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More than 175 city and county officials, healthcare professionals, first-responders, leaders in education and sports, as well as the media and other cross sections of the community turned out Friday, March 13, for the launch of the Tobacco Control Coalition of Southeast Texas’ regional tobacco-free awareness initiatives at the Beaumont Civic Center.

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If you drive on Calder to downtown, it’s easy to admire the newly paved sidewalks, the soft glow of the vintage-looking lampposts, and the overall nostalgic ambiance of Old Town. But have you seen the newer additions to the street? 

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Lower costs for the fuel Entergy Texas, Inc. uses to make electricity will translate into lower bills for customers this spring and summer, the company announced in March 9 press release.           

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News release from U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas:

A 61-year-old Newton, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on March 17.

John Dale Clark pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2014, to the sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Rayburn Country - Jasper County drug raid

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman and deputies raided a residence in Brookeland and arrested the 53-year-old resident there after discovering meth and more while executing a search warrant, reports Newman.

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Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal announced March 16 the termination of an employee accused of theft and tampering with government documents.

Court Clerk Sharon Shelvin was reportedly fired March 12 following an investigation by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the Port Arthur Police Department, that uncovered evidence of theft of municipal court fines and tampering with official court documents, McDougal reports in a press release.

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Police in Port Arthur are currently looking for suspects in a weekend shooting that injured three people, reports PAPD.

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News release from the Friends of the Orange Depot:

A generous board member has donated a 1.6 acre tract of vacant land across 11th Street from the Southern Pacific train station in Orange to the Friends of the Orange Depot, a non-profit organization formed to help save the depot for the city and citizens, Friends of the Orange Depot reports.

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A Beaumont man was arrested for murder after police say he shot and killed his wife over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Miranda K. Ferguson at an apartment complex in the Houston area on March 11. Ferguson had four warrants of arrest including Aggravated Kidnapping, Interference with Child Custody, and two Capias warrants for failure to appear in court on previous Possession of a controlled Substance charges.

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