Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-10-09


Here's a look at what's coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  President Barack Obama will be in Texas today for a memorial ceremony at Ft. Hood honoring those killed in last week's shooting. The president will also meet with some of the survivors and relatives of the victims.

Parts of the Gulf Coast are being pounded with heavy rain and strong wind this morning as Tropical Storm Ida moves ashore. Communities in Alabama and Florida are on alert.

An East Texan who police say called in a report of a murder is behind bars, but not for killing anyone. Police say he made up the homicide so officers would respond more quickly to his complaint about being assaulted.


Another quiet day is on tap for East Texas today.  A cold front will move through the area but with limited moisture, only a few clouds are expected.  Highs will remain above normal through the work week but morning lows will cool down to near normal levels by Thursday morning.


Red wine may be joining Jacksonville's red tomatoes

The push is on to give voters in Jacksonville a chance to decide if alcohol sales should be allowed.  The current plan would clear the way for stores to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

False Murder, Real Arrest

A Tyler man was arrested Monday after reportedly calling in a false murder report.

Longview students write self-help children's book

J.L. Everhart Primary Magnet School and Longview ISD have launched the self-help children's book titled, "Who cares? I do."


WASHINGTON (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to head to Texas for a Fort Hood memorial, the FBI is questioning how it handled an assessment of the suspected gunman. Investigators ultimately decided Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan didn't pose a threat nearly a year before the rampage that left 13 dead.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Officials say the Army psychiatrist accused in the shooting that killed 13 people at Fort Hood will be charged by the military instead of in a civilian court. A defense attorney says he met yesterday with Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who remained at a San Antonio military hospital.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is expected to make the trek up Capitol Hill today as the health care overhaul meets resistance in the Senate. Officials say Clinton will speak to Senate Democrats about health care legislation during their weekly caucus. His visit comes after the House passed its version of the overhaul last weekend.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The so-called D.C. sniper is scheduled to be executed today, barring action from Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Attorneys for John Muhammad, the mastermind of the attacks that left 10 dead across the Washington, D.C. area, are asking Kaine to commute his sentence because they say Muhammad's mentally ill.

NEW YORK (AP) - The TV news producer accused of attempting to blackmail David Letterman is due in court today. A lawyer for "Joe" Halderman plans to ask the New York judge to dismiss the extortion case that led Letterman to acknowledge affairs with staffers. It's Halderman's first court appearance since he was released on bail last month.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Few have evacuated ahead of a weakening Tropical Storm Ida. The storm's winds have dissipated to about 50 mph. Rain and some flooding seem to be the biggest threats. Up to 8 inches could fall in some areas, with most of the coast getting between 3 and 6 inches.     

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - State lawmakers say mental health programs for Texas veterans will get $5 million to create peer support groups and expand other services. Governor Rick Perry says that's on top of $1.2 million in similar funding passed by the Legislature this year.     

CLEVELAND, Texas (AP) - Friends and family of a man suspected in a triple murder-suicide say they repeatedly called the San Jacinto County Sheriff's office about the man's violent behavior before the shooting. Officials say a car crash and limited staffing kept them from responding until Saturday evening, when they found the bodies.     

HOUSTON (AP) - A South Texas man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for his role in a 2003 human smuggling attempt that led to the deaths of 19 people in 2003. Abelardo Flores was given a reduced sentenced after pleading guilty to a smuggling conspiracy charge.