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7 from 7: Stories for your (rather gray) Thursday

Good afternoon, everyone! We hope your gray and chilly day is going well.

Here are a few stories to keep your brain entertained this afternoon:

1. Flu in the news in East Texas: Due to the high number of patients entering East Texas emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms, some may be turned away and directed to other medical establishments, say some hospital authorities. Click here for more details.

2. Further information on the flu: One person dies of flu, over 160 others test positive for virus at ETMC in Tyler. Longview Regional says they've treated 200 in their facilities, as well. More here. Also, some are asking how churches are dealing with the flu potentially being spread among parishoners during communion using a shared cup. Bob Hallmark looked into what the churches are saying, and he'll report on that during East Texas News at 6.

3. George Strait kicks off the final leg of his farewell tour in Bossier City tonight. Were you able to get tickets? They're certainly hard to come by! Read more about it here.

4. This week, the fashion magazine Elle published different covers featuring four funny actresses in its February issue - Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, Allison Williams and Mindy Kaling. There was only one major difference between all of them: Kaling's was the only one featured in black and white and photographed from the chest upward. This has stirred a controversy, as you can imagine, about different body types, different ethnicities, etc., and how they are portrayed in the media. What do you think?

5. Are you wishing today were Friday? Here, let us help with our local entertainment list so you can begin planning: What's going on in East Texas this weekend?

6. Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, NJ Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the "abject stupidity" of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor. The embarrassing (according to the governor) story here.

7. Deputies in Bowie County are looking for the man who stole a party barge from a local storage facility. According to the Bowie County Sheriff's Office,  it happened at Lakeside Mini Storage on Highway 59 South of Texarkana. More details and photos here.

Click here to watch our  news via the livestream on KLTV.com today at 4, 5, 6.

We'll see you soon!

Stephanie Frazier

KLTV Digital Content Producer

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