Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-05-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Two-thirds of the nation is in a deep freeze today, and the cold front is continuing to push south.  Crops in some parts of the country are being threatened. Temperatures are expected to keep dropping throughout the week in East Texas as the front approaches.

The Gregg County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident involving a Longview Police Officer. Neighbors accuse Officer Kelly Lawrence of shooting up their game room with a BB gun.

He is considered to be one of the stars of BMX. Joan Hallmark will introduce us to Morgan Wade in today's "Proud of East Texas".

And…three kids taken from their home over the weekend are back safe in East Texas today. Their mother, 21-year-old Jamie Hallmark, is facing criminal charges.

In sports …they raised their kids to be fans of the Texas Longhorns, but something went wrong along the way. We'll tell you why Thursday's BCS National Championship Game is leaving one East Texas house divided.


Very cold temperatures are in place this morning, with many areas dropping to near 20 degrees.  Winds are fairly light so the wind chill is not too much of an issue.  We will have sunny skies today but it will still be cold, with highs only reaching the lower and middle 40s.  Tonight will not be quite as cold but we will still see temps drop in the upper 20s.  The big chill is still slated for the end of the week with the coldest temps in over 14 years.


Officer shot at home with BB gun says neighbor

A neighbor's dispute escalates to shots fired with a BB gun, and the alleged shooter is a cop. Longview police say Officer Kelly Lawrence is on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. 

Child sets paper towels on fire at school says Tyler Fire

Students of Peete Elementary School in Tyler were evacuated Monday afternoon after a fire was discovered in a bathroom of a first grade classroom says the Tyler Fire Department. 

East Texas the new Wall Street?

Whether you're in north, south, east, or west Tyler, it's hard not to notice the banks on almost every corner-sometimes three to a corner. And, where there isn't a bank, just be patient.


SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - The U.S. Embassy in Yemen says it's reopening its doors. The embassy closed Sunday because of the threat of an imminent al-Qaida attack. Today, the embassy says Yemeni actions have addressed its concerns.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will announce new measures today to beef up airline security after the Christmas Day terror attempt. The White House says after a meeting with security officials, Obama will offer new steps to improve watch lists and thwart future terror attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal study says the U.S. spent a total of $2.3 trillion on health care in 2008, even though spending actually slowed dramatically in the face of a recession. Still, the study published in the journal Health Affairs says health spending didn't slow down as much as the nation's overall economic output.

 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An Arctic chill is running through the eastern half of the nation and it's expected to linger through the rest of this week. St. Louis later this week could see temperatures drop below zero for the first time since 1999. Farmers in the Florida Panhandle are scrambling to save crops from the freezing temperatures.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The family of socialite Casey Johnson says it's in mourning after the 30-year-old Johnson & Johnson heiress died. Police say Johnson's death may have been from natural causes since a preliminary investigation turned up no signs of foul play. Johnson gained celebrity status as the girlfriend of reality TV star Tila Tequila.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The campaign filing deadline for the March 2 Texas primaries has passed, and eight intense weeks of campaigning are just beginning. Leading the lineup are the major Republican contenders for governor, incumbent Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Top Texas Democratic political strategist Kelly Fero has been found dead in his Austin home. The Travis County clerk says Fero hadn't been feeling well, and his wife found the 57-year-old dead yesterday afternoon. No cause of death has been released.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas justice of the peace says more than a hundred roosters seized in a Parker County cockfight raid will be euthanized. About 175 people were arrested at the cockfight Saturday, and the sheriff says 65 of them have been turned over to immigration officials.

DALLAS (AP) - A top federal prosecutor in Dallas says a North Texas hospital has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle allegations that it filed false Medicare claims. He says Arlington Memorial Hospital isn't admitting wrongdoing in a civil case.