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TUNE IN AT 9PM: A local city is dealing with floodwaters that damage property and could endanger residents' lives. Reporter Kara Dixon will show you what steps the city is taking. Plus, the family of a murdered teen faced the man who took their loved one's life. Reporter Jennifer Gordy speaks with victim's family after they addressed the man who murdered their loved one. And, Gov. Rick Perry is addressing the Texas Ebola case. Plus, get your forecast. That and a lot more news at 9 p.m.

City of Beaumont taking steps to reduce flooding

BEAUMONT - From City of Beaumont

The City of Beaumont has taken a number of steps to protect residents from flooding and flood damage over the past 12 months, including, but not limited to the following:

*Our Community Development Department has identified properties that are prone to flooding, known as repetitive loss areas. The city engineering office, in conjunction with Jefferson County Drainage District #6, has conducted studies and implemented mitigation measures in those areas.

*The city is in the process of making several appeals to the Federal Insurance Rate Map of our area. In an attempt to improve floodplain management for the city, we continue to update the digital map we have access to. This is not an official map, and therefore cannot be released to the public, but it is a great tool for plan review and office use.

*In our yearly update of the repetitive loss list, we proved 232 properties were mitigated due to successful drainage projects implemented over the years. This data has since been submitted to FEMA in hopes of returning these properties to preferred risk status for insurance purposes.

*The City of Beaumont was awarded $965,626 in Severe Repetitive Loss funds to purchase and demolish the apartment complex at 2505 Sweetgum, providing relief from flooding. This project is expected to be completed by 2017./ Our Building Codes Division has adopted the 2009 International Building Code, which is creating stronger, more storm resistant structures.

*The City of Beaumont’s Planning and Zoning Division participates in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, a voluntary program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.

Family of murdered man delivers victim's impact statement to killer

 BEAUMONT, Texas – The family of a man murdered in Beaumont had an opportunity in court Wednesday to deliver a victim's impact statement to the killer.

The family of Marcus Simon Junior told Thomas Thien Nguyen, 24, how the killing affected their family.

Monday 252nd Criminal District Court Judge Lindsay Scott sentenced Nguyen to 40 years in prison for murder and 20 years for each of two assaults. He must serve at least 20 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Nguyen pled guilty Monday to murder and two counts of aggravated assault stemming from a May 2010 shooting. He faced charges of shooting and killing Marcus Simon, Jr., of Beaumont, as well as shooting two other men, in an early morning altercation on May 27, 2012.

According to investigative reports, the two shooting victims that survived, Arthur Harmon and Mikael McGee, identified the shooter as Nguyen, who was an acquaintance of Simon. 

The D.A.'s Office says Beaumont police that responded to the scene knew Nguyen from an unrelated prior investigation.  He was located at his residence in Beaumont where officers located two firearms that were used in the shooting.  

Evidence indicates the motive in the case surrounded a narcotics transaction.


CDC separates fact from fiction about Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. - From Centers for Disease Control

Click here for comprehensive CDC information about Ebola

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries( in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening. On 9/30/2014, CDC confirmed, the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States(

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.


Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the manner in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, researchers believe that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal.

When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.

Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients.

During outbreaks of Ebola, the disease can spread quickly within healthcare settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to Ebola can occur in healthcare settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves and eye protection.

Dedicated medical equipment (preferable disposable, when possible) should be used by healthcare personnel providing patient care. Proper cleaning and disposal of instruments, such as needles and syringes, is also important. If instruments are not disposable, they must be sterilized before being used again. Without adequate sterilization of the instruments, virus transmission can continue and amplify an outbreak.

Once someone recovers from Ebola, they can no longer spread the virus. However, Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to 3 months. People who recover from Ebola are advised to abstain from sex or use condoms for 3 months.

Latest CDC Outbreak Information(
Updated September 30, 2014

What's New

September 30, 2014 - CDC Newsroom: CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.

September 30, 2014 - First Imported Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the U.S.(

September 26, 2014 - Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness[PDF - 4 pages] (

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