Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-16-09


Here's a look at what's coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  Jurors could hear closing arguments today in the sentencing phase of the trial of Demontrell Miller. He was convicted of capital murder for the beating death of his girlfriend's two-year-old son last year in Tyler. Miller could face the death penalty or life in prison.

Plus, President Obama is in China this morning on the latest leg of his trip through Asia. He used a town hall-style meeting to tell university students in China that he supported freedom of expression in all countries and opposed internet censorship.

Church leaders in Lufkin are taking a stand against youth violence after a series of fights in their community last week. They're organizing a "youth summit" to deal with the problem.

And about a dozen people were able to escape un-harmed when a restaurant in Longview caught fire on Sunday. Investigators say the flames started in the "Vent-A-Hood" for the Dairy Queen on N. Eastman Road , then spread to the attic.


A line of showers and storms continues to move out of East Texas this morning.  These showers formed along a cold front, which will bring much cooler air along with gusty northwesterly winds today.  You may want to wear a light jacket today, because most of us are not used to the cooler weather.  Temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 50s this afternoon with clouds and gusty winds.  Tonight, most of East Texas will drop into the upper 30s.


Huge and strange theft at Tyler business

An unusual theft in Smith County has law enforcement looking for thieves who my be trying to unload stolen batteries.

East Texas Salons Raise $10,000 For 8-year-old Cancer Patient

The "Spalon-a-thon" fundraiser was for 8-year-old Shay Hall, who has sarcoma and massive medical bills.  Hundreds of East Texas got the hair fixed, nails manicured, and toes sparkled today at "Rumors Spalon" in Longview. 

Lufkin youth pastors plan youth summit to combat school violence

First it was a fight at an East Texas church among teens. The next day, it was a fight at the high school. Now, Lufkin youth pastors say school violence is taking a toll on the community and they're planning to take a stand together.



SHANGHAI (AP) - Just ahead of talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Barack Obama has nudged Beijing to stop censoring Internet access. During a town hall-style meeting in Shanghai, Obama said "the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes." China has more than 250 million Internet users and employs some of the world's tightest controls over what they see.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In a statement posted on his Web site, Iran's president is warning the West that pressures on Tehran will only make the nation "more powerful and advanced." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments didn't elaborate on how Western pressure would embolden Iran, but it's likely a reference to enriching uranium at a higher level if nuclear negotiations fall through.

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal officials are expected to visit an Illinois prison Monday that could potentially be used to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin tried to build support for the sale, calling it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create jobs. Republicans say bringing suspected terrorists to Illinois poses a threat to safety.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Excellent weather is forecast for this afternoon's launch window for space shuttle Atlantis. NASA is rocketing Atlantis off to the international space station loaded with spare parts. Watching closely from Kennedy Space Center will be 100 twitterers, who were invited by the space agency to document the lift off online.

NEW YORK (AP) - Capt. Chesley Sullenberger is labeling a new book on his miraculous landing on the Hudson River inaccurate. The New York Times reports the pilot says "Fly By Wire" greatly overstates how much the jet's automation technology mattered in the landing after geese strikes killed the engines. The author says he doesn't think the technology's role was critical, but that it's "part of the story."

 CAMERON, Texas (AP) - Family and friends of a physician assistant killed in the Fort Hood shooting spree have honored him with a funeral that included a 21-gun salute. More than 500 people attended a funeral mass yesterday in Cameron for 62-year-old Michael Grant Cahill.     

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse that left 12 people dead and 27 injured, and there's still no decision on whether the tradition will return to campus. Former school president Elsa Murano says only her successor should make the decision. That's according to The Bryan-College Station Eagle.     

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Port Arthur police say one person was critically injured and five others were hurt when a truck ran off a road and slammed into a meat market. Police suspect the driver in the Saturday crash was drunk.