Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-20-09


Coming Up on Good Morning East Texas:  It's the end of an era. After two decades, the Oprah Winfrey show is coming to an end. She will make the official announcement later today.

There are signs in many places across the country that H1N1 swine flu activity has peaked. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control say we could still see another rise in cases.

Plus, two people are found murdered in the back seat of a car in East Texas. Authorities are still looking for suspects.

And, the "Twilight" series returns.  If your co-workers seem a little sleepy this morning, maybe they were one of the many turning out for the late-night premiere.


An area of low pressure is developing along the Gulf Coast this morning, bringing clouds and rain back to the forecast.  There is enough instability in the atmosphere for a thunderstorm or two to develop, but we are not anticipating any severe weather at this time.  High temperatures today will be held down and struggle to hit the 60 degree mark later today.  Rain chances will continue overnight tonight into your Saturday.  By Saturday afternoon, most of the rain should be off to our east and skies should begin to clear.  Sunday is looking fantastic with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees and lots of sunshine.


Fans give Twilight preview

The second film of the popular Twilight saga, "New Moon," debuts in theatres across East Texas, and theaters are expecting long lines and sold out shows.

Gas well blowout, Bullard man killed

Authorities say the man killed in a natural gas well blowout in DeSoto Parish has been identified as 58-year-old James Dennis of Bullard, Texas.

White House not supporting new mammogram guidelines

After public criticism and backlash, the Obama Administration has distanced themselves from the new breast cancer screening guidelines. They say the standards, recommended by a federally funded task force, are not part of government policy.


Washington (AP) - The Senate has a test vote on a health care reform bill set for tomorrow night. The Democrats' bill aims to expand coverage and curb the growth in health care spending, while ending insurance industry practices such as denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Republicans say it makes no sense, but Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has backed off a threat to have the entire 2,000 page bill read on the Senate floor.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco isn't waiting for Washington to overhaul health care. It's created its own city-run universal health care plan. Healthy San Francisco is not insurance and not valid outside the city, but it assigns patients a home-base clinic, provides preventive exams and long-term care and requires employers to contribute to their workers' health care.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - The military is conducting experiments with troops aimed at better predicting who's at most risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. The research is aimed at understanding the underlying triggers and providing early help to the psychologically wounded.

MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) - Intelligence officials say two missiles fired by a U.S. drone have hit a suspected militant compound in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight militants. It's the second attack in North Waziristan this week. Insurgents are believed to be fleeing there from South Waziristan where the army is conducting an offensive.

KABUL (AP) - Thirteen people are dead after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a busy city square in western Afghanistan. Several children are said to be among the 30 wounded.

 HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed inmate Robert Lee Thompson for his part in a fatal Houston store holdup. He was put to death last night after Governor Rick Perry rejected a parole board's recommendation to spare Thompson because he wasn't the gunman.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police are trying to figure out if there was foul play in the death of a baby boy whose mummified corpse was found beneath his mother's bathroom sink. The woman's parents found the body wrapped in a blanket on Wednesday night. Investigators say the infant apparently was delivered full-term about two months ago.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection technician is accused of conspiring to smuggle marijuana and illegal immigrants into the country. Authorities in El Paso say Martha Alicia Garnica is one of three people indicted in the case.

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An east Texas man arrested in a five-state dogfighting sting operation faces up to three years in prison. Harold D. Stewart of Beckville pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in animal fighting. He was one of nine people arrested in Panola and Gregg counties in July.