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Tensions brewing between Church of Wells, community

We first reported on the Church of Wells 18 months ago, when a baby died but members of the church waited 15 hours before calling 911. Since that time, we've heard different allegations against the church. But today, members of the community and leaders from other churches are coming together to rally against the church, claiming that their adult children are being taken away from them. Michelle Reed went out to Wells today and interviewed the parents of a woman who will no longer speak to them, along with leaders of the church to try to get answers on what the church is about.

A Lufkin mother is praising a new state law which prevents school police officers from issuing misdemeanor citations to students. Marjorie Rollins-Holmon didn't realize how serious the issue was until her son received a ticket at a school in Bryan. At 5, Donna McCollum tells us that's when the concerned parent became an advocate for change.

As students get back into the swing of school, they are noticing a few new healthy changes to their lunch menu. The state's nutrition policy has added healthy components this school year and has set guidelines for portion sizes. At 6, Francesca Washington explains the changes and how students are benefiting.

A Nacogdoches man born with a common genetic disorder has been volunteering for the Women's Shelter Thrift Store for the past five years. He found $2,900 in a shoe last week and returned it and was rewarded for his honesty. In tonight's installment of "Survivors" at 10, Maegan Prejean explains how his Down syndrome doesn't keep him from helping others.

In light of today's tragedy in Spring, a parent called us to brag on her children's school security at tiny Kennard ISD. Leigha Hughes checked it out today and has her story at 10.

Jeff Awtrey

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