Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-03-09

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The weather is getting cold and East Texas shelters say they are ready. We take a look at preparations to make sure everyone stays warm.

Plus, they love to play and explore... hopefully their journey will lead them right to your heart.  Meet these siblings in this morning's Gift of Love report.

And, an East Texas football team is one win away from making school history.

Need a help getting into the Christmas spirit?  Maybe some local parades will help.  The City of Lufkin's annual Main Street Parade begins at 6 o'clock tonight. The City of Tyler also has their annual parade tonight. That one begins at 6 o'clock on the downtown square.  Longview's annual parade also kicks off at 6 o'clock downtown.


Old Man Winter is setting up shop across East Texas.   Temperatures are near freezing in most areas this morning, especially outside city limits.  Highs today will only reach the upper 40s in most areas with mostly sunny skies this afternoon.  Now, for all the snow lovers out there, there is a chance of a few snow flurries tomorrow afternoon and evening.  Right now, it looks as though most of the snow will fall well to our south and east.  Highs tomorrow will struggle to get out of the upper 30s with increasing clouds.  The coldest air of the season so far will move in behind our flurries with lows Saturday morning in the lower and middle 20s.  BURRR!


Cold and without a home

Wintertime brings drop in temperature, which means an increase in those looking for shelter at East Texas charities. Area organizations such as P.A.T.H., the East Texas Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army are all gearing up to accommodate larger crowds this winter.

People choosing between food and health insurance

Higher premiums are causing millions to choose between food or health insurance. In February, Congress created the program COBRA as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the "stimulus package."    

Newlywed wife waiting for soldier spouse to come home

It started as a high school crush. Cayla Foreman was a freshman and her sweetheart a senior. Little did Foreman know, she would eventually walk down the aisle to meet her soldier at the altar. Specialist Foreman deployed to Iraq back in May.


MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - An explosion has ripped through a university graduation ceremony in Somalia. A police spokesman says the country's ministers for education, higher education and health were among nine people killed in the bombing at a hotel in Mogadishu.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria's interior minister says there's been a deadly explosion on a bus in a Damascus suburb. He says three people were killed. The minister says the blast was an accident, not a terrorist attack. Witnesses say Iranian pilgrims were aboard.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is refocusing on the economy in the days ahead. At today's White House jobs forum, President Barack Obama is expected to defend his handling of the economy and push for stimulus spending. He's also set to deliver a major economic address early next week.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The AARP is backing a Democratic plan to cut Medicare by $460 billion to help pay for the Senate health care overhaul. The proposed cuts are seen as a way to help pay for the legislation. Votes on the measure are expected later today.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Pentagon spokesman says it's likely Army combat units at Fort Hood and other posts will have hurry-up deployments to Afghanistan by early next year. He says Fort Hood-based units and others will be designated soon to join the upcoming troop surge.

 SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former Army contract officer has been sentenced in San Antonio to more than 17 years in prison for taking $9 million in bribes for supply contracts in Kuwait. Former Major John Cockerham pleaded guilty to money laundering and other charges. Several of his relatives were also convicted in the scheme.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court panel says it's unlawful for some courts in Texas and elsewhere to accept guilty pleas from dozens of people at a time in criminal immigration cases. Federal court rules say each defendant must be read his rights and get an explanation of the plea.

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A two-year-old boy has apparently shot his 16-year-old cousin in the chest in the West Texas city of Midland. Police say it appeared the toddler was playing with a toy gun before picking up a loaded handgun Tuesday. The teen is recovering after surgery.