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Rain chances remain high next two days

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Rain chances remain strong the next couple of days across Southeast Texas.

Our chances of rain are 60% Wednesday and 70% Thursday. Rain chances drop to 30% Friday, 20% Saturday and 10% Sunday.

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Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 80's to near 90.

Naturalization ceremony: 15 men and women become American citizens

BEAUMONT - From City of Beaumont

Fifteen area residents became citizens of the United States today in a special ceremony at the Beaumont Public Library.

Watch KFDM News for reaction from some of the people who became naturalized citizens.

Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn, who presided over the Naturalization Oath Ceremony, said he was honored to be conducting it at the library. Naturalization ceremonies are usually held at the Federal Courthouse downtown.

“The Beaumont Public Library has been very important in my life,” said Judge Hawthorn. “That’s the room I learned to read in as a child,” he said, indicating a room adjacent to the makeshift courtroom in the library’s first floor where citizenship candidates, friends and family gathered for the milestone event.

The ceremony was the culmination of extensive preparation – sometimes years long – by each candidate to earn the right to become an American citizen.

Kirbyville resident Abraham Zuniga said he prepared for six years for the day he could take the Oath of Allegiance and “make my dreams come true.”

“I’m so excited,” said Zuniga. “I’m very proud to be an American.”

Zuniga said libraries have played an important role in his life, as well. As a college student in the Houston area, he regularly used libraries as a resource. He also learned English through the Houston Public Library.

Barbara Beard, Director of the Maureen Gray Literacy Center, appealed to Judge Hawthorn by letter several months ago to hold the ceremony at the library in recognition of Citizenship Day, also known as Constitution Day. The center offers ESL classes, as well as citizenship test preparation.

Beard pointed out after the ceremony that some candidates come from countries where there is no free public library system. “It was important to us that they be able to be physically present in the library and see what’s available to them.” said Beard. “We’re very happy to host it.”

Once the candidates took the oath of citizenship, Judge Hawthorn made it official.

“You’re a United States citizen now, and no one will ever be able to take that away from you,” he said.

Man at Chic-fil-A spends $1,000 to treat diners

ABILENE, Texas (AP) -- A generous customer has paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-thru lanes of a West Texas fast-food restaurant.

KTXS-TV reports the man was in a white truck at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene on Monday night when he handed over the cash.

The man in the drive-thru lane told employees he wanted to pay for everyone behind him for as long as the cash lasted. He told workers that his name is John, he just wanted to make everyone's Monday better and he handed over $100 bills -- 10 of them.

The franchise owner, Brian LaCroix, says the cash was enough to pay for drive-thru food for people in 88 vehicles over about an hour.

The donor's identity remains unknown./ Information from: KTXS-TV,

Vikings reverse course, make Peterson stay away from team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system.

The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. Several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson, prompting Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf to revisit the situation on Tuesday.

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," the Wilfs said in a statement. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community."

Peterson was indicted last week in Montgomery County, Texas, after admitting to authorities that he struck his son with a tree branch. Peterson said he was disciplining his son the same way his own father disciplined him while growing up in Palestine, Texas, and didn't intend to hurt him.

The Vikings deactivated him for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday while they gathered more information. But on Monday they announced that Peterson was being reinstated and expected to play this weekend at New Orleans.

The about face came after the Radisson hotel chains suspended its sponsorship with the Vikings, Papa John's considered doing the same, and Anheuser-Busch said it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" with the negative attention brought to the league by Ray Rice's assault on his wife and Peterson's arrest.

Castrol Motor Oil, Special Olympics Minnesota and Mylan Inc. all severed ties with Peterson, and Twin Cities Nike stores pulled Peterson's jerseys from its shelves.

"This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances," Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press of the Vikings' decision. "Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence."

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded an effort to secure $477 million in public money to help build the team a new stadium, and Sen. Al Franken were among the many who called for the Vikings to reconsider their position.

Peterson's first court appearance isn't until Oct. 8, and with the Vikings specifying that he must stay away "until the legal proceedings are resolved," it appears there is a possibility that he won't play again this year.

The Vikings said they had deliberations with the NFL over the previous two days and informed the league they were revisiting the situation. Executives were at the team's Winter Park headquarters late into the night on Tuesday, discussing how to respond to the avalanche of criticism.

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," the Wilfs said in their statement. "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.

"We embrace our role — and the responsibilities that go with it — as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community."

What this means for Peterson's future with the team remains to be seen. The 29-year-old has been the face of the franchise practically since he was drafted in 2007, one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL whose All Day Foundation charity is devoted to helping children.

But the foundation's website was shuttered on Tuesday, at one point posting a message that it "will re-engage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian's philanthropy."

Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his NFL career. He won the MVP award in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards in his return from a torn ACL.

"We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision," the Wilfs said. "We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision."



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Alcohol linked to death of Texas Tech freshman
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A coroner has determined a Dallas-area freshman at Texas Tech University whose body was found last month in a house died of acute alcohol intoxication.

Lubbock County's medical examiner on Tuesday announced the death of 18-year-old Dalton Debrick of Irving has been ruled an accident.

Lubbock police are continuing to investigate the death of the teen, whose body was discovered Aug. 24 after reports of a party. Police hours earlier responded to a complaint about noise at the residence.

Police are trying to determine who provided alcohol to the underage student. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21.

Dean of Students Amy Murphy says the school continues with its own investigation, including whether anyone violated the student code of conduct.

Drug team seizes cocaine from driver on I-10 in Louisiana

Lake Charles, LA - From Louisiana State Police

On September 9, at approximately 6:00 a.m.,  Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Detective Cpl. Chad Booth conducted a stop on a car near mile marker 36 traveling eastbound on I-10 for a traffic violation. 

When Cpl. Booth was talking with the driver of the car, Robert T. Williams, 33, Ozark, AL, he began to act suspiciously. Cpl. Booth asked for permission to search the car but Williams refused.  Cpl. Booth then allowed his trained and certified drug detection K-9 “Sam” to conduct a free air sniff around the car.  After Sam provided a positive response to the odor of controlled substance coming from the car, a search was conducted and revealed two bundles of cocaine, weighing approximately 2 pounds, with an estimated street value of $80,000, concealed in the liner of the trunk of the car.             

Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (cocaine) with the intent to distribute.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $15,000.

Police: Texas man uses blade on infant daughter
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- A Central Texas man has been charged with injuring a child after police say he cut his 10-month-old daughter with a box cutter.

Killeen Police say 28-year-old Roberto Quintana was arrested over the weekend. His wife tells police that Quintana put tape over her mouth and threatened her with the box cutter.

She says he then used it on their infant's leg. Police say the child was cut twice. It's unclear if she was hospitalized.

Quintana is being held at the Bell County Jail on $200,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.

CBS/NY Times poll trends negative for President, Democrats
New York - CBS News/NY Times Poll

-This poll finds negative assessments of President Barack Obama, including more than half who say he isn’t being tough enough in his approach to dealing with the Islamic militant group ISIS.

      Click here to read full results of poll  


-The President receives his lowest approval ratings ever on handling terrorism and on foreign policy. More generally, 57% are dissatisfied with his presidency.

-Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting this November and 55% of Republicans say their vote will be against the President.

 -Americans are unhappy with Washington and disapprove of both parties in Congress.

-The Republican party has the lead over the Democrats on key issues (the economy, foreign policy, and terrorism) and has the lead in the generic congressional ballot.

Margin of error for total sample: 3pts

Vehicle overturns in Jasper County
JASPER COUNTY - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

Speed and rain are being blamed for causing an accident just west of Jasper on Tuesday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 6:00 during a heavy rainfall on Highway 63 West at County Road 166, about one mile outside of the Jasper city limits.

According to Trooper Becky Gentry of the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2006 Cadillac sedan was traveling eastbound when the driver apparently hydroplaned and lost control.

The car slid off of the highway and rolled upside down while sliding down an embankment.

Other motorists who stopped to help were able to get the unidentified woman out of the car. She was taken by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

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