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7 from 7: Stories for your Thursday afternoon

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Good afternoon! We hope your day is going well and that you're enjoying (and driving safely in) the rain this afternoon.

Here are some stories for you to peruse this afternoon:

1. You may have heard that the Obama administration has a massive surveillance program, tracking phone calls made by millions of Verizon customers. You may wonder, "Why does the government even want my phone records, anyway?" Here's your answer, in a handy Q&A format. We'll also discuss it on East Texas News at 5.

2. Byron Jones was diagnosed with leukemia in January. The young man had to drop out school and go to Dallas for regular chemo treatments, and we brought you his story, and the story of a young man who donated his Johnny Manziel football to raise money for Byron's medical care. We have sad news to report about this brave young man today; our Shaley Sanders will join us at 5 with his story.

3. A judge said Thursday he was inclined to unseal portions of a choreographer's court filings alleging he was abused by Michael Jackson. Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson's estate and Thomas Messereau, the lawyer who successfully defended Jackson, have attacked Robson's credibility and noted his repeated defense of the singer. Weitzman has called the accusations "outrageous and pathetic."

4. Doctors gave Jordan Samples eight months to live when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2011. Jordan's mom says from that day on he lived by the acronym F.R.O.G., which stands for Fully Rely on God. Jordan's classmates have planted a tree in memory of the young boy, and one classmate says, "I'll miss him for a million years." Read more here.

5. The man whose home has been at the center of a federal investigation into ricin-laced letters being sent to public officials filed for divorce Thursday morning in Bowie County District Court. One that Shannon Richardson, who lives in the home, told police her husband may have sent the ricin-laced letters to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Washington D.C.-based gun control group.

6. Two 16-year-olds were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the fatal shooting at a Tyler apartment complex. The arrests come the day after 19-year-old Ladarrius Devonte Warren and 18-year-old Earnest Deaurndra Jackson Jr. were arrested and charged in the crime. All four face capital murder charges of 21-year-old Joshua McGill. See the full story here.

7.  Now for some fun! Here's your list of "What's going on around East Texas" this weekend! From the Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival to Jacksonville's Tomato Fest to Tyler Cattle Baron's, there's something for everyone. Much more on the list for you to check out, too.

Here's the link to our livestream of the news at 4, 5 and 6 on KLTV.com. We're here for you!

And make sure to check your phone's app store for iPhone and android phones for our KLTV weather app, as well as our news app. They're free and will keep you up-to-date on the latest severe weather, breaking news, and much more.

We'll see you soon!

Stephanie Frazier

KLTV Web Producer



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