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Unemployment rate ticks up slightly to 7 percent

 

Texas added 12,900 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate increasing by a tenth of a point to 7 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Despite the increase, the state’s unemployment rate remains more than a point below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.

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In today’s tight job market, education is increasingly important for applicants. The minimum requirement for most jobs, in fact, is a GED, or general equivalency diploma. And scammers on the Internet are waiting to take advantage of the desperate and the uninformed.

For some employers, it doesn’t matter how many years of work experience you have, according to Bruce Martin, GED instructor at the Beaumont Independent School District GED center at the Texas Workforce Commission in Orange.

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One month after a Southeast Texas zombie invasion that promised a Battle of the Bands contest paying a $10,000 grand prize to the winner and various other giveaways, participants are still waiting to receive their winnings. Zombie Voodoo Fest 2012, promoted by Emerging Magazine figureheads Ricky Buxton (aka Stefan duBois, aka R.

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At first glance, there’s nothing physically imposing about Viet Tran. In a blue T-shirt, dark blue denim jeans and black Chuck Taylor sneakers while sporting black, rectangular rimmed glasses, it’s not far-fetched to envision him as a college student working on his second degree while also repairing computers to keep a little spending money in his pocket.

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Leon Phillips

Leon Phillips, 41, last known to reside at 2435 Beech St. in Beaumont, was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 8, to life in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2010 aggravated sexual assault of a child. The sentence was automatic upon conviction because of the fact that Phillips been previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 1990 and sexual assault in 2000.

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Todd Wayne Edgerly

Todd Wayne Edgerly, 48, of Bridge City passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at his parent’s home. Todd was born on Sept. 2, 1963, in Port Arthur to Gene and Flo Edgerly.

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State Senator Robert Nichols

Keynote speaker will be state Sen. Robert Nichols 

Lamar University is scheduled to confer 577 degrees at summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Montagne Center. District 3 State Senator Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, will be the keynote speaker. Nichols is a 1968 graduate of LU.

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Dr. James M. Simmons

“I’m just here to confirm a rumor,” Lamar University President James M. “Jimmy” Simmons told LU faculty, staff and members of the media in a meeting held at the Gray Library on Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.

The “rumor” in question was his retirement. Simmons announced that, after a 14-year tenure as president of the university, he will officially step down on Jan. 31, 2013.

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Six Beaumont scrap yards were busted by Beaumont Police after a six-month long undercover investigation discovered the businesses were buying illegal scrap metal, the Beaumont Police said in a statement released Aug. 1.

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Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church commemorated its 75th anniversary Saturday, July 28, with a celebration banquet at the Beaumont Civic Center. “It was an opportunity to both celebrate the church’s achievements over the last 75 years, as well as to honor some of our parishioners for good stewardship,” said Coquese Williams, banquet chair.

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