Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-12-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  Police in Longview are searching for clues in a murder investigation this morning. One man was found dead at a home on Travis Street on Monday.

The warming temperatures across East Texas are keeping plumbers busy as homeowners discover pipes that broke during last week's deep freeze.

East Texas fans of NFL star Adrian Peterson are torn this week. That's because Peterson's team, the Minnesota Vikings, are playing the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in the next round of the playoffs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign today aimed at stopping "distracted driving". The problem is being called an epidemic, and is being blamed for 40,000 deaths in the past ten years.

One East Texan is sharing his unique collection of tractors as part of a celebration of farm life. We'll meet the man behind the "Parrot Park Agricultural and Heritage Museum" in today's "Proud of East Texas".


A weak cold front is moving through East Texas this morning.   All you will notice is a wind change out of the northeast once it passes through where you live.  With mostly sunny skies, temperatures will reach the upper 40s and lower 50s today.  Clear skies and light winds will lead to another cold night tonight, especially over our eastern counties, where normal cold spots could drop into the lower to middle 20s.  Most locations will drop to the middle 20s.  We will see increasing clouds tomorrow and warmer temperatures, with highs reaching the middle 50s.


Update: Police Search For Clues In Travis Street Homicide

A family is torn and several questions remain unanswered at an East Texas home, that is now the scene of a murder.

Evaluation: Student charged with killing teacher not fit for trial yet

It has been three and a half months since Todd Henry was killed while teaching a class at John Tyler High School. If things go as expected at a hearing later this week, it will be another three months before his accused killer will face a jury. We learned Monday that Byron Truvia is not fit to stand trial just yet.

Your donations pouring in for good Samaritan

Your phone calls and emails are still pouring in, with many of you wanting to help the man who lost everything by trying to save someone else.


 WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of bird strikes and other wildlife collisions with planes last year is expected to soar past 10,000 once the tally is finished. Airports and airlines are more diligent about reporting such incidents following the "Miracle on the Hudson" a year ago off Manhattan. Experts say there are also greater numbers of birds to contend with.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President and Mrs. Obama will head to Delaware this morning to attend the funeral of Jean Finnegan Biden, the vice president's mother. She died Friday after falling ill in recent days. Services are at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington.

LONDON (AP) - A new study finds that a UNICEF program that spent $27 million to decrease child deaths from disease in West Africa has failed. The aim was to reduce the death rate by at least 25 percent by the end of 2006. But an analysis of the program in Benin Ghana and Mali found the survival rate was actually higher in some regions that weren't included in the program.

FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) - Florida growers are scrambling to assess damage from the prolonged deep freeze, but one says the weekend may have done some of them in despite the fight to save the crops. It's still cold in northern and central Florida, but the cold snap that gripped the South for days is showing signs of breaking.

NEW YORK (AP) - Former baseball star Mark McGwire stepped up to the plate yesterday -- and confessed. He admitted to using steroids on and off for a decade during his career, including 1998 when he slammed a then-record 70 homers. McGwire says he wishes he'd never played in the steroids era.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Officials say a woman who fell through ice on a pond in Fort Worth and drowned had been trying to save her dog. Divers pulled 34-year-old Andrea Benua from the water yesterday, and she was pronounced dead at a hospital. The bodies of two dogs were found in the water.

HONOLULU (AP) - The military says a San Antonio Marine based in Hawaii has been killed while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. Twenty-two-year-old Lance Corporal Mark D. Juarez died Saturday.

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - A Dallas-area school board is standing behind its ban on a 4-year-old boy's long hair. The Mesquite school district has had the pre-kindergartner under in-school suspension since November. His parents appealed, saying he likes his hair long.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a juror removed from a drug trial in McAllen tried to get two brothers acquitted. The charges against Maximino "Max" Gonzalez of Palmview include conspiracy and obstructing justice. He's accused of discussing testimony and deliberations with the brothers during their 2008 trial.