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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-08-10

  
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Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: An East Texas DPS Trooper is in the hospital this morning after he was shot in the face while serving an arrest warrant in Wood County. We'll tell you what happened to the suspect that DPS Officials say fired the shot...and have an update on the Trooper's condition.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy is being praised for his quick action to protect customers at an East Texas WalMart. Police in Commerce say he shot and killed a gunman who had previously been in a battle with police before carrying two loaded weapons into the store. We'll hear from witnesses who were inside the store when the gunman approached.

Members of an East Texas college football team will make a public apology for the steps they took to keep people from reading an article about two of their team-mates. We'll tell you what they did that drew the attention of university officials.

Plus...we'll hear from an East Texan who survived dozens missions over enemy territory during World War II in today's "Freedom Fighters". 

WEATHER TODAY

Temperatures this morning are mainly in the middle 50s across most of East Texas.  Temperatures this afternoon won't warm up too much thanks to clouds and anticipated rainfall.  Highs will reach the lower 60s in most areas.  We could see one or two strong storms this afternoon and evening as a potent system moves through the area.  The lack of surface warming looks to keep our severe weather threat today at a minimum.  Rainfall rates will average between three quarters of an inch in most areas through tonight.

We will see a few showers and storms early tomorrow followed by gusty westerly winds drying us out and warming us up. Highs tomorrow with sunshine late in the day will reach the middle 70s in most areas.  Another storm system moves into the area on Wednesday.  This system will have warmer air to work with, so we could be looking at a few severe storms on Wednesday.  Our last in a series of systems will move through the area Thursday giving our northern counties another chance of showers followed by drier and cooler air for the weekend.

LOCAL HEADLINES

DPS Trooper shot in face while serving warrant

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - DPS has just confirmed a DPS Trooper has been shot and is hospitalized.

Stolen papers an act of Censorship?

Was it a harmless college prank, or a violation of the constitution?

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - An official in Turkey says dozens of people have been killed in a magnitude 6 earthquake in the eastern part of the country. A local mayor says the quake struck six villages in Elazig province, and was followed by several aftershocks, including one measuring 5.5.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani officials say an American member of al-Qaida picked up in a raid in Karachi is probably not America al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn. Pakistan officials say the man detained has a name very close to an alias for Gadahn. Gadahn has appeared in several videos threatening the West since 2001.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking his last-ditch push for health care reform on the road. He's speaking this morning in Philadelphia, where he'll try to persuade the public to back his plan to remake the nation's health care system. Obama travels to St. Louis on Wednesday.

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) - A suspected gunman is dead and an off-duty officer is injured after a shootout outside a Walmart in the east Texas town of Commerce. Town spokeswoman Marty Cunningham says the suspect exchanged gunfire with police before driving to the store and entering with at least two guns. The suspect was killed in a shootout after leaving the store.

DALLAS (AP) - Visitors to the Dallas Zoo will soon be able to see a half-dozen elephants. Animal rights activists criticized the zoo two years ago when its display featured just one of the social animals. One was added last year, two were recently brought in and two are expected to arrive this month.

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