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7 from 7: Stories for your Friday

Good Friday afternoon, everyone! We hope you're all set for a great weekend.

Here are some stories for you to check out as you count down the hours until "quittin' time:"

1. Piracy and pilot suicide are among the scenarios under study as investigators grow increasingly certain the missing Malaysian Airlines jet changed course and headed west after its last radio contact. The latest evidence suggests the plane didn't experience a catastrophic incident over the South China Sea as was initially suspected. Some experts believe it was hijacked.

2. A Smith Co. man accused of fatally shooting his wife will now be asked to relinquish the rights to his three children.  Adrian Mata's three children have been staying with a family member since February 25, the day he allegedly shot the children's mother, 30-year-old Jennifer Mata. At a hearing Friday, that family member began the process of getting official custody of the kids.

3. Police say a 21-year-old woman is behind bars after stabbing her boyfriend in the abdomen. Joshua Webster, 21, told officers that his girlfriend had stabbed him after a two-day-long argument.

4. More crazy Texas weather on the way: Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto says that damaging winds and large hail are possible for portions of East Texas on Saturday. Read the details here.

5. Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from "gap years." A new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash-strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college.

6. A 19-year-old has been shot this afternoon in an apartment in north Tyler. Gregory Rolling was shot by a suspect that no one has been able to identify. The victim, Rolling, told police as he was barely conscious that the shooter was a Hispanic male, while witnesses say they saw three black males with guns in the area. Rolling is expected to recover.

7. Here's your weekend entertainment list for the East Texas region; check it out and then go have some fun! You've earned it.

Make sure to join us on KLTV.com for our livestream of the news at 4, 5 and 6 if you're not near a tv this afternoon.

We'll see you soon!

Stephanie Frazier

KLTV Digital Content Producer

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