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  • A debt collector is helping a local school district collect lunch debt. Since September, the debt at the Ellwood City Area School District has risen to $8,200. The superintendent said letters are being sent to families notifying them about the debt and financial assistance. >> Read more trending news  If nothing is done, then a debt collector will step in. In September, the district's lunch debt was paid off by Baierl Toyota, but it has climbed again. The district said, no matter what, every student is served breakfast and lunch.
  • Nine months after authorities discovered a Texas toddler's remains in an acid-filled bucket, her parents have learned their sentence. >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, a judge on Friday sentenced Monica Yvonne Dominguez, of Laredo, to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to abusing a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. Her husband, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, received a 14-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to an evidence-tampering charge. Dominguez said her daughter, Rebecka, drowned in the tub Feb. 14 while bathing with another child, according to prosecutors. Dominguez said the children were unsupervised at the time, authorities said. Prosecutors said Dominguez sought Zavala-Loredo's help to dispose of the girl's remains, which police found in a bucket inside a closet, the AP reported earlier this year. Dominguez, who also pleaded guilty to child injury charges in 2016, was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for violating the terms of her probation, the Laredo Morning Times reported. The 20-year sentence will begin after she finishes serving her first sentence, according to the AP. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Two Georgia sisters who suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a car at their Forsyth County bus stop last week have been released from the hospital.  >> Read more trending news  The students, ages 6 and 9, were standing at the end of a driveway on Buford Highway about 7 a.m. Friday when a blue Toyota Camry passed their bus on the right, striking them and their stepfather, authorities said. The car’s driver, 19-year-old Christopher Ray Frachiseur, was arrested at the scene and charged with three felony counts of serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs and a host of other traffic-related offenses. He was granted a $75,000 bond Saturday but cannot be released from the Forsyth County jail because he was already on probation for marijuana possession.  In an interview Wednesday, the girls’ mother told WSB-TV that her children have a long recovery ahead. “This is just a nightmare,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “Three people could have lost their lives. Thankfully they're OK, but can you imagine if something worse happened?” Both of the Haw Creek Elementary students must wear casts as their broken bones heal, Channel 2 reported.  “Right now, the oldest one — she doesn't remember anything. She remembers her sister, school, her mom, but she doesn't remember anything about an accident,” her mother said. “With the youngest one, I have to help her with everything. I have to take her to the restroom, her bed, to the shower. She depends completely on me right now.”  The girls’ stepfather, 43-year-old Jose Arturo Corejo-Nunez, remains hospitalized, the news station reported.  A GoFundMe page set up to help the family cover their expenses after the wreck raised more than $22,000 in four days. Speaking through a translator, the girls’ mother said every dollar helps as she’s forced to look after three injured people by herself. “I'm just in a really hard place right now,” she said. “I have a lot to do. I have to take care of my husband in the hospital while also taking care of the kids at the house.” 
  • A school bus driver was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after a head-on crash with an SUV near Marietta High School. A 16-year-old Marietta High student told police he lost control of his vehicle while coming around a curve on Manning Road and crashed into the bus. Two Marietta City Schools students were on board at the time, Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy told AJC.com. The 16-year-old, his 16-year-old passenger and the younger students on the bus were checked by paramedics at the scene and decided not to go to a hospital, he said. They were released to their parents.  The bus driver’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. “We are incredibly grateful that no one was more seriously injured,” McPhilamy said. Manning Road was shut down for about an hour while crews work to clear the wrecked vehicles. The school bus crashed into a tree on one side of the road, and the SUV ended up in some bushes after spinning and striking the bus a second time, according to police. Both were heavily damaged. “It’s an accident; they call it that for a reason,” McPhilamy said at the scene. “It’s not an ‘intentional,’ but every time you see the level of damage that we're looking at in these vehicles, we're very fortunate that everyone was able to walk away from this.” The road reopened at 9:15 a.m.  The crash investigation did not impact operations at Marietta High School or at nearby A.L. Burruss Elementary School. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
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  • A former National Security Council official and a diplomat who says he overheard a conversation between President Donald Trump and ambassador Gordon Sondland are scheduled to testify Thursday in the week’s final impeachment inquiry hearing. >> Read more trending news  The testimony of Fiona Hill and David Holmes comes a day after Sondland offered explosive testimony in which he said he, Kurt Volker and Energy Secretary Rick Perry worked with Rudy Giuliani to pursue a 'quid pro quo' with Ukraine, dangling a possible White House meeting between Trump and the Ukrainian president in exchange for an announcement that Ukraine was to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. According to Sondland, a second investigation into Ukraine-backed interference in the 2016 presidential election was also on the table. Hill, who testified in a closed-door session that she had concerns about Giuliani, and Holmes, who told Ukraine charge d’affaires William Taylor that he overheard a phone conversation between Sondland and Trump, will testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence beginning at 9 a.m. The hearings will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels. CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS are also expected to carry the hearings live. Livestream See the livestream below when the hearing starts. Live updates The hearing has started 9:07 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: Schiff is giving his opening statement. He immediately begins to talk about Gordon Sondland's testimony. “Trump put his personal and political interest above the United States,' Schiff said. Nunes claims it's the Democrats who got caught doing something wrong, not President Trump.  'They got caught trying to obtain nude photos of President Trump from Russian pranksters,' he said. Ready to go any moment 9 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: The committee members are getting into place and the hearing room is filling up. Just waiting for Hill and Holmes to take their seats. Starting soon 8:45 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: The hearing will begin in 15 minutes. Hill and Holmes have arrived on Capitol Hill. The rules 8:30 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: There will be opening statements from Hill, Holmes, committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, who is the committee’s ranking member. Then, there will be 45 minutes for the committee’s counsel – Steve Castor for the Republicans and Daniel Goldman for the Democrats. Then, the members of the committee will have five minutes each to question Hill and Holmes. What will they be asked about 8:15 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: Both Hill and Holmes have testified in closed-door sessions. Hill will likely be asked about a July 10 meeting where EU ambassador Gordon Sondland suggested that there should be investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden and the 2016 presidential election. Holmes says he overheard a cellphone conversation between Sondland and Trump on July 26. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 21, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the fifth public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Testifying today will be former National Security Council official Fiona Hill and David Holmes, a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv.