Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-01-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The new home for the Carr family is rapidly taking shape in Mineola, thanks to volunteers from across East Texas and the dedicated crew of "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition". We'll have a live report from the scene with the latest on the activities that will be happening today.

Members of an East Texas church that was damaged by arson are getting some support from Texas Governor Rick Perry. We'll tell you what he had to say during a tour of the damage on Sunday.

People in Chile are getting desperate for food and water after Saturday's devastating earthquake. We'll have details on what the government is doing to preserve order and distribute supplies to the areas where the quake caused the most damage.

Plus…he served his country in Korea and Vietnam. We'll meet an East Texas veteran who wants people to know about some of the contributions made by a military unit responsible for building and fighting in today's "Freedom Fighters".


An Upper level low pressure system is spinning its way across Central Texas this morning.  This will help provide rain to much of the area through this afternoon.  High temperatures will occur early this morning as temperatures drop into the middle to upper 40s this afternoon.  Rain fall will be between a quarter and a half inch for most areas but in our southern counties it will not be out of the question to see over an inch of rain.  Rain moves out this evening and dry weather looks to prevail for the remainder of the work week.  A weak front will slide through on Thursday but at this time it looks as though this front will move through dry.  Temperatures will be the big story this week as we finally see warmer weather moving into the area.  Starting Wednesday most of us will see highs in the 60s for the remainder of the work week.

The weekend right now is looking pretty good as well.  Right now it appears a strong low pressure will develop in eastern Colorado Saturday.  This should help pump warm Gulf air into the area.  Hihs will at least be in the middle to upper 60s with our southern counties approaching 70 degrees.  We could see an isolated storm Sunday with a better chance of rain next Monday.


Governor Visits Burned Tyler Church

Governor Rick Perry was in East Texas this weekend, but it was not to campaign ahead of Tuesday's primary. Instead, the governor toured the damage from the East Texas church arsons.

Lufkin man killed in motorcycle accident

A Lufkin man died Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle he was test driving collided head-on with a SUV on Highway 7 near Lufkin. First responders arrived on scene around 4 p.m. Sunday.


CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) - An overnight curfew is in effect in Chile's second largest city in hopes of curbing looting after the gigantic, 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Earlier, police fired tear gas to control looters in Concepcion who sacked virtually every market in the hard-hit city as Chile's earthquake toll surpassed 700.

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study suggests that despite no link by extensive research, one in four U.S. parents still believe some vaccines cause autism in healthy children. But most parents continue to follow the advice of their children's doctors despite their own concerns. The idea about autism dates to a flawed British study in 1998. The survey of U.S. parents' opinions on vaccines was released Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

CHICAGO (AP) - There's new research about obesity in kids that's not welcome news for many black and Hispanic children. The findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. The study's authors say family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs. Mothers smoking during pregnancy and eating and sleeping habits in infancy are factors.

HOUSTON (AP) - Lawyers for the former CEO of Houston-based energy giant Enron are heading to the U.S. Supreme Court today to challenge a law used to convict their client, Jeff Skilling. It's a 28-word addition to the federal mail and wire fraud statute. They say it's unconstitutionally vague.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso officials say two teenagers injured when a man drove his car into a crowd in a parking area are expected to recover. They say the 18-year-old driver from El Paso was apparently angry about being asked to leave a gathering Saturday.

DALLAS (AP) - About 150 former inmates have graduated from a program at a Dallas megachuch designed to increase their odds of succeeding after prison. The graduates from yesterday's ceremony join 1,000 men and women who have completed the 12-month Texas Offenders Re-entry Initiative since 2005.