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EDITORIAL: Ship channel funding finally advances

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The Beaumont Enterprise
May 16, 2014

By Enterprise editorial staff

The long and often frustrating effort to get federal funding for the deepening and widening of the Sabine Neches ship channel took an important step forward on Thursday. House and Senate negotiators finally unveiled a compromise bill that finances this effort and many other water projects across the country. Continue reading

Deeper Ports Backed by Congress as Panama Canal Expands

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Bloomberg News
May 9, 2014

By Derek Wallbank and James Rowley

U.S. House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a bill that would authorize deepening several U.S. ports ahead of the expansion of the Panama Canal and the bigger ships that will use it.

The legislation — the first such measure in seven years — will include provisions that would let ports pay the costs of deepening harbors up front and then seek reimbursement from the government once the project is authorized by lawmakers. That could help facilities such as Port Everglades in South Florida reduce construction time by years. Continue reading

Industry propels Jefferson County to record year

Port Arthur News
January 2, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles in which local officials look back at events of the past year and forward to what to expect in the coming year.

By Erinn Callahan
The News staff writer

In terms of budget, 2013 was the healthiest year in Jefferson County’s history. Reserves were at record levels, and increases in budgeted items have been kept at a rate lower than the Consumer Price Index for the last 10 years. Continue reading

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