Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-04-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Four U.S. service members have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan.

Plus, authorities need your help finding an East Texas couple's killer.

Many East Texas women are on the road to financial freedom… and they have their side jobs to thank.

And…he fought in frigid temperatures, but returned to East Texas with numerous medals for his valor…including a Bronze Star. Joan Hallmark has Jesse Goodwin's story a bit later on this morning's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

Cloudy and cold this morning.  We could see a snow flurry or two early this morning, followed by partial clearing later today.  It will be very cold with highs struggling to reach 40 degrees.  Much colder weather is on the way for the end of this week.  Stay Tuned!

LOCAL HEADLINES

Missing Houston Co. children located in Oklahoma

Three children, allegedly taken from their home near Grapeland, have been located, according to the family. It is yet to be confirmed with police. 

7-year-old girl recovers at home after being hit by a car

A 7-year-old girl who was hit by a car in Gladewater is now out of the hospital. 

Volunteer chain saw team helps out tornado victims

The tornado clean-up continued this weekend.  Many of the victims rely on the time and resources of volunteers to help get their lives back to normal.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

KABUL (AP) - Four U.S. service members have been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Sunday's casualties are the first American combat deaths of the New Year. Officials are also reporting a British soldier was killed while on foot patrol in the south.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Police and hospital officials say two roadside bombs targeting police in the northern Iraq have killed three people and wounded six. A Kirkuk police officer says the first blast targeted a police convoy, killing two guards. Moments later, another roadside bomb targeting a police patrol detonated, killing a policeman.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say they've thoroughly searched Terminal C at Newark, New Jersey's airport after a security breach. Authorities grounded planes for hours and re-screened passengers after a man walked through an exit into the secure side of the terminal. He hasn't been found and passengers have been allowed onto their flights.

HONG KONG (AP) - World markets have started 2010 in the black. Major benchmarks in Europe gained less than 1 percent in early trade after Japan led Asia's advance.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP ) - A 160-story building doesn't come cheap. Developers say the final price tag on the world's tallest skyscraper is $1.5 billion. The building is set to officially open in Dubai later today.

HOUSTON (AP) - Inauguration celebrations are planned today for new Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The 53-year-old took her oath in a private ceremony on Saturday, and her public inauguration is today. That makes Houston the nation's largest city to be presided over by an openly gay person.

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County authorities say a 4-year-old girl who wandered away from home was found floating in a neighbor's pool near Houston and later died. The girl's mother called authorities after she disappeared yesterday morning. No charges are expected.       

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Parker County sheriff says authorities may consider organized crime charges against some of about 170 people arrested in a cockfight raid northwest of Fort Worth near Poolville. Deputies seized 114 roosters on Saturday, and Child Protective Services took custody of 10 to 15 children.

 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Federal officials are increasing oversight of Fort Worth-based American Airlines after three mishaps last month. Jetliners' wingtips touched the ground during landings in Austin and in North Carolina, and a plane overshot a runway in Jamaica.