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    LISD Superintendent yet to decide on fate of transgender substitute teacher Video included

    Lumberton I.S.D. Superintendent John Valastro says he has not made a decision on whether to allow a transgender substitute teacher back into the classroom.

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    Port Neches teen arrested at the Pompano Club

    The Port Neches Police Chief says he's going to make sure there's more security next year at an annual high school gathering.

    This comes after a student was arrested at the "Aqua Ball" at the Pompano Club.

    Instagram account targets students at Hardin-Jefferson ISD Video included

    The account is called H-J Hoes, and it asks followers to submit pictures that should be featured on the site.

    The account has more than 450 followers.

    Superintendent Shannon Holmes, Ed.D, is taking the matter seriously.  He says it's not known if it's a student or someone in the community, but he says whomever it is could possibly face child pornography charges.

    Thousands line up for Port Arthur housing assistance Video included

    For the first time in nearly three years, the Port Arthur Housing Authority opened it's Section 8 housing voucher waiting list. As a result, a line of thousands wrapped around the Bob Bowers Civic Center in search of permanent housing.

    Judge extends TRO preventing former BISD coach from receiving checks

    A hearing was held Wednesday before 136th District Judge Milton Shuffield concerning a temporary restraining order preventing the Beaumont Independent School District from paying former coach Keeath Magee as part of a separation agreement.

    Judge Shuffield extended an existing TRO by 14 additional days.

    Guessing game begins about who'll serve on BISD board of managers Video included

    Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams must first wait on whether the Beaumont Independent School District will appeal his decision to take over the school district, before he can appoint a board of managers.

    But already, several names are being floated as possible candidates to serve as managers.

    Getting back into spring

    Spring weather is coming back around for the next several days.

    DPS offers $13,000 reward for Spring, Texas sex offender

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered a cash reward information leading to the capture of Juan Carlos Pena, 49, of Spring Texas.  The reward is good if the tip comes in before the end of the month.

    Video captures suspect watching sleeping baby during west Harris County burglary Video included

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released home surveillance video showing a burglary suspect walking through a victim's home, even staring at a sleeping baby.

    Theories on how a South Korean passenger ferry suddenly sank Video included

    As divers searched frigid waters off South Korea in low visibility Wednesday, hoping to save hundreds of passengers, a dominant theory began to emerge about how the ferry sank.

    It most likely struck something in the water, said Peter Boynton, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain.

    Orange County names April "Confederate History and Heritage Month" Video included

    Some residents in Orange County want the county to reconsider a recent decision proclaiming this April "Confederate History and Heritage Month".

    "I feel that it resurrected some of the bad feelings of the 19th century, and I think people need to move on," said Orange County resident Ralph Hawkins.

    Water park plans move forward at Ford Park Video included

    On Tuesday Beaumont city council members passed a vote to allow the city manager and city attorney to negotiate a project that would bring a water park and hotel to Ford Park.

    Ford Park's General Manager John Hughes said he's confident the city council will pass the final vote next week to bring the attractions because of the benefit he thinks it will bring to Beaumont.

    Bar re-opens under new owners after closing due to TABC violations Video included

    New owners have taken over a popular Beaumont bar that has been in trouble recently with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

    The West Bar and Grill closed November 2013.

    The business was cited for multiple violations by the TABC including two violations for serving a minor. The minor was 19-year-old Sarah Comstock of Lumberton.

    UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, missing Magnolia girl found safe

    MAGNOLIA, Texas -  The Amber Alert for the missing Magnolia girl has been cancelled after she was found safe in South Texas.

    Investigators say Elizabeth Rex, 14, was last seen on Monday at her home on Memory Lane when she went outside to play and never returned home.

    BISD school board to vote on possible appeal of TEA takeover

    The Beaumont Independent School District Board of trustees is set to vote on an agenda item that would essentially appeal the Texas Education Agency's decision to take control of the district.

    An item on Thursday's agenda says trustees will consider a measure to, "Authorize the Attorney to Appeal TEA's Appointment of a Conservator and Board of Managers."

    Newly appointed Conservator sits in on first BISD board meeting Video included

    Within hours of Education Commissioner Michael Williams announcing a state takeover of Beaumont Independent School District, Fred Shafer sat in on his first board meeting as the newly appointed Conservator of the district.

    Spirits were high in the board room Monday night as many in the community were happy with the news of a state takeover of the district.

    Two-car accident ties up Tuesday-afternoon commute

    A two car accident Tuesday afternoon snarled the afternoon commute on Interstate 10 near the 11th Street exit in Beaumont. 

    Liberty County man sentenced for child pornography

    A 70-year-old Daisetta man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for child pornograph possession.

    Symphony of SETX executive director resigns

    A spokesperson for The Symphony of Southeast Texas Tuesday announced that Executive Director Craig Escamilla will resign his position effective May 31 to accept a position at Lamar University.

    A board search committee has been formed to find his replacement and encourages interested parties to visit www.sost.org for information and apply by April 25.

    Beaumont attorney pleads guilty to tax violation

    A spokesperson for the office of U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday that Craig J. Schexnaider, of Beaumont, entered a guilty plea Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn to one count of failing to file an income tax return.

    City of Beaumont to mull over possible incentives to lure hotel and water park

    The Beaumont City Council Tuesday will hold an executive session to discuss development negotiations with a company proposing to build a hotel and water park development at Ford Park.

    Pate Development of Wichita, Kansas is working with city and county officials to negotiate an economic development agreement for the proposed development.

    Possible hate crime charges for alleged Jewish center gunman Video included

    A man suspected of fatally shooting three people at two Jewish-affiliated facilities could be formally charged with hate crimes as early as Tuesday.

    Community reacts to TEA takeover of BISD

    Reaction from the community about the takeover of the Beaumont Independent School District has been mixed.  It seems a lot of people, especially parents of BISD students, are relieved that things with are finally moving forward.

    BISD parent Brittney Burdick said she is thankful that the Texas Education Agency cared enough about the Beaumont school district to intervene.

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    This week's Jefferson County Sheriff's Office most wanted 4/11/2014

    This week's most wanted fugitives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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    This week's Orange County Sheriff's Office most wanted 4/11/2014

    Do you know any of these people?  They all have warrants for their arrest.  The Orange County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding them.

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