Category Archives: Regional & State

Where Texas became Texas

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It all started in a small town nestled between the Barrington Farm and the Jordan Creek along the banks of the Brazos River – that’s where the early seeds of the Lone Star State were planted. If you’re from Texas,

Medicare strengthens rating system for nursing homes

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You can now be more confident when looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one. Medicare has just improved its Nursing Home Compare website so that the public can get a more precise and meaningful picture of

Gulf CU offering loan deferment during strikes

Gulf Credit Union is offering a deferment option on loan payments for those affected by the United Steelworkers Union strike. “We understand this is a difficult time for many of our members. We began offering loan deferment options several weeks

My Five Cents

Senator Robert Nichols

On February 24, 1836, as Mexican General Santa Anna’s troops began their siege of the Alamo, Colonel William Barret Travis penned his famous “Victory or Death” letter addressed to ‘The People of Texas & All Americans in the World’.  This

DPS offers spring break safety tips

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to drive responsibly and to take extra precautions as they make travel plans during Spring Break. “With students and families out of school and off work, the weeks during Spring

Beaumont man ready to kick off season on Walmart FLW Tour

Troy Broussard

The first tournament of the 20th anniversary season of the Walmart FLW Tour, the most competitive Tour in professional bass-fishing, kicks off March 5-8 with the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Toho presented by Mercury. Hosted by Experience Kissimmee and the Osceola County Department

$5,000 reward offered for most wanted fugitive from Laredo

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Iris Iliana Rodriguez, 25, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to her capture. Rodriguez is

DPS invites current Texas peace officers to become troopers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now accepting applications for an advanced recruit school designed for current Texas law enforcement officers who are interested in becoming Highway Patrol Troopers. The application deadline is March 25; and the eight-week school

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

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Imagine renting a home on a beautiful beachfront from a trusted website, arriving to start your vacation and finding out you’ve been scammed? This scenario reflects thousands of complaints placed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year involving

Business leaders heading to Austin for GT Days

Chambers of Commerce across Southeast Texas have worked for months to coordinate the trip most business leaders look forward to every two years, Golden Triangle Days in Austin.  Golden Triangle Days in Austin is a three day long event of

Nederland man sentenced in trafficking charges

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A 40-year-old Nederland man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Stephen Shane Hall, also known as Shane Hall, was found guilty

Jefferson County man sentenced for child porn

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A 53-year-old Port Arthur, man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. John “Johnny” Anthony Sassine pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2014 to attempting

Vinton man sentenced to life for drug trafficking

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A 38-year-old Vinton man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Jeremy James Wimberly was found guilty by a jury on Sep. 5, 2014

Golden Nugget now offering world class spa treatment

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A getaway within a getaway, the Spa and Salon at Golden Nugget Lake Charles is now open, offering guests 17,000 square feet of sumptuous serenity. The premier spa and salon provides an extensive menu of indulgent signature services and specialty

Reward offered for Beaumont sex offender

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Mack Brady Meadows, 64, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Meadows

Join Arbor Day Foundation, get free trees

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The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2015 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. “White flowering dogwoods will add

Harris convicted in Beaumont carjacking

Timothy Wayne Harris

A 23-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to over 43 years in federal prison for his role in an armed carjacking spree in April 2012 in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Timothy Wayne

Texas A&M Forest Service celebrates a century of service

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Over the past 100 years, Texas A&M Forest Service has accomplished many feats, including establishing itself as a premiere entity in both forestry and all-hazard response. The state agency was established in 1915 by the 34th Texas Legislature under the

My Five Cents

Sen Nichols

  If you watched the GRAMMY awards this past weekend, you would have seen 11 recording artists who were born or based in Texas receive 13 GRAMMY awards. We can all be proud of them for representing our great state.

DPS statement regarding driver license fingerprinting process

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is statutorily required to enforce the laws passed by the Texas Legislature.  As such and based on concerns and questions raised by a number of legislators regarding the statutory authority of DPS to

$5,000 reward offered for most wanted sex offender

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Carlos Lopez Isaac, 59, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Isaac