Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-17-09


Here's a look at what's coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Some East Texans got a surprise overnight when their windows were rattled. An electrical transformer blew at LeTourneau Technologies on High Street in Longview, but no one was injured.

An East Texas jury has sentenced Demontrell Miller to death. He was previously convicted of killing his girlfriend's son, 2-year-old Kelynn Pinson.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's new book comes out today. "Going Rogue" is already on the best-seller list.

The attorney for Byron Truvia has signed papers waiving his detention hearings. The suspect in the stabbing death of John Tyler High School teacher Todd Henry has another court appearance scheduled for November 30th. Prosecutors have not decided whether to try Truvia as an adult.


BURRR!!!  Many of us are waking up with temperatures this morning in the 30s.  Today we will see partly cloudy skies and breezy conditions again.  High temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 50s this afternoon.  That's nearly ten degrees below normal.


Transformer failure at LeTourneau Inc. in Longview

Late Monday night, there were numerous reports, including a call into the KLTV 7 newsroom, that there had been an explosion at LeTourneau Technologies on High Street in Longview.

Death for man who murdered child

It has been an emotional trial, dragging on for over a month now, but late Monday afternoon, a jury sentenced Demontrell Miller to the death penalty. He was found guilty of capital murder in the beating death of two-year-old Kelynn Pinson.

10 year A&M bonfire tragedy anniversary, East Texan remembered

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Texas A&M's deadly bonfire that took the lives of 12 Aggies. Henderson native, Jamie Hand was one of those victims killed in the 1999 collapse of the bonfire.


BEIJING (AP) - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have concluded several hours of meetings sounding a cooperative theme. While differences remain on such things as economic policy, security and human rights, both spoke in bold terms of the growing relationship between the U.S. and China.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The money's flowing from business and other groups trying to exert their influence as a health care overhaul bill inches through Congress. Business opponents of health care reform, led by the giant U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spent $24 million on TV commercials over the past month, outpacing health care supporters 2-1.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A loophole is allowing tobacco companies to duck hundreds of millions of dollars a year in increased taxes that would have been paid on roll-your-own cigarette tobacco. Simply repackaging it as pipe tobacco puts the product in a much cheaper tax classification. The taxes go to help pay for President Barack Obama's child health law.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Alzheimer's Association is adapting technology developed for monitoring prisoners to allow caregivers to track Alzheimer's patients as the disease worsens. Each family can set a sort of virtual fence, and be alerted if their loved one strays too far.

 NEW YORK (AP) - A panel of government experts is going against decades of advice on mammograms from the American Cancer Society. The doctors and scientists say most women should start getting mammograms at age 50, not 40. The task force also says breast self-exams do no good and women shouldn't be taught to do them. The ACS isn't pleased and is sticking to its guns.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The insurance commissioner in Texas is ordering State Farm Lloyds to give home insurance policyholders $310 million in refunds and interest for overcharging them. State Farm is the largest home insurer in Texas with about 1.2 million policyholders.     

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Officials have found the wreckage of a missing training plane off the Texas coast near Matagorda Island. The body of the pilot was found after the plane disappeared in late October. A second man is still missing. A Navy spokesman says officials haven't determined if that man's body is in the wreckage.     

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A former U.S. Customs officer from Weslaco has pleaded guilty to bribery, cocaine trafficking and smuggling illegal immigrants. Prosecutors say Raul Montano made thousands of dollars by letting certain vehicles through his inspection lane in Brownsville.