Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-10-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  State health investigators are looking into an East Texas tattoo artist who operated out of an apartment complex. They believe he may have violated some state health regulations. More than a dozen people have been tested for communicable diseases.

An East Texas football powerhouse has the entire community in a football frenzy, and fans are planning  a pep rally for Friday.

Conservatives are fuming after some controversial remarks by the Senate Majority Leader during debate over the health care reform bill.

 Plus, he's waiting to discover his forever family. We'll meet John a bit later in this morning's Gift of Love report.


We are having a very cold start to our Thursday with temperatures in the middle to upper 20s in most areas.  A few high clouds will move across the area again today but otherwise we will see mostly sunny skies.  High temperatures will remain below normal in the middle to upper 40s.  Clouds will increase tonight keeping us about 8 degrees warmer than we are seeing the morning.  Rain will move back into the area late tomorrow with high temperatures in the upper 40s.


A possible Hepatitis-C, HIV threat among East Texas teens

Health officials began their investigation after one young person tested positive for a communicable disease.  The exact illness was not made public because of patient confidentiality.

Forgive Tiger, or kick him to the curb?

In what has become a very public scandal, Tiger Woods remains silent as names are added to his scorecard of alleged affairs.

Never bet against the Saints

A group of "Who Dats" shot up a friend's 60-inch television set after he lost a bet that the Saints would lose to the Redskins on Sunday.


OSLO, Norway (AP) - President Barack Obama has been reflecting on past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, praising many for giving "voice to the voiceless." Obama has arrived in Oslo, Norway to pick up the prestigious medal. He'll be awarded the prize at a formal ceremony later today.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pakistani investigators want to know if five American men being held in Pakistan have links to terrorism. The young Muslims vanished from their Washington, D.C.-area homes last month and are now in custody in Pakistan. Police there say the men confessed to coming to Pakistan to take part in "jihad."

BAGHDAD (AP) - An al-Qaida-linked group in Iraq is claiming responsibility for this week's deadly Baghdad bombings. The attacks killed 127 people and wounded hundreds more. An Internet statement from the Islamic State of Iraq warns the militants are determined to uproot "the pillars" of Iraq's government.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dangerously cold conditions are settling over parts of the country, following a huge storm that hit the Midwest and New England. At least 16 deaths are being blamed on the wintry blast that dumped more than a foot of snow. Most of those deaths were due to traffic accidents.

NEW YORK (AP) - When was the last time you went to an art museum? Or the theater? We thought so. A new government study is showing a sharp drop in theater, museum and concert attendance for adults over a six-year period. Possible reasons include a decline in leisure time and the rise of the Internet.

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry says the Environmental Protection Agency should withdraw its finding that greenhouse gases threaten public health and should review the data that led to that conclusion. Some scientists have been accused of manipulating data to prove there's global warming.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A company that wants to connect the Texas power grid and two others at a New Mexico facility is asking that Texas keep its jurisdiction over the grid after it's linked to the site. Tres Amigas is applying for regulatory approvals needed to move forward with the project.

UNDATED (AP) - The U.S. House has passed a bill that would extend more than $31 billion in tax breaks, and it could affect Texans. It includes a sales tax deduction that benefits people in Texas and eight more states without a state income tax.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry has chosen retired Houston businessman Peter Berkowitz as chairman of the new Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The panel will work with museums, survivors and other groups to preserve information about genocidal events.