Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-02-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition" team has passed the half-way point as they race the clock to build a home that will transform the life of an East Texas family. We'll have an update on their progress…and tell you what you'll need to do to be there when the Carr family gets their first look at their new home later this week.

International aid is beginning to arrive in Chile after a massive earthquake killed more than 700 people. We'll tell you which nations are helping in the recovery effort and how the nation is dealing with looters.

We'll hear from an East Texas author whose new book honors his grandmother…and some Texas traditions. That's in today's Proud of East Texas.

Plus, we'll have a special visitor from Moody Gardens in Galveston to tell us about some of the great new attractions that will be featured during spring break.


The good news is…the rain has moved off to the east and drier air is moving into East Texas.  The bad news is…temperatures will remain well below normal this afternoon.  Highs will struggle to reach the lower 50s today as we start off with cloud cover.  By this afternoon, we should see partly sunny skies but it will not be able to warm temperatures very much.  We will have a cold night tonight, as many areas will reach the freezing point with lows in the lower 30s. Tomorrow, we will see mostly sunny skies and highs reaching the lower 60s.

The remainder of the work week is looking pretty nice.  Highs through the end of the week will reach the middle 60s in most areas.  It appears the next chance of rain will hold off until late Sunday or Monday.  Temperatures will approach the upper 60s this weekend, which is normal for this time of the year.


Rain not stopping progress at "Extreme Makeover" site

Tearing down a house, laying a foundation, and building a much bigger house in its place in a week is amazing. But it gets even more so when you understand how long it would take if time wasn't an issue. 

Attempted sexual assault in Tyler

Tyler Police need your help finding a man who pushed his way into a woman's apartment and reportedly tried to sexually assault her.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest problem with Toyota vehicles involves oil hoses that could leak. The company says it's repairing more than 1.6 million vehicles around the world. The development comes as Toyota faces more questions today from Congress over its troubled safety record. Top company officials will be appearing before a Senate panel.

PELLUHUE, Chile (AP) - A curfew in the Chilean city of Concepcion remains in effect until midday today -- part of an effort to crack down on the looting that has plagued the city since the weekend earthquake. Markets have been ransacked by people looking for food, water, gasoline and other essentials. Troops were sent in, and dozens of people were arrested.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama hits the road again this morning to highlight efforts to create jobs and strengthen the economy. It will be the latest stop on what the administration calls the White House to Main Street Tour. Obama flies to Savannah, Ga., to tour a workforce development program at Savannah Technical College, and to give remarks on jobs and the economy.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A rough Republican primary in the race for governor is winding down as voters head to the polls. Governor Rick Perry wants an unprecedented third full term. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says he's trying to stay too long. They face activist Debra Medina, who says she's the best alternative to the establishment candidates.

DALLAS (AP) - Two more defendants in the Dallas City Hall corruption case have been sentenced to prison. Darren Reagan of DeSoto gets 14 years on charges linked to extortion. Rickey Robertson of Cedar Hill gets three years for extortion and money laundering conspiracy charges.