Back to life means different things to different people.With a little over 250 confirmed cases of coronavirus 19 in our area there is little consensus on re-opening businesses. People are very polarized on whether it should happen. After talking with several area leaders we think it will happen reasonably soon on a phased-in basis. Restaurant tables will be spaced out. We’ll probably have a lot more on this tomorrow. 

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A reliable source tells us 20 employees of Westrock (paper mill) in Evadale have quarantined over the COVID 19. We are withholding further information until we hear back from Westrock. 1813 called the company two days ago but we still haven’t heard back. 

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Rioting at the Lansing Correctional facility in Kanas. 14 staffers and 12 inmates had tested positive for COVID 19. More than 30 employees of the JBS meat packing facility have tested positive in Greeley, Colorado. 

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Tele-doc counseling is being done for the battered women of the area. Call Family Services of Southeast Texas for more information. 

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The checks are rolling in. Southeast Texans are seeing the first of President Trump’s stimulus checks and there’s a lot of excitement over it.

Melanie Zumo of Nederland got a direct deposit of 2200 bucks for her family and told us, “I think it will give the people a little hope! I think the problems of this country run way deeper! (but) people just need a little something to hold on to right now.”

Zumo told us the money SHOULD stimulate the economy because, “people have been laid off and yet it’s impossible to file for unemployment because you can’t get through. The website crashes (and) people are in panic mode with zero income.”

The Administration says 60 millioin payments will be made by direct deposit.

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How to get an antibody test in Southeast Texas? To see if you’ve had it already and are immune? Call 888-910-CURA. Testing will begin soon behind Chili’s off I-10 in Beaumont.

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The sale of pre-mixed drinks has gone up 100 percent during the quarantine. Who knew?

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Southeast Texas country singer David Joel’s new single has hit a Triple Play on the Texas Regional Radio charts. That’s most adds, most spin increase, and highest debut. Its moved into the 70’s on the charts. That’s the song “If I Had It My Way” with Mickey Gilley.

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Don’t be sad if your 401k gets hammered this week. The banks and industrials are going to have to report earnings. I never have investment advice, but its going to be bloody I predict. Many believe it will all come back around. 

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