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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-15-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: U.S. Census forms are going out to millions of homes across the country this week, and some East Texans are working to make sure their friends and neighbors will be counted. We'll tell you why they are so concerned with making sure their community's population is represented in this national effort.

Investigators for the U.S. government and Toyota are skeptical of a California man's claims that his Toyota Prius sped out of control on a busy highway. We'll have details on their investigation into the incident.

An actor known for his roles in the t-v series "Mission: Impossible" and the movie "Airplane!" has died. We'll tell you how friends and colleagues are remembering Peter Graves.

Plus …he spent 20 years patrolling the oceans as part of the "silent service". We'll hear from East Texan Ronald Oas in today's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

We are waking up with mainly clear skies and temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 60s.  This afternoon we will see increasing clouds and not quite as warm as Sunday.  High temperatures will reach the upper 60s with a few places touching 70 degrees.  We will have cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of a shower by morning.  Low temperatures will drop into the upper 40s.  Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and highs reaching the lower 60s.

The remainder of the work week looks warm and dry until we reach Friday evening.  A fairly strong cold front will give us a chance of thunderstorms late Friday into Saturday morning.  Behind this front we will see cooler weather for the weekend with temperatures dipping down into the middle 30s Sunday morning.  A few of our normally colder locations could get close to freezing Sunday morning and we will be watching this situation closely as the growing season has begun.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Four Winds Faire Open For Spring

A different kind of vacation, a travel back to a time of chivalry and elegance, is being offered by the Four Winds Faire, now open off Highway 110 in Smith County, jousting and all.

Afternoon fire destroys an East Texas home

CHEROKEE COUNTY (KLTV) - Fire ripped through a Cherokee County home Saturday afternoon.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads to northeast Ohio today with a sales pitch for health care legislation. The top Democratic vote-counter in the House says that right now, the bill still lacks support. But Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, says he's "absolutely confident" the measure will pass.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Mexican officials say a suspected drug gang ambushed two cars carrying families with ties to the U.S. consulate over the weekend, killing three people in Ciudad Juarez. U.S. government employees in that border city and five other U.S. consulates in northern Mexico have been authorized to send family members out of the area because of concerns about rising drug violence.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The count has begun. More than 120 million U.S. census forms will begin arriving in mailboxes around the country today. The government's once-a-decade population count will be used to divvy up congressional seats and more than $400 billion in federal aid. Last time the population was counted, in 2000, about 72 percent of U.S. households returned their forms.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man convicted of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and shooting nude videos of her through a hotel room peephole is expected to be sentenced today in court in Los Angeles. Michael Barrett already has pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and agreed to a 27-month prison sentence.

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say an officer responding to a family disturbance fatally shot an armed man who struggled to disarm the officer. It happened early yesterday morning in the Casa View section of the city. The shooting is under investigation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 20-year-old Marine from the Houston area has died in action in central Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Garrett W. Gamble of Sugar Land died Thursday. The military released no details. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas has joined a federal effort to offer low-interest loans to beginning farmers between 18 and 46 years old. Its Young Farmer Grant program tries to help recipients expand agricultural businesses. It's funded by fees from farm license plates.

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