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7 from 7: Stories for your Thursday

Isidro Garcia was arrested for rape and kidnapping. (Source: Santa Ana police) Isidro Garcia was arrested for rape and kidnapping. (Source: Santa Ana police)
Good afternoon, everyone. Hope your day is going along well!

Here are your stories to check out on this fine Thursday:

1. A woman who disappeared a decade ago as a 15-year-old reunited recently with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities to report that she had been kidnapped and raped by a man who is now her husband and father of her daughter.

2. A 16-year-old boy shot his father in the chest after the boy's parents were involved in a heated argument late Wednesday night. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Dalton West, 52, dead as result of a single gunshot wound to his chest.

3. A Smith County man is in jail on Thursday after police say he shot his brother on Wednesday around 7:15 p.m. A motorist called the sheriff's office a few minutes later saying there was a man with no shirt standing in the middle of the road screaming for someone to take him to a hospital. More details here.

4. Congrats to all our college and high school graduates; here is a list of some of this year's best commencement speeches, including Peyton Manning at UVa, Sandra Bullock at a New Orleans high school, and five others.

5. Kilgore police arrested a former Longview city councilman on Monday on a theft warrant. Thomas "Tommy" Finklea, 44, of Kilgore was arrested and charged with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000.

6. In March, the Rusk County Sheriff's Department picked up a colt who was spotted standing in the woods, tied to a tree with no food or water nearby. The poor colt was malnourished and dehydrated, but still alive. Read the story of his rescue here.

7. Several Texas superintendents are publicly criticizing the state's standardized testing system in advance of the upcoming release of score results. Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris school district, says in a recent letter to parents that the tests known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness are "punitive." He criticizes a "one-size-fits-all" system.

Here is the link to our livestream on KLTV.com; join us there for our newscasts at 4, 5 and 6 if you can't be near your tv this afternoon. Join us for the best news and weather from the team you can trust!

We'll see you soon,

Stephanie Frazier
KLTV Digital Content Producer

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