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Posted: Dec 5, 2013 2:32 AM

Updated: Dec 5, 2013 2:33 AM

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) One of the world's richest women is scheduled for trial on a reckless driving charge that authorities say resulted in the death of an 86-year-old Texas woman. Jacqueline Mars, a co-owner of the candy company Mars Inc., is scheduled to go before a judge in Virginia on Thursday morning. Police say Mars' Porsche SUV crossed the center line and hit a minivan carrying Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, who died at the scene.

DALLAS (AP) Snow, sleet and ice will be unleashed this week as winter weather invades much of Northern and Western Texas. The National Weather Service forecasts up to 5 inches of snow accumulation Thursday and Friday in the Texas Panhandle and up to 4 inches of snow in the South Plains.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A wealthy Dallas dentist who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year is challenging longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The Texas Democratic Party says it received David Alameel's paperwork Wednesday. Alameel has previously donated money to Cornyn, who is expected to win the Democratic nomination easily.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) An FBI agent has testified that some text messages that a former BP engineer deleted from his cellphone had information that could have been evidence in the federal investigation of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Special Agent Kelly Bryson was the first witness to testify when prosecutors began presenting their case Wednesday against Kurt Mix of Texas. He has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice charges.

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