Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-23-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The two suspects in a string of East Texas church fires are back behind bars this morning after making their first appearance before a judge in Smith County. We'll show you how investigators tracked them down using a combination of physical evidence and tips from the public. Plus, we'll hear from the woman who provided authorities with important information that helped them narrow their search.

Law enforcement officials say they still don't have a good explanation as to why the two men currently under arrest would want to burn down churches, but some of their friends and relatives are now offering their thoughts. We'll hear what they have to say.

A legal battle over the future of thousands of acres of East Texas land is over. We'll tell you how a decision by members of the United States Supreme Court will affect the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge.

He's using technology from the 1800's to make souvenirs that are popular today. We'll meet a man who is making his mark through the art of engraving in today's "Proud of East Texas".


We have a winter storm warning in effect from Palestine to Jacksonville to Carthage south.  We can expect 3"-5" of snow in the warning area.  There is also a winter weather advisory in effect from Canton to Quitman to Jefferson and south to the winter storm warning.  1"-3" of snow can be expected in these areas today.  For our counties north of the advisory, only a dusting to an inch of snow is expected. Today will be cloudy with snow developing.  This snow could start off as a mix of rain and snow with a little sleet.  As the precipitation increases, surface temperatures will drop, allowing for all precipitation to change to snow.  Snow will be ending overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s.  Tomorrow, we will see partly sunny skies with highs reaching the middle to upper 40s.

Our weather pattern will continue over the next few days.  We will see a system move through on Friday and another on Sunday.  Right now, it looks like most of the precipitation will be rain with temperatures above freezing.  There is a chance late Sunday into Monday morning we could see another round of wintry weather.  The winter that will never end…stay tuned!


Anonymous tipster plays role in church arson arrests

Through a lot of research, we're learning exactly how the two men charged in the Dover Baptist Church arson, Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister, were caught. A big part of their arrest came from the help of an anonymous tipster who has been feeding us information for nearly two weeks now.

Why? Family, friends of arsonist suspects share their thoughts

As details on the church arsons arrest and investigation are made public, one of the unanswered questions is, why? Both of the suspects reportedly grew up in the church.


KABUL (AP) - Military commanders are calling it a "very important step" in the operation to oust the Taliban from the Afghan town of Marjah. U.S. Marines and Afghan ground troops have managed to link up after more than a week of marching from the north and south through insurgent fire and booby-trapped poppy fields. The achievement means there is now a direct route across the town that allows convoys to supply ammunition and reinforcements.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chest pains have sent Dick Cheney to a Washington hospital, just days after the former vice president made a surprise appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. A Cheney assistant says the 69-year-old is resting comfortably and his doctors are evaluating the situation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bob Dole says he hopes to be back at work in a few weeks after a bout of pneumonia meant the former Senate majority leader had to be hospitalized. The 86-year-old has recovered from the ailment, but remains at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for physical therapy for a knee surgery he underwent late last year. He currently works as a lobbyist and attorney.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Executives of California's Anthem Blue Cross face questions today from a state legislative committee about an attempt to boost rates by up to 39 percent. The proposed hike has been cited by the Obama administration in its argument for health care reform.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has delivered a letter of support from President Barack Obama to Internal Revenue Service workers in Austin. That's where a suicide pilot rammed his plane into an office building, killing an IRS employee last week.

WACO, Texas (AP) - A former Waco-area Baptist preacher convicted of killing his wife and trying to cover it up as a suicide is seeking a new trial. Matt Baker alleges his trial attorneys did not represent him effectively. He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.