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From The Newsroom: Affluenza Teen's Hearing Today, Despite Absence; Reading At Birth

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom:

Affluenza teen Ethan Couch will have a hearing today to move his probation case from juvenile to adult court, even though he’s still in a holding facility in Mexico.

He and his mother Tonya fled to Mexico after a video surfaced, showing him violating his probation. He was sentenced to ten years probation in juvenile court after his involvement in a drunk driving incident when he was 16. Four people died. 

Other stories this morning:

  • Collin County Health Services is working to find students at Schell Elementary in Richardson who may have been exposed to the measles. The Dallas Morning News reports the student who contracted the disease was traveling internationally and was not vaccinated. The child has since recovered and returned to school.
  • A new initiative is underway at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital to give away free bilingual books to moms who’ve just given birth. The idea is to expose babies to books before they leave the hospital.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.