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7 from 7: Stories for your Wednesday afternoon

Good Wednesday afternoon; we hope you are staying cool on this sunny Texas afternoon.

Here are a few stories we thought you might be interested in this afternoon:

1. The American Medical Association now classifies obesity as a disease, voting on this change in terminology Tuesday. The declaration recognizes obesity as a medical condition that requires treatment and prevention. We'll have Dr. Ed Dominguez on-air today at 5 to discuss this news and what it might mean for treatment changes.

2. The House planned to begin voting Wednesday on 103 amendments to the Farm Bill, including a Democratic proposal to eliminate $2 billion in cuts in the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Assistance Program, or SNAP. Many conservatives have said the food stamp cuts do not go far enough, while liberals have argued against any reductions, contending the House plan could take as many as 2 million recipients off the rolls.

3. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Barry has formed off the southeastern Mexican coast.The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical storm is drenching areas in its path with up to 10 inches of rain in some places, raising the threat of flash floods.

4. Kilgore Police are asking for help locating two men who were caught on a surveillance video coming out of a local store. The men are suspected of debit card fraud. See the video and photos here.


Jackson's children in 2012

5. Michael Jackson's personal chef described for jurors yesterday the home lives of the children during the final months of the singer's life and their ongoing grief over their father's death nearly four years ago. Gone are the freewheeling days when the children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson played with their father and traded jokes at the dinner table, chef Kai Chase told jurors. Read the full story here.

6. Preliminary autopsy results indicate a 3-year-old girl who was brought bruised an unresponsive to the emergency room at LSU Hospital Monday night died as the result of blunt force trauma.

7. In snake news: You can run, you can hide...just not in the next room anymore. A video that is quickly becoming an internet sensation shows a giant yellow python turning a door knob, opening a door, and letting itself into the next room without any human help. We'll show it to you today on East Texas News at 4! And believe it or not, our Melanie Torre will have a local snake story tonight at 6...an alleged snake-smuggling professor, to be exact.

Here's the link to our live stream so you can watch our news at 4, 5 and 6 on KLTV.com.

We'll see you soon!

Stephanie Frazier

KLTV Web Producer

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