Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-17-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Toyota is facing yet another problem. This time, it's with the Corolla, which is the world's best-selling car. We'll have a live report on why the company is considering a recall and how many complaints they have received.

It was an offer that was too good to refuse. We'll tell you how many East Texas churches are taking advantage of an offer for a free video surveillance system to help guard their buildings during a string of church fires.

Plus, we'll find out from our Joe Terrell whether a new exercise product can really make a difference in your daily fitness routine in today's "Does It Work?".


Most areas are waking up with temperatures in the 20s once again this morning.  Our warming trend will continue today with mostly sunny skies and highs reaching the middle 50s.  Tonight, our normally cooler locations will once again see temperatures drop to or slightly below freezing, but many areas will not reach the freezing mark.  Tomorrow, with lots of sunshine early, we will see our temperatures eclipse 60 degrees in most areas.  Rain chances will be back in the forecast for Friday as a fast moving system brings clouds and moisture back to the area.  Temperatures should still reach around 60 degrees for Friday. 

Our weekend looks to be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and possible thunderstorms, especially on Sunday.  Right now, it appears a front will stall just to our north on Saturday, keeping us in the low 60s with clouds. However, if this front moves a little farther south, then our temperatures will be cooler Saturday and rain chances will be greater.  A cold front moves in Sunday and showers and thunderstorms are likely ahead of it, with highs in the low to mid 60s.


YouTube video has Carthage residents talking

The YouTube video of a group of East Texas youngsters fighting at a McDonald's in Carthage has everyone in the small town talking. 

Extreme crews set stage for East Texas volunteer pep rally

What's an Extreme (East Texas) Makeover without an extreme East Texas block party to kick the whole thing off? The East Texas Extreme Makeover crew is already setting the stage for this week's Volunteer Pep Rally.


TOKYO (AP) - Toyota's president says he will not be making a trip to the U.S. to testify before Congress about the automaker's safety lapses. Akio Toyoda says the company's U.S. executives will answer lawmakers' questions on the massive recall of faulty gas pedals. 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The astronauts have a window on the world. After carrying out their third and final spacewalk, they opened the shutters on the Space Station's new observation deck. The new room, added on to the Space Station during this mission, has a huge round central window, which space station commander Jeffrey Williams says "will give us a view of the entire globe." 

NEW YORK, New York - (AP) - This contest didn't seem too "ruff" for Sadie the Scottie. She was expected to earn best in show at the Westminster dog show -- and that's what she did. Sadie did have to wait a little longer to get her ribbon. Right before the judge picked the 4-year-old, two protesters from PETA interrupted the show. Security guards showed them the door. 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is arguing that divorce, like marriage, is reserved for a man and a woman under state law. A judge in Austin has granted a divorce for two women who married in Massachusetts in 2004. Abbott is trying to block it. He says the marriage was not valid in Texas, so neither is the divorce.     

DALLAS (AP) - Officials have suspended a zookeeper who left open a door that let a 180-pound gorilla briefly escape her quarters at the Dallas Zoo over the weekend. The 19-year-old gorilla did not reach public areas of the zoo, which was closed at the time. 

HOUSTON (AP) - An Alabama man is accused of inappropriately touching a female passenger and assaulting an air marshal during a flight from Amsterdam to Houston. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston says he was detained Saturday after the flight landed.