The Lamar University Jack Brooks Chair in Government and Public Service will focus on substance abuse when it hosts the 2013 Brooks Conference on Thursday, April 18.
Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Lamar Institute of Technology Multi-Purpose Center, at Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and East Lavaca.
Dawn Mathis of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Houston will be the keynote speaker for a luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m. Other guest speakers include Shane Howard, Jefferson County tax assessor-collector.

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CASA of Southeast Texas is gearing up for another year of advocacy for children suffering from a life of neglect and abuse.
With dwindling funding comes an increased need for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and the money it takes to guide neglected children through the maze of Texas’ foster care system, especially since every neglected or abused child in Jefferson County is assigned an advocate from CASA of Southeast Texas.

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The U.S. Attorney General’s Office, heading up the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, filed for a temporary restraining order barring the Beaumont Independent School District from implementing voting changes ordered by Texas’ 9th Court of Appeals. The U.S Attorney General’s Office claimed jurisdiction in the matter pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that any voting procedure changes in Texas be signed-off on by the DOJ.

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