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      Hidalgo County JP's truancy court under fire

      A Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace is under fire for how she handles her truancy court.

      County commissioners are meeting on Tuesday to discuss the business practices of Precinct 4 Justide of the Peace Mary Alice Palacios.

      But Palacios has received criticism for taking the money and hearing cases from school districts outside her precinct.

      Palacios told Action 4 News that she intends to defend her truancy court.

      She said truant schoolchildren need to be taught a lesson and that her court has been effective in reaching them.

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