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LaVerne Grimes knows what the motorized cart situation is like at Wal-Mart — The pickings are slim.

So on a day in early February when the 79-year-old Grimes and her friend were preparing to park in a handicapped spot, they hurried when they noticed a man on one of those treasured mobile carts nearing his spot and ready to dismount.

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A fight to make public a video showing the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins was given a boost this past week when the Texas attorney general ruled March 20, 2012, in favor of The Examiner Newspaper and ordered the city to release information it has been fighting for months to keep secret and destroy – a move that prompted the newspaper to also seek a restraining order.

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The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations Feb. 14, 2012, in the wake of the derailment of a Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train at a highway grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois, on June 19, 2009. The report was no valentine to industry, or federal or local governments but sounded a stern cautionary note to regions with a confluence of water, railways and tank cars transporting fuel or chemicals – a region like Southeast Texas.

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When Thairapy co-owners Suzanne Shirley and Ginger Crisp started pondering what their next endeavor would be, it didn’t take long for the duo to decide to take on a philanthropic fete benefiting the local women and children’s shelter.

Shirley and Crisp have been in business in Beaumont for about eight years now, operating a salon in Beaumont’s West End.

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The Greyhound Bus Station and its iconic sign will soon vanish from Beaumont, and the building that has housed the transportation facility for decades will be sold, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.

Greyhound will officially close its doors and relocate operations Tuesday, March 27 – going from Beaumont to the Gateway Travel Plaza at 1480 West Freeway (Interstate 10) in Vidor. The reasons given for the move centered primarily around comfort for travelers, said Tim Stokes, Greyhound spokesperson.

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Every day in Southeast Texas, another child is thrust into the court system, though they’ve done nothing wrong. Some of the circumstances that bring the youth into that situation are neglect or abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to be loving guardians, but every case is different. What doesn’t seem to change is that all across the U.S., there aren’t enough volunteers to step in and help the children through the difficult process ahead of them. But organizations such as Advocates for Children Inc., a CASA Program, try to help as much as possible.

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One week after a deadly shooting left a 79-year-old Deweyville resident dead and three others injured, life is slowly getting back to normal at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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People in Southeast Texas and across the country are out buying guns, and are doing so at a record clip.

While the reasons for the run on guns varies from person to person, there is one thing universal to gun buying that remains true – gun safety and making sure that each new gun owner knows exactly what they are getting into and most importantly, knows how to operate their newfound weapon of choice.

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The 1,280 days city of Orange firefighters spent moving from pillar to post without a fire station to call their own felt like years at times, but Orange Fire Chief David Frenzel said the wait was worth the heartache as he looked upon the city’s newest fire station with awe and appreciation. Tears welled in the veteran firefighter’s eyes as he stood in front of a crowd of about 100 guests and friends Friday, March 16, and officially opened Central Fire Station No. 1 for business.

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Though it wasn’t much of a winter, springtime is in the air and that means one thing — the YMBL South Texas State Fair at Ford Park.  

The opening ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and now in its 69th year, the event is geared up for another outstanding 11 days filled with fun, food and entertainment.

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