Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-11-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  People in several states across the south are waking up to freezing temperatures this morning, including people in Florida. We'll have details on what the freeze could mean for your glass of orange juice.

Senator Harry Reid's is facing a firestorm of controversy over comments about President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

Plus, his education was disrupted and almost ended during World War Two.  Joan Hallmark has  Dr. Marshall Lanier's story in this morning's Freedom Fighters.

Not quite as cold this morning as we were over the weekend, but we are still seeing a few places in the upper teens and lower 20s.  Most areas are hovering around the 25 degree mark this morning.  Lots of sunshine this afternoon will help boost temperatures into the lower 50s area-wide.  This is still a few degrees below normal, but much nicer than what we have seen the past few days.


Freeze causes run at hardware stores

While the frigid weather kept most of us inside, it played havoc with water pipes at East Texas homes, and kept hardware stores packed. Some had been without water for as long as 3 days.

Girl donates birthday presents to animal shelter

An East Texas girl is being commended for having an unselfish birthday party. You heard it right, unselfish birthday party. Eleven year old, Maley Green is hoping her birthday gifts request will spark a giving trend for other youngsters.

Longview Man Creates Snow Yard

While most of us are lamenting about the freezing weather, one east Texan is having some fun with the frigid temperatures, by making his front yard into a winter playground. With an improvised pressure nozzle , Kevin Kessler changed his front yard on Woodcrest street, into a little slice of winter, blowing a mound of snow on it.


MIAMI (AP) - People in Miami probably aren't worried about global warming this morning as they glance at the overnight temperature readings. Miami broke the record of 37 degrees set 83 years ago. There's a hard freeze warning in South Florida through the morning, with a freeze watch through tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The public option appears to be expendable as Democratic congressional leaders sit down today for more work on a final health care bill. President Barack Obama hopes to calm anger over his desire to tax upscale health plans when he meets with labor leaders.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Jury selection begins today in the trial of Scott Roeder, who's charged with killing one of the country's few late-term abortion doctors last May in Wichita, Kansas. Testimony is expected to take two weeks. Roeder's lawyers will be allowed to argue voluntary manslaughter.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two gay couples will be among the first witnesses at a federal trial beginning today in San Francisco about same-sex marriage. The trial concerns whether the U.S. Constitution allows states to outlaw such marriages. It stems from California's Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, which was approved a little over a year ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stimulus money spent on roads and bridges is not boosting local unemployment. That's the finding of an Associated Press analysis of money spent so far. Emory University economist Thomas Smith, who supported the plan, says, "As a policy tool for creating jobs, this doesn't seem to have much bite."

HOUSTON (AP) - A $6 million recovery program for Texas high school dropouts is falling short of expectations. About 20 percent of those dropouts have graduated within a year in the Texas Dropout Recovery Pilot Program, which provides child care, night classes and financial incentives.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Officials say nearly 40 endangered sea turtles stunned by cooler water from the recent Texas cold snap washed up near South Padre and Corpus Christi and couldn't be saved. About 50 rescued turtles are headed to the Texas State Aquarium.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Dozens of Texas cities have the option of adding a sales tax on home gas and electric bills through crime and fire control districts under a new state law. The maximum increase is 50 cents for every $100 of a bill.

DALLAS (AP) - Police say a fight at a Dallas nightclub led to a freeway shooting that left four people wounded. They say people in one vehicle opened fire on people in another vehicle on the freeway before dawn yesterday. The victims were taken to a hospital, and police were looking for the suspects.