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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-17-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Federal investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information about a series of suspicious devices placed at East Texas post offices. We'll tell you where they have been found and what else postal inspectors are doing to find the suspect.

The best-known golfer in the world is returning to his sport. We'll tell you when Tiger Woods plans to compete again and what his fellow golfers think about his decision.

A major soft-drink company is pulling its products from schools all over the world. We'll tell you why they are voluntarily making it more difficult for kids to get their sugar-filled drinks.

Plus, we'll find out from our Joe Terrell whether a flexible keyboard for your computer passes the "Does It Work?" test.

WEATHER TODAY

This morning we are waking up with temperatures in the lower to middle 40s in most areas with a few places seeing some patchy dense fog.  Areas with the fog will see it lift around 9 AM or so.  We should see lots of sunshine until the early afternoon, when a few scattered clouds will develop.  High temperatures today will reach the lower 60s.  An upper air disturbance is moving due south from Missouri and will skirt to our east.  There is a very slight chance, around 10 percent, that an isolated shower could develop in our eastern counties during the peak daytime heating.

We will be sunny and warmer tomorrow as the mercury tops in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.  All of East Texas will see the lower 70s on Friday as strong southerly winds bring in warm moist air.  A strong cold front will move into the area early Saturday bringing a chance of thunderstorms Friday night into Saturday morning.  Behind this front there is some much colder air. It will arrive just in time to usher in Spring, which starts at 12:32 PM Saturday.  Highs on Saturday and Sunday look to remain in the 50s with lows dipping down into the middle 30s Sunday morning.    

LOCAL HEADLINES

Tyler pipes commemorate 9-11 tragedy

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - This September will mark the 9th Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States. Even now, the work continues to rebuild at ground zero. In fact, just a few days ago, some of the work started right in East Texas.

Would you trade popcorn for salad at the movies?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Popcorn and movies go hand in hand, but this could all change. The head of a major Hollywood studio has found that the majority of movie goers want healthier options at the concession stand.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine says the full-court press to pass health care is on. President Barack Obama is making calls and having private chats with House Democrats who voted no last time on health care reform. He's also touching base with those who voted yes, but are now balking. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet with women lawmakers today.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is expected to pass a jobs bill and send it to the president today, and it may not be the last such election year measure. The legislation contains about $18 billion in tax breaks and a $20 billion infusion of cash into highway and transit programs.

VIENNA (AP) - The Saudi oil minister says "good demand, reliable supply and beautiful prices" mean OPEC will keep output levels unchanged at its meeting later today. He says in light of the oil market's current conditions, there's no reason to increase or decrease output. The Saudis are OPEC's greatest oil producers, and its de-facto policy setters. But even Iran and Venezuela have said they're pleased with prices.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani officials are reporting two more suspected U.S. missile strikes in the country's northwest. The attacks in separate areas killed at least nine militants. The CIA has repeatedly targeted militant positions in Pakistan's tribal regions since December, when a suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan.

CAMPBELLTON, Texas (AP) - Two people are dead and forty are injured after a bus carrying families and spring break travelers to Mexico careened off Interstate 37 about 45 miles south of San Antonio. At least fifteen people remained hospitalized last night, including two in critical condition.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - The FBI says one line of investigation indicates three people linked to a U.S. consulate may have been fatally shot over the weekend because confused hit men went to the wrong party. The shooting happened in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Stephenville man accused of stabbing a woman in the back at a park tells the Stephenville Empire-Tribune he's been a mental hospital patient for 20 years. Michael Allen Howard is in jail on an aggravated assault charge. The woman was in serious condition yesterday after the  Sunday attack.

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