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Police identify the victim of Sunday motorcycle crash

BEAUMONT -- Beaumont Police Traffic Unit has identified the man killed in  a motorcycle-car accident Sunday as Thomas Walker, black male, 45, of Beaumont.

Beaumont Police say the fatal accident at the intersection of Delaware and Magnolia involved a Yamaha motorcycle and a Ford Taurus. Walker, who was driving the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 Police say the five occupants of the Taurus were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The Beaumont Traffic Unit spoke with witnesses at the scene. 

The Traffic Unit is still trying to determine the cause of the accident

Breaking News: KFDM learns fire now extinguished at ExxonMobil Chemical

BEAUMONT - By Scott Lawrence

KFDM News has learned the fire at ExxonMobil Chemical has just been extinguished as of about 5:45 a.m. Monday, according to information provided to KFDM News by spokesman Lee Dula.

Stay with KFDM and for the latest information. James Ware has reported live all morning long since 5 a.m.

The fire in a propylene unit at ExxonMobil Chemical forced the company to shut down the entire chemical plant. Workers had been fighting the fire since about midnight Monday.

Dula with ExxonMobil tells KFDM News there are no injuries and all workers have been accounted for.  

The plant employs about 425 workers and 500 contractors.

Dula told KFDM News "ongoing air monitoring continues to indicate no impact to the community at this time. All our personnel should report for their scheduled shift and check in with their supervisors. Our response is ongoing. Safety is our core value and we are responding in the safest and most orderly manner possible."

A KFDM photographer at the plant says he's watched about 15 workers leave in their pickup trucks.

Dula tells us the company is moving workers away from the affected area at the propylene unit out of an abundance of caution.

A viewer sent us a picture of the fire and our photographer can see large flares at the plant.

Beaumont Fire was staging at the fire station inside the ExxonMobil Chemical plant in south Beaumont while workers at the plant responded to the fire, which was reported a few minutes after midnight early Monday morning. But as of 2:45 a.m. Monday, fire units were back at the main gate while ExxonMobil workers were fighting the fire.

Two engines and a chief's car are at the scene.

The Fire Department is rotating crews at the scene.

Lake Sam Rayburn was impounded 50 years ago yesterday

JASPER (From our media partner and Sam Rayburn Broadcasting company) -- Lake Sam Rayburn reached a milestone over the weekend. It was 50 years ago on Sunday when the gates were closed at the dam on the morning of Monday, March 29th, 1965, and the flow of the Angelina River was stopped causing the reservoir to begin filling up.

It was a nine-year project with construction beginning on September 7th, 1956 to dig deep into the earth to anchor the dam. Meanwhile, work crews toiled to clear more than 114,000 acres for lake water to fill up, which actually occurred quicker than was anticipated.

Originally called McGee Bend Dam & Reservoir, the named was changed while it was still under construction in 1963 to honor the recently deceased Speaker of the House, Congressman Sam Rayburn.

Overloaded church van crashes into canal killing 8

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said.

"They didn't see that stop sign. They shot right through it," Glades County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Duane Pottorff said. "It was a sad evening."

The van was heading back to a church in Fort Pierce, north of West Palm Beach on the Atlantic coast, after a weekend convention in Fort Myers, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Eighteen people were in the 15-seat-capacity van when it crashed about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Highway Patrol.

A 911 call came in at 12:31 a.m., and deputies arrived four minutes later, officials said. The van had gone down an eight-to-10 foot embankment and landed in shallow water of the canal, which is lined with tall grass and weeds.

"That's a very steep embankment, and they kind of did a nosedive," said Lt. Gregory S. Bueno of the Highway Patrol.

The crash killed the male driver and seven passengers, four male and three female, troopers said. Their names were not released pending notification of their families.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified 10 other passengers taken to four hospitals. Among them was a 4-year-old child - who was not in a car seat, Bueno said - in serious condition. Four other adults were in critical condition.

All the people in the van were from Fort Pierce.

Nozaire Nore, 48, suffered a broken leg in the crash. With his niece translating from Haitian Creole, Nore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers ( ) that the driver didn't notice a curve in the road and couldn't stop in time.

Nore said he is a migrant farm laborer who travels to New Jersey and New York to pick apples, watermelons and other crops.

Bueno said that at the time of the crash, it wasn't foggy at the crash scene in Glades County, west of Lake Okeechobee. There is no lighting on the stretch of road, and the T-intersection is surrounded by farmland.

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One dead, after firefight, gate crashing at Fort Meade

UPDATE -- FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The FBI says a shooting at a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade is not believed to be related to terrorism.

FBI spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson said in an email Monday that the shooting scene is contained. She says the agency is working with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted.

Thoreson also says FBI agents are doing interviews with witnesses.

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says preliminary reports from the scene at Fort Meade, Md., indicate one person is dead after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the base.

The official says a firefight ensued after the car tried to crash the gate, and at least one of the two people in the car is dead. Fort Meade is home of the National Security Agency.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing incident by name.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A spokeswoman at Fort Meade says two people have been injured near a gate to the National Security Agency.

Mary Doyle says emergency responders were on the scene of the incident Monday morning.

It's not clear how they were hurt.

The NSA headquarters is on the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. An NSA spokesperson declined to comment.

Local television showed two damaged vehicles near a gate and emergency workers loading an injured uniformed man into an ambulance.

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McDonald's to test all day breakfast

NEW YORK (AP) — A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month.

The company said in a statement that the test is in response to customers who have said they'd like to eat breakfast foods outside the typical morning hours that they are served.

The world's largest restaurant chain said the test will include a partial menu and feature some of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. The company didn't say which sandwiches would make the cut.

Fans of McDonald's breakfast menu have long wanted the option to get breakfast at McDonald's after 10:30 a.m. But offering both the breakfast and lunch menu had been considered logistically impossible, given the tight kitchen spaces of the restaurants.

McDonald's had even tweeted about the topic in February, saying it doesn't serve breakfast all day because its grills "just aren't big enough for breakfast and lunch."

Still, Jeff Stratton, head of McDonald's USA, said in an interview with The Associated Press that same month that the company was taking a look at how it could make breakfast available later in the day.

The push to make breakfast outside normal hours partly reflects how McDonald's is working to keep pace with shifting habits. In particular, executives have noted that customers increasingly want foods personalized to their tastes and schedules.

McDonald's said Monday that it was too early to speculate on any outcomes from the test.

Janney Capital Markets had released an analyst note earlier Monday saying that their industry sources had told them that McDonald's planned to test all-day breakfast in the U.S. The analyst note was released before McDonald's confirmed the report.

"Having those breakfast items available to sell all day would also serve as a reminder to customers (and the media. and Wall Street.) that McDonald's does indeed have craveable food to sell," Janney analyst Mark Kalinowski wrote.

Shares of McDonald's Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois, added 90 cents to $97.86 in afternoon trading.

Cropped Photo: Martin Abegglin / MGN -- local gas prices show rises, falls

SOUTHEAST TEXAS -- Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.21/gal yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. 

This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.43/g, according to gasoline price website


KFDM -- A perusal of gas prices changes in Southeast Texas shows they vary quite bit with some seeing significant changes and others seeing increases.

Beaumont saw a 1cent drop in the lowers price and a 2 cent drop in the highest price.

By contrast Jasper saw a 16 cent drop at the lowest price station and a 27 cent drop at the highest prices. All of the stations listed for Jasper with now within the $1.95 to $1.98 range for regular gas.

Vidor saw a 14 cent drop at the lowest price station while Orange saw a 18 cent increase and Port Arthur saw a 14 cent increase.

See the chart at the bottom of the story for a sample of local prices.

The prices change regularly on the site and are reported to the site by motorist.


Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterday were 114.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 112.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"One thing seems constant in this world aside from death and taxes, and that's gas price fluctuations," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "Though last week, many areas didn't see much fluctuation, there certainly were some outliers last week, as there almost always tend to be week after week. Florida, Ohio and Indiana saw notable jumps at the pump, while Michigan, California and Oregon saw the largest declines. 

Overall, the national average paints a quiet picture with prices virtually unchanged. And while three of four number one seeds proceed to the NCAA Final Four- perhaps not a surprise- I'd say there still could be some unexpected surprises at the pump in the weeks ahead," DeHaan unchanged. And while three of four number one seeds proceed to the NCAA Final Four- perhaps not a surprise- I'd say there still could be some unexpected surprises at the pump in the weeks ahead," DeHaan said.

While gasoline prices have been a mixed bag, diesel consumers have been enjoying declines in 48 out of 50 states in the last week, with the exceptions being Hawaii, who saw a small 2 cent rise, and Florida, where diesel prices were unchanged. 

Diesel prices have fallen most in the East Coast region, with Delaware, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Maine seeing decreases of over a nickel per gallon in the last week. The national average for diesel has declined nearly 3 cents per gallon in the last week as the U.S. exists heating oil season and supply sits at healthy levels ahead of the farming season.


GasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.

CityLow PriceLow price locationHigh Price
Beaumont2.04Sam's Club2.15

1615 IH-10 S & Corley St
Port Arthur2.04Murphy USA2.09

8595 Memorial Blvd & FM-365

7120 IH-10 W & SH-62

124 Broadway Ave & Gulfway Dr
Jasper1.95Murphy USA1.98
802 W Gibson St & Premier Dr

520 S Magnolia St & Willow St

1914 S Main St & Trinity

1413 US-90 & Bowie St

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