Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-13-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The United States is shipping aid to Haiti this morning after a devastating earthquake rocks the island nation. Relief officials fear the death toll could reach into the thousands.

Members of three East Texas churches are finding strength through faith this morning. Three churches in Athens have been hit by fire in the past two weeks, and federal arson investigators believe those blazes were deliberately set.

An East Texan is accused of running a "moonshine" operation. Agents with the TABC say they raided a home-made still at a residence in Smith County.

And …cleaning the toilet is not anyone's favorite household chore. But the makers of a new product claim they have made the job a little easier. Joe Terrell puts it to the test in this morning's "Does It Work?"


Clouds are beginning to increase this morning as a strong storm system develops to our west.  Highs today will be slightly above normal for a change, reaching the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.  Tonight, we will only drop into the middle 40s with rain developing.  Tomorrow looks wet, with highs in the lower to middle 50s.


Members of burned churches fighting with faith

The fires have not just the congregations but the whole community around Athens on edge. However, church members say they are not afraid and are standing strong in their faith.

Demand for H1N1 vaccine slowing

The H1N1 vaccine is finally abundant across the nation, but demand is down.

Hutchison unveils major policy in Longview

She still has to get through the primary, but Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled a major policy she wants to start if she's elected governor.


BEIJING (AP) - Some preliminary reports are coming in on casualties and the extent of destruction from yesterday's powerful earthquake in Haiti. Many of the dead are still lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital. Meanwhile, there's word from China that eight Chinese peacekeepers are among those killed. Ten others are missing.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Aftershocks have been rattling the devastated capital of Haiti following yesterday's 7.0 magnitude quake. Dazed and injured people have been pleading for help on the darkened streets. Thousands of others have been gathering in public squares, singing hymns.

GENEVA (AP) - The international Red Cross and other aid groups are readying a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after the strongest earthquake to hit the Caribbean nation in more than 200 years. Officials say rescuing survivors will be a priority. Aid workers will also help hospitals cope with the casualties.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional Democratic leaders meet this morning to hammer out details for a final health care overhaul bill. Among other things, Democratic officials say negotiators may dump a House-approved requirement for large businesses to provide health coverage for their workers.

BEIJING (AP) - North Korea says it will start allowing in more American tourists. The decision comes after years of heavy restrictions on visits to the reclusive regime. By one count, only 2,000 Americans have been to North Korea since it opened itself to Western tourism in 1987.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed a 59-year-old man for the fatal shooting of a ranch foreman and another man during a 1986 burglary outside Huntsville. Gary Johnson died by lethal injection last night. It's the second execution this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Obama administration's top food stamp official says Texas has the worst-performing food-stamp program in the nation. Undersecretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon was in the state yesterday to see check on its progress in cleaning up a mess left from a failed privatization of the program.

DALLAS (AP) - Incumbent Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will meet January 29 in a second televised debate for Republicans running for governor. Candidate Debra Medina is joining those two for a televised debate tomorrow. She won't be part of the second debate.

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech University and officials of the Pantex nuclear weapons plant plan to study the feasibility of using wind turbine generators to power the plant near Amarillo. The school is set to begin work on a nearby wind center next year.