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Defender program comes forward to S&S CISD school board

The Sadler Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss proposed Board and district policy changes that will enable the District to adopt its proposed Defender program during a regular meeting on Thursday. The program will allow the District to authorize select teachers to carry concealed handguns on District campuses as an added form of security. The Board will discuss the proposed changes, along with points and issues brought up at last week’s public meeting on the subject, before deciding whether or not to vote on the proposal, or further develop the program. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the S&S CISD administration building, located at 1 Ram Drive, in Sadler. Other items that will be heard, considered and acted upon include:

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.