Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-18-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: More swine flu vaccine is on the way. Not just bigger batches --- but a whole new vaccine approved by the FDA, with a new manufacturer.

Members of the Texas A&M University community are marking the tenth anniversary of a bonfire collapse that killed a dozen people and injured 27.

And…cold weather, marshmallows and hot chocolate just seem to go together. But you can turn that cup of hot chocolate into a sport. We test the Marshmallow Shooter later on this morning's "Does It Work?"


We are waking up to some of the coldest temperatures so far this season, as many of us have readings in the middle to upper 30s.  There could be a little patchy frost in rural areas this morning, although this does not seem to be a widespread problem this morning.  Today will be warmer with mostly sunny skies and lighter winds.  Highs will reach the middle 60s.


Night without a Home

It is not just a problem in big cities. They can be found right here in East Texas. More than 700,000 people across the U.S. are living in shelters or right on the streets.

'No breast self-exams' notion hits sour note

The recommendation for women to stop performing self breast exams is just baffling. It has turned the heads of some East Texas oncologists - not to mention women who have found lumps in their breasts by self-examination.

Breast cancer survivors react to new guidelines

Women of all ages have been affected by breast cancer, and they are the women who are speaking out against the task force's new recommendations. An East Texas teacher, only 26 years old, has battled breast cancer for the past year.


BEIJING (AP) - President Barack Obama has visited the Great Wall of China as his visit to the country nears its end. Earlier, the president held talks with the Chinese premier, who said Obama's visit is setting the U.S-China relationship on a better path.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Leaders of the European Union and Russia are holding a summit on energy security, climate change, trade and human rights. Both sides are expressing hope the talks in Stockholm will help patch up battered relations.

 KABUL (AP) - Security forces have increased patrols and helicopter flyovers in the Afghan capital. They're bracing for possible militant attacks during tomorrow's inauguration of President Hamid Karzai (KAHR'-zeye), who will be sworn in for his second five-year term.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis is closing in on the international space station. Atlantis will do a pirouette for the station cameras late this morning, for a final check to make sure there's no damage to the thermal tiles on its belly. Then the shuttle will dock at the orbiting outpost.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is marking a milestone today. West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd will become the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history: 56 years and 320 days. It's not clear whether Byrd, who turns 92 on Friday, will be able to attend today's session.

College Station, Texas (AP) - Members of the Texas A&M University community today are marking the tenth anniversary of a bonfire collapse that killed a dozen people and injured 27. About 4,000 people attended a ceremony commemorating the anniversary last night.     

FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Army Secretary John McHugh says a broad review of the Fort Hood shootings will be largely focused on preventing a similar event in the future. He says he's working closely with the Army and the secretary of defense to figure out what led to the mass shooting.     

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Brownsville man accused of trying to sell marijuana door-to-door has been jailed on a drug charge. Police say Anthony Carrazco was taken into custody last week after he knocked on an officer's apartment door.     

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities are warning parents that Mexican drug cartels are recruiting soldiers and killers through gangs at border-area schools and possibly throughout Texas. Dallas officials say they've seen no direct cartel influence in local schools but say they often use gangs to distribute drugs.