Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-23-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  an American Airlines flight overshoots a runway, and dozens of passengers are left injured.  Investigators are trying to figure out exactly what went wrong.

Plus, there's a new warning over what was once considered life-saving technology. We'll have details on what you should know before you lie down for a C-T scan.

And…it is supposed to make breading or battering any food easy. We test the "Batter Pro" a bit later on this morning's "Does It Work?".


Most of East Texas is under the threat for severe weather today, with the greatest chance of thunderstorms occurring late this afternoon or this evening. The highs today will once again be in the upper 60s. Tomorrow night, a strong cold front will bring much colder air to East Texas. We will have gusty northwesterly winds and lows in the 20's Thursday night and highs in the 40's on Friday.


Triple shooting has neighbors fearing for safety

A late night shooting has East Texas police looking for killers. Longview police were called late last night to the 2900 block of Letourneau Drive. Angel Velazquez, 41, and Jose Franco, 27, were killed. A third man, Wilmer Velazquez, 24, was taken to a Longview hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

'Wile E. Coyote' makes appearance at Tyler home

It is an animal that isn't always the easiest to spot, preferring to roam at night in the wild searching for food and in some cases a roadrunner. But one coyote is staking his claim to Tyler, spotted just days ago in the 500 block of First Street, a few blocks from Bergfeld Park.

Though saving lives, CT scans can be harmful if misused

CT scans have revolutionized internal medicine. According to doctors, it is the most powerful image producing technology we have available. Despite this, new research suggests radiation from the scans can be dangerous. In fact, it may lead to the death of thousands of Americans.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has one more 60-vote hurdle to overcome today in the Senate. Senators will likely approve limiting debate on the full bill setting the stage for a final vote on the Senate bill tomorrow. The final vote would only require a simple majority.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - An American Airlines flight from Miami overshot a runway in Jamaica with the nose of the plane ending up just 10 feet from the sea. Authorities say 44 people were hospitalized including four in serious condition. The plane carried more than 150 people.

DENVER (AP) - Parts of Colorado and Southern Utah could be under more than a foot of new snow today as a fast moving storm threatens to disrupt holiday travel. Christmas Day could see the storm in the Plains states and blizzard warnings are likely on Christmas Eve in Kansas.

GENEVA (AP) - Negotiations with Russia on a new arms treaty will extend into next year. The United States has confirmed that it will be unable to clinch a deal this year on a successor to their expired nuclear arms control agreement. A statement says the two sides hope to "finalize" the new treaty next month.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The parents who pulled off the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show find out today if they'll get any jail time at their sentencing. Richard and Mayumi Heene  also face the prospect of paying tens of thousands of dollars in restitution. An investigator wants to forbid the couple from profiting from the act.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has decided to run for a third term as the state's top attorney instead of making a bid for lieutenant governor next year. The Republican was first elected in 2002 and had more than $9 million in the bank this summer.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - State environmental regulators want an immediate response to complaints about oil and gas drilling in the Barnett Shale. They've told employees in their Dallas-Fort Worth office to investigate any complaint on-site within twelve hours.       

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A police investigation shows a Fort Worth officer was traveling at twice the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit when his unmarked patrol car hit another vehicle on December 11, killing a woman. Police say Jesus Cisneros had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Nature Conservancy has bought about 1,300 acres from a south Texas rancher in an effort to preserve habitat for the endangered ocelot. It more than doubles the amount of land that the owner had set aside for the rare cats.