Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-18-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: You have a chance to show your support for "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition" today. There's a Volunteer Pep Rally at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. We'll have a series of live reports and explain how you can sign up to volunteer for the show that's changing lives in our community.

They're finally home! Eight of the ten American missionaries being held in Haiti on charges they tried to take children out of the country illegally have been released. We'll tell you what they're doing now that they are back on U.S. soil, and why two members of the group had to stay behind.

Some of the top government officials in the state will be in East Texas today for a one-of-a-kind event. We'll tell you who will be here and what major issues they plan to discuss with the people they represent.


An area of high pressure settled across East Texas overnight.  This has allowed for most areas once again to drop to or below freezing, with rural areas dropping into the middle 20s again.  This area of high pressure will finally move east this afternoon, allowing for a rapid warm up later today.  With lots of sunshine, we will see temperatures reach the lower 60s later this afternoon.  Tonight will be nowhere near as cold as the past few nights with most areas dropping into the upper 30s.  Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow with a slight chance of a shower or two.  Highs tomorrow will reach near 60 degrees.

The weekend is still looking rather cloudy and mild with a chance of rain.  Saturday, the front we were concerned about looks to stall to our north, keeping us in the lower to middle 60s with only a slight chance of an afternoon shower.  A cold front will move into the area Sunday.  Out ahead of this front we will see very mild conditions and a chance of thunderstorms.  Behind the front, slightly cooler air will move in for next week.


East Texas church arsons getting national media attention

The church arsons have terrified East Texans, and now, the situation is getting national attention. ABC News has a crew in East Texas gathering details about the nine church arsons we have had since January.

Native East Texan designer for Extreme Makeover

Excitement is "building" over an Extreme Makeover planned for an East Texas family, and one East Texan has helped in more than 100 Extreme builds. Tyler native, Kim Lewis, lives in Hollywood now but calls the piney woods home.


MIAMI (AP) - An attorney who has been helping some of the missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti says now that eight are back in the U.S. they're "looking forward to a soft bed, a hot meal and a warm shower." The eight were released yesterday by a Haitian judge. Two others remain detained in Haiti after the group tried to take 33 children out of the earthquake-ravaged country.

KABUL (AP) - An Afghan official says two key figures from the Taliban's leadership were arrested more than a week ago, around the same time as the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 in command was captured. The Taliban shadow governors were pivotal to the Taliban's expansion into northern Afghanistan, where their forces threaten NATO supply lines.

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods' agent insists the golfer's first public appearance in months is "not a press conference." Woods won't answer questions during his statement tomorrow and only a handful of wire reporters and sports writers will get to see it in person. The agent calls the appearance the "process of making amends" for the sex scandal that ruined the golfer's reputation.

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A man with a history of mental disabilities has pleaded guilty to his role in killing four people in the Dallas suburb of McKinney in 2004. Prosecutors say Eddie Ray Williams received three concurrent 20-year sentences. He'd cooperated with police, leading to a conviction and death sentence for another man.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Prosecutors who put a Texas judge on trial for refusing to keep her appeals court open while a death row inmate awaited execution say she still deserves punishment. They reject a report by the judge in Sharon Keller's ethics trial. He urged state commissioners to not reprimand her.