Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-22-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: There is some breaking news out of Longview this morning, where police are on the scene of a double murder. Two people were killed in the 2900 block of LeTourneau Drive around midnight. Police do not have a suspect in custody at this time.

A former elected official in Smith County is disputing the accusations against him after he was arrested over the weekend.

Things will be busy at airports across the nation over the next few days, as millions of Americans go home for the holidays. We'll have details on which airports could face weather-related delays…and what the federal government is doing to keep passengers from being stranded on the runway.


We have the chance of some clouds moving into East Texas today with a few scattered storms this evening. The highs this afternoon will once again reach into the mid-60s. Things will change on Wednesday when a strong storm system blows through, carrying the chance of severe storms…mostly for the eastern half of East Texas. This will bring us some colder air in time for Christmas.


Another Smith County Deputy killed in car crash: Family remembers

Deputy Regus "Ricky" Bell was killed just after noon on Monday on FM 317 in Henderson County. Bell and two of his nephews were on their way to bail hay in his truck.

Friends, family mourn loss of 3 teens killed in wreck

J.R. "Cecil" Galloway, 19, Markeeven Eaton, 19, and Timothy Haskins, 17, died in a wreck about four miles outside of Mount Pleasant.

Cyber beggars or cyber liars?

Handouts don't come easy in hard times, but a few websites claim to give those in need some cyber help.


EATONVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Two sheriff's officers in Washington state are in hospital, one in critical condition, after being shot while responding to a family dispute. Officials say the officers were called to a home in a rural community in the Cascade foothills last night, when a man who had been fighting with his brother pulled out a gun and began shooting. The officers shot and killed the man.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is set to take the second of three test votes on health care this morning, before they're expected to vote on the bill Thursday. This morning's vote does have the 60 crucial votes it needs - 58 Democrats and two independents. Another test comes Wednesday. Thursday's vote needs just a simple majority.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama meets with representatives from small and community banks this morning. He's expected to talk about the need to increase lending to small businesses, the housing foreclosure crisis and the importance of passing financial reform. Last week Obama met with some of the nation's top bankers.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president is thumbing his nose at a year-end deadline to accept the U.N.-drafted deal designed to shrink Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium. The Obama administration set the deadline. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the West can give his country "as many deadlines as they want, we don't care."

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - South Africa is joining the global chorus condemning the climate summit's failure to produce a legally binding agreement on climate change. Three top South African officials say at last week's conference there was an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion that Denmark was plotting to force its own position on other nations.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - A lawyer for Major Nidal Malik Hasan says the Army has kept the suspected Fort Hood shooter from praying in Arabic with his family. The lawyer tells the San Antonio Express-News he thinks that's not legal. The military is requiring that communication during visits with Hasan be in English or be delayed until an interpreter arrives.     

KENNEDALE, Texas (AP) - Police say a man from the Fort Worth area is being held in California on an arson warrant after a fire that killed his pregnant wife, six-year-old daughter and father-in-law in Kennedale. Johnny Hummel was arrested Sunday at the Mexican border.

 DONNA, Texas (AP) - The Hidalgo County sheriff says a couple who were in their 80s died of gunshot wounds in what might be a murder-suicide. The Monitor reports the pair was found dead yesterday at a recreational vehicle park. Investigators think the man shot himself.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Texas couple is donating $10 million to the University of Kansas Hospital to support the University of Kansas Cancer Center. The gift comes from Joe and Jean Brandmeyer of El Paso.