Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-15-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A late night fire severely damages a Lufkin building. Authorities are now calling that fire suspicious.

Plus, with Senate Republicans united in their opposition to the health care reform bill, its fate is now up to the Democrats.

The State of Texas is not yet ready to follow a federal rule that requires more information on registered sex offenders.

And, Barbie has indeed had a magical effect on girls of all ages.  We will take you to a homecoming for women and their Barbie memories in today's "Proud of East Texas".


We will start off cloudy and colder today, but skies will become partly cloudy by the afternoon.  We will have much cooler temperatures, with highs only reaching near 50 degrees. Our lows Wednesday morning will drop to near freezing across East Texas as well.


Kay Bailey Hutchison campaigns in East Texas  

Senator Hutchison has been criticized for remaining in the Senate, instead of resigning to focus on the campaign for governor. Monday night, she explained why she's still in Washington.

Tickets to Longview State Champ game on sale Tuesday

It's one of the hottest tickets in town, but you better hurry. Tuesday, tickets go on sale for Longview's State Championship game against Lake Travis in Waco.

Man abducted, raped SFA student say deputies

A Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputy arrested a man Sunday morning after he said he caught him in the middle of a sexual assault of an SFA student.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is inviting Senate Democrats to the White House today to discuss ways to pass a health care overhaul by Christmas. Disputes over abortion funding and a proposed expansion of Medicare are among simmering issues. The Senate is in its third week of debate on the nearly $1 trillion bill.

COPENHAGEN (AP) - The U.N. Secretary-General says rich and poor countries need to "stop pointing fingers" and start working together to salvage talks on a global warming pact. Ban Ki-moon says negotiators need to settle their differences in the next few days. The Copenhagen climate summit ends Friday.

UNDATED (AP) - There's word that a suicide car bomber has attacked a heavily guarded neighborhood near the home of a former Afghan vice president. At least eight people have been killed and dozens wounded. And in Iraq, officials say car bombings in downtown Baghdad have left five people dead and 16 others wounded.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Authorities in the Philippines have been evacuating thousands of people near the country's most active volcano. The 8,000-foot Mayon volcano started oozing dark orange lava and shooting plumes of ash overnight. The alert level has been raised to two notches below a major eruption.

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say the weather will decide their next moves in their search for two climbers missing on Mount Hood. A wintry storm has been barreling toward Oregon's largest peak. So far, there's been "no sign at all" of the climbers, who were reported missing Friday. The body of a third climber was found Saturday.

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Former Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Teresa Navarro has pleaded guilty to theft charges. She and three employees were arrested after evidence showed they spent taxpayer money on themselves. The Monitor in McAllen reports she was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution as part of a plea deal.

SAN JUAN, Texas (AP) - A south Texas couple jailed on corpse abuse charges are accused of putting an aborted 7-month-old fetus in a gift box under a Christmas tree after trying to flush it in a toilet. San Juan police following an anonymous tip found the remains Thursday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry has appointed Tarrant County medical examiner Doctor Nizam Peerwani to the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The panel was shaken up this fall when Perry replaced several members.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 29-year-old soldier assigned to Fort Hood has died in a non-combat-related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, that's under investigation. The Pentagon says Private Jhanner A. Tello of Los Angeles died December 10.