Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-11-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: State health officials issue a 12-county alert as they investigate a tattoo artist who was operating out of an apartment complex in Tyler. They have shut down his shop and are advising customers to get tested for communicable diseases.

Investigators are pointing to a space heater as the likely cause of the fire that destroyed a Tyler family's home.

Several high school football teams from East Texas will hit the field this weekend for the semi-final round of the playoffs. And in Class 3-A, Division 1, Gilmer is facing Abilene-Wylie for the state championship. That game is Saturday at 6:00pm at Ford Stadium on the SMU campus in Dallas.

And preparations are underway for "Holiday In The Park" in Tyler. Things kick off tonight with a ballet. Tomorrow's celebration runs from 11:00am until 7:00pm at Bergfield Park.


Rain will be developing across our southern counties this afternoon.  High temperatures will be held down into the middle to upper 40s thanks to all the cloud cover. Rain will continue over most of East Texas tonight with the heaviest concentration being south of I-20.  Looks like rain for the first half of our Saturday followed by drier weather moving in.  Sunday looks great with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s and mostly sunny skies.


Illegal tattoo operation update

It was KLTV 7 that began asking questions about an alleged illegal Tyler tattoo shop and a potential public health threat. Now, state health officials say nearly a dozen East Texas counties are on alert. About 20 people, including several minors, have been found and tested for HIN and Hepatitis-C.

War, economy, society impacting Santa wishes

In a year of war, lost jobs, and a down economy, kids wish lists for Santa Claus are a little different this year.

Protecting your credit, keeping rates low

If you have a credit card, you probably want to pay close attention to your bills. You've probably heard that credit card companies are jacking-up interest rates and adding hidden fees, until a new law cracks down on that next year.


OSLO (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking his Nobel Peace Prize and heading back to Washington this morning. He's leaving Norway behind to return focus to his top domestic priority – a health care overhaul. The president will be back in Europe next week, however, for a world climate summit.

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a loophole in the Senate health care bill that would let insurers limit medical care for people with costly illnesses such as cancer. The provision is prompting harsh criticism from patient advocates. A policy expert says having annual limits on care essentially invalidates the bill's ban on lifetime limits.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A final vote is set later today on a House measure aimed at overhauling the rules governing Wall Street. But first, House members will have to decide whether to back an amendment that would kill a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Cutting the agency could cost the bill liberal support.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government is reporting that a top al-Qaida official has been killed in a drone attack in western Pakistan. A government official didn't say who the target might have been. But he did say it wasn't the terror network's top two leaders: Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri.

SEATTLE (AP) - Whoever cut down a 7-foot conifer in the Seattle Arboretum got a lot more than a typical Christmas tree. It's a rare, imperiled species from China that may be impossible to replace. It's also valued at more than $10,000. For the future, authorities are considering dousing some trees with animal urine to keep them from being sawed off for the holidays.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - People from several cities in south Texas are among 25 suspects who have been arrested in relation to drug shipments sent through the mail from the Rio Grande Valley. Prosecutors say agents the arrests were made during the last two weeks.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A prison guard at the Estelle High-Security Unit near Huntsville has lost his job after an inmate escaped with a loaded pistol that had been smuggled to him. A spokeswoman says Michael Price was the guard who should have searched the inmate when he left his cell.

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say an Austin man has been indicted in a $160 million Ponzi scheme in Arizona. Duane Hamblin Slade is charged along with four Arizona men. Authorities say they used investment money to fund businesses they controlled and pay for extravagant lifestyles.

HOUSTON (AP) - A new poll released by Rice University says Houston's openly gay city controller has pulled ahead in the race to be mayor. It says Annise Parker leads former city attorney Gene Locke 49 percent to 36 percent ahead of tomorrow's runoff election.