Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-07-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The cold front is creeping toward East Texas this morning. It has already hit the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, causing problems for morning commuters.

In East Texas, organizations that help the homeless have been preparing for a surge in demand with the arrival of cold weather. Meanwhile, homeowners have been making trips to the hardware store to stock up on those supplies they need to protect their property.

Some employees of Pilgrim's Pride are worried about the possibility of more layoffs. The company announced it was cutting 160 jobs this week at two plants in East Texas.

Plus, in today's "Gift of Love" report, we'll meet an East Texas teenager with a love for music who's searching for a family to call her own. 


A strong cold front is moving through the area this morning.  Temperatures ahead of this front are in the upper 30s dropping into the upper 20s behind the front.  Last night's rainfall has left standing water on roadways which could begin to freeze once the front moves through.  Freezing drizzle and flurries are possible through the first half of the morning.  Temperatures will drop into the middle 20s area wide by late this afternoon.  Wind Chill values will approach 10 degrees as well later today.  Please use caution while driving today as some slick spots can be expected, especially over bridges and overpasses.


Road crews prepare for ice, slick conditions

With freezing temperatures and precipitation on the way, street crews are hoping for the best, and gearing up for the worst. 

Ice cold crops reaping benefits

With a harsh freeze on the way, some are wondering how East Texas crops will be affected. Not to worry, local farmers and winemakers say a wintry blast could actually help them.

5 tips if power goes out

Power lines are the lifeline for electricity to follow to your home. But, ice and winds could knock them down, leaving you in the dark. So be prepared.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House today plans to let the public have a closer look at the government missteps that allowed the failed Christmas airliner attack to happen. The administration is set to release a declassified account of the near catastrophe and President Barack Obama is to address the nation about its findings and recommendations.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Another attack has hit the former heartland of the al-Qaida-led insurgency in Iraq. Police say a series of blasts killed six people in the western province of Anbar today. Tribal leaders in Anbar turned against al-Qaida three years ago. Insurgents have attacked the Anbar government in response.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The question of who orchestrated an attack on a CIA outpost in Afghanistan has gotten murkier. A top al-Qaida leader is praising the attack and says it was to avenge the deaths of a Pakistani Taliban leader and two al-Qaida figures. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman had previously claimed responsibility.

NEW YORK (AP) - Research shows antiseptic better prevents post-surgical infections when used on the surgical area in place of the usual iodine scrub. Another study, in the Netherlands, found that screening patients for staph infections before their surgery, and treating them if necessary, cut infections after surgery.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration has come under criticism from two Washington lawmakers for allowing a man to enter a terminal following a woman without passing through security. The breach closed the terminal for six hours. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey say TSA needs to pay more attention.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Lottery Commission has voted to begin offering the big-money, multistate Powerball game. The state must first reach an agreement with the Multi-State Lottery Association, but a lottery spokesman says tickets could go on sale within a month.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An attorney for the Fort Hood shooting suspect says a panel of three medical professionals will evaluate Major Nidal Hasan's mental status and determine whether he's competent to stand trial. The Army psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Two Mexican nationals have pleaded guilty in Texas to separately trying to bribe U.S. customs officers to avoid a waiting period for exporting vehicles to Mexico. They face up to 15 years in prison.

NEW YORK (AP) - Research led by a doctor from the DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston is one of two new studies indicating doctors aren't the only ones who should scrub before surgery. They found washing the skin with an antiseptic helped cut down on infections afterward.