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Posted: Feb 5, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Feb 5, 2014 2:31 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A North Texas teenager sentenced to probation for a drunken-driving crash that left four people dead is expected back in court. A Wednesday hearing is scheduled in the case of Ethan Couch, who was given 10 years' probation for the wreck last year that also severely injured two people. The sentence has stirred fierce debate, as has a defense expert who said Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition "affluenza."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state is set to begin presenting evidence in the second phase of Texas' sweeping school finance trial. Attorney General Greg Abbott's office plans to call just three witnesses, starting Wednesday. More than 600 school districts statewide have sued, claiming the way Texas funds public education is unconstitutional after the Legislature cut $5.4 billion in classroom funding in 2011.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A pair of debates will feature Republican contenders for two powerful but often little-publicized statewide offices. State Rep. Dan Branch, of Dallas, McKinney state Sen. Ken Paxton and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman will share a stage first Wednesday. The trio is competing for the GOP nomination to replace Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is now running for governor. Texas' primary is March 4.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The murder trial of a former Austin-area firefighter in his girlfriend's death has opened with prosecutors blaming her death on a "love triangle." Pedernales Fire Department firefighter Joe Carr is charged with murder in the 2011 death of Veronica Navarro. The 22-year-old woman's body was found in Lake Travis.

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