Good afternoon, East Texas! It sure has gotten hot out there today. Stay hydrated!
Here are a few stories for you to check out on this toasty Tuesday afternoon:
1. Let's start with a feel good story: A picture on Facebook and the help of a complete stranger was all it took for an East Texas mother to find her biological son, 22 years after she gave him up for adoption. One week ago Cherie Alvis posted a picture of her infant son on her Facebook and four days later she got a response. Read more and see the video here.
2. The federal government on Monday told a judge it will reverse course and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions. Find out the details here.
3. In Jacksonville today, incumbent Mayor Kenneth Melvin and Rob Gowin are facing off in a run-off election for the mayor of that city. Our Mitch Goulding will have that story for you tonight on East Texas News at 5.
4. A Henderson man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court on Tuesday. 42-year-old James Brent Malone, a former Henderson High School language arts teacher, had been in custody in East Texas since January. KLTV's Shaley Sanders will tell you the latest on the charges and what he may face; join us for that coverage tonight at 6.
5. It's been a little over two weeks since an East Texas barbecue joint was featured on Food Network's Restaurant Impossible, and now, management says business is booming. Reporter Leigha Hughes stopped by to check out the new and improved Bryan's Smokehouse in Lufkin, and she'll tell you how business is doing tonight at 5.
6. We have a water-skiing squirrel story. No, really! He'll be in East Texas soon, and you can go see him perform live! We'll tell you more on the news at 6.
7. Wells Fargo, partnering with the Military Officers Association of America, kicked off their fourth annual Operation American Pride Project to show their appreciation to the men and women who serve in harm's way each day. Click here to find out how you can be a part of this effort to encourage and support our military serving overseas.
We hope you'll join us on KLTV7 or on the livestream on KLTV.com for the news at 4, 5 and 6 today. We have much more for you coming up there! You don't have to miss a thing.
We'll see you soon,