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7 from 7: Do new math standards for Texas schools add up?

Hello, and happy Friday! We hope you have a great weekend planned.

Here are some stories for you to check out this lovely afternoon:

1.The Texas Education Agency has announced that STARR assessments for grades 5 and 8 mathematics will be administered only once in the 2014-15 school year. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams said the change to the testing schedule for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STARR, was due to the transition to revised statewide curriculum standards in math.

2. Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

3. An East Texas doughnut shop was serving more than pastries after a Friday investigation found synthetic marijuana was being sold from the location during business hours. The drugs were found at Mt. Pleasant Donuts.

4. As the academic year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses. Drivers must also follow all traffic laws related to school buses and school zones.

5. Kilgore Public Library has recovered a Little Free Library that was stolen Wednesday, but reported the box is damaged and the books were removed. The box was located by city workers Friday morning south of Driller Park.

6. Two men in California wanted to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to End ALS, but their state is running short on water."In recognition of the California drought, we've altered the proceedings," one of the unnamed men in the video says. So, they took the Dirt Bucket Challenge.

7. We've got your East Texas weekend events list ready! Click here to see the list to find some fun things to do, and make sure to go visit The Loop, where we post stories daily about people, places and events in our area.

Here is the link to our livestream on KLTV.com; we are there for you with live newscasts in case you're not near a tv!

We'll see you at 4, 5 and 6!

Stephanie Frazier
KLTV Digital Content Producer

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