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“We have 10 days, not including off days,” a curt voice from inside the Orangefield ISD administrative offices informed a reporter on the ninth day of waiting for records to be released after filing an open records request with the district.

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During the April-through-September summer driving season this year, regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average about $3.95 per gallon, peaking in May at a monthly average price of $4.01 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s short-term energy and summer fuels forecast.

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Jim Mercer of The Mercer Group, the search firm hired by the city of Port Arthur to find its next city manager to replace Steve Fitzgibbons, relayed to The Examiner last week that he had identified five candidates for the position. One of those candidates was identified and verified last week as current assistant city manager Becky Underhill, who has been with the city in some capacity for the past 20 years, including eight in her current role.

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The battle between The Examiner Newspaper and the city of Beaumont over the way the city handled the dismissal of public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges against NBA star Kendrick Perkins will continue in Judge Layne Walker’s court.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office wants to warn citizens of a new version of the "Nigerian SCAM" that is resurfacing in Southeast Texas.

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Shooting witness relives rampage that ended in death and murder charges

Melissa Khan had just finished helping a customer at the Vidor convenience store where she’s worked for the last decade when she looked out the front window just in time to see a white pickup truck barreling toward her at top speed in the early evening hours of Good Friday, April 6.

“I thought I was going to die,” a shaken Khan told The Examiner. “He came flying in here like an airplane.”

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U.S. reserve fleet to expand here

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced March 30 the awarding of a $34.6 million contract for the design and construction of a new facility on the Neches River near Beaumont for eight of the largest government ready reserve fleet cargo ships.

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The future of commercial air service at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport is up in the air, as Colgan Air is “winding down its operations with United Airlines” in the face of bankruptcy by its parent company Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and will no longer fly planes to service Southeast Texas.

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Four years and $388.6 million later, the Beaumont Independent School District has abandoned its controversial and ultimately unconstitutional affirmative action programs that directed tens of millions of dollars to companies owned by minorities who may not have otherwise been qualified for the job but were given preference because of race and gender, according to court records in a recent legal settlement.

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The Beaumont Police Department obtained a warrant for 32-year-old Jaylan Williams of Beaumont late April 2 for the murder of 27-year-old April Michelle Danna, who was killed March 30. 

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