Email List

Watch Newscasts LIVETraffic Senior Segment
KFDM 6 :: News - Top Stories - President lays out agenda in State of the Union
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 01:05 AM CST
President lays out agenda in State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) - by JULIE PACE/AP White House Correspondent  

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

In his first State of the Union address since winning re-election, Obama conceded economic revival is an "unfinished task," but he claimed clear progress and said he prepared to build on it as he embarks on four more years in office.

"We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong," Obama said in an hour-long address to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions.

Yet with unemployment persistently high and consumer confidence falling, the economy remains a vulnerability for Obama and could disrupt his plans for pursuing a broader agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter gun laws and climate change legislation.

Obama also announced new steps to reduce the U.S. military footprint abroad, with 34,000 American troops withdrawing from Afghanistan within a year. And he had a sharp rebuke for North Korea, which launched a nuclear test just hours before his remarks, saying, "Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further."

In specific proposals for shoring up the economy in his second term, an assertive Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation's roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old. Seeking to appeal for support from Republicans, he promised that none of his proposals would increase the deficit "by a single dime" although he didn't explain how he would pay for his programs or how much they would cost.

In the Republican response to Obama's address, rising GOP star Marco Rubio of Florida came right back at the president, saying his solution "to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more."

Sen. Rubio, in prepared remarks, said presidents of both parties have recognized that the free enterprise system brings middle-class prosperity.

"But President Obama?" Rubio said. "He believes it's the cause of our problems."

Still, throughout the House chamber there were symbolic displays of bipartisanship. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrived early and sat with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., just returned in January nearly a year after suffering a debilitating stroke. As a captain in the National Guard, Duckworth lost both her legs while serving in Iraq in 2004.

A few aisles away, the top two tax writers in Congress, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., sat together.

But as a sign that divisions still remain, three of the most conservative Supreme Court justices skipped Obama's speech. Six of the nine attended. Missing were Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito.

Jobs and growth dominated Obama's address. Many elements of his economic blueprint were repacked proposals from his first term that failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Standing in Obama's way now is a Congress that remains nearly as divided as it was during the final years of his first term, when Washington lurched from one crisis to another.

The president implored lawmakers to break through partisan logjams, asserting that "the greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next."

"Americans don't expect government to solve every problem," he said. "They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can."

Yet Obama offered few signs of being willing to compromise himself, instead doubling down on his calls to create jobs by spending more government money and insisting that lawmakers pay down the deficit through a combination of targeted spending cuts and tax increases. But he offered few specifics on what he wanted to see cut, focusing instead on the need to protect programs that help the middle class, elderly and poor.

He did reiterate his willingness to tackle entitlement changes, particularly on Medicare, though he has ruled out increasing the eligibility age for the popular benefit program for seniors.

Republicans are ardently opposed to Obama's calls for legislating more tax revenue to reduce the deficit and offset broad the automatic spending cuts -- known as the sequester -- that are to take effect March 1. The president accused GOP lawmakers of shifting the cuts from defense to programs that would help the middle class and elderly, as well as those supporting education and job training.

"That idea is even worse," he said.

Obama broke little new ground on two agenda items he has pushed vigorously since winning re-election: overhauling the nation's fractured immigration laws and enacting tougher gun control measures in the wake of the horrific massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn. Yet he pressed for urgency on both, calling on Congress to send him an immigration bill "in the next few months" and insisting lawmakers hold votes on his gun proposals.

"Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress," he said. "If you want to vote no, that's your choice."

Numerous lawmakers wore green lapel ribbons in memory of those killed in the December shootings in Connecticut. Among those watching in the House gallery: the parents of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, shot and killed recently in a park just a mile from the president's home in Chicago, as well as other victims of gun violence.

On the economy, Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 by 2015. The minimum wage has been stagnant since 2007, and administration officials said the increase would strengthen purchasing power. The president also wants Congress to approve automatic increases in the wage to keep pace with inflation.

Looking for common ground anywhere he could find it, Obama framed his proposal to boost the minimum wage by pointing out that even his GOP presidential rival liked the idea. He said, "Here's an idea that Gov. Romney and I actually agreed on last year: Let's tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on."

Obama also renewed his calls for infrastructure spending, investments he sought repeatedly during his first term with little support from Republicans. He pressed lawmakers to approve a $50 billion "fix it first" program that would address the most urgent infrastructure needs.

Education also figures in Obama's plans to boost American competitiveness in the global economy. Under his proposal, the federal government would help states provide pre-school for all 4-year-olds. Officials did not provide a cost for the pre-school programs but said the government would provide financial incentives to help states.

Among the other initiatives Obama is proposing:

-- A $1 billion plan to create 15 "manufacturing institutes" that would bring together businesses, universities and the government. If Congress opposes the initiative, Obama plans to use his presidential powers to create three institutes on his own.

-- Creation of an "energy security trust" that would use revenue from federal oil and gas leases to support development of clean energy technologies such as biofuels and natural gas

-- Doubling of renewable energy in the U.S. from wind, solar and geothermal sources by 2020.

Tuesday night's address marked Obama's most expansive remarks on the economy since the November election. Since securing a second term, the president has focused more heavily on new domestic policy proposals, including immigration changes and preventing gun violence following the horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.

Obama also called on Congress to tackle the threat of climate change, another issue that eluded him in his first term. The president pledged to work with lawmakers to seek bipartisan solutions but said if Capitol Hill doesn't act, he'll order his Cabinet to seek steps he can take using his presidential powers.

Taking a swipe at those who question the threat of global warming, Obama said, "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science - and act before it's too late."

Obama also called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government more power to combat the rapidly growing threat of cyberattacks. And, as a down payment on that, the president announced that he has signed an executive order to fight electronic espionage through the development of voluntary standards to protect networks and computer systems that run critical infrastructure.

President lays out agenda in State of the Union

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Related Stories

KFDM Channel 6 Top Stories

Update: BISD board votes 5-2 to appeal TEA takeover

Deputies have arrested third suspect in murder of man found naked and wrapped in sheet in back seat of a car in rural Jefferson County

KFDM learns Ann Westbrooks decides not to take job at BISD

Thieves steal rifles from Wal-Mart

Man punches elementary student in stomach, runs away

Sour Lake cracks down on synthetic marijuana

Man and woman indicted in AT&T robbery in Beaumont

Voters to decide fate of new fire station

Family remembers loved one a year after fatal refinery fire

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica celebrates historic relics

Mother travels to Harlingen to pick up daughter following reported kidnapping, sexual assault

Man who kidnapped teen with Down Syndrome charged with sexual assault

Average gasoline price up 7 cents in Beaumont

5 plead guilty following massive stash house discovery

Abandoned dog fights for his life

West Brook HS officials working with police to find person responsible for posting nude photos online

BISD not allowed to pay former Ozen football coach for at least another week

See what a Beaumont attorney representing city of West in plant explosion has to say about fertilizer at the plant

Active shooter training helps officers save lives

Port Arthur City Council moving forward with plans to restore the historic Rose Hill Manor

Residents get help signing up for Port Arthur housing

Intruder creeps through toddler's room, hovers over crib

14-year-old found safe in South Texas

Mother of missing teen fears suspected kidnapper will never bring her home

Cookies and pies fundraiser to help Meals on Wheels program

Beaumont attorney pleads guilty to failing to file income tax return

SETX runner remembers Boston Marathon bombing

Teachers uncertain what BISD takeover means

How probationary accreditation status of BISD affects students applying for college

BISD school board scheduled to decide whether to appeal takeover

Crime Stoppers: April 15, 2014

Beaumont city council votes to authoritze negotiations for economic development agreement

Difference of opinion about role of new conservator

Symphony of Southeast Texas director resigns

Liberty County man sentenced in connection with child pornography violations

Woman knocks, burglars kick while surveillance camera rolls

Karate instructor found dead following accusations of fondling teen

KFDM first to report TEA taking over BISD; new details

LIVE: Board members share thoughts on BISD takeover

Reaction as TEA takes over BISD

BISD issues statement about commissioner's decision

New developments in proposed water park and convention hotel

Official letter from TEA Commissioner to BISD

School board member discusses takeover

KFDM learns Allison pleads guilty to count one of indictment, McCraney pleads guilty to count two

Former BISD employees plead guilty to federal charges

Murder warrant issued for Cody Jamar Lewis; KFDM reported Friday on PC

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office looking for wanted fugitive

Possible tornado damages school, mobile home park near Huntsville

Police find 7 dead babies in Utah woman's former home

Kansas Jewish center shooting suspect former KKK leader

See what's coming up this week for BISD

JeffCo commissioners to consider on Monday incentitives for water park and hotel at Ford Park

Silsbee fire forces family from home

Community raises more than $26,000 to help crash victim's recovery

Two crashes: One claims the life of a Southeast Texas man

Local WWII veterans celebrate milestone

KFDM uncovers new information in murder: PC reveals suspects' statements

For 8 years, sewage flowed from local home into front yard

BISD superintendent and board president in Austin to meet with TEA commissioner

Suspension lifted: Lumberton transgender sub teacher told to wait awhile before returning to work

At-risk teens honor veterans

Prosecutors: Woman forges marriage license to marry man in coma; See woman's plea

Students hold mini relay fundraiser to help Silsbee principal

Commissioners, council to consider economic incentives for hotel and water park at Ford Park

Body found in Newton County; likely that of man reported missing from San Augustine County

Ft. Bend County County constable runs into girl who rode bike into intersection

Man gets 12 years for aggravated robbery in beating death

UPDATE: Transgender teacher gets to keep her job

TEA Town Hall conference call Thursday night

Undercover investigation targets suspected drug dealers

Cadets undergo crisis intervention training

Transgender Lumberton teacher to meet with superintendent and HR tonight at board meeting

Annual Champagne and Ribs fundraiser helps community fight cancer

Candlelight vigil to remember crime victims

Local business forum and awards

Man arrested after firing shots at deputies while he had baby in arms

Crying baby found lying between murdered couple in Houston

School shooting in Ohio

CBS announces Stephen Colbert as next host of THE LATE SHOW

SMG says Ford Park ranks in world's top 100 venues for ticket sales this year

Teen girl accused of stabbing father in neck

Standard & Poor's ratings for BISD lowered due to weakened financial position and practices

Distracted driving crashes increase in Texas

Attorney looks into legalities of firing a transgender teacher

Go Blue Day for the tiniest victims

DA's office accepts three capital murder charges in connection with triple homicide

West Brook navy JROTC drill team to compete

Claiborne West Park completes work on special trail

Beaumont Chamber of Commerce members talk by phone with TEA Commissioner about BISD

Lumberton police, troopers, examining re-enactment of fatal crash

Vidor police looking for information in Cindy's Bridal robbery

Deputies ID body of murder victim found in back of car

TEA Commissioner hosting teleconference Thursday to let public offer feedback on BISD

Rep. Deshotel urges TEA Commissioner to appoint board of managers, keep BISD accreditation

Four suffer smoke inhalation in Newton County house fire

Update on high school stabbings in Pennsylvania

State mulls adding Mexican-American studies course

Restaurant confrontation video goes viral

Suspect in custody after as many as 20 students stabbed at Pennsylvania high school

Superintendent announces community committees to monitor BISD

LU ranks #18 in TX for return of investment

Transgender Lumberton teacher suspended from job

KFDM in court when PA man sentenced to 30 years in connection with 2013 shooting

KHOU: Bus drivers accused of furnishing alcohol to minors on prom party buses

Legacy High School hosts Shattered Dreams program

ExxonMobil hosts girls at LU to encourage careers in math, science, tech

Suspect in fatal stabbing arraigned and charged

Crime Stoppers: April 8, 2014

KFDM learns Naomi Lawrence-Lee terminated, Pat Lambert retiring

BISD hires Ann Westbrooks as CFO/Comptroller

US 69 and US 96 in Lumberton closed Wednesday for crash reconstruction

KFDM learns Sharika Allison set to plead guilty April 14

10 tons of oil removed from Matagorda Island

Beaumont Police arrest suspect in stabbing death

Suspect Identified in Stabbing Death

KFDM investigation addresses spending cutback

Alfred Wright death investigation demonstration shuts down DPS office early

Man body found in backyard of Beaumont home

Classmates say last goodbye to Tyvone Washington

Keeping transients out of vacant property

Update on November story about special prosecutor

TxDOT hosting Work Zone Awareness Week

Two arrests made in connection with South China Road body

Black Panthers rally in opposition to Alfred Wright death investigation

Superintendent inviting public to 'Let's Talk' forum Monday night

Man in U-Haul leads Orange County deputies on 90 mph chase

Three local traffic accidents on Sunday

Student building sensory classroom

Memorial benefit for Vidor teen

Step Right Up!

Beaumont Art League presents Neches River Festival art show

Body found wrapped in sheet in backseat of car

Beaumont fireighters battled fire at Ridgewood Retirement Home

Body found in rural Jefferson County

Person injured at Kinder Morgan ship dock

BPD releases video of pickup, investigators say, was at deadly shooting of 22-year-old woman

Volunteers beautify Beaumont in Trash-Off

Woman calls 911 to complain about bad weed

Beaumont police searching for this pickup

KFDM on scene as federal agents raid homes of BISD Purchasing Director Naomi Lawrence-Lee and former WB Booster Club president Bo Kelley

New information released in Thursday's fatal shooting

Family remembers shooting victim

Commercial construction decreasing in SETX

Benefit held for family of sisters killed in Lumberton crash

RAW VIDEO: Footage of federal agents raiding the home of former WB Booster Club president Bo Kelley

Food Bank participating in Great American Milk Drive

KFDM confirms federal agents raiding homes of BISD Purchasing Director Naomi Lawrence-Lee, former WB Booster Club President Bo Kelley

Comments from Dr. Chargois, board members following meeting with TEA Commissioner

Woman shot and killed following wreck

Judge signs retraining order to stop BISD from paying Ozen coach who resigned in February

Funeral services set for 10-year-old Port Arthur boy killed crossing highway

Beef prices hit record highs

Veterans believe PTSD is to blame for Ft. Hood Shooting

Gov. Perry makes local judicial appointment

PA man indicted on federal income tax evasion charge

Shooting victim formally identified

David Letterman makes big announcement

Tom Rugg Sr. appointed Judge of 58th Judicial District

Port Arthur man taken into custody in connection with burglary of habitation

BPD releases name of woman shot and killed following traffic accident

BISD superintendent finishes meeting with Education Commissioner

Police news release on wreck/fatal shooting

Update on wreck/fatal shooting at 11th and Laurel; search for gunman, two schools delay start

11th Street now open after wreck/fatal shooting

Woman Killed in Shooting

St. Anne Catholic School Delaying Classes

Separation agreement, email may explain Ozen coach's resignation

The community reacts to possible takeover of BISD by TEA

CPS official: Child abuse in Southeast Texas getting worse

Arrests made in Port Arthur Public Library statue theft case

At least 4 killed in shooting at Fort Hood; gunman among dead

State recommends Calvin Walker be allowed to renew his master electrician's license

A special education teacher says TEA help comes too late

Jefferson County Medical Society calls on BISD leaders to resign

Beaumont man sentenced to 60 years for shooting and robbing pizza delivery man

CASA in need of volunteers to help abused and neglected children

Father and son fight leads to shooting in Chambers County

Arrest warrants issued for three suspects in $120,000 statue theft

KFDM learns McCraney is set to plead guilty April 14

High court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

Stepmom of malnourished boy claims she's not responsible

A message on animal cruelty; how you can help

A little bird told Tom Wright

School board responds to TEA's takeover recommendation

Highway 69 claims multiple lives

State representative discusses TEA takeover recommendation

Central Middle School issues notice about list of names

TEA confirms staff recommends BISD takeover; Commissioner will make final decision, coming to Beaumont Thursday

Ladies night at the South Texas State Fair

Jefferson County DA's Office issues response to TEA report

Beaumont police educate on how to spot a counterfeit bill.

Link to TEA final report recommending BISD takeover

BISD response to TEA takeover recommendation

Deshotel says TEA Commissioner coming to BISD Thursday to talk about staff recommendation

Judge rejects BISD claim for about $340,000 in Calvin Walker forfeited funds

Counterfeit money on the rise

Mother of 5-year-old found starving says reports of abuse aren't true

64-year-old man injured in PA home invasion

Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Transportation projects head to SETX

Healthcare deadline approaches as website deals with glitches

Employee shares frightening tale of robbery

Participants grab a bite at Lunch at the Lake

Education service center monitoring STAAR testing in BISD

Life slowly returning to normal following oil spill

South Texas State Fair runs through Sunday

First day in new headquarters for Lumberton Municipal Utility District

School staff, students mourn loss of 10-year-old

Deputies arrest couple accused of keeping malnourished boy in closet

Computer problems snarl final signup for Obamacare

BPD says money from restaurant robbery found in suspected gunman's shorts

Houston fire forces more than 100 from apartments

Police arrest gunman who robbed restaurant Monday morning

Fire destroys Jasper home

Friends dedicate game of hide and seek to boy killed crossing highway

Fire destroys Beaumont family's home

UPDATE: Name released of 10-year old boy killed crossing highway

Firefighters working to put out house fire on Galway Dr. in Beaumont

UPDATE: Name released of man killed in lawnmover and truck collision in Beaumont

South Texas Fair raises money to help SETX

Family educating others on Tourette Syndrome

Local parents who failed to pay child support arrested in warrant roundup

Show car visits Express Mart

Reducing allergy symptoms

Police Chief talks about officer-involved shooting

BPD looking for person who fired shots into a home injuring sleeping teen

Vidor High students arrested in school vandalism case

Jasper man indicted on murder charge

Lumberton opening new municipal utility district building to serve growing water customers

Local church building medical pods for third-world country disaster relief

Baptist Hospital's Cajun Classic Golf Tournament fundraiser

Vidor HS students arrested for middle school graffiti

13-year-old hurt after several shots fired at Beaumont home

School board discusses evaluation criteria

What are some tasty things you can eat at the fair?

LIVE: Suspect in PA officer involved shooting has been identified

Attackers rob and shoot elderly couple

Local judges remembered

Conn's is hiring

Concert benefit for family of Lumberton sisters killed in car crash

Hamshire-Fannett elementary students return to school

First day of South Texas State Fair

Jasper County sheriff's detectives still searching for burglars who shot man

Three people transported after morning accident in Orange County

Jasper County couple shot in home invasion robbery

Average gas price up in Beaumont

Fair opening ceremonies to go ahead as planned

Organizers defend West Brook "Project Graduation"

Affordable Care Act deadline extended

Local TDCJ prison guards arrested in unauthorized use of force case

Missing teen found

Video to help Hamshire-Fannett elementary sent to Ellen Show host

Beaumont fire under investigation

Galveston ferry service now open 24/7

Teachers prepare for Hamshire-Fannett elementary students after school fire

Vandals mark Vidor Middle School

Man convicted in connection with Beaumont carjackings

RAW VIDEO: Beaumont City bus crashes into house

Beaumont Community Players presents "A Street Car Named Desire"

Coast Guard updates oil spill

Pictures of Beaumont City bus collision with house

Ten transported to hospital after Beaumont City bus runs into house

Investigation into graffiti at Vidor Middle School

PA school board votes to approve the proposed non-renewal of Ruby Gunner's contract

Plez Atkins no longer with BISD

Oil spill docks local fishermen

Historic church fire ruled accidental

Hamshire-Fannett elementary to resume classes later this week

Update on requests for BISD information, FOI investigation

Crime Stoppers: March 25, 2014

Snow run to raise awareness about colorectal cancer

Massive 5-alarm apartment fire burning in Montrose

PAPD investigating home invasion

Fire damages historic church under restoration

Bolivar Ferry running again

Update on oil spill

Raw Video: Fire damages church building under restoration

Store clerk killed during Conroe robbery

Oil spill delays councilman's return home

Is BISD attempting to muzzle the media?

Oiled birds creeping up on the Bolivar Peninsula

South Texas State Fair opening this week

Families, staff, waiting for updates on Hamshire-Fannett elementary school

Beaumont man sentenced in 2012 murder

Police: Woman charged with Lumberton crash showed no evidence of alcohol in her system

Wildlife impacted by weekend oil spill

Man sentenced in murder of April Danna

Man sentenced to 56 years for murdering roommate

Coast Guard update on oil spill

Malaysian officials: Plane crashed in Indian Ocean

Cruise ships, ferries at standstill as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil Spill hits local fishermen hard

Oil spill update: See what officials are saying

Car burglaries at Ford Park baseball fields

Newton County deputy injured in crash

Galveston ferryboats shut down; Marine ship fuel oil spills into the gulf

Veteran and tattoo studio owner discuss new army rules for tattoos

Multiple wrecks on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont

BISD responds to TEA report

Police investigating Beaumont stabbing involving two sisters and boyfriend of one sister

Beaumont man indicted on car burglary charges

Jasper County worker shot during home burglary

Jefferson County grand jury indicts man charged with driving drunk and causing crash that killed woman

Beaumont doctor discusses Affordable Care Act

Port Arthur family pleading with driver in hit and run to surrender

Port Neches man convicted of murdering his roommate

Hamshire-Fannett school district officials still not sure when elementary students will return to school

Jasper County Sheriff investigating shooting

Beaumont police investigate stabbing

Hamshire-Fannett Elementary update

Jury convicts man of murdering roommate

The best sandwich you've never tried

Update: I-10 reopens at 4:15 following rig fire in Lake Charles

CBS Sports: Matt Schaub on way to Oakland

Chase leads to arrest, discovery of drugs

Mother accidentally runs over her child

Fight leads to stabbing in Beaumont

Police: Woman tried to prevent detectives from locating Beaumont man suspected in triple homicide

More calls for resignation at school board meeting

Home Builders Association of Southeast Texas calls for resignation of BISD board, superintendent

BISD to hold press conference Friday to address TEA's report on the district's finances

Family struggles with aftermath of collision

Video shows what happened after UPS left package

Steps you can take to prevent package theft

Local child taken off life support after car, scooter collision

Port Arthur chemical plant to spend $44 million to reduce pollution

New Natgasoline methanol plant to create hundreds of jobs in Beaumont

Homebuilders Association of Southeast Texas also calling on BISD leaders to resign

Hamshire-Fannett ISD to announce Friday where it plans to put students displaced by school fire

Filling the boot in Port Arthur

South Texas State Fair opens March 27th

Bike Rodeo in Silsbee serves as fundraiser

Woman released on bond after arrest for hindering apprehension of triple homicide suspect

Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

DOJ: Port Arthur chemical plant agrees to cut pollution

Flint Hills Resources issues press release about agreement

Child dies following collision between scooter and car

Searchers trying to confirm if debris off Australia is from missing plane

HFISD elementary PTA asks for help

Beaumont Board of Realtors wants BISD board members and superintendent to resign

Two injured in rollover crash on I-10 in Beaumont

Man shot at party in Jasper

Sheriff calls child drowning a tragic accident

Investigators: It's not yet safe to investigate Hamshire-Fannett Elementary fire

Fort Bend Sheriff's Office looking for missing girl

Investigation into West Brook fight continues

Trial continues in stabbing death of April Danna

Police arrests suspect in AT&T robbery in Beaumont

Port Neches house catches fire

St. Joseph Altar blessing

Hamshire-Fannett elementary PTA asking for help

Statement from attorneys for Officer Steven Rivers

House fire in Port Neches

Tyler County Sheriff's Office releases additional information in death of 3-year-old boy

BPD arrests suspects in AT&T armed robbery

Intrigued with stars? Attend local planetarium event

Teens charged with breaking into mansion, throwing party, causing $1 million in damage

Two winning tickets in $400 million Mega Millions jackpot

Malaysia: Files deleted from pilot's flight simulator

Investigators working to determine cause of elementary school fire

NFCU accepting donations for Hamshire Fannett elementary school

HFISD elementary fire upsets students

Groundbreaking may bring jobs

Galveston County Sheriff's Department releases Boliver Peninsula spring break report

Two murder trials underway

Panera Bread held job fair in Beaumont

Tyler County Sheriff's Office investigating death of 3-year-old boy

No school the rest of the week for Hamshire-Fannett elementary school students

Part-time BISD officer placed on leave following West Brook incident

Investigators trying to determine cause of HFISD elementary fire

2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes beside Space Needle

RAW VIDEO: Reaction to HFISD elementary school fire

Fire chief believes school fire began in principal's office

Haley Bull live a.m. report from HFISD elementary school fire

Raw Video: Flames burn Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School

Pictures from scene of Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School fire

Fire burns much of Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School

Jasper hires city manager

Superintendent addresses TEA preliminary report

Former owner of PA MegaBowl pleads guilty to disaster loan fraud

Charges pending against Lake Charles student

Suspect in triple murder arrested

Results of election recount come in

Man charged with a 2007 murder on trial

Commissioners Court honors campaign against teen tobacco use

Jefferson County changing the way people vote

Students in Silsbee learn about fossils

RAW VIDEO: Footage of Hawkins being put into vehicle by authorities

Recount ends with no changes in Pct. 8 JP runoff

Suspect in triple homicide taken into custody

Port Arthur businessman pleads guilty to disaster loan fraud

Earthquake hits Southern California

DPS releases name of fatal accident victim in Newton County

Pictures from Jasper Air Show

Beaumont shooting suspect identified; three killed, one critically injured

Beaumont shooting suspect identified; three killed, one wounded

BREAKING NEWS: Three siblings dead, another person critically injured in Beaumont shooting

Train nearly runs over man napping on tracks

Group that wants to legalize marijuana comes to Southeast Texas

Beaumont church celebrates 118th anniversary

Galveston Bay stops oyster harvesting; already a shortage

BPD: Woman stabbed by boyfriend at store

CPS, police investigating student's claims that principal injured him

Local doctor who survived prostate cancer has message

Odom Academy mom claims principal injured her son

PAPD searches for driver who hit pedestrian

Port Arthur police combating gang activity

Wendy Davis campaigns in SETX

Sailor from famous World War II photo dies

KJAS: Fire destroys home on north side of town

Elderly woman found dead near train tracks identified

Chamber of Commerce explains call for BISD leadership change

Police looking for bridal shop robbery suspects

Prescription pill abuse a big problem in Jeff. Co.

Jefferson I-10 crash backs up traffic

Detectives arrest father of one of two women whose bodies were found on Port Bolivar

Two men taken to Orange County Jail for narcotics possession

Fire damages Beaumont home

Family waits 6 years for justice

Person stabbed during incident on Booker

No one injured in Beaumont structure fire

Arrest made in connection with Bolivar Double Homicide

Bond set for men arrested on possession of controlled substance charges

Police: Suspected drunk driver plows into SXSW crowd, kills two, injures 23

Highway 73 reopens

Victim in overnight Port Arthur accident identified

Orange County Veteran's Office worried about new county policy

Greater Beaumont Chamber calling for TEA to intervene and replace current BISD leadership

Vidor police searching for bridal shop robbery suspects

Bonds set for four in connection to Maddox murders

LULAC asking BISD Superintendent to resign

Village Creek drowning brings words of warning

PAISD statement regarding teacher trial verdict

Jury reaches a verdict in PA teacher trial

Bonds set for four people arrested in connection with Maddox case

Statement from YES Prep Southwest on drowning death

Jefferson Co. Justice of the Peace candidate Dawn Polk will get a recount Monday

Four people arrested in connection with Maddox case

LIVE: Nederland Heritage Festival kicks off

College students from Illinois and Missouri spend spring break helping local Habitat for Humanity

Autopsy pending in Village Creek Drowning drowning

Driver in custody after pursuit with authorities

Giving Field volunteer opportunities

Day 1 of testimony in PA teacher trial

Reports: Houston Texans release tight end Owen Daniels

Jury selected in Port Arthur teacher trial

Deputies prepared for underage drinkers over spring break

Judge trying to clear docket

Nederland hosting heritage festival

First Lunch at the Lake of the season

Collision reported between train and vehicle

Authorities looking for information about aggravated robbery

Court won't hear dispute over 'boobies' bracelets

Judge Bob Wortham Stepping Down

Community comes together for Lexy Bertrand benefit

Composite sketch of possible suspect in Port Bolivar double homicide

Photo of victim Crystal Jackson whose body was dumped on Port Bolivar

Photo of victim Britney Cosby whose body was dumped on Port Bolivar

Law enforcement officers in Orange searching for man who ditched his 18-wheeler to run from trooper

Michaels move to new location

Love Lunch Sack Homeless Outreach

Last day of Golden Triangle Home Show

Pinehurst police searching for men suspected of holding up Dollar General Store

Gusher Marathon draws more than one thousand people

Frog Fest helps wounded veterans

Boxer Wilford Scypion laid to rest

Justin Hinton's report on TEA investigation of BISD

TEA preliminary report critical of BISD financial practices; blames superintendent, board

Click here to read the entire TEA preliminary report into BISD financial compliance

BISD employee Jessie Haynes hasn't returned to work after workers' comp claim denied

Student accused of making threats taken into custody

Gusher Marathon to cause traffic rerouting Saturday

Beaumont city bus service suspended during Gusher Marathon Saturday

Texas Rangers investigate shooting of 18-year-old

Two women killed, bodies dumped behind Bolivar store

Crews cleaning up Shell oil spill in Port Neches

West Brook student transported to hospital after a fight

Detectives investigating double homicide at Fisherman's Cove

Jobless rate drops nearly 2% in past year in Beaumont-Port Arthur

No officers ]hurt, one man injured in Tyler County officer-involved shooting

East Texas teen charged with killing stepfather

Shots fired during holdup, restaurant customers forced to ground

Shell pipeline hit, spills 100 barrels of crude oil in Port Neches

Man attempts to break Ellen's retweet record

Former Marshall Middle School student posts threat online

Officers find dog shot and killed

Beaumont abortion clinic shuts down

Changes in Newton County election totals don't change outcome of races

Update on closing of Beaumont abortion clinic

School notifies parents about former student who reportedly made threats via social media

Whole Women's Health in Beaumont closing its doors

Gusher Marathon maps show route, parking access

PAFD: Space heater to blame for house fire

Cheesecake and sandwiches at Deli Days

Central High competes for state basketball championship

PA firefighters respond to house fire

JeffCo Justice of the Peace candidate seeks recount

PAPD: Man puts gun to woman's head

NAACP, local ministers have message for community

New local task force to investigate corruption and violent crimes

Police recovering pieces of stolen sculpture

Morrison and West head to the May runoff

Students learn dangers of DWI

Candidates strategize for Orange County Judge runoff

Cirque du Soleil comes to Ford Park

NAACP, Ministers Union want to dispel what they call misinformation about views on BISD

Man says gunman tried to kidnap wife

Final results in Jefferson County give Smith, Wiggins primary victories; others in runoffs

Search for missing man enters second week

Four Republicans vying for county judge job in Orange County

Early voting numbers delayed due to problem

Three Democrats, two Republicans in race for district clerk's office

Three Democrats in race for judge position at County Court at law number three

Three Democrats running for 252nd Criminal District Court judge

Election results

Jefferson County candidates say they rely on early voting numbers because of today's cold

Hardin County voters brave cold

Weather impacts voter turnout in Orange County

Villanova students volunteering in Beaumont

Weather impacts voter turnout

Ice contributes to outages, school cancelations

Winter weather pictures

Ice on trees; some power outages reported

Fitch downgrades Beaumont ISD bonds

Loss of power prompts closure of Buna ISD schools Tuesday; classes resume Wednesday

Primary election day

RadioShack to close up to 1,100 stores across nation

Finance consultant updates BISD finances

Hamshire Fannett student remains hospitalized

Southeast Texas tie to Ukraine

Southeast Texas wraps up Mardi Gras

Historic building in downtown Beaumont for sale

Southeast Texans to vote in primary elections

School delays due to inclement weather

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

LU to offer guaranteed price plan

Identity of man who died after suffering medical condition and crashing his motorcycle released

Arctic blasts canceling local flights again

Forty churches to pray for 40 days in pro-life campaign

Family who lost toddler in traffic accident has a message

Last day of Mardi Gras

P.A.L.T presents Legally Blonde Musical

Police: Man carjacks women and then steals more cars

Man dies after running back into burning house for cell phone

Students hand out free trees

West End Little League kicks off

Thousands celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Port Arthur

Sheriff names suspect in Maddox murders

Nathan Maddox' former mother-in-law named suspect in murders; released after unrelated drug charged is dropped

KFDM learns BISD's Jessie Haynes denied Workers' Compensation claim

TEA accreditation of BISD on hold until investigation over; revocation unlikely says TEA spokeswoman

First house complete under round 2 of Hurricane Ike relief funding

TX AG Greg Abbott campaigns in Beaumont

Jury finds karate instructor guilty of child porn violations

Langston Adams sworn in as interim judge of County Court at Law Number 3

PA man sentenced to 20 years in connection with witness retaliation case

Second day of Southeast Texas Mardi Gras

Symphony of Southeast Texas presents popular soloist

Teen mom who abandoned baby in dumpster could regain custody

$831,000 settlement in Pearson lawsuit against Jasper

BISD to take control of student activity accounts

Man mourns the death of his bride-to-be

Mardi Gras chicken run tradition

Port Arthur man sentenced for impersonating firefighter

Mardi Gras boosts downtown Port Arthur businesses

Meals on Wheels BBQ baked potato fundraiser

Mardi Gras in Port Arthur

Senior Mardi Gras celebration

Mardi Gras kicking off in Port Arthur

Tea Party activists disavow Steve Stockman

Man sentenced to 25 years for impersonating a firefighter

Early voting ends Friday for March 4 primaries

Disabled vet says he was kicked out of restaurant because of service dog

Lunch at the Lake returns Monday

State website: BISD spending more on students while academic progress declining

Port Arthur launches app

Babysitter doesn't get jail time in case where child accidentally shot himself

Officers shoot and kill Vidor man

Name released of Port Arthur man run over by car

Woman gets suspended sentence, probation for falling asleep and leaving loaded gun in home where boy accidentally shot and killed himself

Public reacts to proposed increase in windstorm insurance rates

Crystal Beach VFD Assistant Chief says investigations into money reveal new bills

When is a person too old to drive?

Deputy fired after being arrested

Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

Charges filed against man for Intoxication Manslaughter, Intoxication Assault

Police release name of man who died during exchange of gunfire

Public reacting to proposed dramatic increase in windstorm insurance rates

Deputies want help finding fugitive assault suspect accused of breaking pregnant girlfriend's jaw

Update: Police release name of man struck and killed walking across Highway 69 near Central Mall

Former skinhead speaks out about hate groups

Former neo-Nazi skinhead speaks out

Early voting underway

Higher ed phone bank answers questions

One person dead after exchange of gunfire

Cinderella ballet performance celebrates 30 years

Police looking for missing teen

Beaumont police to help military investigate sex crimes

Crime Stoppers: February 25, 2014

PA city councilman resigns

Bill Leger Award presented at Family Services luncheon

Beaumont celebrates World Spay Day

Two separate accidents involving BPD officers

Driver identified in fatal Orange County accident

Beaumont's Kathleen Jackson appointed to Texas Water Development Board

Stockman's campaign for John Cornyn's seat

Police standoff ends after several hours

Rose Hill gets a second look

BISD response concerning West Brook fundraiser

Police and organizers setting up security for Mardi Gras

Teacher says students need textbooks

Public invited to upcoming windstorm insurance hearing

Woman now charged with stealing police car

Langston Adams appointed interim judge of County Court at Law #3

Investigators determine cause of apartment fire

Outpouring of support for family of Lumberton sisters killed in crash

Police say speed and alcohol may be factors in fatal wreck

Early voting on Sunday

West Brook band performs at Magic Kingdom

China boil water notice

Man in custody after fatal wreck in Port Arthur

Woman dies from injuries in Port Arthur accident

Teen building family crisis center

CPS brings prom to foster care teens

DPS: Man driving drunk falls out of moving truck

City of Orange gives Super Bowl champ Earl Thomas key to city

Shoot-out fundraiser to combat cancer

Final day of Boomtown Film and Music Fest

Girls' Haven Annual Gumbo Cook-off

Giving Field offers organic gardening workshop

BISD announces freeze on spending

Family claims special needs child mistreated at school

Woman steals a BPD patrol car, leads officers on chase and crashes patrol car

Custody hearing canceled in murder case

Woman hit by van in critical condition

Restaurant Report Card: Feb. 21, 2014

Local hospital reaches out to children

Who won Mr. Habitat?

Girls' Haven annual gumbo fundraiser on Saturday

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Business News

Applications for US jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

Consumer News

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a bad night for 'Bama on "American Idol" last night.

Get This


HONOLULU (AP) -- Looks like no more working under the covers for undercover cops in Hawaii.

Science/Tech News


NEW YORK (AP) -- Oldies, but goodies are the latest battleground in the fight between major record labels and a major music streaming service.


Tonight on KFDM Channel 6

Undercover Boss
Hawaii Five-0

Complete Schedule »