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Perry hires defense lawyer amid ethics probe

HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a criminal-defense lawyer to represent him in a prosecutor’s probe of claims that he violated state law by vetoing funding for the state ethics office, his spokeswoman said.

Obama, Biden tout job-training grants

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promoted his latest attempt to help U.S. workers compete in the global “skills race,” announcing $600 million in grants for job-training programs focused on industry partnerships and apprenticeships.

Hall votes against Ryan’s budget

On April 10, the House of Representatives passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years without changing the tax code.

Jay Watkins announces candidacy for Denison School Board

Jay Watkins, former president of the Denison School Board, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 7 place in the May 10 Denison School Board election. Watkins resigned from the Board in 2013 after moving out of his ward. Watkins will be challenging incumbent and Board Secretary Randy Sedlacek in the May election.

Approximately 100 turn up for meeting about CHL in S&S schools

SADLER — About 100 people attended a public meeting held by the Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated School District on Monday in which the District presented its proposed Defender Program. The program would allow approved Concealed Handgun Licence holding faculty to carry handguns in the classroom and on school campuses as a precautionary measure.