Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-09-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: We'll hear from the wife of a man who is now facing criminal charges over the shooting of a DPS Trooper in Wood County. She's speaking out about the events leading up to their violent confrontation. We'll also have the latest on the trooper's condition.

Executives of Toyota are taking steps to regain the public's trust after a major recall. We'll tell you why an incident in California could hurt their efforts.

An Oklahoma town is cleaning up this morning after a tornado touched down. We'll show you how much damage it caused.

Plus, we'll hear from a family that opened their hearts and their home to a young boy in need…in today's Proud of East Texas.

WEATHER TODAY

A line of thunderstorms is moving out of East Texas early this morning.  Behind this line we will see clearing skies which will lead to the warmest day so far this year.  Mostly sunny skies will greet us this afternoon with highs reaching the middle to upper 70s.  The winds will be a bit gusty at times out of the southwest around 18 MPH gusting up to 25 MPH at times.

Another storm system will move into East Texas tomorrow afternoon.  It still appears we could see a few strong to severe storms, but at this time we feel most of the severe weather will be just to our east.  Highs tomorrow will be warm again reaching the lower 70s.  If the forecast storm system slows down just a bit, highs could be much warmer and the chance of severe weather will be greater.  Please stay tuned to the latest developments regarding tomorrow's severe weather set up.

The weekend is still looking great although a bit cooler.  Temperatures will be slightly below normal with sunny skies.  The only bad news I see this weekend is we lose an hour of sleep Saturday night.  Spring is just around the corner.

LOCAL HEADLINES

'Extreme' designer reflects on seeing hometown come together

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - It took thousands to make Extreme Makeover: Home Edition a reality in East Texas. But, the design plans for the home stem from the ideas of one woman.

Man faces attempted murder charges in trooper shooting, wife reacts

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Wood County DPS trooper remains hospitalized, Monday night, after being shot in the face. Timothy Parmer, 45, now faces attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting Trooper Larry Vaughn in the face.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a test vote in the Senate today that's important to long-term jobless aid recipients. Democrats will need at least one Republican vote to move legislation extending unemployment insurance and preventing doctors from absorbing a crippling cut in Medicare payments. The bill contains new versions of several popular tax breaks which expired last year and that could help.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates is full of praise for a hard hit battle unit at the front of the fight in Afghanistan. Gates visited a small, remote outpost near Kandahar, where the Fort Lewis, Washington-based Stryker unit has lost 22 men and suffered an additional 62 wounded since summer. He says the unit has helped push back against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's another landmark day for same-sex couples in the nation's capital. Today is the first day same-sex couples can pick up marriage licenses and tie the knot in the city. Some couples planned quick ceremonies at a church or gay rights group's office while others said they'll wait and have more elaborate celebrations. About 150 couples could pick up their marriage licenses beginning this morning.

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities say a shooting in a Dallas office building left two men in stable condition and the suspect in critical condition after apparently turning the gun on himself. They say the victims were a father and son shot yesterday at their financial services company.

HOUSTON (AP) - The state's largest public school system has agreed to pay $850,000 as part of a civil settlement linked to claims that workers accepted meals and other gifts in connection with a federal technology program. It settles claims that the Houston school district gave false information to the program.