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Intern Blake Mitchell coaxes legend Big Al out from his pond, using only voice and motion commands, as he is not authorized to touch the alligators, at Gator Country in Fannett, Texas Monday, May 11, 2020. Gator Country reopened the first weekend in May after being closed for weeks amid COVID-19 restrictions. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

Gator Country reopens amid pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — When Gary Saurage and staff closed the doors to Gator Country March 11 amid coronavirus restrictions, a Big Al-sized bite was taken out of his income. March spring break season brings in the second-largest earnings month for Gator Country. The following month, Saurage said, they had...

A Martin sits outside its nest in a decorative, multi-tiered birdhouse Howard Orphey created for the migratory birds to nest and raise their young. Photo taken Monday, May 4, 2020. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

'Martin House Man' friend of feathered friends

May. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Howard Orphey, 75, is the landlord many might wish they have. Unfortunately for those with two legs and opposable thumbs, he caters solely to two-legged, winged occupants. Martins are his tenants of choice. The migratory birds, which make their way to the region in February, nesting...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

2020 Watch: Voters focus on virus, not on Biden running mate

Apr. 27, 2020 5:18 AM EDT

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: ___ Days to general election: 190 ___ THE NARRATIVE Americans who have long complained that presidential campaigns last too long may be seeing their wish granted. As another week begins in a nation restricted...

Beaumont mayor explains nail salon visit amid coronavirus

Apr. 22, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames says she did not violate the city's stay-at-home order when she visited a closed nail shop. After a picture that circulated social media sparked criticism of the mayor showing her nails soaking in a bowl, Ames explained she wasn't getting a manicure but was...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020, file photo a person holds a sign while gathering with others to protest stay-at-home orders put into place due to the COVID-19 outbreak outside the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Amid pockets of attention-grabbing protests, a new survey finds Americans remain overwhelming in favor of stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

AP-NORC poll: Few Americans support easing virus protections

Apr. 22, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a new survey finds, even as small pockets of attention-grabbing protests demanding the lifting of such restrictions emerge nationwide. The survey from The Associated...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Across an arc of vital swing states, the coronavirus has put politics on an uneasy pause. The tension is most pronounced in Michigan, where the outbreak is far worse than in any of the other northern political battlegrounds. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Battleground Politics story

Apr. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story April 19, 2020, about battleground politics, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s disaster declaration was made in response to majority Republicans’ trimming the terms of her emergency order. The declaration was...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Across an arc of vital swing states, the coronavirus has put politics on an uneasy pause. The tension is most pronounced in Michigan, where the outbreak is far worse than in any of the other northern political battlegrounds. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Battleground power plays rage as everyday politics go quiet

Apr. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Door-knocking? Over. Local party activity? Some Facebook traffic, if that. Across an arc of vital swing states, the coronavirus has put politics on an uneasy pause. Instead, political fights among state leaders from Iowa to Pennsylvania over the handling of the pandemic’s...

In this Wednesday, April 1, 2020, photo, artist and tenant at The Art Studio, Inc., Stephen Edward Rousset works on a new painting in his studio space at TASI in Beaumont, Texas. He is taking inspiration from the COVID-19 pandemic to create works expressing the impact the virus is having on the global community. He says finding a medium that helps you cope with anxiety and fear, which for him is art, can help. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

Coronavirus outbreak inspires Texas artist

Apr. 12, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Stephen Edward Rousset spent a day at The Art Studio Inc. working out the details on a new painting from his space at TASI. Outside the building, a sign was posted that the studio was closed, but tenants could enter to work in studio spaces “at their own risk.” For...