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Thursday, December 6 2012, 11:04 AM CST
Remembering BISD's first Hispanic female principal

BEAUMONT - From BISD - Rachel Morse, the former principal at Fletcher Elementary School, died at her home on Saturday.  Morse broke barriers as she became the first Hispanic female principal in the Beaumont Independent School District. Mrs. Morse was so well thought  of that she was called out of retirement to serve again, this time as the interim principal at Fletcher prior to Anita Frank being appointed to the post. 

Mrs. Morse started her career in education as a coach at Assumption School.  Counselor, assistant principal and principal were among her titles in BISD.   Prior to joining Fletcher as its principal, Morse worked at Vincent Middle School. When she joined Fletcher, she led the school to the exemplary status and laid the groundwork for it becoming a National Blue Ribbon School. 

Mrs. Morse's husband Allan recently passed.  The mother of five and grandmother of many was known as "A very family-oriented person. Morse was devoted to God, her family, friends and the Beaumont community. She was one of the strongest, most spiritual women I have ever met," said Nancy Loyd, a friend and colleague.  Loyd is assistant principal at Odom Academy.

BISD Superintendent Timothy B. Chargois said, "Although Mrs. Morse had retired, she was still involved with BISD. She cared about the future of our district, especially the children.  She left her imprint on BISD and consequently on the world through the thousands of young minds she touched.  She was one of the best educators I know and we will miss her dearly."

Remembering BISD's first Hispanic female principal

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Liberty County man sought for shooting another in legs

‘Make a Muscle, Make a Difference' at the 2015 SE Texas Muscle Walk

Lawyers for Kentucky clerk working to get her released from jail

Tropical Storm Grace becoming disorganized as it moves across Atlantic

MS: Trooper tosses ticket after prayer bracelet

Hidden prehistoric monument discovered near Stonehenge

WA: Citizens step in to stop alleged attacker

Marsh fire affecting visibility

Southeast Texans pray for peace officers

Name released of contract worker killed at Total Refinery

One of Beaumont's finest remembered Saturday during funeral

Beaumont animal shelter experiencing overcrowding

Total Refinery issues statement after contract worker killed at Port Arthur plant

Contract worker killed in bulldozer accident at Total Refinery

Louisiana football player died from injury during game

Officer Ty Smith's life remembered by many at funeral service

UPDATE: Third person killed in Tyler County crash

KFDM'S coverage: Thousands attend Deputy Darren Goforth's funeral

Community shows support for law enforcement officers

Beaumont officer Jared Ty Smith remembered

11,000 attend services for Deputy Darren Goforth

Day to honor officers: KFDM covering Deputy Darren Goforth funeral today

Bridge City Police among many showing support for law officers

Remembering Officer Ty Smith

Jasper police, deputies, community show respect for Deputy Goforth

N.C. State study: Southern dialect is a language barrier in college

Toddler dies of overdose after mother brings her to drug deal

$8 million awarded for projects in Jefferson County

Unemployment dips to 5.1 percent, 7-year low

With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license

Sheriff Mitch Woods tells KFDM he's not running for re-election

Trial date set for pastor accused of killing nephew in front of church

Gov. Abbott orders flag at half staff Friday for Deputy Goforth, asks law enforcement to activate red and blue lights at 11 a.m.

Burn ban in effect for Tyler Co. during Labor Day weekend

Injured teen sends safety message to drivers

100 Club seeks public support for their mission

Beaumont doctor says at least 10 early flu cases in Beaumont

TN judge denies couple's divorce citing Supreme Court's same-sex ruling

Family heartbroken after neighbor shoots and kills their dog

CBS prime time programs preempted by the game will air at 1:40am Friday Morning

iPhone takes a bullet for owner

Jefferson County man guilty of producing child pornography

Latest on Kentucky Clerk held on contempt of court

Jasper PD: Routine call leads to 5 arrests, discovery of meth, weed, weapons

Va. officer charged in fatal shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot

Felon found guilty of cocaine possession faces up to 20 more years in prison

Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licenses

Baltimore ex-commissioner: "You could see the riots coming"

Sulphur Police 3 from Houston in investigation of Human Trafficking

Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL in 'Deflate Gate'

Missing boa constrictor found in Beaumont tree

Beaumont police arrest felon for aggravated assault with gun

Breaking News: AP reports Tom Brady beats 'Deflategate'; 4 game suspension nullified

Man arrested for threatening to "kill all white people" in La Plata Md.

Man blinds sheriff's helicopter pilot with hair growth comb laser

Report: Veterans Affairs backlog shows 307,000 applicants have died

Breaking News: PAPD searching for robber who held up game room

Man facing trial for assaulting female officer

Police in Orange searching for robbers, at least one armed with gun

Benefit for family of Beaumont officer who lost battle to leukemia

Boa constrictor loose in Beaumont neighborhood

Woman using walker hit by vehicle, suffers minor injuries

Two sisters in need of a Forever Family

Low gas prices at the pump just in time for Labor Day

Beaumont ISD head explains plans for schools

Neigbors Day -- passing on the roses

Eight wanted in burglary at PA Lounge

Man with ALS finds butterfly effect applies to kindness

Your Safety: Selfie shot gone bad points to gun safety need

Museum of Gulf Coast offers museum in a box

Lamar University marching band growing, attracting students

BPD asking for help finding 6 foot boa

72-year-old driver in stable condition after head-on Tyler County crash

Vernon Parish Sheriff putting 'In God We Trust' on patrol vehicles

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against 6 Baltimore police

Abilene police mourn officer found killed in his home

TX deputy injured in hit and run on Houston freeway

U.S. producers hit by low oil prices

Selfie with gun turns deadly for young father in Houston

Senate Democrats have votes to hand Obama victory on Iran deal

GasBuddy: cheapest Labor Day pump prices in over a decade

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

Late father's ashes taken from man's truck

Prevention team builds relationships with mental health patients

New felony charge against murder suspect

Child's picture touches officer, shows support

Illinois policeman shot dead; three sought in manhunt

Charging computer causes dorm fire at Lamar

Crimestoppers asks your help to solve break-in

First time DWI offenders now required to get ignition interlock

North Texas man sentenced in fictional Disney scheme

DPS releases gang threat report

CPSO uses new technology to profile man wanted in cold murder case

U.S. stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

AAA: Texas gas price avg. drops 8 cents; SE TX has lowest avg.

Overturned 18-wheeler has all lanes of Hwy 69 closed near Lumberton

New contractor named for Concord Road Project

UPDATE CPSO has found missing man with dementia

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

School financing fight hits Texas Supreme Court

New Texas laws take effect

Kentucky clerk still refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Bounce Zone burglarized 3 times in 1 month, man arrested

Many question impact violence against officers will have on recruits

Baby Faith's mother sentenced to 65 years in prison

Finished Needmore Diversion Channel will take 51,000 acres out of floodplain

Blue Bell ice cream returns to Houston, Austin stores

Breaking News: Mother of Baby Faith learns sentence

Food bank seeks help during Hunger Action Month

GasBuddy: Texas gas prices drop 8.6 cents for week

Mars: alien life? Or, imaginative minds

Police: Motorcyclist injured after crashing while evading police

Jasper Police: thousands of dollars in copper stolen from city

CPSO make arrest in Starks homicide

Jury begins deliberations on punishment for "Baby Faith" Mason's mom

Law enforcement cracks down on drunk drivers during Labor Day holiday

Gunman shuts down I-35 near San Antonio

Port Arthur school evacuated over foul odor

Governor Abbott orders flags at half mast for slain deputy

Calcasieu Parish trustee walks off job

White House says Mt. McKinley to be renamed Denali

Drainage project milestone: Needmore project ribbon-cutting

Neighbor helps homeowner in Lumberton get out of burning home safely

Jury set to deliberate punishment Monday for Baby Faith's mother

Beaumont church reserved Adventure Kingdom and invites everyone for family fun

BPD: Motorcyclist involved in Beaumont crash recovering

Community procession in Houston for slain deputy

Many in Southeast Texas show support for Trooper Vincent and join convoy to Lake Charles

Bmt Fire Rescue: Man on motorcycle injured in crash

Authorities release name and photo of suspect in shooting of Harris County deputy

Louisiana Trooper Vincent honored by hundreds at funeral

Hurricane Katrina survivor recalls how the storm saved her life

Authorities arrest suspect in murder of deputy in Harris County

Officer-involved shooting leaves man in stable condition, facing charges

Person of interest questioned in murder of deputy at Harris County gas station

Port Arthur residents stand against senior housing development

Baby Faith's mother found guilty, jury to determine punishment

Lake Charles community to pay respects to slain trooper

Major Drive will not be accessible from I-10 service road westbound

Police: VA. shooter 'very closely identified' with foreign, domestic terrorists

House fire reported in 3600 block of 9th Ave. Port Arthur

Jasper accident area accident injures two children

US crude oil jumps for second day to $45.22

Superintendent plans BISD mystery shopper program

Keep your information safe on a company phone

One person hospitalized in 3-vehicle accident in Mauriceville

Florida braces for Tropical Storm Erika

Medical helicopter called for Mauriceville accident

CPSO looking for Starks homicide victim's truck and Polaris with trailer

"Baby Faith" mom found guilty on both counts of injury to child

Lawn dinosaurs draw neighborhood attention in Houston area neighborhood

Traffic alert for I-10 in Chamber County tonight

Breaking News: Name released of woman whose body was found in Neches River near Collier's Ferry

Dump truck slams into bus full of students

Shooting deaths of journalists raise concerns over mental health at work

Is there an East/West showdown over oil?

Funeral procession for slain trooper

Beware manspreading, enjoy wine o'clock: new Oxford words

Discovery of man's body in Starks leads to homicide investigation

Search suspended for possible drowning victim

BISD marks major financial comeback

Social media gives attention-seeking killers dangerous new platform

Jury to continue deliberations Friday morning

Dispatchers persuade man to surrender kidnapped girl

Blue Bell announces first two flavors to hit Texas stores

Jury in 'Baby Faith' case has retired for the night

3 jailed after $7,000 shopping spree with Sheriff's Office credit card

Local church group says it will help burned out Jasper business

Four arrested for Sun Loan robbery

Search warrant: Virginia shooter had wig, sunglasses in his rental car

Officers investigating possible drowning at Collier's Ferry Park

Lane closures on I-10 from state line to Adams Bayou

Virginia shootings: families speak out

Gas prices drop 7 cents in Texas; Golden Triangle has lowest avg. price

US stocks move sharply higher

University of Texas in court over removal of Davis statue

Officer takes murder victim's son shopping

Texas Attorney General pleads not guilty to fraud

Beaumont man jailed on aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault charges

A&M study finds traffic is clogging large cities

Beaumont man killed in Lumberton auto-pedestrian accident

Blue Bell adds "The Great Divide" to list of first ice cream flavors to return

Truck overturns on West Port Arthur Road near Business Park; road to be shut down

Residents grow frustrated with Concord Rd. project

Grandfather of teen killed in suspected home burglary reacts to Grand Jury's decision

EXCLUSIVE video of Baby Faith's mother under interrogation

Baby Faith case testimony continues for 2nd day

TABC working to stop underage drinking

Deputies search for man who ran from officers during traffic stop

Updated: Suspect in custody for shooting officer, stabbing two others in Sunset La.

Texas Insurance Council rep discusses windstorm insurance costs

Investing tips for a turbulent stock market

Access to Major Drive from I-10 service road westbound to be blocked

Va . shooting suspect had a history of racial complaints

Beaumont Police apprehend man in burglary investigation

Parents say surge in PAISD enrollment means not enough teachers

Breaking Dish Network and KFDM's parent agree to extension; KFDM back on Dish

Breaking: Grand Jury votes to not indict in shooting of Hamshire teen

Coming up on Live at Five on KFDM

Man runs from law enforcement at I-10 near Walden

CPSO charges Daigle in Moss Bluff homicide

PN police file minor with alcohol, drug changes in traffic stop

Day 1 of testimony in trial of mother charged with injuring Baby Faith Mason

Officers: Virginia shooting suspect dies in hospital of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Reports: Suspect in Virginia shooting of journalist, has shot himself

Judge formally sentences James Holmes to life in prison

Jasper Chamber cancels annual Business Expo

Tropical storm warnings posted in Caribbean for T.S. Erika

Dr. James 'Red' Duke, once-familiar TV doctor, dead at 86

Man arrested for motel robbery

Va. Governor: Man who shot and killed reporter. photographer is disgruntled employee

Gunman kills reporter, photographer in Virginia

Veterans voice concerns at U.S. Rep. Brian Babin's townhall

Teen recovering at hospital after hit by a car while getting on school bus

Orange County repairing roads washed out by floods

Newton Sheriff identifies accused shooter, victim in shooting

Fallen officer's memory continues through scholarships

Statement on Dish Network not showing KFDM programming

Jessica Crawford tweeting from Baby Faith case at Jefferson County Courthouse

Jasper Fire Marshal has new info on business fire

Drugs, guns seized in Newton County raid

Orange police seeking to identify man who tried to rob Executive Inn with knife

LSET continues regional education efforts, building key relationships

PA: police: 16-year-old struck by car which passed stopped school bus

Stock fall sharply in final hour; Down drops 205 pts.

Unique dome home withstands Washington St. wildfire

TXDOT traffic alerts for Wednesday and Thursday

Fallen Louisiana State Policeman to be honored

Hurricane Center: Erika could be hurricane by weekend

Dow up 330 at midday after China rate cut

Are GOP candidates trying to out-Trump Trump?

CPSO identifies Moss Bluff homicide victim

Elmo Willard Library announces Lone Star Legal Aid presentation

Downed power line traps worker

Stock market ends day down nearly 600 points

Louisiana State Police remember the life of Trooper Steven Vincent

Testimony to begin Tuesday in Baby Faith trial

State Senator rallies support for ballot to dedicate more funds to road repair

Police emphasize caution needed the first days back to school

Orange police ask public's help to find men who robbed Sun Loan

Roommate of man accused of killing trooper found dead; homicide investigation underway

Rowles to run for Newton County Sheriff

Jury selected in Baby Faith Mason case

Louisiana State Police thank citizen who helped subdue man accused of killing trooper

Louisiana state trooper dies from injuries in shooting; State Police say gunman taunted him after attack

Send us your back to school pictures

Back to school across Southeast Texas

Parents, teachers prepare for first day of school

Early morning fire in Jasper destroys local business

US oil closes at $38.24 -- lowest in 6.5 years

Dow Jones industrial average finishes down 585 points after day of massive swings

Back to school prayers for BISD

TRAFFIC ALERT: Chambers County FM 565 near FM 3246 closed -- down telephone lines.

Congressman Babin to host Veterans/ Town Hall Tuesday in Orange

Former Jasper County Sheriff Rowles to run for Newton County Sheriff

Stock market plunges at opening bell

Beaumont's Miller library to offer free math clinic

GasBuddy: Texas average gas price drops 4.8 cents

Name released of Louisiana trooper shot in head; video of suspect released

Police: Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello stabbed to death by son

Louisiana State Trooper shot in head during traffic stop

A Nederland student says homeschooling is opening doors for a career in ballet

Flowers removed from Silsbee cemetery upsets family members

Family and friends say goodbye to Hamshire-Fannett student shot and killed

Loved ones say goodbye to teen who drowned at Boomtown USA lake

Beaumont Councilman Audwin Samuel requesting again to operate law office in residential area

Man found dead in knee-deep water on Crystal Beach

Cops and Kids Carnival

Body stolen from casket after private funeral service

Coast Guard reopens Neches River to all shipping with restrictions

Three Americans in France hailed heros after taking down a gunman

Keeping kids safe on school buses a priority for many

Capsized towboat restricts shipping in Port Arthur

Foundation honors fallen officer's memory

Tiffany Murphy reports on school supply giveaway

Remembering Joshua Murray

Freshmen move into dorms at Lamar University

Cancer research effort gets larger than expected donation

TXDOT begins construction on Major Drive/I-10 overpass

U.S. stocks tumble on global slowdown fears

Downed pole cuts power to businesses

Divers find millions in gold coins

Greg Bostwick looks at Hurricane Danny's path

Barrel of oil drops to below $40, rebounds slightly

Hurricane Danny reaches Category 3 with top winds of 115 mph

Federal workers with sensitive jobs used cheating website

Police: Man who beat homeless Mexican said 'Trump was right'

Back to School giveaway set for Saturday

Galveston County lifts burn ban

BPD: Suspect found in convenience store bathroom with sawed-off shotgun

Danny upgraded to Cat 2 storm with 105 mph winds, expected to weaken

Traffic alert: I-10 lane closures at Walden Road

Houston detention officer dies after confrontation with inmate

County takes precautions for Hurricane Danny

Lamar University holds faculty/staff convocation for start of semester

Heavy rains cause flooding in Houston area

Lightning cause of Valero Refinery fire in Texas City

Danny's winds now up to 80 mph

Lightning strikes crude oil tank in Crystal Beach

BISD teachers prepare for first day of school

Beaumont homes sales numbers increase, prices rise in July

Experts working to improve safety of teen drivers

Jasper police identify suspect in thefts from hospice store

Lamar University to confer 800 degrees in summer commencement

Ken Mason name LIT Public Service and Safety dept chair

Investigators to recommend Jenner face manslaughter in fatal crash

BREAKING NEWS: Lightning suspected cause of storage tank fire on Crystal Beach

NOAA : July set record for hottest month worldwide -- ever recorded

Lightning sparks transformer fire at Texas City Valero Refinery

AAA: Texas gas prices drop 2 cents; Beaumont area lowest in state

Port Arthur school bus drivers prepare for school start

Lightning sets fire to storage tank in Sour Lake

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Business News

Washington investors seek to pin Madoff losses on auditors

SEATTLE (AP) -- Nearly seven years after Bernie Madoff's investment empire was revealed to be a $17.5 billion fraud, the battle by investors to recover their losses ramps up with jury selection that began Monday in a case in Seattle.

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 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) -- Randy Quaid and his wife remain in custody in Vermont -- where they were locked up on charges that they skipped out of the U.S.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks good enough to eat.

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DALLAS (AP) -- A day after technology problems delayed hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights, the carrier's ops were running more smoothly yesterday.


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