Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-18-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas : Two more East Texas churches burned over the weekend.  Investigators have determined that a blaze at the Tyland Baptist Church in Tyler on Saturday was deliberately set, but have not yet ruled on the cause of a fire at the First Church of Christ – Scientist in Tyler on Sunday. Federal agents will be at both buildings today.

An East Texas pastor is preparing to leave for Haiti to help with earthquake relief efforts. Pastor Tony Holder of The New Life On The Rock Church in Lufkin has visited Haiti several times, since the church a sister congregation in Port-Au-Prince. He predicts this trip will be his most difficult.

Doctors told her she wouldn't walk again, but an East Texas woman is beating the odds. We'll learn how her determination is inspiring others.

And…he signed up less than two weeks after his high school graduation, then made it through some of the biggest battles of World War Two. We'll meet Luther Garner in today's "Freedom Fighters".


We have another warm and sunny day shaping for us today, as temperatures will be climbing into the mid to upper 60s this afternoon.  Winds will be a bit breezy as well from the south at 10-15 MPH.  You may run into a few patches of fog as well this morning, but it should be gone by mid-morning.


Second Tyler Church Burns In Two Days

For the second time in two days, a Tyler church is reduced to ashes in a fire. Around 6:30 Sunday evening, 911 dispatchers received a call of a fire at First Church of Christ Scientist on  East Second Street.

Arson Suspected In Tyland Church Fire

ATF agents will be at a Tyler church to investigate whether arson was involved. Agents will visit Tyland Baptist Church, which burned down Saturday night.

Inspiring East Texan learns to walk again

She's beating all the odds by taking one step at a time.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - More Marines are about to arrive in Haiti, where earthquake survivors are losing patience and violence is breaking out over the pace of aid. Some 2,000 U.S. Marines are expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti's crumbled city of Port-Au-Prince today to help relief organizations get supplies to earthquake survivors. They'll also be reinforcing 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground.

 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - There are still live rescues happening in the rubble of the Haitian capital. Several yesterday raise to 70 the number of people saved by 1,700 rescue workers since Tuesday's earthquake. Rescuers pulled two people from a collapsed supermarket where three others were rescued earlier. A Danish staffer was pulled alive from the rubble of the U.N. headquarters.

BOSTON (AP) - Both sides say turnout is the key tomorrow in the special Senate election in Massachusetts that could decide the fate of the health care overhaul. Democrats enjoy a 3-to-1 registration advantage in Massachusetts but are scrambling to mobilize their base. Republicans are ramping up their get-out-the-vote efforts on the last day of the neck-and-neck race.

KABUL (AP) - Fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan forces in the heart of Kabul has killed at least five people and wounded 38. A Taliban spokesman tells The Associated Press that 20 armed militants, including some with suicide vests, had entered Kabul to target the presidential palace and other government buildings in central Kabul.

UNDATED (AP) - Chief executives at public colleges and universities aren't seeing the big raises since the recession. A survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows compensation packages leveling off in 2008-2009, rising a relatively modest 2.3 percent. Over the previous six years, annual pay increases of 10 percent or more had become the norm.

BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) - Austin County officials say one person in custody is being questioned in the death of five people found in a southeast Texas home. Authorities say the bodies of four adults and one child were found yesterday in the bedroom community of Bellville. They're not releasing details.

HOUSTON (AP) - A sex offender has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Lake Houston marina worker who disappeared on New Year's Day. Recent parolee Larry Allen Ricketts is suspected in the death of Becky Hamilton. Her body was found in a footlocker in a wooded area on January 8.

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed much of a Baptist church in Tyler. They say it apparently started in the sanctuary on Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.       

DALLAS (AP) - A spokeswoman for Highland Park United Methodist Church says there will be a funeral Wednesday for an eye clinic volunteer who died in Haiti following a massive earthquake. Jean Arnwine was rescued from the rubble after the quake but died Friday.