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The McDonald’s that sits at the corner of Savannah and Gulfway in Port Arthur has closed its doors for good and there is rampant speculation as to what caused the closure.

According to the McDonald’s regional office in Houston, the restaurant has been “closed permanently,” putting to rest any notion that the 26-year-old building that was originally opened in March of 1985 was being torn down in order to build a new McDonald’s that matches the fresher look and feel that the fast food titan has adopted in recent years.

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Teens in Texas will no longer be prosecuted as sexual offenders for “sexting,” which is the term coined for sending racy photos of one’s body via cellular phone picture message, or receiving them from  friends.

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The Beaumont Police Department is currently working a single-car accident involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 near the Martin Luther King exit.

The tractor-trailer jack-knifed, struck a guardrail and overturned. The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene for minor cuts. All westbound lanes are blocked starting just past the Magnolia Street exit.

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City Manager Kyle Hayes today released a list of 11 finalists for the position of Beaumont Police Chief. The candidates are:

·        Louis Barrow

·        Jack Bragg Jr.

·        Mark Broome

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Employees who showed up for work at the Geo Burrito restaurants in Nederland and Beaumont on June 16 found the bulletin board where their schedules were normally displayed empty. A short time later, they learned that Geo Burrito would close its doors for good that night because the stores had been sold – and they were out of a job.
 
Geo Burrito was founded here in 2009 by owner Dave Jones, who also created the Novrozsky’s chain of burger joints in Southeast Texas.
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A 53-year-old man with failing eyesight who had recently undergone intestinal surgery told Sonoma, Calif., police that on Sunday afternoon, May 1, a woman had come to his home and instructed him to drop his pants and get face-down on the bed so that she could administer an enema. He said he assumed his doctor had sent her and thus complied, and it was over in two minutes, and she was gone. The doctor later said he had no idea who the woman was.

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The severe drought gripping Southeast Texas along with the "abnormally high number of water leaks" in Port Arthur have forced the city to impose its mandatory water conservation measures, meaning a mandatory lawn watering schedule is implemented as of last Friday that stipulates even numbered addresses can only water their yards on even days and odd numbered addresses can water their yards on odd days.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill on Friday that would have banned texting while driving throughout the state.

In his veto message, Perry said, "I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of (the texting ban bill) and the government's legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones."

Perry did admit that texting while driving is "reckless and irresponsible," however he would like to combat the problem through educating drivers.

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A 43-year-old Port Arthur man died Thursday after he drowned in Canyon Lake trying to save two children, according to the Comal County Sheriff's Office.

Terry Hasan and his family was staying at the Jacobs Creek Park and was on the shore with other members of his party when he saw two children on a inflatable device floating away from the shore. Hasan ran after them, jumped on another inflatable device, however that device gave out after 20-30 yards according to witnesses, Hasan tried swimming, but soon went under.

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Just like nearly every other municipality in and around the area, the city of Orange has officially taken steps to outlaw the sale of substances similar to, and including, K2 and bath salts. In a unanimous decision of the newly- impaneled Orange City Council, the group decided to disallow the sale and use of those products.

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