Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: East Texas is in the grip of an Arctic cold front this morning. Corrigan-Camden ISD and Apple Springs ISD have decided to delay the start of school as a precaution.
The extended period of cold weather means East Texas homeowners are taking steps to protect their plumbing. Some home-owners are even picking up a water meter key to shut off water in case a pipe bursts.
In today's Health Minute, we'll have some tips on ways to fight the cold if you're working outdoors this weekend.
And in sports…the Texas Longhorns were denied another national championship Thursday night. Alabama defeated the Horns in the BCS National Championship game in which a key member of the Longhorns offense was injured.
An upper level disturbance is helping to produce clouds this morning across the area. This actually helped keep temperatures from dropping into the middle teens last night. Clouds will linger for the first half of the day helping to keep high temperatures below freezing just about area-wide. Tonight, skies will clear and winds will die down just a bit, allowing for middle teens in most areas. We will have another cold day tomorrow with most areas reaching the lower to middle 30s.
The temperature gauge read in the high 20's, Thursday afternoon. The wind chill was nearly half that. "It just cuts through you," said King Crawford.
While the president's job approval hovers around the 50-percent mark, many Americans are fed up with Congress. In fact, the latest Gallup poll shows just 25-percent approve of the job Congress is doing.
A Longview police officer has been fired following a three month investigation into reports that he had been sending nude photos of himself to female officers.
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DETROIT (AP) - A young Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a packed U.S. jetliner Christmas Day will make his first court appearance today. A grand jury has indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on six charges, including the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
KABUL (AP) - NATO says a U.S. service member has been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. Use of such devices by Afghanistan's insurgents has risen sharply. Last year, some 40 percent of all U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan were due to the bombs.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning people trekking to work in the Northeast to be careful. A snowstorm is expected to unleash up to 2 inches of snow in Philadelphia and the New York City metropolitan area. A winter storm warning will remain in effect in Ohio through tomorrow. Up to six inches is expected there today, with more forecast in the northern parts of the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Analysts are expecting a small uptick in the unemployment rate when the government releases its figures this morning. A majority of economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters predict the rate will inch up a tenth of a percent to 10.1 percent.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gay rights advocates are vowing to fight back through the courts after New Jersey's Senate voted down a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Activists say they'll file a lawsuit with the state's top court to order New Jersey to recognize same-sex matrimony.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The first prisoner executed this year in Texas is a man convicted of gunning down a Dallas-area police officer during an attempted bank robbery. Fifty-one-year-old Kenneth Mosley was executed by lethal injection last night for a shooting that happened in 1997.
DALLAS (AP) - South Texas citrus growers have been eyeing the thermometer as the state joined others in the nation's icebox. Forecasts disagree on whether temperatures in the region will fall below freezing tomorrow, potentially damaging citrus crops.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Retail gasoline prices across Texas have posted their biggest increase since Memorial Day weekend. The weekly AAA Texas price survey shows the average for regular unleaded at $2.56 a gallon. Corpus Christi had the lowest average at $2.51, and El Paso was highest at $2.58.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The city of Austin prepared for a celebration and ended up with a rather quiet night as the Texas football team lost to Alabama in the national championship. Police stationed near the university tower ended up milling around or staying warm in their cars last night.