Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-15-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Rescue crews are facing grim conditions in Haiti. The International Red Cross estimates the death toll at nearly 50,000, and crews are having difficulty reaching some of the hardest-hit areas.

An East Texas native who lives in Haiti has seen some of the devastation up-close says there are bodies lining the streets. Wayne Snow says many areas are without electricity or telephone service.

An outside group has finished its review of security procedures at Tyler ISD's John Tyler High School. Officials say the campus is already making some of the improvements that were recommended after the stabbing of teacher Todd Henry last semester.

And…some East Texans are trying a new way to straighten their smile. We'll look into the alternative to braces that could help you avoid spending years with a mouth full of metal.


We are waking up with a little light rain and patchy fog this morning. Cloudy skies, with off and on light rain showers are in store for us again today.  Rainfall will remain light for most areas, with less than a quarter of an inch expected.  High temperatures will reach the upper 50s in most areas today.  Rain chances will continue tonight through the first half of your Saturday.  Lows tonight in the lower 40s, highs tomorrow in the middle 50s.  Sunday is looking great ,with mostly sunny skies and highs in the middle 60s.


EXCLUSIVE: East Texan tours earthquake aftermath

An East Texas family living in Haiti just got back from touring the quake's horrific aftermath. Wednesday night, we spoke to Wayne Snow via Skype about the wreckage. Thursday, they shared with us the video they shot as they saw the damage.

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The massive relief effort is already underway in Haiti.  But the Better Business Bureau warned not everyone is equipped to help, and some are only out to commit fraud.

Turning crooked smiles into straight ones in 6 months

You get braces installed and it could be several years spent with a mouth full of metal. They can turn the most crooked smile into a Colgate one, it just takes time. Now, a relatively new procedure promises to straighten your smile in only six months.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Aid workers hoping to get help to Haiti say they may need security protection today, as Haitians grow more desperate. A U.N. official says it's remarkable there haven't been widespread reports of looting. Today marks the third day since the 7.0-magnitude quake struck the hemisphere's poorest country.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Scientists say they warned officials in Haiti nearly two years ago about signs pointing to the threat of a devastating earthquake. But the researchers say their report lacked a specific timeframe. It also came too late for the impoverished nation to act before Tuesday's deadly magnitude 7.0 quake.

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's word that as many as eight U.S. Army officers could be disciplined for not responding properly to the erratic behavior of the Fort Hood shooting suspect. The Pentagon is releasing the results of an inquiry into the shootings later today. Thirteen people died in the November rampage.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are reporting progress on efforts to hammer out a final deal on the health care overhaul. President Barack Obama met with congressional Democrats until about 1 a.m. Today is seen as an informal deadline to reach a House-Senate compromise.

NEW YORK (AP) - Survivors of the emergency landing known as the Miracle on the Hudson are marking its one-year anniversary. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, his crew and a number of survivors will revisit the site where he deftly landed US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says a confidential Pentagon inquiry about the alleged Fort Hood shooter could lead to punishment of five to eight Army officers. The official says the inquiry finds fault with supervisors who knew or should have known about Major Nidal Hasan's shortcomings and erratic behavior.     

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas State Board of Education has delayed a tentative vote about new standards for social studies that will determine what students are required to learn. The board heard hours of debate yesterday before pushing the vote back to today.

DENTON, Texas (AP) - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Governor Rick Perry have traded barbs in a televised debate. The candidates for governor clashed yesterday over job losses in Texas and whether taxes have increased or decreased during Perry's tenure as governor.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - City officials in Galveston have banned texting and e-mailing by drivers within the city limits. The amended traffic code makes it a misdemeanor, and violators could face a fine up to $500.