Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-18-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: We'll have the latest on the maneuvering in Washington as Democrats struggle to come up with enough votes to pass a health care reform bill. We'll tell you which members of Congress are changing their minds about the plan…and tell you why lawmakers representing East Texas say they won't be swayed by the President's final push.

A key advisor to former President George W. Bush is weighing in on the political ramifications of the health care vote. We'll tell you what Karl Rove predicted during a stop in East Texas to promote his new book.

His athletic skills are something he doesn't mind sharing with others. Now, he's looking for a family to share the gift of love with him. We'll meet Chris in this morning's "Gift of Love" report.


Temperatures are in the upper 30s and low 40s this morning across East Texas.  After a fairly chilly start, look for this afternoon to be fairly mild with highs reaching the middle to upper 60s with a partly sunny sky.  Temperatures tonight will not be quite as cold as this morning, dropping down into the middle 40s.  Friday looks to be very nice but breezy with highs reaching the lower 70s.  A line of strong storms could develop Friday evening to our west and push through the area Early Saturday morning as a strong cold front moves into the area.  Behind this front much colder air will be moving in to East Texas along with a few scattered showers.  Highs Saturday will only be in the middle 50s early and fall throughout the afternoon.  Winds will gust as high as 30 to 35 MPH making the first day of spring feel like winter. 

Sunday and Monday morning, most of East Texas will flirt with the freezing mark as temperatures drop into the lower to middle 30s.  A rapid warm up will occur early next week as we will reach the middle 70s by Tuesday.  More storms are possible by Wednesday as another front moves into the area.


East Texans, lawmakers weigh in on health care bill

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Judith Chandler hopes her time in the gym will pay off. She recently had knee surgery and said she suffers from back problems.

Bullard to hold wet/dry election

BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - Last year, three East Texas cities voted to allow the sale of alcohol within city limits, despite being in a dry county. Now, another East Texas city wants to join their ranks.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Things seem to be falling into place for supporters of the health care bill before the House, but there are still some loose ends. The Congressional Budget Office has yet to release its analysis. Democrats have promised three days for everyone to review the bill, so the earliest there could be a vote is Sunday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The alleged terrorist known as "Jihad Jane" makes her first court appearance today, in Philadelphia. Colleen La Rose is accused of plotting with terror suspects abroad to kill a Swedish artist. Her mental state may become an issue as her case moves through the courts.

NEW YORK (AP) - Two former employees of Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff have been indicted. Jerome O'Hara and George Perez are accused of helping Madoff program an old computer to generate false records. Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence after admitting his multi-decade Ponzi scheme cost thousands of investors billions of dollars.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A spokeswoman says Governor Rick Perry has set a May 8 special election for the Texas Senate seat formerly held by Kip Averitt, who resigned. Former Republican Senator David Sibley of Waco says he plans to run to retake the seat he held for 11 years.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - North Texas country music showman Johnnie High has died at age 80. His daughter says the impresario of "Johnnie High's Country Music Revue" died yesterday after battling heart disease. His Grapevine Opry in suburban Dallas was where such performers as LeAnn Rimes got their early exposure.