Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-19-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: President Obama is convincing more Democratic members of Congress to back the health care reform package. We'll tell you about the latest lawmakers to pledge their support and what new incentives are being added to the package.

An East Texas soldier has died in Iraq. We'll tell you how long Staff Sergeant Richard J. Jordan had been overseas serving his country.

Graco has announced a recall of more than one-million high chairs because of safety concerns. We'll tell you what the company is doing to make sure its products are safe for kids.

And meteorologist Grant Dade will be "Cooking Up A Storm" today. Be sure to tune in at 6:20am to catch his great recipe for Chicken Quesadillas.


We are waking up with a wide range of temperatures this morning.  Our normally colder locations are once again waking up with temperatures in the 30s.  Most areas, however, have temperatures this morning in the middle and upper 40s.  A very nice afternoon is in store for East Texas today, but then big changes are on the way.  Highs will reach the lower 70s as we see mostly sunny skies early with a few clouds approaching late.  A very strong late winter storm is developing across the Southern Plains and will bring drastic changes to the forecast just in time for the first weekend of spring.

A few strong storms are possible early tomorrow as the cold front moves in and the temperatures plummet.  Highs tomorrow will be in the lower to middle 50s early but drop to near 40 by the afternoon with very strong north westerly winds.  It appears now we will see enough wrap-around moisture to where areas north of I-20 could even see a few snow flurries tomorrow evening.  If you are traveling to the north, a major heavy snow event will occur north of the Red River in Oklahoma.  Near freezing temperatures will occur Sunday morning and possibly Monday morning across most of East Texas.  We will see a rapid warm up next week so this blast of winter will not last long.  It's the winter that just won't give up!


Which "census" form is the right form?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texans are finding themselves elbow-deep in census paperwork--the kind that takes way more than 10 minutes to fill out.

Will jobs bill work? Yes. No. depends.

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The president signed into law Thursday a jobs bill that he hopes will generate around 250,000 jobs through the end of the year.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is scrambling to rally the public ahead of a possible vote on health care Sunday. Today, Obama will talk up the sweeping overhaul in a speech in Virginia. It'll be his fourth event outside-the-Beltway in two weeks.

CHICAGO (AP) - The lawyer for the American who admitted scouting for the deadly 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, says his client is already spilling terrorists' secrets to U.S. authorities. David Headley pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Chicago. Federal officials say Headley has become a valuable asset in the war on terrorism.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether a motorcycle gang booby-trapped a Southern California police building after police monitored the funeral of a gang member. Police say two days after the December funeral, someone drilled a hole in the roof of the police building and diverted a natural gas line from a heater, filling the space with flammable gas. No one was hurt.

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to investigate a float plane that overturned in a north Texas lake, leaving the male pilot dead and a female passenger injured. It happened during a landing attempt yesterday on Lewisville Lake.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 29-year-old Fort Bliss soldier from Tyler is dead after a vehicle rollover in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Richard J. Jordan died Tuesday of injuries from the crash.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it will study potential human health and water quality threats from a drilling technique that's been used to tap natural gas in the Barnett Shale in west Texas. So-called "fracking" injects massive amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground.