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BISD board seeks ways to cut spending during budget workshop
BEAUMONT - A budget workshop for the new Beaumont school district board of managers included information on the way things used to be done and how they should be done.

Representatives from the district's financial consultant group WCL Enterprises made a presentation to the board detailing the role of the purchasing department.

The presentation included what the firm has uncovered since it was hired in November.

Colleen Wells says the practices -- though not illegal -- have cost the district thousands of dollars.

Even the process for vendor contracts has been revamped to try and save the district money.
She explained what the district was doing with contracts for paint and supplies.

"For six years, that contract went out and the minimum increase was 8 percent. Over 5 and 6 years, that's an increase of 40 percent in every item," Wells said.

She said those problems have been fixed and -- in that particular example -- saved the district significantly.

The board of managers is expected to talk about the voluntary separation agreement with the superintendent and the reduction in force list at Monday night's board meeting.

Five jobs are on the reduction in force list, including special assistant to the superintendent Jessie Haynes.

KFDM's Justin Hinton is covering the meeting and will have a report Monday night during the at 10 p.m. newscast.

Hardin County residents to vote on whether liquor can be sold
HARDIN COUNTY - Hardin County commissioners have approved a November 4 election to determine if wine and liquor can be sold in precincts two and 11, north of Silsbee.

Under current law, stores in those precincts can sell only beer.

The vote for the election was three to one. Commissioner Chris Kirkendall voted against setting the election date.

Assistant Jefferson County district attorney stepping down
JEFFERSON COUNTY - An assistant district attorney in Jefferson County is stepping down from his position to concentrate on a new goal.

Perry Thomas is resigning from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office to focus on his campaign as the Republican candidate for district attorney.

Thomas serves as senior trial attorney and chief prosecutor of the 252nd Criminal District Court.

His last official day will be Thursday, July 31.

He faces Democratic Party nominee Bob Wortham in the November election for District Attorney.

Earlier this year, Wortham stepped down as judge of the 58th District Court to spend time on the race for district attorney.
  Wortham's background includes about 12 years as united states attorney for the eastern district of texas.

Large marijuana-growing operation seized in Polk County
POLK COUNTY - A major marijuana growing operation has been discovered in Polk County.
According to reports, a hunter stumbled upon 13 fields of marijuana plants with a sophisticated irrigation system.

Polk County chief deputy Byron Lyons says more dealers are choosing to grow their marijuana inside the U.S. because it's much easier than transporting the contraband across the border.
Authorities are investigating to determine who is responsible for the marijuana. 

This story comes to us through our media partnership with KJAS Radio in Jasper.

Watching for possible tropical development in central Atlantic

KFDM Chief Meteorologist Greg Bostwick is watching for the possibility of tropical development in the next few days.

Watch KFDM News at 6 for Greg's tropical outlook and why we can expect some relief to the blistering heat.

The area Greg's watching for possible tropical development is in the central Atlantic. 

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