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According to statistics from the Texas Council on Family Violence, about 47 percent of Texans fall victim to domestic violence, with the majority of victims being female. In Southeast Texas, that number reached nearly 4,000 occurrences in 2009. With the amount of reported domestic violence incidents rising, those that deal with the issue on a regular basis – law enforcement, case workers, victims’ advocates, prosecutors and judges – are all stepping up to make the legal process more centered on the victim, rather than focused on prosecuting the batterer.

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Rocky Russell has a nice three-bedroom home in Port Neches that he recently finished remodeling, and the plan was for him, his wife Lupita and their son Estevan to enjoy the refreshed digs.

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A Kountze man being held in the Hardin County Jail for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in gold coins from an elderly couple in Runnels County, about 50 miles south of Abilene, is also being looked at by the FBI for his alleged involvement with similar crimes throughout the U.S., The Examiner has discovered.

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After years of sifting through suspicious practices committed in the name of the Orange Housing Authority, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued orders to the public authority to make immediate changes to  the way it conducts business.

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HOUSTON—Houston resident Burt Hughes, 58, has been sentenced to 360 months in prison following his convictions for distribution and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Ken Magidson announced today.

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An ongoing endeavor by The Examiner to provide the agenda attachments for each Beaumont Independent School District board of trustees meeting hit a snag this week when the district encountered a computer issue that prevented access to the documents.

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The largest marijuana bust in Liberty County history took place Tuesday, Oct. 18, near the intersection of County Roads 2050 and 2058 in the northeast part of the rural county.

According to investigators, more than 300 acres were dedicated to the growth of the plants and they reported it was the largest, most sophisticated marijuana operation they had seen to date. Authorities say they suspect a Mexican drug cartel was behind the operation.

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The National Transportation Safety Board released the final report of its investigation into the Jan. 23, 2010, collision of the tanker Eagle Otome and Dixie Vengeance towboat in the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, drawing conclusions that brought a sharp rebuke from Duane Bennett, presiding officer of the Sabine Pilots Association.

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U.S. District Judge Ron Clark didn’t buy into the claims of racism and bias argued by defense attorney Dick DeGuerin that Calvin Walker of Walker’s Electric couldn’t receive a fair and impartial criminal trial in the Beaumont division of the Eastern District of Texas and ordered the case remain here rather than be transferred to Lufkin or to Houston.

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The Southeast Texas community is mourning the loss of a Lumberton man who died in the line of duty Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the age of 21.

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