Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-06-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Preparations are underway throughout East Texas in advance of that Arctic cold front that's due to hit the region soon. We'll have some tips on how to prepare your home and your pets for the bitter cold.

The cold weather is already causing some problems in East Texas. The City of Winona's natural gas system went down overnight because of frozen supply lines. Officials say the problem has been fixed, and they will be going door-to-door to re-light pilot lights this morning.

A murder suspect is behind bars this morning after spending a few days on the run. Miguel Angel Espinal, age 25, is accused of stabbing Subrina and Danny Clark on New Year's Day.

And…just in time for the blast of cold weather we are getting…Joe Terrell puts the "Snuggie" to the test in today's "Does It Work?"


A winter weather advisory is in effect for our eastern and central counties from 9PM this evening until 4PM tomorrow.  This advisory is on a line from Mt. Vernon to Quitman to Tyler to Lufkin and points east.  Today, we will see clouds increasing with highs reaching the middle to upper 40s.  Scattered showers will develop tonight ahead of a fast-moving front.  Rain could change to snow early tomorrow morning before ending.  Very little in accumulation is expected at this time, but any water on roadways from rain will begin to freeze quickly Thursday causing possible travel troubles, especially over bridges and overpasses.  Stay tuned to your East Texas News Leader for the latest.


East Texans brace themselves for winter blast

The Arctic blast isn't even here yet. 

But Tuesday, James Odell hit the hardware store, picking up supplies to fix his busted pipes.

Tips to keep pets safe in freezing temps

As the cold weather drives people inside, animal experts say pets may need a little help weathering the frigid temperatures.

Man charged in couple's murder, victims' family reacts

The manhunt for a suspected double killer is over. Miguel Angel Espinal, 25, was arrested overnight in Hopkins County near Sulphur Springs. Espinal is accused of brutally stabbing Subrina and Danny Clark on New Year's Day.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's highest-level security officials have gotten a tongue lashing from President Barack Obama. It happened in a private meeting in which Obama said the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner resulted from a "screw up that could have been disastrous." Obama says intelligence officials failed to "connect the dots."

WASHINGTON - There are signs of political trouble for President Barack Obama's party with the 2010 election year barely under way. Two Democratic senators and one governor have ditched plans to run for re-election. Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter are calling it quits.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Florida strawberry, tomato and citrus growers are scrambling to ward off the frost. But a deep freeze that's hit southern states may last through the weekend. Crop damage could mean higher produce prices for consumers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to keep up the pressure today on Congressional Democrats to pass a unified health care bill. He's scheduled another White House meeting in an effort to get compromise talks on a fast track. Obama would like to sign a bill before the State of the Union address next month.

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - Three suspected al-Qaida militants who were wounded in clashes with security forces in Yemen earlier this week have been arrested at a hospital. The three were wounded when security forces clashed on Monday with a group of militants from a cell that the U.S. has said was linked to a plot against the American or other embassies.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities searching for a missing 8-month-old boy are looking for clues in a vehicle found outside a San Antonio motel. The vehicle belongs to the boy's mother, 23-year-old Elizabeth Johnson of Arizona. She has refused to say where the boy is. There were no obvious signs of violence.

DALLAS (AP) - Sponsors of a debate among Republican candidates for governor say Debra Medina has been invited to join incumbent Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for the event January 14. Dallas area public TV station KERA-TV is producing the telecast.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The attorney general in Texas says the push in Washington to force most Americans to buy health insurance may violate the Constitution and could trigger a lawsuit. He and his counterparts in a dozen states already have threatened to sue over a different provision in the health care reform legislation.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - There's progress toward a planned monument on the Texas Capitol grounds to honor Tejanos who first settled what would become Texas. The State Preservation Board approved a design yesterday.