Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-06-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  An East Texas Children's Advocacy Center is asking for help. Officials at the Shelby County CAC say they have seen a rise in the number of abused kids in the past few months, and that increase is causing them to run low on supplies like toys, clothing, and blankets. They need donations to keep helping kids when they are at their most vulnerable.

Some East Texas bikers hit the road this weekend to raise money for a children's charity. The "Long Riders" annual toy run has been an East Texas tradition for more than 20 years.

A platinum-selling rock musician is hospitalized after an accident involving his tour bus.

They're one of the hottest toys on holiday wish lists... but those Zhu Zhu pet hamsters could  pose a toxic risk to your kids.

And it's been 68 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. In today's "Freedom Fighters", we'll hear from an East Texan who was there on that infamous day.


Patchy drizzle and fog will persist through the morning as temperatures struggle to reach the lower 50s in most areas this afternoon.  Tonight we will see the winds increase out of the southeast.  Low temperatures will probably occur early in the evening and then begin to rise a bit towards morning.  Tuesday, a strong storm system will move into the area bringing a chance of strong thunderstorms, mainly to our southern counties.  Stay tuned for the latest.


Tyler hosts Longrider Toy Run

On a cold , drizzly day, some iron horses congregated at the downtown square in Tyler to help kids have a good Christmas, In the 24th annual Longriders toy run. From all over Smith County, bikers from numerous clubs came to give food, toys, and money to help kids have a joyful Christmas.

Congressional Art Competition in Tyler

At Tyler Junior College,  high school students put their work on display in the Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Louie Gohmert announced the finalists.

Pet visits with Santa Claus

Every kid loves to take their picture with Santa, but they're not the only ones.  About a dozen four legged fury pets got to sit on Santa's lap and take a picture with good ole Saint Nick.


COPENHAGEN (AP) - The U.N.'s top climate official says it's time for the nations of the world to deliver on efforts to control global warming. The comment comes as delegates converge today for a two week climate summit officials hope will produce political agreements eventually leading to a formal treaty.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - Faster repayments by big banks and less spending on some of the rescue programs may translate to a better bottom line on the government bailout program. A Treasury official says a new projection about to be released cuts the cost by more than $200 billion from a $341 billion estimate in August.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nettlesome issue of abortion is next on the list of sticky problems to be tackled by Senate Democrats as they try to piece together a passable health care overhaul bill. The Senate begins debate today on an amendment reflecting House language that would bar federally subsidized insurance from covering abortion even if the procedure is entirely paid for with customers' premiums. Liberals say that goes too far.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Thousands of riot police and Revolutionary Guard members armed with tear gas, batons and firearms have converged on Tehran University to prevent opposition demonstrations. Iran's government has said it will deal harshly with protesters. The anniversary of the 1953 killing of three students has in recent years been used to stage pro-reform protests.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A suicide bomber has killed at least six people and wounding 49 in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar. An army offensive against the Taliban in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan has spurred a wave of retaliatory attacks throughout Pakistan, including in Peshawar, the capital of the northwest.

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two people have died after a fire in a small, two-story Austin apartment building. An Austin fire official says the Saturday blaze trapped the pair on the second floor. He tells the Austin American-Statesman both were dead when firefighters reached them.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Autopsies have been ordered for a woman and her adult daughter who were killed in a house fire in Port Arthur. A justice of the peace says Mollie Van Wright and her daughter, Florence, were killed early yesterday morning. He says the fire is under investigation but doesn't seem suspicious.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Houston has lost its bid to host the 2011 Junior Olympics. Instead, the six-day event will be in Wichita, Kansas. It's expected to draw more than 6,500 athletes and have an economic effect of roughly $12 million.

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) - An official says a new deal between the Blackfeet Tribe in northwestern Montana and Houston-based Newfield Production is the largest oil exploration agreement in the tribe's history. He says it's worth more than $5 million but wouldn't give the exact amount.