Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-08-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  A major winter storm hit several states in the west and Midwest. Conditions are bad and could get worse. .

Plus, paying their respects... the final goodbyes for a respected East Texas deputy.

And… the disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the twentieth century. In this morning's Proud of East Texas, Joan Hallmark introduces us to one woman who had first- hand experience trying to solve the mystery.


Clouds, Drizzle, and fog will greet us this morning.  A warm front located along the Gulf Coast this morning will try to make its way north today.  Looks as though it may make it as far north as a Lufkin Center line.  Along and south of this front there is a slight chance of severe weather including Isolated tornadoes as warm air will surge into the area bringing temperatures to the middle 60s.  North of this front, for most of East Texas, cloudy, foggy, drizzle will be the rule today with scattered showers and temperature struggling to make the middle 50s.  Some areas along the I-30 corridor might not get out of the upper 40s.  A cold front moves through all of East Texas later today clearing us out and bringing some very cold temperatures to the area with a hard freeze likely Thursday morning.


Family escapes house fire but loses everything

An East Texas family is asking for your help after losing everything in an electrical fire. The blaze broke out in the 900 block of Duckenfield Avenue just before 4 a.m. Monday.

East Texas deputy laid to rest, friends, family reflect

The Smith County deputy, killed in a car crash last week, was laid to rest Monday. The funeral service for Brandon Bennett took place at Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler.

Pearl Harbor anniversary, East Texans reflect

Sixty-eight years ago, Japanese forces attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats continue intense efforts to find an agreeable alternative to government insurance in the health care overhaul. A compromise is being considered where private insurers would offer coverage, with a government seal of approval. An amendment restricting abortion coverage may be voted on today.

BAGHDAD (AP) - The government says a series of coordinated blasts around Baghdad has killed at least 90 people. It is the deadliest day in Baghdad in more than a month. Three bomb-rigged cars exploded in quick succession, striking the Labor Ministry, a court complex and the new site of Iraq's Finance Ministry, which was destroyed in an August blast.

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) - At least 12 people died when a bomb exploded near an intelligence office in central Pakistan today. It's part of a surge of extremist violence that has prompted the U.S. to offer additional aid in the country's battle against the Taliban and al-Qaida. Militants have sustained a retaliatory campaign since October that has killed more than 400 people.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has met today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Gates says the U.S. won't abandon the country. The two men discussed ways to strengthen and increase recruiting in the Afghan National Army.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a Rockport man and his six-year-old grandson are dead after their turboprop plane crashed as it approached Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A public safety spokesman says a fog advisory was in effect yesterday, but it's not clear if fog or light rain was a factor.

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) - The Texas football team's last-second victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 championship has led to some heated arguments, and police in North Carolina say a fight there left a Marine dead. A gun went off during the scuffle, and another Marine is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

 DALLAS (AP) - A conservation group says Texas regulators are to blame for last year's record die-off in the world's only natural flock of endangered whooping cranes. The Aransas Project says water-use policies are the problem and it will sue to protect rivers that feed the crane's coastal nesting grounds.

DALLAS (AP) - A vascular surgeon who attended to President John F. Kennedy when he was shot in Dallas has died after battling lung cancer. Doctor Malcolm Oliver Perry II was 80. He'd also operated on presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.