promoted Officer John Kenna to the rank of sergeant. Officer Kenna has served as a patrol officer with Beaumont PD for seven years.

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After being struck from behind while driving his truck during an early morning accident in Orange County, a 77-year-old Louisiana man attempting to direct traffic around the wreck was then struck by another vehicle.

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Darrell Mason

Darrell Mason, 19, of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, pleaded guilty to injury to a child Friday, Jan. 15, in relation to the injuries his daughter suffered in August 2013 in the weeks after her birth.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Jason-3 spacecraft Jan. 17.

Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday at 12:42 p.m. aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Christus Southeast Texas Health Systems CEO Paul Trevino; Dr. Lauree Thompson, n

Christus Health Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth is currently undergoing a $2.5 million Neonatal Intensive Care Renovation project, made possible by the Christus Health Foundation Southeast Texas and Christus Health. The hospital made the announcement at a media event Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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Rear Adm. John Alexander (inset) and the USS Ronald Reagan

When the USS Ronald Reagan scrambled its fighter jets after two Russian naval reconnaissance aircraft flew within one nautical mile of the U.S. aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula, Jan Alexander of Port Neches tried not to panic. 

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested a Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School student for possession weapons on campus late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 13, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs revealed in a news release. The student was also reportedly in possession of alcohol.

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Air Liquide in Port Neches

An international company has strengthened its role as a key player in Southeast Texas’ economic base with the recent addition of a new air separation plant in Port Neches. Air Liquide operates a series of industrial gas plants and pipelines along the Gulf Coast.

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