Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-25-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: East Texans are joining in prayer to show their support for members of several churches that have been burned in a string of suspicious fires.

The owners of an East Texas business are offering some help to workers who have been laid off from Pilgrim's Pride. The "His and Hers Salon and Day Spa" in Pittsburg is offering free haircuts and massages to laid-off workers and their families.

An East Texas doctor has returned from a trip to Haiti. He's planning on recruiting some nurses for his next trip to help people injured in this month's earthquake.

And...she was known around the world for her love of French cuisine. We'll tell you about Julia Child's special connection to some local chefs in today's Proud of East Texas.


Mostly sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures will be in store for us today, as highs reach the upper 50s to near 60 degrees this afternoon. Clear skies tonight will allow for slightly cooler than normal temperatures tomorrow morning as we wake up in the lower to middle 30s. Sunny skies tomorrow will give us afternoon temperatures slightly above normal temperatures, with highs reaching the lower to middle 60s.


Rallies held for burned churches

It was a celebration of faith in Tyler, in a show of Christian unity against those who have committed arson at East Texas churches

Nacogdoches doctor says Haiti needs nurses now

A Nacogdoches surgeon returned from Haiti Saturday. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael McLean and his medical team are going back soon. Only this time, he hopes with a team of nurses.

East Texan survives twister's wrath, shares story

She was tossed in the air and thrown 20 feet by a deadly twister. 62-year-old Sarilda Routier says it happened so fast, there wasn't much time to react.


BEIRUT (AP) - At least 23 bodies have been pulled from the Mediterranean Sea following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet this morning. Lebanon's army says flames were shooting from the plane shortly after it took off from Beirut's airport in bad weather. Lebanon's president says terrorism is not suspected.

MONTREAL (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Haiti's prime minister are among a host of international officials expected to meet in Montreal today to discuss ways to improve relief efforts for Haiti. Canada's foreign minister says officials will also talk about long-term reconstruction in the earthquake-ravaged nation.

CAIRO (AP) - U.S. officials say there's no indication that Osama bin Laden or any of his top lieutenants had anything to do with the attempted Christmas Day airplane attack in Detroit. Bin Laden released an audio message Sunday, endorsing the plot and threatening new attacks against the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is getting ready for his big speech on Wednesday. Aides say he will use his first State of the Union address to refocus, but not redefine, his presidency. They say Americans will see an energized Obama, but not one who's suddenly decided to change course.

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) - President Barack Obama won't be showing up for jury duty today. He has too many things on his plate. A White House official says a jury notice was mailed to Obama's Chicago address, but the president informed the court weeks ago that he won't be able to make it.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Crews have been working to protect two sensitive wildlife areas from a crude oil spill that shut down parts of a major southeast Texas port. The Coast Guard says more than 460,000 gallons of oil spilled Saturday when an 800-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel near Port Arthur.

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Morning News reports a handful of 300 part-time workers paid for finding voters by Governor Rick Perry's campaign have criminal histories, including assault and drunken driving. Critics say that suggests carelessness by the campaign. A Perry spokesman says it's OK for people to get second chances.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports nearly $1 billion in transportation funds have been used since 1991 on Texas projects that had little to do with improving traffic flow. That includes about $16 million to restore the Battleship Texas in the town of La Porte.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston oil multimillionaire who served as U.S. Commerce secretary under President George H.W. Bush has died after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Robert Mosbacher Sr. was 82.