Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-13-09


Here's a look at what's coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  "Sesame Street Live" stops in Tyler for a series of performances at the Oil Palace, and two of the stars of the show will visit Good Morning East Texas today! Our special guests will be Elmo and Cookie Monster.  Can you guess what Meteorologist Grant Dade will be preparing for today's "Cooking Up A Storm"?

Also, federal authorities move to seize the U.S. assets of a non-profit group that is suspected of being controlled by the government of Iran. Those assets include a skyscraper in New York and four mosques, including one in Houston.

Two people are under arrest after a fight at Lufkin High School. One of them is accused of punching the school's principal.

Police in Tyler have called off their search for suspects in a possible abduction. They have determined that a woman who was forced into a car on South Loop 323 Wednesday night was actually a 13-year-old girl, and the people putting her in the car were her parents.


Wow, when will this great weather end?  We have another fantastic star to our Friday, as most of us wake up with temperatures in the middle to upper 40s.  By this afternoon temperatures will climb into the middle 70s with lots of sunshine.  Now as for when this run of great weather will end…a cold front will bring changes starting late Sunday.


Longview fire chief terminated by council

It came down to just one vote, but an East Texas fire chief is now out of a job.

Pit Bulls roaming East Texas neighborhood captured

Three escaped Pit Bulls responsible for three attacks in an East Texas neighborhood are now in the custody of animal control.

ReHabitat program helps poor seniors

Senior citizens make up more than six and a half percent the Smith County population, and too many of them are living in poverty. But, thanks to a $200,000 grant, Habitat for Humanity is forming a new division called ReHabitat of Smith County."


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has begun his first presidential trip to the Far East. He's in Tokyo to meet with the new Japanese prime minister, who has vowed to end Japan's refueling mission that supports U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. Obama's visit aims to shore up relations between the two nations.

LONDON (AP) - Britain's prime minister says NATO countries may send 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The move would offer key support as the U.S. ponders whether to increase American troop levels there.

KABUL (AP) - A suicide bomber has targeted a U.S. support base in Afghanistan. Authorities say six people are wounded, including Afghan civilians, NATO service members and contractors. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida have been slamming the Atlantic seaboard with driving rain and gusty winds. The storm is blamed for at least five deaths from North Carolina to New York. About 160,000 people are without electricity.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Islamic Education Center of Greater Houston is one of four U.S. mosques that federal prosecutors have moved to seize. The facilities are owned by a nonprofit Muslim group long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $30 million to help charter schools in Houston get $300 million in tax-exempt bonds to build more schools. The money will go to the organization KIPP Houston, but the foundation says it's willing to help others get financing.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - El Paso Natural Gas and other companies involved in a pipeline explosion in the Texas Panhandle are facing a negligence lawsuit filed by the family of three people who suffered burns. The family lives near the site of last week's blast.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all intelligence related to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and the first results are due by the end of the month. It will consider whether government agencies properly shared and acted on that information.