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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-24-10

  
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Coming Up on Good Morning East Texas: Some parts of East Texas are waking up to a blanket of snow this morning, while for others the winter precipitation disappeared…leaving behind only slick streets. We'll have a live report from our Morgan Chesky on which areas are feeling the impact. Plus, we'll have regular updates on the conditions for your morning commute with Kerri Compton.

More friends of the two men accused of setting fire to an East Texas church are speaking out. We'll hear what they are saying about some of the major events in the two men's lives…and what they think about the possible motive for the crime.

The producers of "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition" say they are not immune from the downturn in the economy. We'll tell you which supplies they're having trouble locating and how you can help.

Plus, our Joe Terrell will fight his allergies to try out the "FURminator". We'll tell you what it's supposed to do and find out the answer to the question:  "Does It Work?"

WEATHER TODAY

Skies have cleared this morning behind yesterday's snow.  Roads this morning are mainly wet but as temperatures continue to drop below freezing, slick spots will develop in a few places, especially on bridges and overpasses.  Temperatures will be warmer today, reaching the upper 40s in most areas but this is still nearly 20 degrees below normal.  We will have another cold night tonight, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s to low 30s.  Temperatures will rebound nicely tomorrow, with highs reaching the upper 50s.

Two fast moving systems will move through East Texas over the next five days.  Right now, it does appear temperatures will be warm enough so that only rain is expected, but they will still be about ten or more degrees below normal.

LOCAL HEADLINES

East Texas snow catches drivers off guard

The snow is catching some East Texas drivers off guard. From Tyler to Palestine, drivers were sliding all over the road Tuesday, and often, off the road. 

EXCLUSIVE: Church arson tipster torn about turning in suspects

A major break in the church arson case came from a friend who turned Bourque and McAllister in to authorities. Her mother had been keeping us updated - naming those suspects nearly two weeks ago.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota faces increased pressure to win back customer trust as the automaker's president appears before Congress today. Akio Toyoda will face questions about the numerous safety problems that have resulted in the recall of some $8.5 million vehicles worldwide.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is expected to approve a jobs-promoting bill that would give tax breaks to employers who hired the unemployed. Those businesses would be exempt from the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax through December and would get an additional $1,000 credit for new workers who stay on the job for a full year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS is temporarily halting production of television's top-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men," following news that star Charlie Sheen is in rehab and is taking a break from the show. Roughly two months ago Sheen was arrested after a fight with his wife at their Colorado home. He was charged with felony menacing and misdemeanor offenses.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The widow of the Internal Revenue Service worker killed when a plane smashed into an office in Austin is suing the widow of the pilot, Andrew Joseph Stack III. The lawsuit says Sheryl Stack should have warned others about her husband, who left an Internet posting blaming the IRS for personal problems.

DALLAS (AP) - A spokesman for the city of Dallas says it won't comment on a lawsuit by the family of a policeman who died while escorting then-presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008. The family is suing Clinton, the city and the maker of the helmet the officer was wearing when he was thrown from his motorcycle.

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County is running out of grave sites for paupers who die and is considering cremating them unless their families ask for traditional burials. County commissioners will vote on the plan next month.

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