7 from 7: Stories for your Wednesday afternoon

Good afternoon, everyone! We hope this day finds you doing well and feeling fine.

Here are a few stories we think might be of interest to you this afternoon:

1. A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will wait at least 25 days before making a decision on whether gay marriages can resume in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said backers of Proposition 8 - the state ban on gay marriages - have that long to ask the Supreme court to rehear the case. More on that tonight at 6.

2. If your cat likes to roam outside, you might want to check him for ticks, particularly the Lone Star ticks. They have the potential to carry bobcat fever, which is deadly to cats. Our Jamey Boyum spoke with a local vet today to find out what you should be looking for. Tune in to East Texas News at 5 for that story.

3. A man is charged after an apparent theft at an East Texas bank and is in the Titus County jail tonight. Sheriff's officials say the Pilgrims Bank on Jefferson Ave. in Mt. Pleasant was held up at around 11:00 a.m. today. No one was injured during the incident.

4. Paula Deen was dropped by Wal-Mart on Wednesday, hours after she went on television and tearfully defended herself amid the mounting fallout over her admission of using a racial slur.The story has become both a day-by-day struggle by a successful businesswoman to keep her career afloat and an object lesson on the level of tolerance and forgiveness in society for being caught making an insensitive remark.

5. If you're like we are, there are lots of fresh tomatoes on your countertops at home. We are blessed with an abundance of these luscious treats. Here is a list of ways you can use them up while they're so perfect!

6. Tonight at 6, our Mitch Goulding will discuss the drama surrounding the abortion filibuster that occurred yesterday; he has gotten local response from State Representative Bryan Hughes. We'll let you know what Rep. Hughes as well as a local Democrat had to say in response.

7. We are hearing murmurings from the StormTracker7 Weather Center that we will soon be reaching triple-digit temperatures. Is anyone happy about this? Anyone?

We didn't think so. Please do your best to stay cool and hydrated, and make sure to check on elderly neighbors, pets, and anyone else who might be threatened by the heat.

Here's the link to our livestream on KLTV.com. You can watch East Texas News at 4, 5 and 6 each weekday there if you're not near your tv!

We'll see you soon!

KLTV Web Producer