Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-19-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  Arson investigators are now offering a reward for information on a pair of East Texas church fires. They're trying to find out if the fires are connected to each other, and if they're connected to a string of other fires in the region.

If you thought the race for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas only had two candidates, think again. A new poll shows GOP activist Debra Medina with a surge of support.

In sports…they are having plenty of fun and collecting plenty of wins. We'll have details on the complete turnaround for an East Texas basketball team.

Plus, it started off as a simple request that is quickly turning into a booming business. Joan Hallmark has William Moore's story in this morning's Proud of East Texas.


The sneak peak of Spring will continue today as temperatures will remain above normal for this time of the year.  Temperatures this morning will range from the upper 50s to lower 60s, and with mostly cloudy skies today highs will reach into the lower 70s this afternoon.  We will also see a very slight chance of a shower.


Churches across East Texas on high alert

The investigations have begun after a busy weekend for Tyler fire crews.

Update: Child found in swimming pool has died

An East Texas child died Monday night, hours after he was pulled from a swimming pool.

Center man says fly found in 1-year-old's soup

A Center man says he found something unexpected in his one-year-old daughter's meal.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Relief workers say the latest roadblocks to aid delivery are pockets of violence in Haiti's devastated capital. Even so, the level of aid is slowly on the upswing and some residents have banded together to protect the few possessions they have left.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Earthquake victims by the thousands are deciding the need to get out of the wrecked capital. They're struggling to board buses to flee the hunger and violence hoping that food will be easier to find in the countryside. Some are heading to relatives' farms.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Haitians living in New Orleans who survived Hurricane Katrina say they're reliving their own nightmare watching scenes of the earthquake devastation in their native country. But they also see cause for hope in the U.S. government's swift reaction to the disaster in Haiti -- unlike the much criticized Katrina response.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Chronically ill patients in New Jersey will now have legal access to marijuana. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has signed the legislation. New Jersey is the 14th state to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In Los Angeles, the City Council is about to vote on a revised marijuana ordinance that would cap the number of clinics at 70.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Major League Baseball and its umpires have a new contract. The major league umpires union has overwhelmingly ratified the new five-year deal that includes increased flexibility on postseason assignments. It does away with the prohibition against umpires working the World Series in consecutive seasons.

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas-based Belo TV chain is inviting Debra Medina to join Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in a televised debate among Republicans running for governor. It originally said Medina didn't have enough support to be included in the January 29 event. It says a poll of voters now indicates she should be invited.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas-based American Airlines is raising its fees on checked bags for passengers buying tickets starting February 1. The first checked bag for domestic flights will now cost a customer $25 instead of $20.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - A Jefferson County justice of the peace says the weekend death of a duck hunter at Sea Rim State Parkis being investigated as an accident. He says the 30-year-old man was hit by a shotgun blast on Sunday as he and a friend fired at ducks.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Black, Hispanic and other minority cowboys marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special invitation-only rodeo at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. The Cowboys of Color Rodeo aimed to show the contributions various cultures have brought to the sport.