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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-16-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Investigators are looking into a suspicious device that was found at the Post Office in Henderson. We'll tell you what they're doing to improve security to keep customers safe.

Plus, we'll have the description of a man that police in Tyler are describing as a possible sexual predator. They say he approached a 16-year-old girl who was walking on the street and tried to convince her to get in his car.

City officials in Nacogdoches say they want to find a quicker way to clear out old, abandoned buildings. We'll tell you what they're doing to speed up the condemnation process.

 A local craftsman is gaining an international reputation for his work that embraces some Texas traditions. We'll meet "John the Saddle Man" in today's "Proud of East Texas".

WEATHER TODAY

Cloudy skies have moved back into the area this morning.  Rainfall is being depicted to our southwest and will spread into our southern counties later this morning.  This afternoon we will continue to see cloudy skies with scattered showers across our southern counties with the best chance of rain from Crockett to Lufkin to Center and points south.  Highs will be held down to around 60 degrees today thanks to the cloud cover.  Across our northern counties today only isolated showers are expected with most areas north of I-20 remaining dry.

Tomorrow we will see partly cloudy skies with highs a little warmer reaching the lower to middle 60s in most areas.  A very nice warm up is in store for the end of the week with highs back into the lower 70s by Friday.  A strong cold front will move into the area early Saturday bringing a chance of showers and storms Friday night into Saturday morning.  The air mass behind this front looks rather chilly.  Many places will see lows in the middle 30s Sunday and Monday morning.  In a few locations, temperatures could reach the freezing mark.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Big cats on prowl, East Texans take precautions

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Cougars, pumas, mountain lions, all different names but the same big cat. Game wardens have said more of them are here in East Texas.

Stranger asked for sex, says 16-year-old

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The 16-year-old victim, who will not be identified, said she no longer feels safe in her own neighborhood.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

UNDATED (AP) - Heavy rain and wind that pounded parts of the Northeast for three days are finally moving out, but the soaked region is still expected to see scattered showers today. Governors of three states declared emergencies and at least nine people have died in storm-related accidents.

NEW YORK (AP) - Experts are warning that the U.S., Europe and Asia must adopt uniformly strict regulations designed to avoid another financial crisis. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd has unveiled his proposal and efforts are raging on three continents. Experts say without unity, banks and high-risk traders will shift operations wherever rules are loosest.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama is speaking to some of the country's largest food companies about her anti-obesity campaign today. The Grocery Manufacturers Association has invited Obama to speak about the campaign at the group's science forum. Michelle Obama has said recently that she would like to see more customer-friendly food labels and healthier foods sold to schools.

MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) - A suspected militant compound in northwest Pakistan has been destroyed by an apparent U.S. missile attack that killed nine people. Two intelligence officials say it's not immediately clear who was targeted in the strike, in North Waziristan. The CIA has repeatedly targeted militant positions in Pakistan's tribal regions since December.

HOUSTON (AP) - Officials say most of the 19 people hospitalized after a crash between a transit bus and light-rail train in downtown Houston complained of neck and back injuries. Metro transit police are investigating the cause of the collision yesterday afternoon.

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas Area Rapid Transit spokesman says one woman has a fractured leg and two others are injured after a car slammed into the side of a transit bus, sending it into a building column. The wreck happened at 4 p.m. yesterday.

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - A coroner in Eagle County, Colorado, says a 13-year-old girl from Coppell, Texas, has been declared brain-dead after hitting a tree while skiing. Beginner skier Taylor Storch was vacationing with her family when she crashed Sunday.

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