Good Morning East Texas Headlines 01-26-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Sheriff's deputies in Rusk County are searching for two men wanted in connection with a pair of murders. Investigators say two men were shot and left for dead on a county road in Reklaw, but one of the men was able to give a description of his attackers to a witness before he died.

Investigators are sending evidence from several East Texas church fires to a laboratory in California for testing. They hope those lab tests will reveal new clues to help them catch the person or people responsible for fires at several churches in Tyler, Athens, and Lindale in the past few weeks.

Police in Marshall have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a drug bust. They say the street value of the drugs was more than $1 million.

The peak of the traditional flu season is just around the corner. This morning, we'll get a visit from the "Flu Fighters" with tips for kids on how to stop the spread of the virus. 


We are seeing a chilly start to our Tuesday.  A few outlying areas this morning are close to 30 degrees, but most areas are holding in the middle to upper 30s.  Today will be a very nice day with a good bit of sunshine and temperatures reaching the lower 60s.  Clouds will begin to increase tomorrow, with a slight chance of a shower Wednesday evening.  Temperatures will be down a little on Wednesday thanks to the clouds, mainly in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.


Rusk County investigating double homicide

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double homicide that took place in Reklaw where two bodies were found at the intersection of County Road 4248 and Farm-to-Market 839 (Striker Road).

3 brothers lose everything to tornadoes

Residents in the tornado-ravaged part of Van Zandt County are facing a long road to recovery. The area most impacted was in between the Sand Flat and Silverlake communities, along Farm-to-Market Road 1255.

Church fire investigation continues, tips pouring in

Congregations are now back in control of six burned out East Texas churches. However, investigators are continuing their round the clock effort to find whoever started them. Evidence from the fires is now going across the country to solve these crimes.


BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's transportation minister says the pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines jet was flying the wrong way before yesterday's fatal crash. He says the Beirut control tower asked the pilot to change directions but he "did a very fast and strange turn." An investigation is under way into why the plane went down in flames soon after taking off with 90 people aboard.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti's president is asking for donations of hundreds of thousands of tents to help shelter earthquake survivors, nearly two weeks after the disaster struck. People have been spreading out across empty lots, parks and plazas under the burning tropical sun. An estimated 1 million people have been left homeless by the 7.0 magnitude quake.

UNDATED (AP) - A winter storm blowing across several Midwestern states has been bringing fierce winds and snow. In southwestern Minnesota, about 100 students are spending the night at their high school after the weather became too dangerous for travel. Meanwhile, crews in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa have been trying to restore electricity to about 13,000 customers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has been hinting at what he'll be talking about in tomorrow night's State of the Union message. The speech is expected to focus on the economy and boosting job creation. He's also expected to submit a plan to reduce swelling budget deficits.

DETROIT (AP) - There's word that Ford Motor Co. is set to announce that it's adding about 1,200 jobs at its Chicago assembly plant. The workers would help build the new Ford Explorer starting later this year. Some of the jobs are expected to go to former Ford employees laid off at other factories.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Crews have contained the worst Texas oil spill in more than 15 years, and authorities say a massive emergency response averted an environmental disaster. More than 460,000 gallons of oil spilled Saturday when an 800-foot tanked collided with another vessel near Port Arthur.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A landslide beneath several homes that sit precariously on a crumbling hilltop in San Antonio has left dozens of people evacuated. A planning official says the builder had no permit for the retaining wall designed to hold up the land beneath the homes.

MONT BELVIEU, Texas (AP) - Students at Barbers Hill High School in the southeast Texas town of Mont Belvieu say bats that invaded the school sent them running for cover. An assistant superintendent says dozens of bats were rounded up yesterday, and none showed signs of disease.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Houston-based Halliburton is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Texas woman's lawsuit alleging she was raped by military contractor co-workers in Iraq. A lower court ruled Jamie Leigh Jones' case can go to trial, and the company wants that decision reversed.