Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-22-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas : Two suspects are behind bars this morning, accused of setting fire to an East Texas Church. We'll tell you when they will have their first court appearance and why investigators believe they are responsible for the string of church arson cases in East Texas this year.

The arrest of those two suspects is allowing church members across East Texas to breathe a sigh of relief this morning. We'll hear from members of some of the congregations whose churches were burned during the crime wave…and tell you what question they still want answered.

He fought in the biggest battle of World War Two and spent time as a POW. In today's "Freedom Fighters", we'll hear what East Texas veteran Jack McElroy left overseas when he came back home.

Plus…they're some of the top athletes in their field, but they don't have big contracts or high-profile endorsement deals. We'll show you the furry, four-legged competitors of dog agility.


A cold front moved through yesterday and behind it, northwest winds will bring in cooler air today.  Highs will struggle to reach the lower 50s and some areas might not get out of the 40s thanks to the cloud cover.  An upper level low pressure is heading towards East Texas this morning and it has some very cold air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere.  This will help bring precipitation to the area tomorrow, giving much of East Texas a chance of snow.  As it looks right now, it appears the greatest amount of snow will occur in a band from Palestine to Jacksonville south and north of a Crockett to Alto line.  In this area up to 4" of snow could occur.  Elsewhere, south of I-20, around and inch or two could be expected with areas north of I-20 receiving the least amount of snow, maybe up to an inch.

This precipitation will move out by Wednesday and we will be dry until our next system moves into the area Friday.  Right now, this system appears much warmer and rain will be the only precipitation falling.  Stay tuned to your East Texas News Leader for the latest on this developing winter weather situation.


DPS: East Texans can rest easier after church arsons arrests

"East Texans can rest easier tonight," Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw said at Sunday's church arsons press conference after announcing the arrest of two suspects in the case.

Churches react to arson arrests

Told by officials that churches could breathe easy, many were thankful the hunt for suspects was over.


KABUL (AP) - The Afghan Cabinet puts the death toll from a NATO airstrike at 33 civilians, including four women and one child. The Afghanistan Council of Ministers is condemning the attack and calling it "unjustifiable." NATO has confirmed its planes fired on what it believed was a group of insurgents, but the military alliance later discovered that women and children were hurt.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Days before a bipartisan health care summit, the White House will reveal President Barack Obama's newest proposal to rework the health care system. Obama will suggest giving federal authorities the power to limit rate hikes by health insurers. Recent premium hikes of as much as 39 percent sought by Anthem Blue Cross in California have given Obama a new argument for his sweeping health care remake.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Endeavour has a few dings on it, but is no worse for wear after its two-week, 5.7 million-mile journey. The shuttle and its six astronauts landed safely yesterday, in a rare nighttime touchdown. The crew installed the last major piece of the International Space Station, a room named Tranquility, which came with a domed observation window.

BERLIN (AP) - People booked for long-haul flights on Lufthansa may want to double check their flights. The German airline has canceled about 800 flights, many of them to the U.S., after more than 4,000 pilots began a four-day walkout. So far, about 10,000 passengers have been affected by the cancellations. Lufthansa expects the strike could cost some $34 million a day.

 TYLER, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities say two men charged with setting a Smith County church on fire are suspected in a string of similar blazes in east Texas this year. Bond was set at $10 million each for 19-year-old Jason Robert Bourque and 21-year-old Daniel George.

 HOUSTON (AP) - Houston-based oilfield services provider Schlumberger says it's acquiring another major industry player, Smith International, for about $9.78 billion in stock. The deal comes six months after rival Baker Hughes paid $5.5 billion to get BJ Services.