Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-11-09


Here's what's coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  Families at Ft. Hood are welcoming home hundreds of soldiers who have spent the past year in Iraq, even as the base deals with the devastating tragedy of last week's deadly shooting. President Obama visited the post for a somber memorial for those killed last week.

Today is Veteran's Day, and several East Texas towns will hold special ceremonies to honor the service of the men and women in our nation's military.

Plus, an East Texas school district will be hiring its own police officers to improve security on school grounds.  Officials in the Hallsville ISD hope to have four more officers on patrol by January.

And there is new research out on the possible health benefits of something that may be in your refrigerator right now. Scientists are looking into the positive effects of drinking chocolate milk.


A cold front moved through late yesterday but thanks to limited moisture, the only way of knowing was a slight wind shift.  We will continue to see high temperatures at or above normal during the afternoon hours but with the drier air mass, temperatures at night will get closer to seasonal levels.  Highs today will reach the 70s area wide again.


East Texan poses for Playboy

A woman from Gilmer is this month's Playboy centerfold. She is explaining what went into her decision to pose for the magazine.

Unemployed Veterans seeking work

Nearly 2,000,000 veterans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since September 11, 2001 and yet, Tuesday, the government estimates that more than 11% of those vets are unemployed.

City of Bullard is thinking big

If you've driven through Bullard during the past few months, you've probably noticed the small town--population, approximately 3,000--is going through some changes.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, host a Veterans Day breakfast in the East Room before traveling to Arlington National Cemetery.  Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will join them at both events.  At Arlington, the president will help with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He will then deliver remarks at the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama meets with his national security team today to discuss four options for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Military officials say Obama is considering adding tens of thousands more forces to Afghanistan, though a spokesman says no final decision has been made.

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) - It promises to be an especially somber Veterans Day at Fort Hood, Texas, the scene of last week's shooting rampage. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Fort Hood's commanding general, is calling on the post to dedicate itself to the memories of the 13 people killed.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Fort Hood officials say 15 of 29 people wounded in last week's shooting rampage remain hospitalized. Three are in intensive care, and 12 have been moved to recovery rooms. The accused shooter is recovering from wounds under guard at a San Antonio hospital.     

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's private funeral was fit for a king and had a price tag to match: roughly $1 million. That's according to court documents that detail an array of costs, including about $12,000 for programs and invitations and $35,000 for burial garments.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says the economy in Texas is hurting, but not as much as in other states. Richard Fisher told an Austin audience last night that Texas will lose about 400,000 jobs this year at the current rates.     

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Cuban-born man identified as a leader in a Hispanic prison gang has been put to death for the robbery and killing of a Houston drug dealer a decade ago. Yosvanis "El Cubano" Valle denied fatally shooting the man but said he could do little to avoid lethal injection last night.     

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - A man from a polygamist group in Eldorado has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child believed to be one of his nine wives. Raymond Jessop was the first member of the group to go on trial since authorities raided their ranch last year.